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The Readers' Advisory Roundtable (RART - Northeast)

The ORIGINAL! This is the group that started a trend in Massachusetts

Meeting every other month, the Readers Advisory Roundtable shall read from one genre—and then discuss the appeal of that genre with each other emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity of genre particulars. They shall cover a different genre every meeting, allowing each of the participants to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, as well as an initiation to broad genre categories. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors. The Discussion Leader is: Leane Ellis (rapotential@gmail.com). 

The Reader's Advisory Roundtable (RART - Western)

Readers’ Advisory (RA) is a skill that grows over time and with practice, and is one of the most exhilarating aspects of library work. Connecting readers with great stories builds an ongoing and treasured relationship between library staff and patrons. Meeting every other month, the Readers' Advisory Round Table – West (RART-W) participants read from one genre and then discuss that genre, emphasizing the building of a skill set of appeal categories and familiarity with genre particulars. Participants read the same benchmark title, plus a second title of their choice within the genre. RART-W began by covering a different genre at each meeting, allowing participants to be introduced to broad genre categories as well as the discipline of reading for appeal. We then read subgenre series of 3-5 meetings each. We now do an annual survey to determine topics for the coming year. Participants end each session able to share analysis of titles and authors in the genres covered that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors. RART-W is modeled on the Readers Advisory Round Table conducted by Leane Ellis in the northeast section of the Commonwealth. Our discussion facilitators are: Alene Moroni, Forbes Library (amoroni@forbeslibrary.org) and N. Janeen Resnick, retired (njrezz@comcast.net). New members are always welcome! No previous experience required! To subscribe to the discussion list, send email to rart-w+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

The Readers' Advisory Roundtable (RART - Southeast)

Modeled on the NE and Western Mass. groups, members of the SE-RART discuss genre appeal and become familiar with representative titles and authors. Participants share RA tips and work together on improving their own RA skills. The group started out in 2014-15 with a year-long Mystery genre study --focusing on a different subgenre at each meeting -- followed by a year of Romance / Women’s Lives & Relationships. The 2016-17 year focused on diversity in five different genres: Graphic Novels, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery, and Fantasy. The 2017-18 year will be a study of the Adventure genre. Discussion Leaders are Laurie Cavanaugh, Thayer Public Library, Braintree (lcavanaugh@ocln.org) and Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro (mholmes@sailsinc.org).

The Reader's Advisory Roundtable (RART - Metrowest) 

The youngest RART- Metrowest will begin its genre study in police procedural, then deciding if they will continue with mysteries or delve into other genres. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors.  Discussion Leaders are Pam Aghababian, Bedford Free Public Library (PAghababian@minlib.net), and Christine Muir (cmuir@minlib.net).

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