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TCAF Librarian/Educator Day! Comics, Manga, and More!

The Beguiling Library Services

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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STANDARD ADMISSION: FREE Admission to all events is in fact free, but will require pre-registration. Pre-registration for standard admission will open later than Programming Package Admission. Limited to 2 tickets per person.
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TCAF Librarian/Educator Day! Comics, Manga, and More!
Presented by The Beguiling Library Services 

Friday May 4th, 9am-3pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.,
In The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, second floor
Registration Required
Cost: $100.00 for Patron Pass, Free for Standard Admission

Attendance to this event will be limited to librarians, educators, and students of those disciplines.


Comic books, manga, and graphic novels are now staples in school and public libraries across Canada. High interest, high-circulation, and high-excitement, these fantastic additions have been a boon to the libraries who’ve embraced them.  But with any popular new category comes both new challenges and new opportunities.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the preeminent comic book and graphic novel event in Canada, now teams with The Beguiling Library Services to host a full day of programming dedicated to explaining, expanding, and building graphic novel knowledge. Featuring presentations, panels, and workshops by a host of librarians and educators from across North America, as well as some of the biggest names and bestselling authors in graphic novel publishing, this is an event not to be missed for any librarian who has -- or may have in the future -- graphic novels in their library.


Registration and Admission Costs

  • Pre-registration for this event is required.
  • Attendance at this event is limited to members of the educational and library communities. Elligibility for this event is at event planners’ sole discretion.
  • There are two admission types, “Patron Package Admission” and “Standard Admission.”

Help support this event and future educator and librarian specialty programming by purchasing the Patron Package Admission. You get:

  • Earlybird registration period! Only Patron Package Admissions may be purchased from March 28th to April 8th! Guaranteed admission!
  • Author Lunch: Join in on our exclusive author lunch! Includes a provided, catered lunch, and a chance to spend face time with some of the bestselling graphic novelists in the world!
  • A Great Graphic Novels Pack: A selection of graphic novels and a handy tote bag courtesy of Beguiling Library Services and sponsors. You can select a graphic novel pack featuring works for children, young adults, or adults. Value of books package will exceed $150 retail!

Admission to all events is in fact free, but will require pre-registration. Pre-registration for standard admission will open on Monday, April 9th.


Programming Details

Participating Speakers/Presenters:

Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Holm & Matt Holm (Authors, BABYMOUSE, SQUISH)

Vera Brosgol (Author, ANYA’S GHOST)

Robin Brenner (Librarian, Journalist, ALA/YALSA, School Library Journal)

Andrew Woodrow Butcher (Beguiling Library Services)

 Frank Cammuso, (Author, KNIGHTS OF THE LUNCH TABLE)

Cecil Castellucci (Author, THE PLAIN JANES)

Claudia Davila (Author, LUZ SEES THE LIGHT)

Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery  (Authors, KILL SHAKESPEARE)

John Green (Author, TEEN BOAT!)

Kazu Kibuishi (Author, AMULET)

Matt Madden (Educator, School of Visual Arts. Author, DRAWING WORDS WRITING PICTURES)

Diana Maliszewski (Librarian, Editor TEACHING LIBRARIAN)

Scott Robins (Librarian, Journalist, School Library Journal)

Andy Runton (Author, OWLY)

Mark Siegel (Publisher, First Second Books. Artist, TO DANCE)

Colleen AF Venable (Author, GUINEA PIG PET SHOP PRIVATE EYE series)

Eva Volin (Librarian, YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens Committee)

Snow Wildsmith (Librarian, Writer, Editor


Programming Outline

8:00am: Registration opens. Coffee served. Registration will remain open all day.

9:00am: A brief introduction to comics and graphic novels
Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith, co-authors of “A Parents’ Guide To Kids Comics,” start off the day with a graphic novel primer: all the basic building blocks, including terminology, history, and why all this is important!

9:30am: Keynote Address: Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Get Graphic!  Kid-friendly comics are exploding in schools and libraries around North America. Sibling duo Jennifer and Matthew Holm will discuss how they create their best-selling, critically-acclaimed graphic novel series Babymouse, and their new pond scum-green series, Squish ... and how COMICS are inspiring kids to read.

10:45am: Panel: The state of the graphic novel in school and public libraries.
Why is now the time for graphic novels?  In this panel, speakers involved with various facets of comics and graphic novels discuss the industry and medium, with a focus on utilization in library settings. Featuring Andrew Woodrow Butcher (Beguiling Library Services), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Diana Maliszewski (Teaching Librarian), Andy Runton (Owly), Mark Siegel (Editorial Director, First Second Books), and Eva Volin (School Library Journal).


12:30pm: Lunch Break / Meet the Authors Lunch*

Get to know your favourite comic and graphic novel authors at this special lunchtime get-together. Participating authors include Vera Brosgol, Frank Cammuso, Cecil Castellucci, Claudia Davila, Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, John Green, Jennifer Holm, Matt Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Matt Madden, Scott Robins, Andy Runton, Mark Siegel, Colleen AF Venable, and Snow Wildsmith. (*Participation in this event will require purchasing the Patron Package.)


2:00pm-2:55pm: Program A1: The Importance and Promotion of Visual Literacy
Noted author, illustrator, and editor-in-chief of First Second Books, Mark Siegel, will present on developing visual literacy as it relates to comics skills in a classroom setting.

2:00pm-2:55pm: Program A2: Teaching Graphic Novels in Your ELA Classroom
Educator and author Matt Madden walks through his experiences using comics and graphic novels in high school and post-secondary classrooms. Includes a workshop, lesson plans, and more.

3:00pm-3:55pm: Program B1: Using Graphic Novels in a Junior Classroom Setting 
Join representatives from Owlkids as they present lesson plans and activities from their popular Max Finder series of graphic novels, and meet the teacher-librarians that have put them to use!

3:00pm-3:55pm: Program B2: Graphic Novels in the Public Library: 101/201

Whether you’ve just introduced graphic novels into your library, or you’ve had and utilized them for the past few years and are looking for new and innovative ways to incorporate them into your space, Librarian, Journalist, and  ALA/YALSA “Great Graphic Novels For Teens” Committee founder Robin Brenner is full of information and great ideas, and she’s willing to share them with you.


Sponsorship Details

This event is made possible thanks to Presenting Sponsor Beguiling Library Services, and supporting sponsors The Appel Salon, and Toronto Public Library.

In addition, TCAF Librarian and Educator Day would like to thank our Publishing Partners for their support:

Viz Media,

Drawn & Quarterly,

First Second Books,

Kids Can Press,


Scholastic Books,

UDON Entertainment,



- Andrew Woodrow Butcher, Director of Beguiling Library Services, will be joining our panel on the state of libraries. 

- Unfortunately Eric Wright will not be able to attend any TCAF activities. 

- Author and Publisher Mark Siegel will be presenting on Visual Literacy at 2pm.

Have questions about TCAF Librarian/Educator Day! Comics, Manga, and More!? Contact The Beguiling Library Services

When & Where

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2L7

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The Beguiling Library Services

The Beguiling has been in business since 1987. Since opening, our broad knowledge base and considerable diversity of comics and graphics novels have garnered us a large clientele and a solid reputation. As a result, librarians across Canada dealing both in reference and circulating materials have sought out our services for public libraries and every grade level of school libraries, including universities. To match the recent dramatic growth of interest in graphic novels, The Beguiling continues to stock, evaluate and database all incoming titles in order to maintain lists of suitable and recommended comics for readers of any age, taste or language.

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