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. Now in our fourth year, we are reading fantasy and its sub-genres 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.

Your Discussion Leaders are Pam Aghababian, Bedford Free Public Library (paghababian@minlib.net) and Liz Reed, Morrill Memorial Library (lreed@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.

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