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3rd Annual Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels

$45 and up, register by Feb 28th for $5 off! - Join us for the annual Nonfiction Read-In. Titles published in 2017 and early 2018 will be available, including nonfiction and graphic novels for PreK thru 12. Catch up on trends, get some recommendations, and learn how you can encourage girls to participate in STEAM activities at your library!

When: 03/22/2018
9 - 4 pm
Where: Boone County Public Library
1786 Burlington Pike
Burlington, Kentucky  41005
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422

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Nonfiction Read-In +Graphic Novels is a program for Collection Development staff, Youth Services Librarians, Children's and Teen services staff, teachers, childcare workers... in short, anyone who selects and/or reads books for children and Young Adults. We have thousands of recent (published around the last two years) titles loaned to us for this event, all from local and leading public library systems. Each attendee will get a listing of all of the books. 

The day includes time for selecting and binge-reading nonfiction books and graphic novels, discussing possible story time options with your peers and two presentations. 

Competencies Covered:

  • Reader's Advisory for Children's Literature
  • Collections for Children
  • Children's Programming


9:00-9:30 - Breakfast, Intro, & Logistics

9:30-11:30 - Reading Time

11:30-12:30 - Standout Non-Fiction and Graphic Novels from 2017: Titles to Book Talk and Share, presented by Lorie Bonapfel

12:30-1:15 -Lunch

1:15-2:15 - Empowering Girls in STEAM, presented by Alice Beresford

2:15-4:00 - Reading Time

4:00-4:15 - Prizes & Feedback Forms

Programs and Presenters:

Standout Non-Fiction and Graphic Novels from 2017: Titles to Book Talk and Share
Designed to engage and enhance both readers’ advisory and read aloud repertoires for librarians and teachers, this is a dynamic look at what’s new in nonfiction and graphic novels from preschool through teen literature published in 2017.  Most of these titles have had quiet press, so there will be “gems” to find for everyone.  Additional topics covered include any 2018 Youth Media Award winners from the genres, favorite publishers/series, and how to design a story program that includes non-fiction especially for school age children.

Lorie Bonapfel is an Outreach Children’s Librarian for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.  She received her MLS from the University of Kentucky and has been a Children’s Librarian since 2000. In her daily duties, she brings her passion about non-fiction to story programs at schools and community groups throughout Hamilton County, makes suggestions for purchase, and processes these materials for her system’s teacher collection program.  She is a CLEAR reviewer for SWON, on the planning team for today’s event, and also has served on committees related to planning Mock Youth Media Awards for the region.

Empowering Girls in STEAM 
How do we get the girls to sign up for STEAM programs?  What draws them in?  How can we give them the confidence to fully participate?  We will look at these questions and some of the successful STEAM programs that Monfort Heights Branch has offered the last two summers.

Alice Beresford joined the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County three years ago after ten years as Youth Services Librarian at Mason Public Library in Warren County.  Before that she taught K-8 Music and Drama for twenty years. Her music and drama programs were integrated with math, science and engineering.  It was her goal to empower the girls as much as the boys  (if not more so) in learning problem solving in these areas as they developed props for their productions.  “Tool Time” was for everyone.  She is a Children's Librarian at the Monfort Heights Branch of Cincinnati Library.


OLC accepts 6 CEUs.

KDLA accepts up to 6 CEUs. 


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $45

Members in our Ohio service area - $55

School Library Specialist - $40

Everyone Else - $65

Early Bird Special - Register by February 28th to receive $5 off your ticket price! Available at all levels.


Food and beverages are included in the cost. We can accommodate many special food requests. When you register, you will be given food choice options and a write-in area if you need to explain more. 

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