Booktalking Bootcamp Workshop: DEADLINE OCTOBER 1st


If you’re interested in being a public librarian or school librarian, you need to learn how to give good booktalks, which is essentially where you talk about books you love to occasionally large groups of people.

In this workshop sponsored by CAYAS (Children and Young Adult Services), a special interest group of the Washington Library Association, learn how to build a great booktalk and perform it with pizzazz! Join veteran booktalker Chapple Langemack and actress Melanie Workhoven to review booktalking basics and avoid booktalking bugaboos. Discover how to choose a book, construct a compelling booktalk and use your voice, breath and physical presence to transfix your audience. This is a hands-on session, and you will gain skills necessary to booktalk to any age group. Participants are encouraged to bring their own booktalks to perform and receive helpful guided feedback from the presenters. This program focuses on the physical aspects of public speaking and booktalking. It is not a reader’s advisory class.

Wednesday October 7 at the downtown Yakima Valley Library .

Friday, October 30 at the KCLS Service Center.

Both workshops run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for check-in. Lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided.

Print and send in your registration now!

$35 for WLA members (discounted cost is a benefit of membership)
$45 for non-members
$25 for students

For additional information or if you’re interested in carpooling there, email Erin Sterling at

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