Librarian & Educator Day 2016

TCAF is for Teachers and Librarians!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival Librarian & Educator Day: Friday, May 13th 2016


The fifth annual TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is happening on Friday, May 13th 2016 at Toronto Reference Library. Building on the success of our last four years, and incorporating your feedback, L&ED 2016 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.

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.

Click here to sign up!

Programming for Librarian & Educator Day 2016 Schedule

TCAF 2016 Poster by Kate BeatonWe’re excited to announce the program for TCAF Librarian & Educator Day 2016! Below you’ll see the schedule and programs that have been confirmed, with more to be announced in the next week. Stay tuned!


8:00 AM – Doors, check in, registration
9:00AM – Keynote by Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dinosaur Comics, Romeo and/or Juliet)
10:00AM – Coffee Break
10:15AM – Session A (see programs below)
11:30AM – Session B (see programs below)
12:30PM – Creators Lunch – Join comics creators and experts from across North America for a buffet lunch with the purchase of a TCAF Librarian & Educator Day Patron Pack!
2:00PM – Session C (see programs below)
3:00PM – Session D (see programs below)

Complete Program

8am Doors. Registration. Coffee.


Keynote “Humanities Greatest Achievement: Comics “ with Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics and Romeo and/or Juliet and writes Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. North explores the history of invention throughout human history, and concludes that it took us way longer than it needed to for us to come up with humanity’s greatest invention. We don’t want to spoil what that invention is, but it’s kinda in the title. SURPRISE. He’ll also explore the different ways comics can be used to communicate ideas.


(Room A) 101 stream: Comics for Educators: Join comics guru Phil Amara for a rare small-group workshop specifically for educators. Phil is an ex-editor, kids author, and full-time teacher who uses the comics form with his elementary students. Phil will guide you through “do-now” comics creation tuned to the Ontario Curriculum writing expectations. Transform hands-on materials to sequential art creations that enrich language arts.

(Room B) Non-Fiction stream: Info/Graphic: From infographics to Maus, illustrations have a way of conveying information that any audience can understand. Join artist Nicholas Burns, professor Jen Gilbert and artist & educator Fiona Smyth with moderator Keith Friedlander in a discussion about why comics are so good at connecting readers with information.

(Room C) 201 stream: Touchy Subjects: Comics, like other forms of literature, sometimes cover tough subjects like death, race, sexuality, gender identity and poverty. But do comics that cover challenging or controversial subjects face more scrutiny than other texts on the same subjects? A roundtable discussion between writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg, educator Fatma Faraj, comic artist Matt Holm and children’s librarian Scott Robins will look at what subjects comics are covering and how this fear of certain subjects plays out differently with comics than with other media.

11am Coffee Break. 


(Room A) 101 stream: It Takes All Kinds – The Many Genres of Comics for Young People: Join Toronto Public Library’s Scott Robins (A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics) on a tour of the many genres that exist under the umbrella of comics. While some comics genres mirror those available in the rest of your library, others have emerged that are specific to the medium. This talk will introduce you to some new and essential titles for your children’s and YA collections while introducing you to the breadth and diversity graphic novels offer and their new influence on other areas of traditional children’s literature!

(Room B) Non-Fiction stream: Graphic Memoir: This panel discussion will look at the popularity of memoir comics and the rise of an emerging artform not found in any other medium: the middle school memoir. Through a discussion with memoir comic creators Marta Chudolinska, Meags Fitzgerald, MariNaomi and Dasha Tolstikova, moderator and comics educator Michelle Miller will lead us through a discovery of why and how memoir comics are connecting with all age groups.

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12:30pm Lunch. Buffet available with the purchase of a Patron Pack.


(Room A) 101 stream: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Understanding that comics and graphic novels have a place in the K-12 classroom is one thing. Understanding how to teach them in a way that empowers students is quite another. This workshop provides practical teaching advice about using comics and graphic novels with struggling, reluctant, proficient, advanced and even gifted readers and writers by looking at pedagogical strategies that maximize student engagement and build confidence with the form. The workship, conducted by Glen Downey, will feature a wealth of fantastic print and digital resources that teachers can start using right away.

(Room B) Non-Fiction stream: Graphic Histories: Every year there are more and more historical comics published for kids, teens, and adult readers. How do these history books fit into our public and school library collections, alongside (or separately from) their prose equivalents? What kinds of research go into the production of graphic histories, and what kinds of research can readers do with history comics? Do comics tell some kinds of history better than others? Join cartoonists Willow Dawson (Hyena in Petticoats) and Scott Chantler (Two Generals) and moderator Alexander Finbow (Renegade Arts) for this engaging panel discussion.

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(Room B) Non-Fiction stream: Illustrating STEM: Panelists and science comic creators MK Reed, Rina Piccolo and TK will discuss how reading comics can encourage an interest in science and technology. Moderated by Glen Downey.

(Room C) 201: ReFormation – Making Your Collection Racially Diverse: ReFormation is a workshop that seeks to give librarians and educators the tools to add diverse comics to their collections and to incorporate these into their everyday collections and lesson plans.

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 are schedueled to include: Alex A. (Secret Agent Jean), Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe (Amulet), Matt Holm (Sunny Side Up, Babymouse), Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), and many more still to be announced!

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.

So what are you waiting for…?

Click here to sign up for Librarian & Educator Day!