PCI Webinar with Becky Spratford
Horror Readers’ Advisory: How to Help Your Scariest Patrons
Competency: Readers’ Advisory
Sub-Topic: Demonstrates a broad knowledge of the library’s collection and of a wide range of materials of interest to library readers
Did you know that Halloween is only 6 months away? Now’s the perfect time to assess your horror collections and reacquaint yourself with this popular genre so that you are ready to handle the increase in demand come October. Join experienced Readers’ Advisor and international horror expert Becky Spratford for 60 minutes of vampires, ghosts, zombies and more. She will show you how to work with horror readers, explain the appeal of horror, book talk some of the genre’s most popular authors, present the current trends, and go over the most useful resources. Remember, you don’t need to be scared of your horror readers. They are not monsters, they just like to read about them.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Assess what horror is and why certain readers enjoy it
- Identify the top authors in the genre today
- Conduct readers’ advisory conversations with patron confidently
- Stay in horror shape all year long, even if you do not enjoy the genre yourself
Becky Spratford ~ Biography
Becky Spratford is a Readers’ Advisor in Illinois specializing in serving patrons ages 13 and up. She trains library staff all over the world on how to match books with readers through the local public library. She runs the critically acclaimed RA training blog RA for All, and it’s evil twin, RA for All Horror, and is on the Steering Committee of the Adult Reading Round Table. She is under contract to provide content for EBSCO’s NoveList database and writes reviews for Booklist. Becky is also known for her work with horror readers as the author of The Reader’s Advisory Guide to Horror, Second Edition [ALA Editions, 2012] and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association who are honoring her as a Special Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2017 for her contribution to the genre. You can connect with Becky on Twitter @RAforAll.