Welcome to ROYAL -Blue Ash
You may join at any time and your dues will cover one full year. Pay your dues here.
ROYAL is a group of school and public library staff serving children who meet regularly to review and share information about new children's books, which are provided by publishers via SWON. At each meeting, each reviewer is expected to share a booklist and to discuss each of their reviews.
There are several ROYAL groups facilitated by SWON. School and Public Library Staff who serve children are welcome to join any of our CLEAR groups. Can't attend any of our existing groups? Contact us for more information on forming your own ROYAL group.
This group meets in Blue Ash, OH.
Convener in Blue Ash: Deanna Pina, CE Coordinator for SWON, Deanna@Swonlibraries.org
How it works:
Publishers send copies of their new titles to SWON, which are the distributed to our ROYAL groups. These books are aimed at the target audience of YA readers, grades 7-12. At each meeting reviews of the last meeting's books are shared orally. Members then get to choose books to read and review for the next meeting.
The number of books provided to you is based on the number of reviewers registered for the meeting on our website and the number of books received from the publishers. Reviews are shared with the publishers and are a requirement of participation.
Members get to keep the books that they review. Many of the reviewers add the books to their library's collection, adding close to $1,000 worth of books to their shelves on a yearly basis. However, members are also welcome to keep the books for themselves, or distribute them in any way they choose.
If you are a publisher and would like to be included in our review process, please contact the SWON Libraries office at (513) 751-4422 or email us.
To view a book review from SWON's ROYAL group, click on "group pages" and then click on "Old ROYAL Reviews".