ARRT now offers Travel Grants to support readers’ advisors in attending ARRT programs! Visit the ARRT Travel Grant page for more information on how to apply.
November 2019: ARRTCon
Thursday, November 14, 9 am – 4 pm
Naperville Public Library | 95th Street Library
Save the date! Please check back for more details.
August 2019: Earworms for Bookworms: Podcasting in Libraries
Tuesday, August 27, 2 – 4:30 pm
Ela Area Public Library (Lake Zurich)
The podcast platform offers libraries an exciting new way to spread the word about programs, materials, advocacy, and more.
Librarians from Des Plaines Public Library and Ela Area Public Library will talk about their library’s podcasts and offer tips for starting your own.
$10 for ARRT members; $15 for non-members
Register online here
March 2019: Acquiring the Duke: The Current State of Romance in Publishing and Libraries
Thanks to panelists Mary Altman, Bobbi Dumas, Melonie Johnson, Jennifer Prokop, Amy Sandas, and Suleikha Snyder; and thanks to moderator Susan Maguire. We are grateful to the Indian Prairie Public Library for hosting this event.
September 2018: Reader-Focused Collection Development
Thank you to Robin Bradford, Stephen Sposato, Nicole Steeves, and Rebecca Bartlett for presenting. We thank the Archer Heights branch of the Chicago Public Library for hosting.
July 2018: Hosting Author Events at Your Library
Warren-Newport Public Library
Debbie Hoffman, Readers’ Services Librarian, Warren-Newport Public Library
Marilyn Brant, Author
Naomi McNeely, Bookseller
Madelyn Austin, Adult Programming Specialist
Thank you to Sarah Yale and Sam Adams-Lanham for presenting and to Oak Park Public Library for hosting.
November 2017: ARRTCon
Thank you to the presenters, and thanks to the Naperville Public Library for hosting ARRTCon 2017.
Visit the ARRTCon 2017 page to view program handouts and slides.
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June 2017: Dealing in Diversity: Proactively Serving Communities Through Authentic Representation
Thank you to Robin Bradford, Mikki Kendall, Annabelle Mortensen and Mimosa Shah for presenting and to Skokie Public Library for hosting this event.
Program live tweets from Becky Spratford (@RAforAll)
Robin Bradford’s Librarians in the 21st Century: The Power of Our Choices
Mikki Kendall’s How to Write About Black Women
March 2017: On the Same Page: How to Plan a Successful Community Reading Program for Your Library
Arlington Heights Memorial Library: One Book One Village
Pam Schwarting, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Westmont Reads: Connecting Through Graphics
Brittany Hoornaert Smith, Westmont Public Library
November 2016: RA Hacks
Thanks to everyone who attended RA Hacks, and to the Glenside Public Library for hosting.
Rethinking RA Basics slides
Becky Spratford, RA for All
Social Media handout
Tracy Gossage and Mike Hominick, Northbrook Public Library
August 2016: Becoming the Face of RA
A huge thank you to all who attended Becoming the Face of RA; to Rebecca Vnuk, adult books editor at Booklist, for moderating; to RAILS for hosting; and for Indian Prairie Public Library for recording the session for posterity.
Lawrence Public Library Book Squad slides
Polli Kenn, Readers’ Services Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library
NoveList Book Squad slides
Krista Biggs and Nancy Dowd, Novelist Book Squad
Downers Grove Public Library Bookology slides
Melissa Doornbos, Public Relations Manager and Bookologist at the Downers Grove Public Library
May 2016: Listen Up!: Audiobook Readers’ Advisory
Michele Cobb, Executive Director of the Audio Publishers Association
Cheryl Herman, Marketing Director for Books on Tape/Penguin Random House
Dan Zitt, Vice President, Content Production for the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Renee Young, Novelist and RUSA Listen List
Kate Rudd, Audie, Earphones & Odyssey winning narrator
December 2015: ARRTapalooza!
Writing Better Annotations
New Adult: What is It?
Indie State of Mind
Working with Authors on Special Events
Novelist Tips & Tricks
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
Niche Book Discussions (Mystery 1, Mystery 2, Mystery 3)