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Friday, February 10, 2017

RA for All Roadshow Visits Lawrence [KS] Public Library for Lots of Training

Today I am in Lawrence, Kansas to provide a full day of training, actually I also did a session for patrons last night too. You can click here to read all about the details of these programs and how and why they came about.

Let’s start with last night. I joined staff from Lawrence Public Library’s Book Squad at The Cider Gallery where I presented Recharge Your Book Club for Patrons. I have done these patron programs a few times before and they are always great fun. It is the perfect way to connect the library to all book club participants in the community, whether they meet at the library and get their books from you or not.

The participants got it already, but here is the slide access for all of you too. It is full of useful links and does differ from the talk I give to library workers.

But that was last night. Here we are in the bright morning light of the beautiful and newly renovated Lawrence Public Library where the library in conjunction with NEKLS have brought me in for a full day of intermediate level RA training.

Here is the full itinerary with all of the pertinent links for attendants and anyone else who is interested:

8:30 to 9 am – Registration and Breakfast

9 to 10:30am - RA Rethink: From Quaint and Comfortable to Cutting Edge:
You can live without a 3D printer, but without readers’ advisory, you’re not doing your job. Readers’ advisory belongs in every library, no matter your budget or size. A robust and modern program that embraces whole collection discovery is one that inspires staff, engages patrons, and builds stronger library communities. Reconnect with this core service and empower staff at all levels to connect users with your collection. RA expert Becky Spratford will offer “rethinks” that will harken back to the basics of this core service and incorporate 21st Century possibilities.

10:30-10:45 - Break

11:00 - 12:00: Recharge Your Book Club for Librarians:
Becky has been leading book clubs for 14 years and has seen it all. She will share her tips and tricks for success. All book groups go through their ups and downs, but re-energizing your group is not as hard as it may seem. Learn how to confidently identify and utilize the best resources for leading a book discussion, pick books that will engender the best conversations, lead a more interactive discussion even with the most jaded of groups. Let her show you how to take control, shake things up, and rediscover why you started the group in the first place.

12:00 - 12:30: Lunch 

12:30-1:00pm: Becky’s Example Book Talks and Networking: Share your favorite book club read - a chance to use the book talk skills we just 
learned in a supportive environment!

1:00-1:15: Break

1:15-2:15 - Book Discussion for Book Discussion Leaders:
Leading a book discussion group is one of the most personally and professionally rewarding things we do at work; however, it is an extremely challenging job too. Join Becky, and a room full of your book discussion colleagues, as we discuss In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This program will give you the chance to sit back and enjoy being a discussion participant while also offering a forum for sharing questions and practical solutions to the problems and concerns of book group leaders.

2:15-3:00 - Networking, Troubleshooting and Success Sharing 

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