Fantasy is an eternal favorite for many readers, so we’re back with a revisit (and refresh!) of the Crash Course for this popular genre. Readers of fantasy are some of the most voracious, and we’ve got some new and updated genre information and titles for your #TBR. 

Do you have a go-to readers’ advisory strategy for helping readers of Fantasy? Whether your readers are fans of academies of magic or swords and sorcery, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best fantasy has to offer your readers — from hidden heritage to vengeance is mine.    

Join Amy Dittmeier, Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library in Illinois, and Jessica Trotter, Collection Development Specialist, Capital Area District Libraries in Lansing, Michigan, as they cover:  

  • Popular subgenres, appeals, and themes  
  • Current trends and authors to watch   
  • How to help readers of fantasy 
  • Other popular media in the genre  

This webinar is available now available with additional bonus content on Learn with NoveList. 

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Amy Dittmeier (she/they) is a librarian at the Des Plaines Public Library, where they enjoy finding the perfect book (or movie!) for people. Amy has contributed articles to Library Journal, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness and loves talking about books with patrons and librarians alike. In her spare time, she can be found parked on the couch playing video games, in her garden hanging out with plants, or exploring one of the hundreds of breweries in Chicago. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @roboticdinos. 

Jessica Trotter is an archivist by training but now works as a Collection Development Specialist for Capital Area District Libraries in Lansing, Michigan. She also works as Digital Selector for the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services OverDrive Consortium, serves on the Board for LibraryReads, and advocates for thoughtful and inclusive Readers’ Advisory. She presents regularly on Collections Maintenance, Readers’ Advisory, and Genealogy topics.    

Moderator Yaika Sabat comes from a background in public libraries and now manages the Reader Services team. While she is a horror fan first, she does her best to read across genres and is passionate about diverse representation in books and media. 

Leigh Gaddy is the Lead/Demand Generation Marketing Specialist at NoveList. She is currently reading Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan.