Author Archives: Mariya

Book Movement and organizing your book club

logoI was perusing the Adult Reading Round Table website, “a group dedicated to developing readers’ advisory skills and promoting reading for pleasure through public libraries in the Chicago area,” which I learned about in a webinar a few months ago. While reading about their leadership recommendations for book club leaders, I discovered a link to the website Book Movement. This website is a resource for book club groups–covering 35,000 book clubs across the United States and what books they recommend and why. In addition to learning about book club options and receiving weekly book club picks, you can track your club’s RSVPs and send out automatic reminders and reading guides via automatic emails. Although I have not joined this resource yet (more emails!?), I am following them on Facebook and would be curious to hear from anyone who participates in their services. Have you used

–Meghan S, Surrey Libraries

RA in a Day

Your wish is our command: readers’ advisory is simply too big to be contained to a half day.  May we present… RA in a Day! It’s about boosting your confidence, showing you how much you know, exploring ways to better serve your patrons as readers advisors, and having lots of fun at the same time.

This year, we are back in downtown Vancouver, and we are excited about our workshop with Joan Costa and Diana Twiss: how to do better readers’ advisory for patrons learning English – tips and tricks and lexile levels. Joan is the former editor of the Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for English-as-an-additional-language learners with low literacy skills, and Diana works for Decoda Literacy Solutions in Vancouver.

We are also honoured to have Dr. Brenna Clarke Gray from Douglas College and Book Riot talk to us about gender and diversity in publishing, and the impact of technology on readers. Plus, there will be more Speed-Dating Through the Genres (Post-apocalyptic fiction! Personal Finance! Classic fiction for vocabulary and comprehension-building! Feminist memoirs!), plus a Bookslam demo.

Registration opens on September 14 at 10am and closes at noon on October 7th.

Maximum registration is 100.

Registration prices:

$30 students,
$50 BCLA members
$70 non-members

Cancellations received by email to by the registration deadline will receive a refund, less a cancellation fee.  Cancellations received after the deadline may not be eligible for a refund.

For help with registration, please email and cc; for questions about the event, please contact Jenny Fry: or 604-598-7308.


Tuesday, October 20th, 2014
9:30am -3:30 PM
Vancouver Public Library, Central branch
Alice McKay room (downstairs), 350 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC

The registration page is here:

We look forward to seeing you there!