Librarians Day

Friday, August 28

1:00 - 6:30 p.m. (CDT)

Librarians, join us Friday, August 28, for a virtual Librarians Day! We're working on great programming designed specifically for you, so check back in the next few weeks for more information.

Librarians Day Keynote: Virginia Kantra

Virgina KantraNew York Times best-selling author Virginia Kantra is the author of thirty novels. Her stories have earned numerous awards including two Romance Writers of America's RITA® Awards and two National Readers' Choice Awards. 

Meg and Jo, her debut women’s fiction novel, received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the American Library Association’s Booklist and was praised by People Magazine. 

Virginia is married to her college sweetheart, a coffee shop owner who keeps her supplied with caffeine and material. They make their home in North Carolina, where they raised three (mostly adult) children. She is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love.   

Her favorite thing to make for dinner? Reservations.


Schedule of Events

All times are Central Time.

Friday, August 28, 2020

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote with Virginia Kantra

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Creative Marketing Panel
Speakers: Kilby Blades, Rosanne Backlin, and Steve Ammidown, Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University
Enjoy this fast-paced presentation from award-winning author Kilby Blades, 2019 RWA Librarian of the year Stephen Ammidown, and Love's Sweet Arrow romance bookstore owner Roseann Backlin on how to market books and services creatively these days. How do they reach readers during the pandemic? What are their plans for future events, and what can you do in your library?

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Authors to Know: Authors Discuss Favorites
Speakers: Nina Crespo, C. Chilove, and Elizabeth Schechter
Join rising star authors C. Chilove, Nina Crespo, and Elizabeth Schechter to learn about some terrific new books they are reading, authors and programs especially good for libraries, and what they are writing now. This fun group will remind you why patrons love paranormal romance, hot cowboys, and more! A list of terrific, diverse titles discussed will also be provided during the panel.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Ten Trends in Romance Fiction and Programming
Speakers: Amy Alessio and Susan Gibberman
What's a Bully Romance? What are great diverse titles librarians should be ordering? Enjoy this fun, live, humorous presentation of ten popular romance fiction trends and tips for online and in person programming. Past RWA Librarian of the year Susan Gibberman and YA librarian Amy Alessio will get excited with audience members about so many books. Get ready to expand your TBR list along with your library orders. A list of titles discussed will be provided.

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Networking Event

Cathie Linz Memorial Fund

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