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.

UPDATE: Pre-registration is now closed!

But you can still attend! Free Registration is available, on site from 8AM on Friday May 10th. Some Patron Packs may be available for purchase on site, while supplies last.


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.

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.

9:00am-10:00am: Keynote by Raina Telgemeier

10:15am-11:15am: Hidden Histories (Epic Hall)
Comics have a history of delivering true stories in vivid detail. From radical political and activist movements to groundbreaking human achievements, the comics presented during this panel give us a glimpse into rarely discussed aspects of history and how creators are capturing these stories. Featuring creators Gord Hill (The Antifa Comic Book) , James Davidge (1st Legion of Utopia), Scott Chantler & Heidi Jacobs (All Stars) and moderated by educator Dale Jacobs (University of Windsor).

10:15am-11:15am: Critical History of Canadian Alternative Comics (Novella Room)
From bpNichol and Martin Vaughn-James to Julie Doucet, Valium, and Fiona Smyth, the reality of the Canadian alt-comics landscape is more diverse and interesting than the largely white and male canon that is usually celebrated. Kim Jooha will present the genealogy of weird Canadian comics and the role librarians and educators have in critically reading our comics history.

10:15am-11:15am: What’s the Deal with French Comics? (Hinton Learning Theatre)
Not sure where to start with French language comics? Come to this session and learn about the history of Franco-Belgian and Québécois 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! Featuring Nazeli Kyuregyan (Europe Comics), Alexandre Clérisse (Diabolique) & Sophie Bédard (Les petits garçons), moderated by Maxime Beaulieu (Bibliothèques Montréal).


11:30am-12:30pm: Comics in a Dangerous Time (Epic Hall)
This session will discuss how we can use comics to fight against injustice, support members of minority 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! Featuring Rachel Lindsay (RX: A Graphic Memoir), Vivek Shraya (Death Threat), Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) & Dr. Michelle Miller Staord (OCAD University), moderated by Anthony Oliveira (A Queer Guide to Comic Con).

11:30am-12:30pm: Breaking the Supply Chains: Crowdfunded & Self-Published Comics (Novella Room)
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.

11:30am-12:30pm: Comics for All, Comics from Everywhere: The Basics of International Comics for Librarians (Hinton Learning Theatre)
Given the popularity of manga, and the growth of the comics market, it seems like a natural progression to expand school and public library collections by adding international comics. However, the collection development and readers’ advisory resources on international comics are few and far between. This panel is both an introduction to international comics and an open discussion on how to better support
colleagues through collections, awareness, advocacy, and professional development. Participants will be part of a discussion of what makes a work “international,” why these works matters to their communities as well as new titles and suggestions for resources. Featuring Emily Drew (New York Public Library), Gina Gagliano (Random House Graphic) & Fabio Moon & Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers), moderated by Dr. Lucia Cedeira Serantes (Queens College).


12:30pm-1:30pm: Creator Lunch (Epic Hall)
In this special event for Patron Pack purchasers, have lunch with many of today’s greatest graphic novel creators! 


1:30pm-2:00pm: Manga Classics Coffee Break (Epic Hall)
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!


2:00pm-3:00pm: Indigenous-Created Comics in the Classroom (Epic Hall)
In this session, Indigenous comic creators will discuss the stories they’re telling and how their work can impact social justice and support learning in the classroom. Attendees will learn how these comics can be used to teach and discuss difficult topics, including events from Canadian history. Featuring Jen Storm (Fire Starters, This Place: 150 Years Retold), Cole Pauls (Dakwäkãda Warriors), Gord Hill (The 500Years of Indigenous Resistance Comic Book) & David A. Robertson (When We Were Alone), moderated by Kelly Boutsalis (freelance journalist).

2:00pm-3:00pm: Graphic Novels and a New Visual Literacy (Novella Room)
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.

2:00pm-3:00pm: Getting Graphic with Global Competencies: Teaching and Building 21st-century Competencies through Comics (Hinton Learning Theatre)
The Global Competencies curriculum calls for the student development of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and inquiry skills amongst others. Hear from educators and public and school librarians from Canada and the United States about how they incorporate comics and graphic novels like March, El Deafo, Hey Kiddo, The Outside Circle, and other titles in instruction, programming, and free reading to develop global citizenship, civic engagement, visual literacy, multiculturalism, graphic design, and critical thinking skills. Featuring Thomas Maluck (Richland Library), Eric Kim, Jordan Graham (Toronto District School Board) & Fatma Faraj (Branksome Hall), moderated by Amie Wright (American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table).


3:00-4:00: Comics Publisher Speed-Dating (Epic Hall)
In a series of short sessions with publishers from across North America, learn about new and forthcoming graphic novels for your collection.

3:00-4:00: The Big Comics Q&A (Novella)
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! Featuring Amie Wright (Concordia University), Gina Gagliano (Random House Graphic), Dr. Michelle Miller Stafford (OCAD University), Enid Wray (retired teacher-librarian) & David A. Robertson (Will I See?), moderated by Glen Downey (The York School).

3:00-4:00: My Manga Academia!!! (Hinton Learning Theatre)
We know our students love to read manga, but how do we use the texts they already love in our teaching? Educators Mike Barltrop (Western Technical-Commercial School) and Phil Amara (The Discovery of Manga and Anime) will show attendees how manga has impacted the way kids read, how we can link manga to the curriculum, and how teachers are already using comics in the classroom.


UPDATE: Japan Foundation Tour

Our friends at the Japan Foundation Toronto have offered a wonderful additional program for L&E Day attendees, occurring directly after our main program!

Participants in TCAF’s Librarian & Educator Day are invited to visit the Japan Foundation, Toronto (located adjacent to Toronto Reference Library), for a tour of their library, gallery, and seminar space, immediately following Librarian & Educator Day. Learn about the resources and support the Japan Foundation provides for people of all ages who are interested in learning more about Japan and Japanese culture! Staff from the Japan Foundation will meet interested participants at the close of Librarian & Educator Day, and guide them to their space at 2 Bloor Street East for this one-hour program.


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!).