A Reading Rants Roadshow!

Hey! Are you interested in having a Reading Rants presentation at your library, school, staff training day, or conference? Do you have an LCD projector, a screen, and some excited YA services peeps? Then we’re in business! Here’s what’s available:

Future Gigs
Your Library, School or Conference, Anytime, Anywhere, USA
Past Gigs
September 17, 2013 – “Shelf Makeover: Weeding, Selection, Displays” with Laura Lutz. Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Ronkonkoma, NY.May 11, 2012 – “Reaching Reluctant Readers & Book Blogging Basics.” Westchester Library Association Annual Conference, Tarrytown, NY.

August 19, 2009 – Keynote speaker. SJRLC A+ Partnership for School and Public Librarians, Mullica Hill NJ.

May 20, 2009 – Staff YA training day (with Jack Martin, NYPL) Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown, PA.

April 28, 2009 – Program presenter. New Jersey Library Association State Conference, Long Branch NJ.

November 16, 2007 – YA Literature Workshop leader. Kent District Library System, Comstock Park, MI.

April 15, 2005 – The First Annual Fran Romer Memorial Booktalk Workshop, Keynote Speaker. Middle Country Public Library, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

May 25, 2004 -Program presenter. Vermont State Library Conference, Burlington, VT
May 1, 2004 – Program presenter. Ontario Library Association Teen Services Conference: Big Ideas, Now! Toronto, ON
January 10, 2003 – Douglas Public Library District, Castle Rock, CO – Staff Training Day (with Kevin King)
October 16-18, 2002 – Program presenter. West Virgina Library Association Fall Conference
April 18, 2002 – Program presenter. Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute
January 31 – February 1, 2002 Program presenter. Greenville, South Carolina–School Media Specialists workshop
October 17, 2001 – Program presenter. Cuyahoga County Public Library system and Cleveland Public Library Teen Read Week Staff workshop
June 29, 2001 – Program presenter. Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System Staff Workshop
June 7, 2001 – Program presenter. Nassau County Library Association
May 4, 2001 – Program presenter. Ocean County Library System Staff Development Day
April 30, 2001 – Program presenter. New Jersey Library Association Conference

*”My 10 Top YA Titles of the Year (so far!)” I provide very detailed summaries that include the kind of information teachers and librarians need when making buying decisions and recommending books to teens (similar to the material you would find in my book, Reading Rants: a guide to books that ROCK, Neal-Schuman, 2007). I try to highlight titles that I think may be future award winners, titles I have received in galley that may not yet have been published, or quirky works that may be off the beaten path. Want something for younger/older teens? I can also summarize/booktalk my Top Ten ‘Tween Titles or Top Ten ALEX Award Winners (Adult books with Young Adult appeal).

*Book Blogging Basics. Have something to say about the books you’re reading? Looking for a platform to share your thoughts? Want to start a book blog but have no idea where to begin? I’ve been reviewing books online here at Reading Rants since 1998, and would love to share with you how to get started in the book blogging world.

*Booktalking tips and suggestions. While I’m no Joni Bodart or Patrick Jones, (and may I say that I worship at their altars of YA librarianship slavishly), I can share some of the techniques that have worked for me and give several of my never say die, always leave’ em hangin’ booktalks.

*How to Talk to Parents about YA fiction. Why do teens want to read those “bleak” YA books about sex, drugs, murder or (GASP!) rock-n-roll? How do you explain to an angry parent who knows little about field of YA literature why 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp is in the teen section? I will provide you with quick soundbytes you can use in the heat of the moment to help explain to parents or other library patrons why teens prefer “junk” to “classics,” why its’ okay for their teen to be reading the same book over and over, and why there is nothing wrong with their teen being obsessed with horror or serial killer books!

*Reaching Reluctant Readers. Looking for ways to connect with those kids and teens who can read but don’t necessarily chose to? I’ll share some tips on how to hook those reluctant readers with display and programming ideas.

*Shelf Makeover: Weeding, Selection, Displays. (with Laura Lutz) When it comes to weeding your collection, how do you get started? What do you get rid of first? What do you hang onto and hope will come back into fashion (like acid wash jeans?) What do you keep because it’s a wardrobe staple? What do you toss because it’s so last season? Using principles from the renowned CREW manual and also guidelines from the equally renowned television show What Not to Wear, Laura and I will provide weeding pointers and emotional support for those of you who just aren’t sure about the difference between trash and treasure.

You can mix and match the above elements into an overall presentation that meets your group’s needs. Contact me at swampophelia27@yahoo.com to discuss dates and fees. Please be aware that my fee will always also include transportation and accommodations if necessary.

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