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Our First Nonfiction Read-In!

Monday, January 25, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Why a Nonfiction Read-In?

When I landed my first para-professional gig in a library children’s department, being the newest kid on the block, I was given the collection development task nobody else wanted. You got it: I had to select the nonfiction. And it was hard. Not just because I wasn’t as familiar with nonfictional reading (though I wasn’t) but because there are simply fewer resources out there for the evaluation of nonfiction texts.

Nonfiction tends to get the short shrift from everyone: from publishers, who can see it as more of a bread-and-butter market share than a place for creativity; to book reviewers, who often focus more on fiction titles; to book awards, where the fiction prizes get the lion’s share of attention; to, yes, librarians who often, like me, grew up as avid consumers of fiction with less focus on informational texts.

In March, SWON will be hosting our first nonfiction read-in. We’ve been as guilty as anyone else: We’ve held an annual picture book read in for many years, but have never given nonfiction it’s proper due. Nonfiction texts were always welcome at these events, but they need their own time and place to shine. Our read-ins are a great chance to become familiar with what’s new and interesting in the publishing world, refresh your reader’s advisory skills, and a great chance for librarians and educators to connect.

Librarians: educators depend on you to have the knowledge of quality texts that support their curriculum. Educators: Librarians know how busy you are and are anxious to help you select great books. Everyone: SWON is here to help you make these connections, and have a great, fun day learning about nonfiction. That’s why we hope to see you at our first Nonfiction Read-In on March 3rd at the Boone County Public Library’s Main Branch!

    ~Cassondra Vick, Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Register for the Nonfiction Read-In

Nonfiction Read-In is a program for Collection Development staff, Children's Librarians, Teachers, Childcare Workers, in short, anyone who selects and/or reads books for children. We have thousands of recent titles (usually from the last two years) loaned to us for this event from local, leading, public library systems. Each attendee receives a printed listing of all of the books.

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


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

9:30-11:30 AM Nonfiction Book Reading

11:30-12:30 PM Speaker - Ella Mulford

12:30-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM Speaker - Amy Schardein

2:15-4:00 PM Reading

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


Employee of Supporting Member Library: $30.00

Geographic Member: $35.00

Out-of-State Member: $50.00


Don't Delay: Sign up for our Supervisor Tool Kit NOW!


We've heard from a lot of you that you are interested in taking the full-day Supervisor Tool Kit course. And we are glad to hear it! The day is chock full of information and you'll leave with a great binder, and a plan of action.

However, we can't just hear from you -- we need you to register! Remember, this course requires at least 15 people to sign up. So if you've been "thinking about it," or "planning on it," go ahead and take a few minutes to register now.

Here's a reminder of the agenda:

    9:00 - 9:30 am Workshop Introduction and Opening Activity

    9:30 - 10:05 am Supervisory Skills Questionnaire

    10:05 - 10:20 am 15-minute break

    10:20 - 11:35 am Flight from Savo

    11:35 - 11:40 am Participant Reflection

    11:40 - 11:50 am The Five Supervisory Skills

    11:50 - 12:05 pm Debrief

    12:05 - 1:05 pm Lunch

    1:05 - 1:20 pm Scoring and Charting the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire

    1:20 - 1:25 pm What Do Your Scores Mean?

    1:25 - 1:55 pm A Closer Look at the Supervisory Skills

    1:55 - 2:00 pm Introduction to the Five Supervisory Skills Activities

    2:00 - 2:15 pm 15-minute break

    2:15 - 4:45 pm Five Supervisory Skills Activities

    4:45 - 5:00 pm Summary and Close


Don't Forget the Teen Reading Challenge

It's almost TRC2016 time! Registrations have been pouring in, but there's still plenty of time to get your team together and participate.


Remember: we will have lots of other great activities and programs for Teen Librarians all year long in SWON's year of the teen. So head over to our twenty6TEEN page to check out what else we have in store for you.

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