Are you intimidated at the thought of helping romance readers? Whether your readers are fans of category romances or paranormal romances, let NoveList and LibraryReads break down the best romance has to offer your readers — from best friend’s sibling to secret babies.

Join as they cover:

  • Why romance is so popular and ways libraries can destigmatize the genre
  • How romance developed including classics, newcomers, and awards to know
  • Subgenres and crossovers
  • NoveList insider information on genre headings, themes, appeal terms, and more

The webinar is now archived. Click below to watch the recording or skip ahead to the training session that took place after the webinar.

Watch the webinar recording



Polli Kenn is the Readers’ Services Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, KS and she is fairly certain that leisure reading and a nice cuppa will save humanity. In early 2015 she launched the BookSquad readers’ advisory team and has written and presented on how to start a readers’ advisory revolt at your library on a dime. She is a member of the Booklist Advisory Board, the LibraryReads Board, and a co-host of the BookSquad Podcast. In her spare time, she made three nifty humans entirely from scratch.   

Stephanie Anderson is the Assistant Director of Selection for BookOps, the shared technical services organization of the New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. (That means that she leads the amazing team of librarians who select and order all materials for 150 branches and two digital collections - in 21 languages!) She is a founding member and current chair of the LibraryReads Board of Directors. Outside of work, when she's not ignoring her email to read on the couch, she's reviewing books (for People, Kirkus Reviews, or Shelf Awareness), coaching basketball, or working on yet another slide deck about readers' advisory. You can learn more about her love of RA education at

Halle Eisenman leads the Editorial Content Team which oversees the creation of the lists, articles, book discussion guides, and all the other amazing and informative content you can find in NoveList. Prior to working at NoveList, she spent a dozen years working for a public library system in a variety of roles, but no matter what her job title, her favorite part of any day was suggesting books to patrons. When not at work, Halle can often be found walking her dog (he gets lots of exercise when she’s listening to a particularly riveting audiobook), binge-watching TV shows aimed at teenagers, baking, or sitting on her back porch with a book. She is currently serving on the RUSA CODES Reading List Council.