Librarian & Educator Day 2017
Presented by The Beguiling Books and Art, and Diamond Book Distributors

Friday, May 12th, 2017, 8am-4pm
Presented by TCAF and The Beguiling Library Services
@ Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
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The sixth annual TCAF Librarian & Educator Day, presented by The Beguiling Library Services, is happening on Friday, May 12th 2017 at Toronto Reference Library in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Building on the success of our last five years, and incorporating your feedback, L&ED 2017 will once again be a full day of professional programming to help you make the most of the medium of comics in your libraries and schools.


L&ED 2017 will be held in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library, a block from the TTC Yonge-Bloor station in downtown Toronto, with plenty of nearby paid parking lots. Librarians and teachers may participate in Librarian & Educator Day for free, but must register in advance.

What’s this all about?

Librarian & Educator Day Program - TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)

Librarian & Educator Day Program – TPL Librarian Scott Robins speaks with creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse). Photo by “Rocketmom

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, and library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

The day starts 8am with coffee and browsing of a curated selection of graphic novels for sale, provided by The Beguiling Library Services. At 8:45am our keynote speech launches the day’s programs; this year, our speaker is Charlie Adlard, UK Comics Laureate and artist of The Walking Dead.

Following the keynote, the morning sessions begin and the programming is split into 3 streams, aimed at newcomers and people unused to working with comics and graphic novels, people looking for ‘next level’ hints and techniques for incorporating graphic novels, and specialized info sessions, ranging from cataloguing to visual literacy to STEM and beyond.

At approximately 12:30pm we break for lunch. There are many inexpensive and hearty selections located within 5 minutes’ walk of Toronto Reference Library. However, participants who purchase our special Patron Package (see info below) are welcome to attend a special Creator’s Lunch, where many of the most important names in comics and graphic novels at TCAF will be on hand for an informal meet and greet, alongside a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, two more sessions take us through to the end of the day.

Patron Pack & Lunch

We encourage participants to purchase a Patron Pack for Librarian and Educator Day.

A Patron Pack costs $100 (plus tax = $105) and includes a selection of books in your selected grade/age range preference, as well as a ticket to our Creators Lunch. Only $100 for well over $100 worth of great books, and a catered lunch during L&ED with great authors? It’s too good a deal to pass up!

The Packs include quality titles selected by The Beguiling Library Services team and our publishing sponsors for their popularity and literary/artistic/social value, and are a great way to boost your graphic collection! During the Creators Lunch, you’ll be seated with a variety of local or international comics authors, artists and experts. It’s a great time to build connections and get great insight into the world of graphic novels!

We’re happy to bill your school or institution for your Patron Pack, or you can purchase it and keep the books to yourself! You’ll see a flexible variety of payment options as you sign up, and we will accept Patron Pack purchases on site.

2017 Program

Our 2017 Librarian & Educator Day programs are sponsored in part by Diamond Bookshelf: The Graphic Novel Resource for Educators & Librarians. Click through to check out all of the online resources they offer!


Epic Hall

  • 8:30AM – Welcome, Introduction – Lindsay Gibb and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher (Librarian & Educator Day), Andrew Deman (CSSC Conference)
  • 8:45AM – KEYNOTE: Charlie Adlard: – My life as a Comics Laureate – Charlie Adlard is the Eisner award-nominated artist and co-conspirator on The Walking Dead. In his spare time he’s co-created books such as Rock Bottom, Codeflesh, White Death, and many more in his twenty-plus-year career to date. He’s drawn the French album Breath Of The Wendigo and plans to continue working for that market with more bandes dessineés planned. He also plays the drums in his band Cosmic Rays. In 2016, Charlie was named the UK’s newest Comics Laureate at the Lakes International Comics Arts Festival.
  • 10:00AM – Making Comics with Kids – Cartoons and Research – Many children enjoy drawing and storytelling. Comics are an ideal medium to use as an investigative tool for inquiry, research and education in the classroom, children’s program or in everyday life. In this session, PhD candidate and community artist Noah Kenneally explores using comics as research and learning tools with children of all ages, and has hands on activities to make our ideas visible and practical.
  • 11:15AM – No Boys Allowed: The Subtle Ways We Gender Books and Cut Boys off from Reading – Shannon Hale is the bestselling author of many books for children, including the Ever After High series, Princess Academy (Newbery Honor book), and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl MG novel. She co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack and the chapter book series The Princess in Black with her husband Dean Hale. They live with their four children near Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 2:00PM – Comics Partnerships – Bringing comics into the library and classroom are one thing, but there are many more options for engaging further with comics including author visits, comic festivals and cosplay events. In this session librarian and cartoonist Jason Loo, school librarian Lisa Elchuk, public librarian Robin Brenner, First Second’s Marketing and Publicity Manager Gina Gagliano and Toronto Public Library programmer Natalie Kertes will discuss the reasons to bring creators into a learning environment, how to find comics visitors, and what to do with them once you have them.
  • 3:00PM – The Big Comics Q & A – This session is an opportunity for you to ask anything and everything you need to know on the topics of comics, comics librarianship, and comics education. Our panel of experts has the answers! Writer and educator Glen Downey will moderate a panel of experts including teacher-librarian Fatma Faraj, ALA Membership Specialist Tina Coleman, Almeda Free Library supervising children’s librarian Eva Volin, and OCADU Librarian Lindsay Gibb.

