Bringing Readers Back: Book Based In-Person Events Beyond Community Reads

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Register for this one-hour webinar. 

(A recording will be available under the CALL Academy People Connect Institute category one week after delivery)

After years of social distancing, our patrons are eager to return to our buildings. Why not welcome them back with new programs, ones that focus on our brand, books? Join experienced Readers’ Advisory expert, Becky Spratford, as she shares a variety of proven in person, book-based programming from small scale to on-going series and everything in between; programs that are not only engaging and fun, but will also increase patron visits and checkouts. 

There will be plenty of options for all sizes of libraries. Try one, all, or just use her ideas to help you craft your own. Your results: a trail of happy patrons in your wake.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to make a visit to the library itself a worthwhile experience for adult leisure readers
  • How to build interactivity into Readers' Advisory Services
  • How to leverage your brand [Books] to engage adult users

Presented by: Becky Spratford [MLIS] is a Readers' Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist and a horror review column for Library Journal. Becky is a 21 year locally elected Library Trustee [still serving], a Board member for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and on the Executive Board of the Illinois Library Association. Known for her work with horror readers, Becky is the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Third Edition [ALA Editions, 2021]. You can follow Becky on Twitter @RAforAll. 

CALL Training Partner for this Event: PCI Webinars

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I understand that a space will be reserved for me in this learning opportunity at a cost to CALL, and if I am unable to attend this learning opportunity, I will cancel my enrollment as soon as possible and before the start date. 

Recording in CALL Academy

The recording for this session will be made available in CALL Academy approximately one week after delivery.