Librarian & Educator Day 2017
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. Registration opens soon!

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 9am our keynote speech kicks off, where some of the biggest authors of the day provide stirring speeches about comics and libraries! Previous keynote speakers have included Ryan North (Squirrel Girl), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics), Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts), and Dave Roman (Teen Boat, Astronaut Academy). Our 2017 Keynote speaker will be announced soon!
  • Following the keynote, the morning sessions begin and the programming is split into 3 streams, aimed at (1) newcomers and people unused to working with comics and graphic novels, (2) people looking for ‘next level’ hints and techniques for incorporating graphic novles, and (3) specialized info sessions, ranging from cataloguing to visual literacy to STEM and beyond.
  • At approximately 12:00pm 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 lunchtime meet and greet, alongside a delicious full lunch is also provided.
  • Following lunch our afternoon sessions begin, which are streamed similarly to the morning sessions and also involve informal booktalk sessions by the staff of Beguiling Library Services to introduce participants to the newest, hottest, and best graphic novels for all age groups.

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 and artists. It’s a great time to build connections and get great insight into the world of graphic novels!

2016 Creator Lunch Particpants included authors such as Alex A. (Secret Agent Jean), Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe (Amulet), Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up, Babymouse), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and more.

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.

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