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2018 RWA Librarians Day

July 21, 2018
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, Colorado


Librarians, join us for an educational and fun day especially for you!

Registration includes:

  • Morning coffee and snack break
  • Education sessions
  • Lunch (featuring speaker Sonali Dev)
  • Afternoon networking event with authors
  • Goodies to take back to your library!

Cost: $25

Registration limited to 100 people.





Librarians Day Schedule

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

Badge Pickup and Morning Coffee


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Swipe Right: What Are You Reading Tonight?

Speakers: Librarians Jessi Barrientos, Amy Hall, and Jennifer Hendzlik

One of the many super powers librarians possess is the ability to awaken a love connection between a reader and a book. While non-romance fans might think one romance is just like another, fans know there is more to finding the right romance!  Swipe Right combines concepts from game shows like The Dating Game and Love Connection into a fun and interactive competition to woo our reader. By listening to our readers' likes and dislikes and giving suggestions based on their preferences, we will practice our readers advisory skills one book match at a time.


8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

The Importance of Being Humorous
Speakers: Carolyn Brown, Tessa Dare, Angie Fox, Kristan Higgins, Jenny Holiday, Jenn McKinlay, and Mia Sosa

Love may make the world go round, but laugh, and the world laughs with you. Put these two things together, and you have the ingredients for a romance that is impossible to resist. Join best-selling and award-winning authors for a lively discussion about their books, how they incorporate humor into a romance, and why now, more than ever, we all need even more love and laughter in our lives.


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Diversity in your Romance Library Collection and Programs

Speakers: Librarians Robin Bradford, Becker Parkhurst-Strout, Kaiya Schroeder, and Regina Renee Ward

Diversity in our collections is a big area of focus in libraries just as it is with the genre. Join librarians as they start a group discussion on collection and programming practices to ensure a library has an inclusive romance collection and events to serve all its romance fans.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Romance BINGO

Presenters: Librarians Amy Alessio, Robin Bradford and Susan Gibberman

See how much you really know about romance books in this fast paced BINGO! Are you familiar with popular tropes and RITA-winning authors? Do you know the latest trends and authors? If you don't, you will by the end of this fun, interactive event with prizes. 


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Meet and Greet with Authors


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Librarian/Bookseller Luncheon Featuring Sonali Dev

Award-winning author Sonali Dev will be the featured speaker at RWA's 2018 Librarians Luncheon on Saturday, July 21.

Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after.

Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post and Kirkus Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer’s Choice award, the RT Seal of Excellence, and is a RITA Finalist.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find out more at

Sonali Dev

And don’t miss our "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) where more than 300 authors will sign copies of their romance novels! Proceeds from book sales at the event go to ProLiteracy Worldwide.

Note: Librarians Day is an educational event for librarians and is not included as part of the regular conference registration for authors.