5 Ways to Increase Nonfiction Circulation and Create Passionate Nonfiction Readers

Presented by: Lerner and School Library Journal
Event Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022


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A growing body of research shows that many students enjoy nonfiction as much as or more than fiction, but library circulation doesn’t always reflect that. Discover how five school librarians increased their students’ interest in nonfiction through weeding aggressively, re-arranging and displaying books in creative ways, and highlighting it with innovative activities.

Mary Ann Cappiello and Xenia Hadjioannou will provide information on why kids need better access to nonfiction books, then Pam Harland will interview five librarian panelists— Laura Wylie de Fiallos, Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Sharon Amolo, Meredith Inkeles, and Paula Januzzi-Godfrey—about their innovative programs and amazing results. 

As part of the seminar, attendees will receive:

  • A digital card with links to blog posts written by the librarians featured in the webinar, describing their innovations
  • A handout explaining the 5 Kinds of Nonfiction—a classification system that helps educators identify and provide a broad array of nonfiction in their collections to appeal to different types of readers

Educators who watch the live webinar will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of the professional book 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children's Books, written by award-winning author Melissa Stewart and Marlene Correia. This webinar is sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group.


Mary Ann Cappiello, Professor of Language & Literacy, Lesley University

Xenia Hadjioannou, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Penn State University

Laura Wylie de Fiallos, Library Director, Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Media Specialist, Coral Glades High School

Sharon Amolo, Media Specialist, Gwin Oaks Elementary

Meredith Inkeles, Teacher Librarian, Kinry Road Elementary School

Paula Januzzi-Godfrey, School Librarian, Glenn Elementary School

Pam Harland, Assistant Clinical Professor, Plymouth State University (Session Moderator)



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