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Event Name:Back to the Book XX: Focused on Diversity in Readers' Advisory
Competency:Readers' Advisory and Collection Development
Description:This is the 20th year for Back to the Book.  This year we will focus on Diversity in Readers’ Advisory.  Build your collections and open the minds of your patrons to new authors and ensure that your collections are welcoming to all members of the community.  We are pleased to welcome Robin Bradford, a 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Windows, Doors and Mirrors: Reflecting Reality through Genre Fiction
Diverse books aren’t a trend, but are a reflection of the world around us. Using examples from Mystery, Romance, and Science Fiction and Fantasy, learn why diverse books are for everyone to enjoy.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify diverse reads that fit multiple categories across genres.
  • Identify diverse readalikes for popular authors/series
  • Understand why diverse books are important for every community regardless of its demographics.

Robin Bradford works for the Timberland Regional Library district which covers 5 counties in Western Washington state. She was recognized as RWA's 2016 Librarian of the Year and as a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is addicted to books, currently writing an updated edition of ALA Readers' Guide to Romance Novels, and dedicated to helping build reader-focused, popular collections in public libraries. She has worked with authors to help get their titles into these collections, worked with librarians to push for equal treatment of genre fiction, and worked with readers so that they can find their favorite authors on their library's shelves.

The afternoon will focus on collections that reflect your community.

By the People, For the People: Creating Inclusive Collections that Reflect Your Community
Westminster Public Library has taken a hyper-local focus and created community profiles to understand their unique communities and how they drive library services. Explore how to create your own profiles and how to use them to advocate for collections, readers advisory, programming, and outreach. Take away the tools and resources to create your own profiles.

Jessi Barrientos is a book-loving, Broadway-singing, yoga-posing, collection development librarian who advocates for readers’ advisory, genre fiction, and relationship building. You can find her at Westminster Public Library, where she spends her days building an inclusive library collection.
We will close the day with author, Abby L. Vandiver.  

Abby L. Vandiver
WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Abby L. Vandiver has always enjoyed to write, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. A hybrid, she has written as an indie as well as a traditionally published author. Abby has penned one sci-fi mystery series, and three cozy mystery series. Additionally, Penguin Berkley will publish her new cozy mystery books, Crewes Creamery Mysteries, beginning spring 2020. All of Abby’s self-published books have been Amazon #1 bestsellers.
Abby has a bachelors in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. A former lawyer and visiting college professor of Economics, she resides in Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing classes at her local library.
Event Date:10/17/2019
Event Time:9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)
Details:ho should attend:  Anyone interested in readers' advisory
Competency: Readers' Advisory and collection development

GEO Cost:      $160
Bronze Cost:  $120
Silver Cost:    $ 80
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $25 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
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