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Librarians Day

We had a great lineup of speakers for our virtual 2021 Librarians Day!

Thanks to our speakers and attendees for a fantastic event.

Keynote Speaker: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson RobyNew York Times best-selling author, speaker, and podcast host Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 28 books, including fiction and nonfiction titles. She has sold nearly 3 million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists. Kimberla is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction and has received numerous other awards. And in August 2020, she was named by USA Today as one of the 100 black novelists you should read.



All times are listed in Central Time

Thursday, November 18, 2021

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Keynote with Kimberla Lawson Roby

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ask Me Anything with Kimberla Lawson Roby
Speaker: Kimberla Lawson Roby
Kimberla Lawson Roby answers your questions about her career and writing process.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Making Romance More Accessible: Not Everyone Reads with their Eyes
Speakers: Beverly A. Williams, GLS-Atlanta Manager, Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled and Lamar Robinson, Recording Studio Technician, Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Log in for this informative discussion on talking books, book clubs for the visually impaired, and how talking books are made. How do you get a book made into Braille? Learn, ask questions and find out more about a library system for those who do not read with their eyes.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Town Hall with Publishers Weekly
Speaker: Cevin Bryerman, CEO/Publisher, Publishers Weekly
Enjoy this informative conversation on the magazine used by bookstores and libraries to select books for the shelves. Cevin Bryerman, CEO of Publishers Weekly, will host an open discussion on the selection of books for review in the periodical as well as getting your books covered in the magazine. He will also discuss the latest trends for indie authors and how Publishers Weekly is changing the game.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Special Programming at Your Local Library
Speakers: Sherryl James, MLIS, Dorchester County Library, Branch Manager, Nicole Ashworth, Branch Manager, Appleby Library, Augusta-Richmond County (looking at adding a Librarian who is a Romance Author)
Learn about innovative programming at branch libraries, how to partner with your local library, and how to be a part of the local literary scene. Have you donated any of your manuscripts to your library? Creating a special collection of romance books at your local library.


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

It's a Library Thing with Tim Spalding
Speakers: Tim Spalding
Includes a demonstration of LibraryThing for authors and librarians or avid readers who want to catalog their books. Tim will show some ways LibraryThing can be used for author promotion and outreach generally and to librarians. Open a discussion on how LibraryThing can be utilized for author promotion, bookish social media, and libraries generally with other people who think about and are involved in it.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Librarian and Author Meetup
Virtually meet and hang out with romance authors!