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Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - Libraries Rock
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Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - Libraries Rock

$40 & up - Join us for this musical workshop on the 2018 Summer Reading theme "Libraries rock!"

When: 03/08/2018
9:30 - 4:30 pm
Where: Highland County District Library, Greenfield Branch Library
1125 Jefferson St
Greenfield, Ohio  45123
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext. 10

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Who Should Attend?

Children's and Youth Services staff who create programming 

Staff responsible for creating summer reading programming

Competencies Covered

Children's services outreach

* Designs and implements library services and spaces to meet the needs and interests of children in the community.

Children's programming 

* Designs, implements and sponsors library programs that offer information, special skills or entertainment for children and their families and caregivers.


9:30am Doors Open

9:30am to 10:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Introductions

10:00am to 10:50am Music in Me: Literacy + Music + Communities, presented by Amy Caswell, Campbell County Public Library

11:00am to 11:50pm  Recording & Podcasting Studios in Libraries, presented by Emily Wages, SWON Libraries Consortium

12:00pm to 12:50pm  Lunch

1:00pm to 1:50pm Libraries Rock! Exploring Music-based STEM Programs, presented by Jennifer Beach,Kenton County Public Library

2:00pm to 2:50pm Learn to Make Simple Instruments and Experiment with Sound!, presented by Alice Beresford, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

3:00pm to 3:50pm  Ukulele 101, presented by Alice Beresford, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

4:00pm to 4:30pm  Idea Share & Feedback

Program Topics:

Music in Me: Literacy + Music + Communities

This is music adventure for all ages and families through a genre of picture books that adapt wonderful music and songs that all ages love into picture book format. We will look at specifically two of Amy Caswell's favorites: ONE LOVE and WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD. Amy will show you how to use them in programs to get everyone moving and grooving and singing along. Something as simple as a sing-a-long has the ability to immediately spark a sense of community in the room, space, or park that the musical adventure is happening. Amy will show how she uses music in all her programs and the tools of the trade sort of speak that have made her life so much easier. Plus to get you up and awake this bright morning, she'll show you the ever popular Freeze Dance, that she uses in toddler and preschool programs as well as some music trivia to get you prepped and ready for "Libraries Rock!".

Recording & Podcasting Studios in Libraries
Public libraries across the nation have begun to offer recording studios - but how and why? According to American Libraries, “The rise of relatively inexpensive [or free] audio and video recording software… has made it possible for libraries to offer access to technology never thought possible even a decade ago.” Libraries can now offer a variety of digital recording equipment & software as well as the space to use them. There are a lot of options when it comes to creating your own library’s recording space - depending on your users, location, budget, space, and available time, your needs for a recording studio may be a bit different from another library’s. This presentation aims to provide resources for all libraries to help you get started with your own recording studio - no matter your budget or the size of your space. 

Libraries Rock! Exploring Music-based STEM Programs

Music in programming can go way beyond a ukulele and singing nursery rhymes! The science of sound can be addressed with music and fun, hands-on activities, and concepts can be extended to include waves and light. From rubber band instruments to DIY record players, explore music-based STEM concepts!

Learn to Make Simple Instruments and Experiment with Sound!

Learn how to make a box guitar and craft stick harmonicas.  Experiment with shakers of all types and sizes using sand, rice or beans for different effects.  Then bring in all types of recycling, buckets, and other common items to “Stomp Your Library.”  Use dowel rods and tennis balls for drum sticks and mallets!  Have you ever seen a hose horn?  Collect those old leaky garden hoses!!!

Baritone Ukulele for Children’s Librarians

Learn up to 5 basic chords in this beginner session and learn how to use simple songs and parodies with your story times.  You will be introduced to one chord, two chord and three chord songs that you can use over and over!  Children love live music even if you only use it to open your program.  (We will be using Baritone Ukuleles not Soprano which have a different fingering system.  The Baritone uses the same fingering as the lower four strings of a guitar.)

Idea Share

We will go around the room sharing program, service, or other related ideas for the upcoming Summer Reading.

More topics will be announced closer to the event!

Speaker Biographies:

Amy Caswell has worked in a public library setting for the past 5 years in a variety of positions--from circulation clerk, a bookmobile assistant, a reference assistant, an ILL guru, an ATS programmer, and finally as a Children's Service's Librarian. She graduated from IUPUI in June of 2016 with an MLS in Youth Services. She currently works at Campbell County Public Library's Newport Branch as the Children's Service Librarian and lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and two spoiled Blue Russian kitties. 

Emily Wages is the Emergent Trends and Technology Educator for SWON Libraries Consortium. She attended Miami University for her BS in Education and earned her MLIS at Kent State University. She has worked with adults, teens, and children in libraries for five years. Most recently, her work as a library programming specialist concentrated on creating and presenting programs on a variety of topics including basic to advanced technology, maker projects, and community health and wellness. She has a passion for teaching library skills and information literacy as well as advocating for access to information for all.

Jennifer Beach is a Children’s Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, where she has been for 29+ years. She is a Certified Professional Environmental Educator, and holds the KY Early Care and Education Training (EE Specialty) credential. Jennifer grew up in a musical household and has always been a self-described science nerd.  Although she does not sing well, she does sing; and can play the piano, flute, piccolo, and baritone horn, as well as the kazoo and palm pipes. 

Alice Beresford joined the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County three years ago after ten years as Youth Services Librarian at Mason Public Library in Warren County.  Before that she taught K-8 Music and Drama for twenty years. She has given Ukulele lessons for SWON, Lane Public Libraries and PLCH since 2012. She is a Children's Librarian at the Monfort Heights Branch of Cincinnati Library.


OLC accepts 5 CEUs.

KDLA accepts up to 5 CEUs. 


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $40

Members in our Ohio service area - $50

Everyone Else - $75


Food and beverages are included in the cost. We can accommodate many special food requests. When you register, you will be given food choice options and a write-in area if you need to explain more.

Sponsored in part through LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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