Librarian & Educator Day 2019
Presented by The Beguiling Books and Art
Friday, May 10th, 2019, 8am-4pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon
Registration required.


Details and programme forthcoming! Questions? Email

What’s this all about?

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians,  library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

The day starts 8am with coffee and browsing of a curated selection of graphic novels for sale, provided by The Beguiling Library Services. At 8:45am our keynote speech launches the day’s programs.

Following the keynote, the morning sessions begin and the programming is split into three concurrent streams, including a variety of sessions on topics such as Comics Advocacy, Comics Cataloguing Best Practices, Building Mindful, Accessible, and Locally Relevant Graphic Collections…and more!

At approximately 12:30pm we break for lunch. There are many inexpensive and hearty selections located within 5 minutes’ walk of Toronto Reference Library. However, participants who purchase our special Patron Package (see info below) are welcome to attend a special Creator’s Lunch, where many of the most important names in comics and graphic novels at TCAF will be on hand for an informal meet and greet, alongside a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, two more sessions take us through to the end of the day.

UPDATE: Keynote: Raina Telgemeier!

We’re proud and delighted to announce that groundbreaking cartoonist Raina Telgemeier will present the keynote address for our TCAF Professional Programs, kicking off Librarian & Educator Day and Word Balloon Academy for 2019.

Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, Sisters, and Ghosts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include three Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best-of and Notables lists. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Raina Telgemeier attends TCAF Librarian & Educator Day with the support of Scholastic Canada, and in celebration of her brand-new TCAF-debuting graphic novel Share Your Smile!

UPDATE: Program: Initial Session List (More Sessions TBC)

TCAF Librarian & Educator Day offers a wide range of sessions for all types of education and library professionals. The follow list of sessions has been confirmed for L&E Day 2019, with more to be added. Final details and personnel for these sessions will be available in the printed program available on site during the event.

Comics in a Dangerous Time
This session will discuss how we can use comics to fight against injustice, support members of marginalized groups, and create a more safe and equitable society. Attendees will learn about using comics to teach issues that are being neglected in our current political climate. Topics covered will include sex education, Indigenous history and culture, decolonization, medical and health issues, and more!

Breaking the Supply Chains: Crowdfunded & Self-Published Comics
Oh no! A new award winning comic you want for your library or classroom isn’t available through your usual vendors it because it was self-published using a crowdfunding website! What do you do? Learn how other libraries and schools have managed to purchase comics through non-traditional avenues and listen to creators discuss why they turn to crowdfunding and self-publishing for their own work.

Graphic Novels and a New Visual Literacy
Editorial Director and comics creator Mark Siegel‘s lecture features visual story mechanics, tools for the classroom, data and resources on literacy and visual media for librarians and educators especially.

What’s the Deal with French Comics?
Not sure where to start with French-language comics? Come to this session and learn about the history of Franco-Belgian comics (bandes dessinées), how they differ from North American and Asian traditions, and what challenges and opportunities exist for this material in our collections. Plus: Recommendations of French language comics for your classroom! Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Comics Publisher Speed-Dating
In a series of short sessions with publishers from across North America, learn about new and forthcoming graphic novels for your collection.

The Big Comics Q&A
This session is an opportunity for you to ask anything and everything you need to know on the topics of comics, comics librarianship, and comics education. Our panel of experts has the answers!

…plus sessions on Indigenous Comics, History Comics, International Comics, Teaching with Manga, Art & Avant-garde Comics! Check back frequently for updates and more details!

UPDATE: Manga Classics Coffee Break

We’re delighted to announce that Manga Classics, the Canadian publisher that brings the best of literary classics to life in manga, will be providing coffee and tea for all attendees of Librarian & Educator Day. Wake up with a delicious brew, and learn about what the folks in Manga Classics can do for your classroom or library!

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, artists and experts. 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 yourself! You’ll see a flexible variety of payment options as you sign up, and we will accept Patron Pack purchases on site as well (while supplies last!).