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Thursday, December 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
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SWON's 2nd Annual Nonfiction Read-In: Better than ever!

We've been champing at the bit to talk about our #NFRI2017 and we are pleased to announce that the agenda is set and registration is NOW open! We hosted our first Nonfiction Read-In last year to great success, and we've heard your requests for us to host this event again.

Last year I talked about why nonfiction matters-- and it still does! It's still worth a read, if I do say so myself. But this year, we're adding something new to the mix... a Graphic Novel Reading Room!

Many of you have been asking for a graphic novel event, and we thought this was the perfect opportunity to help serve your needs. We make it our mission to supply the training and events that you ask for and you need. (Got any more suggestions? You can always let us know at And we don't care if you are a library "drone" or a director.)

By this point, many of us have pretty robust graphic novel collections, but we still may not really understand them, and might even find them "intimidating," as Robin Brenner, founder of the graphic novel review site, No Flying, No Tights put it in this 2012 interview. Selecting and cataloging graphic novels can be confusing -- they may seem like they are all for kids, to you, and most automated grade-leveling systems will place even mature titles (due to the limited text content) in the 2nd to 4th grade levels. 

Where does the term "graphic novel" even come from? Is it different from comics (and not everyone agrees)? And we haven't even brought up manga... 

I bring all of this up not to stress you out, but to begin to provide some answers. Of course, there are some great resources online (such as the aforementioned No Flying, No Tights), but we don't want to leave it at that! That's why we are inviting Eden Grey (some of you may know her!) to #NFRI2017 to talk about the genre and how to select and order graphic novels for your age group.

Already an expert? That's okay, too. Because there will be plenty just to read in our Graphic Novel Reading. Major area libraries are bringing hundreds of books each, just for you to read, share and review. While our other read-in events have been events aimed mostly at Children's services staff, we're hoping our YA members will show up in force to check out YA Graphics and nonfiction.

So, we'll see you there...

Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Technology Educator, SWON Libraries

P.S. -We are pleased to be able to offer a discount just for school media specialists. Please, contact us for your discount code before you register.


Registration Open for Nonfiction Read-In +Graphic Novels

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #NFRI2017 

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 printed 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. 

Eden Gray and Sam Bloom with be presenting on Graphic Novel and Nonfiction collection development and breakfast and lunch will be included. 

Special rate for School Media Specialists (see below). 


9am - 4pm
Burlington, KY

  Register Today!  


NEA Big Read Grants, Deadline January 26, 2017

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

The programs last approximately one month and include a kick-off event, often attended by high-profile community leaders and other local luminaries; major events devoted specifically to the book (e.g., panel discussions and author reading); events using the book as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings and theatrical readings); and book discussions in diverse locations involving a wide range of audiences.

Eligible organizations may apply for a grant ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. These grants are federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts (CFDA No. 45.024: Promotion of the Arts_Awards to Organizations and Individuals) and may be used for such expenses as book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, promotion, and venue rental. Grants are cost shared and must be matched on a 1 to 1 basis with nonfederal funds such as staff salaries and wages, private grants, in-kind contributions, and earned revenues.

Read more about this grant here . The deadline to apply is January 26, 2017.

  Apply Here  

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Register Now for: Tips for Clearing Clutter in the Workplace

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price)!

Next up: "Tips for Clearing Clutter in the Workplace." In this interactive and fun webinar, Tracy and Andrew will help attendees learn how-to overcome their clutter concerns with specific tips on:

  • Establishing “clutter ownership”
  • Identifying and overcoming barriers to becoming organized
  • Ways to minimize paper clutter
  • Taming the beast—a.k.a., your email inbox
  • Managing “stuff” you’ve collected here, there and everywhere


1/17/2017 - Online

  Register Here!  

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