ANNOUNCING: TCAF Librarian and Educator Day May 4th!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has long attracted a wide array of librarians and teachers, either looking to create great comics and graphic novel programming for their institutions, and sometimes they’re even just comics and graphic novel fans themselves! This year we’ll see the culmination of a desire we’ve had for years, to create a suite of programming specifically for librarians and educators. We want these folks to leave our program inspired, enthusiastic, and with practical solutions for integrating comics and graphic novels at public libraries, in classrooms, and school libraries across North America.

To that end, we’ve partnered with authors, editors, librarians, and a host of specialists to create a great day of programming aimed just at Teachers and Librarians. We’ve created two pricing tiers–cheap, at $100, and free. The paid admission helps us run events like this in the future and sends patrons away with armloads of books! The free admission is there because we like it when programming is accessible, and if $100 is outside of some folks’ reach, we’ll do our best to accommodate them too.

The only catch is, this programming is _only_ open to Teachers, Librarians, other Educators, and students of those disciplines. Registration will be required. We think that’s fair though, because we’re putting together 2 more days of great programming open to everyone. ;)

Our thanks to The Beguiling Library Services for sponsoring this event, and to The Appel Salon, Toronto Public Library, and our publisher partners for their support of this event. Details are below.

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

Tickets available at:

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)

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 Connor 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)

Eric Wight (Author, FRANKIE PICKLE)

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

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

Just Added: Snow Wildsmith (Librarian, Journalist, School Library Journal)

More Participants To Be Announced


Programming Outline

8:00am: Registration opens. Coffee served.

9:00am: A brief introduction to comics and graphic novels
Snow Wildsmith and Scott Robins, 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 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 Connor McCreery, Matt Madden, Eric Wight, and more. (*Participation in this event will require purchasing the Patron Package.)

2:00pm: Program A1: The Importance and Promotion of Visual Literacy
Program details TBA.

2:00pm: 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: 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: 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, Toronto Public Library, and our Publisher partners.