Prologue Room

  • 10:00AM – From Sidelines to Centre – In many K-12 classrooms, comics are still seen as curricular stepchildren — relegated to marginal ‘supplemental’ texts only. Queens College Library and Information Studies Assistant Professor Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes and New York Public Library PreK-12 School Outreach Manager Amie Wright want to challenge this persistent assumption by introducing educators and librarians to comics as core mentor texts. This panel will include an overview of how to use specific examples — such as March, Louis Riel, Susanna Moodie, Ms. Marvel, The Two Generals, An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar and Secret Coders — in the classroom as well as a list of 25 recommended titles for K-12 curriculum.
  • 11:15AM – Mind the Gap: Teen and Tween Pop Culture and What We’re Missing – Librarians Robin Brenner and Eva Volin will guide an open discussion about the way comics both fill gaps for readers and, if we pay attention, show what readers are looking outside the usual shelves to find. Successes like Lumberjanes and Check! Please pull in young fans in droves while showing us the genres, characters, and representation we need more of on our shelves. We’ll look at cues from related pop culture, like anime’s blockbuster hit Yuri on Ice! or revived interest in classics like X-Files and Twin Peaks, to make sure professionally we’re tracking the titles readers crave. We’ll go through what to do when a ten-year-old asks you to read Ghost in the Shell without any sense that it was an anime before it was a film. Finally, we’ll brainstorms the best ways for librarians to be sure to follow, hear about, and purchase comics on the rise outside the mainstream including self published gems and webcomics.
  • 2:00PM – Understanding Art Comics – Are you looking to step outside the literary bubble? Through a short history of international art comics and an introduction to contemporary art comic publishers, artists and key works, 2dcloud’s Kim Jooha will give you the why’s and how’s of adding avant-garde work to your collection, along with the tools to broaden the definition of comics in your collection.
  • 3:00PM – LGBT Comics for Kids and Teens: The Time is NOW! – Join queer comics experts Brigid Alverson and Scott Robins as they moderate a discussion of this important and growing component of graphic collections. They will be joined by librarian Erica Friedman and cartoonist and educator Justin Hall and writer and journalist Andrew Wheeler in a talk that will explore the range and importance of queer comics, and the wealth of reasons to include them in your collections and classrooms.

Hinton Theatre

  • 10:00AM – Learn Manga, Teach Manga – Usually a popular part of teen and adult library collections, but seldom used in the classroom, manga is a rich area of comics that can be harnessed for many other ends, including novel studies and curriculum relevant discussion. In this session, Beguiling Library Service’s Collection Development Specialist Christine Rentschler will show teachers and school librarians the basics of how to read Japanese comics and how to integrate manga they already own into teaching.
  • 11:15AM – Teaching Social Justice with Comics – In this session, find out how real teachers are using comic texts in their classrooms to explore issues surrounding social justice. Feminist, LGBTQ-positive educators Michelle Miller (OCAD University), Ashley Weger (TDSB – elementary) and Armen Shahnazarian (TDSB – high school) will show and describe assignments and activities they use to enrich classroom learning around the difficult but essential issues of our time.
  • 2:00PM – More than Words: The Appeal of Silent Comics – Silent comics have been around for almost as long as comics in general, but have for most of their existence been a minor genre. Currently, however, the form is enjoying a boom, with many creators trying their hand at wordless comics occasionally to take up the challenge of the formal constraint, and other artists making silent comics their signature form. After a brief historical introduction, Dr Barbara Postema, and creators Matthew Forsythe, and Marta Chudolinska will discuss the visual and narrative pleasures of silent comics, as well as its challenges for creators and readers alike.
  • 3:00PM –  See What I Mean? Doodling, Sketchnotes and Graphic Recording in the Classroom – “Stop drawing in class!” is something students have heard from teachers for years. But what if doodling was a way to foster deeper listening, greater creativity and innovative thinking, and help students remember more of what they learn? Cartoonist and user experience designer Deb Aoki will introduce you to the wonders of sketchnoting and graphic recording, a way to use simple sketches to listen, learn and collaborate. She’ll show you the basics of a simplified visual language, so you can start sketching immediately.

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