MetroWest Readers’ Advisory Roundtable

Welcome to the MetroWest Readers’ Advisory Roundtable (MWRART)!

Meeting every other month, we shall all 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.

We have looked at mystery, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Now in our sixth year, we will be looking at graphic novels (a format, not a genre, we know! BUT we think it’s something that lots of library folks could use help with!) This will allow each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, as well as an initiation to broad genre format categories. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as Readers’ Advisors.

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Your Discussion Leaders are Pam Aghababian, Bedford Free Public Library (paghababian@minlib.net) and Christine Muir, Cary Memorial Library (cmuir@minlib.net). Please let us know if you would like to host future meetings – we love to visit other libraries!

MW RA-RT is modeled on the Readers’ Advisory Round Table conducted by Leane Ellis in the northeast section of the Commonwealth. Leane Ellis, Kristi Chadwick Advisor-Small Libraries of MLS and Michelle Deschene of the Peabody Institute Library/Danvers have been instrumental in helping to set up this group and website. MW RA-RT was started by Meena Jain, Bacon Free Library, in 2014.

Minutes from the April 8, 2019 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the April 8, 2019 Meeting about Science, Math, and Nature.

Minutes from the February 11, 2019 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the February 11, 2019 Meeting about History and Historical Biography.

Minutes from the December 10, 2018 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the December 10, 2018 Meeting about History and Historical Biography.

Minutes from the October 15, 2018 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the October 15, 2018 Meeting about Food, Drink, and Cooking Nonfiction.

Minutes from the March 13, 2017 Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the March 13, 2017 meeting, Futuristic Science Fiction.

Minutes from the January 9, 2017 Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the January 9, 2017 meeting, Time Travel Science Fiction.

Minutes for the November 14, 2016 Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the November 14, 2016 meeting, Young Adult Science Fiction.