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Events

DCLA hosts a variety of events including tours, discussions, presentations, and social gatherings. We also list community events of interest to our members. 

Upcoming events

    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Mastering the art of readers’ advisory involves ongoing study, both of major concepts that form the backbone of a good RA practice, and of the skills that make your RA practice effective in the day-to-day. This series of workshops, presented by Booklist, is designed to keep you up to speed on both the ideas and practice that will enhance your RA game. Learn from experts in the field about how genres relate to each other, how to talk to patrons about their leisure reading, and how to write an effective book annotation. Participants should have an understanding of the basic readers’ advisory concepts of appeal elements (character, pace, storyline, tone, and writing style).

    In “The Readers’ Advisory Conversation,” librarians Michelle Morris and Sheila Michaels will present a workshop on the RA conversation, offering practical tips and instructions on how to get the most out of your interactions with patrons. Total session time: 50 minutes. (1:00 p.m. CT-1:50 p.m. CT)

    In “Swoons and Screams,” librarians Robin Bradford, Alex Brown, and Becky Spratford will dive deep into the appeal of horror and romance for teens and adults, and explore how they are both genres of intense feeling, how they intersect and diverge, and what makes each genre so appealing to readers. Total session time: 55 minutes. (2:00 p.m. CT-2:55 p.m. CT)

    In “Crafty & Concise Book Blurbs,” librarians and Booklist editors Heather Booth and Susan Maguire will present a workshop on writing annotations, focusing on how to hone in on a book’s appeal and present a concise description of a book that will entice patrons to read. Total session time: 50 minutes. (3:00 p.m. CT-3:50 p.m. CT)

    Register now for these free events on Thursday, March 14th beginning at 11 a.m. PST/ 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET to enhance your Readers’ Advisory practice! Sponsored by Penguin Random House Library Marketing and Sourcebooks. 

    You do not need to be an ALA Member to register for this event. You can create an ALA account for free, no membership required.

    One registration form required for all three sessions. Each session will conclude with a Q&A. All sessions will be recorded and distributed to registrants after the live event. Booklist expects all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness. Anyone who violates this standard of behavior, including engaging in any form of harassment, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed.

    • 23 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Virtual

    This year’s Battle of the Books competition will take place virtually with the opportunity for the top 4 teams to attend an in-person battle. All D.C. upper elementary students (4th and 5th graders) and middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) are invited to join. This year’s Three Stars nominees will serve as the Battle of the Books picks.  The coach from each participating school MUST be a member of DC Library Association.  If not a member, join today.

    • 30 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Charles Sumner School - 1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    This year’s Battle of the Books competition will take place virtually with the opportunity for the top 4 teams to attend an in-person battle. All D.C. upper elementary students (4th and 5th graders) and middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) are invited to join. This year’s Three Stars nominees will serve as the Battle of the Books picks.  The coach from each participating school MUST be a member of DC Library Association.  If not a member, join today.

    Upper Elementary, 10AM and Middle School, 12:30PM



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