Working With Readers

Using Story Elements with Readers (203)

*️⃣ This course is available through institutional purchase only. For more information, contact us at for a free consultation. Whether your readers love a steamy marriage of convenience romance or can’t get enough of thought-provoking first contact stories, the NoveList story elements — appeal, genre, and theme terms — provide a great way to talk to your readers.

Participants will learn how to supercharge their readers’ advisory skills by gaining a thorough understanding of the story elements Email to request a consultation.

*️⃣ Example learning outcomes include:
- Understanding the concepts of genres, appeal terms, and themes and how they can be used in readers’ advisory services.
- Applying strategies for working with readers to identify which story elements they value.
- Identifying search strategies to improve their readers’ advisory skills.
- Using readily available tools to streamline their passive and active readers’ advisory activities.

*️⃣ Course instructor: Yaika Sabat (MLS) comes from a background in public libraries, and is now the Manager of Reader Services at NoveList, where she works on reader-focused services and trains library staff nationwide on recommending books. As a Horror Writers Association’s Library Advisory Council member, she works to help librarians understand and embrace the horror genre. She is passionate about diverse representation in books and media and is always open to trying a new genre. Her other interests include writing, graphic novels, folklore, and baking.

April Mazza (MLS) is a Learning Engagement Specialist at NoveList. She previously worked in public, school, and special library settings and has reviewed youth materials for "School Library Journal", "Kirkus", "Booklist", and the "Horn Book Guide". She has served on both the Sibert Informational Book Medal and Newbery Medal committees. She also cohosts and coproduces the podcast “This Podcast is Overdue,” which explores books and reading. As a kid, April loved reading folk and fairy tales. Today you’ll find her reading all sorts of genres, especially if they are moving, culturally diverse, or illustrated.
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Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever