MetroWest Reader’s Advisory Roundtable

Welcome to the MW RA-RT!

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.

In our first year, we read mysteries and several of its sub-genres. In our second year, we read Literary Fiction and its sub-genres. In our third year, we read science fiction and its sub-genres. In our fourth year, we read fantasy and its sub-genres. Now in our fifth year, we are reading a variety of nonfiction subgenres. This will allow each of us 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.

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Your Discussion Leaders are Pam Aghababian, Bedford Free Public Library ( and Christine Muir, Cary Memorial Library ( 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 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.

Minutes for the September 12, 2016 Meeting

Click here to view the minutes from the September 12, 2016 meeting, Classic Science Fiction.

Minutes from the March 14, 2016 Meeting

Click HERE to view the minutes on Literary Graphic Novels. Thanks Stefanie for taking them and thanks Robin Brenner for coming to the meeting!

Minutes from January 25th meeting

Great conversation at the Medway Public Library about International Literary Fiction!

Our Benchmark was “The 100 Year Old Man Who Went out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.

Our observations about International Literary Fiction in general:

  • Patrons like to see a worldview other than their own
  • Sometimes has a different tone and perspective than US based literature
  • Voice, Plot, Pacing can be very different and intriguing
  • Good Translation can make or break the book
  • There might be a distinct difference between European literature and other nationalities
  • Allows one to be an “armchair” traveler
  • For fiction readers, is great way to learn about another culture

Our observations about “The 100 Year Old Man Who Went out the Window and Disappeared”:

  • Funny and Funky
  • More Plot, less characterization
  • Writing can be both charming and jarring – maybe a function of the translation
  • Can be likened to Forrest Gump but very different from the innocence of that book
  • Lighter, less intense than most Scandinavian books
  • Place is important, plot is based on place
  • Can be likened to an “Indiana Jones” type of adventure
  • Definitely a “road trip” book – both through place and history
  • Fast paced
  • Would definitely recommend to men, senior citizens, book groups, etc.
  • Well constructed, good translation (we think!)
  • Always surprising