Today I am headed Northwest to Lake Zurich, IL to work with the popular materials staff of the Ela Area Public Library.
I will be speaking to a group that ranges from experts to novices. This is very common for me. What I like about these programs is that I can come and get everyone on the same page and begin the process of working together. Then after I leave, the leaders will be able to easily keep the RA ball rolling in the right direction.
My program is only for the morning as the library will remain open and other staff will help cover the desks that will be left empty during the training.
As always, the slides and links can be accessed by all.
9-10:30 am: RA for All: Readers Advisory belongs in every library, no matter its budget. The implementation of this vital service is the responsibility of every staff member-- from pages to directors, from those behind the scenes to the ones on the front lines. This program will remove the mystery behind providing great RA service. Using her “Ten Rules of Basic RA Service” as a guide, Becky Spratford will use your own love of your favorite books to show you how to help any patron find their next great read. It's not as hard as you think. But more importantly, you will learn why a staff that can harness the power of sharing a great read will become a stronger team and improve service to all patrons.
15 Minute Break10:45 am-12 pm: Booktalking Your Way to the Friendliest Library in Town: Booktalking is at the heart of what we do with patrons each and every day at the public library. Whether we are sharing books informally at the services desk, presenting a prepared list of books, or posting information online, talking about books is something we do each and every day. It is a core service, but it is also hard to teach. Booktalking is more of an art than a skill, but with the right guidance and some practice, it can go a long way toward engaging your patrons and re-energizing your staff. Join experienced Readers’ Advisory Becky Spratford as she shares the secret behind delivering great book talks, giving you tips and tricks you can begin using right away to hone your own skills. Rediscover the power and joy that comes from sharing books with patrons.
This is my last in person appearance for 2018. But 2019 is filling up quickly. Currently I am booking April for my earliest in person appearances that require a flight, but February has a bit of space if I can drive. And don't ask about May. I cannot possibly be anywhere else in May. I have already turned down 2 fabulous offers for May 2019 because I can only be in one place at a time.