MetroWest Readers’ Advisory Roundtable

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

Meeting every other month, we will 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 with genre particulars.

We have looked at mystery, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, graphic novels, and romance. Now in our eighth year, we will be looking at historical fiction! This will allow each of us to be introduced to, or deepen, 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.

Your Discussion Leaders are Allison Smith, Belmont Public Library (asmith@minlib.net) and Christine Muir, Parker Memorial Library (cmuir@dracutlibrary.org). Email either of us if you have any questions about the group and/or keeping up to date with discussions, meetings, schedules, and news!

MWRA-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. MWRA-RT was started by Meena Jain, Bacon Free Library, in 2014.

Romantic Suspense notes, 5/21/2021

Please enjoy these notes from our discussion on romantic suspense on May 21, 2021.

2021.05.21 MWRA Romance – Suspense

Paranormal Romance notes, 3/15/2021

Please enjoy these notes from our discussion on paranormal romance on March 15, 2021.

2021.03.12 MWRA Romance – Paranormal

YA Romance, Jan 15, 2021

Here are the minutes and notes from our discussion on YA romance on January 15, 2021.

2020.01.15 Romance – YA

Contemporary Romance notes, 11/20/2020

Here are the minutes from our discussion of contemporary romance novels on November 30, 2020.

2020.11.20 contemporary romance fiction

Historical Romance

Here are the minutes from our first 2020-21 meeting on the Romance genre, in which we covered historical romance specifically.

Minutes from the February 21, 2020 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the February 21, 2020 Meeting about Graphic Novels – Adaptations.

Minutes from the December 20, 2019 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the December 20, 2019 Meeting about Graphic Novels – Memoir.

Minutes from the October 18, 2019 Meeting

Click here for the minutes, including second titles, from the October 18, 2019 Meeting about Graphic Novels – Fiction.

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.