TCAF is for Teachers and Librarians!
Toronto Comic Arts Festival Librarian & Educator Day: Friday, May 9th 2014
Mark it on your calendars, folks! The third annual TCAF Librarian & Educator Day has been scheduled for Friday, May 9th 2014 at Toronto Reference Library. Building on the success of our last two years, and incorporating your feedback, L&ED 2014 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.
As in past years, TCAF Librarian & Educator Day will be held on the Friday preceding the main Festival which we also encourage you to attend. Further details will be announced as soon as they are available. If you haven’t been able to attend in the past, you can get a sense of the event by perusing last year’s program below.
We look forward to seeing you in May!
Librarian and Educator Day, May 10, 2013
Programming will include:
8am - Arrival, check in and coffee with fellow attendees and creators
8:45am - KEYNOTE
Creators Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat) will kick off the day’s programming!
9:45 am -
Session A: TOON BOOKS
A chat with Toon Book creators on the importance of visual literacy for young children, moderated by Toon Books founder and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly and featuring Frank Cammuso (Otto’s Orange Day), Frank Viva (A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse) and Rutu Modan (Maya Makes a Mess).
Session B: LGBTQ COMICS IN LIBRARIES
This panel features librarian and author Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics) moderating a panel of creators including Justin Hall (No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics), sex educator and author Cory Silverberg (What Makes a Baby), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Willow Dawson (No Girls Allowed), Alex Woolfson (Tough, Artifice) and Northwest Press publisher Zan Christensen.
Session C: COMICS DEFENSE 101
This panel will look not only at content concerns and challenges, but also at how to advocate for the inclusion of comics in collections and curricula. Brookline Public Library librarian Robin Brenner will moderate the discussion, which will include librarian and author Gene Ambaum, children’s librarian and former chair of the ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee Eva Volin, teacher-librarian Diana Maliszewski, manga editor and former Beguiling Library Services Coordinator Rebecca Scoble and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Charles Brownstein.
10:45 - The Owlkids Coffee Break will give attendees a chance to chat with Owl staff about uses for the Max Finder series in the classroom.
Session A: VISUAL STORYTELLING! A STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
Creators and visual storytelling educators and experts Ken & Joan Steacy will discuss the history of visual literacy.
Session B: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LIBRARY
Librarian and creator Gene Ambaum presents an Unshelved tour of a suspiciously familiar workplace!
Session C: BILL AMEND & RAINA TELGEMEIER, IN CONVERSATION
Bill Amend (FoxTrot) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) need no introduction. They’ll be talking about their work and their interactions with their fans at schools and libraries.
12:30 - Lunch with the artists at Fortuna (included with the purchase of a patron pack). Free time to grab lunch in the area for free attendees.
Session A: USING CHILDREN’S GRAPHIC NOVELS WITH CONFIDENCE – BUILD A COLLECTION AND PUT THEM TO USE!
Scott Robins is back with a collection development presentation sure to be of interest to elementary and children’s librarians.
Session B: COMICS AND THE ACADEMY
Upper Canada College librarian and library educator Max Dionisio gives a talk about the uses of comics in high school and post-secondary education.
Session A: ISN’T OTAKU A KIND OF SUSHI? – UNDERSTANDING MANGA AND ANIME
Robin Brenner is back to present an introductory talk about the world of Japanese comics.
Session B: NON-FICTION COMICS
Librarian and Beguiling Library Services Coordinator Lindsay Gibb moderates a panel discussion about graphic non-fiction featuring creator Scott Chantler (Two Generals), artist and author Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) and librarian and comic creator Marta Chudolinska (Back + Forth).
Session C: COMICS AND ACCESSIBILITY
Comics creator and educator Tory Woollcott (MirrorMind) presents on the educational use of comics for young people with learning challenges.
TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is held in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at Toronto Reference Library, a block from the Yonge-Bloor station in downtown Toronto. Librarians and teachers may participate in Librarian & Educator Day for free, but must register via the link below.
Enhance your experience with a Patron Pack!
We encourage you 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 worth at least $100 retail, as well as a ticket to our Creators Lunch. Only $100 for a bunch of great books and a lunch with great authors!
The Packs include quality titles selected by The Beguiling Library Services team for their popularity and literary/artistic/social value. A Patron Pack is 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!
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.
Why not join us for the rest of the Festival?
The main exhibition of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival will occur on Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and 12th 2013 at Toronto Reference Library. More than 300 artists and authors will exhibit their works, accompanied by general-interest programming about comics and graphic novels. You should totally come! Admission is free, and there’s something for everyone.