Southeastern MA Reader’s Advisory Round Table Starting Up

photo of library booksFollowing in the footsteps of the Reader’s Advisory Genre Study that has been meeting north of Boston for several years, and of Western Massachusetts which now has  a Reader’s Advisory Round Table to call its own, Southeastern Massachusetts is starting up its very own Reader’s Advisory Round Table!

Meeting every other month, we will tackle the mystery genre for the first year and discuss the appeal of various mystery subgenres with each other — emphasizing appeal factors and whole collection reader’s advisory. Participants will be asked to read a benchmark title (all reading the same one) and a second title in the genre of their own choosing to describe to the group.

The plan is for each of us to be introduced to the discipline of reading for appeal, and to practice it. Everyone participating will be able to share analysis of titles and authors in unfamiliar genres that will stretch their capacity as reader’s advisors.

The discussion leaders to start off will be Laurie Cavanaugh, Holmes Public Library (lcavanaugh@sailsinc.org) and Kristi Chadwick of the Massachusetts Library System (kristi@masslibsystem.org). Kristi is helping us get the group off the ground. Please let Laurie know if you are interested in being a co-leader!

The first meeting is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 10-12, at the Holmes Public Library, 470 Plymouth St., Halifax, Mass.

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