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23rd Annual Picture Book Read-In

$30 & up - This is your time to read all those picture books that you haven't had time for and to network with colleagues to find out how they're using picture books in their programming. Early Bird Special! Register now and get $5 off. Ends July 27th.

When: 08/17/2018
9 - 4 pm
Where: Clermont County Public Library
Miami Township branch
5920 Buckwheat Road
Milford, Ohio  45150
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext. 10

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23rd Annual Picture Book Read-In

SWON's Picture Book Read-In is a program for Collection Development staff, Children's Librarians, Teachers, Childcare Workers, in short, anyone who selects and/or reads books for children. We have thousands of recent titles (usually from the last two years) loaned to us for this event from six leading public library systems. Each attendee receives a guide listing all of the books. 

The day includes time for selecting and binge-reading picture books, discussing possible story time options with your peers and two presentations. 

Competencies Covered:

  • Reader's Advisory for Children's Literature
  • Collections for Children
  • Children's Programming


9:00-9:30 AM Breakfast, Intro, & Logistics

9:30-11:30 AM Reading Time

11:30-12:30 PM We Need Diverse Storytimes: How to Find Diverse Children’s Books and Use Them in Your Storytime, presented by Marissa Clardy, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

12:30-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM Drag Queen Story Hour, presented by Lisa Soper, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

2:15-4:00 PM Reading Time

4:00-4:15 PM Prizes & Feedback Forms

Programs and Presenters:

We Need Diverse Storytimes: How to Find Diverse Children’s Books and Use Them in Your Storytime
Discuss the reasons diverse children’s literature is so important, places we can go to find diverse children’s literature, and our favorite diverse books to use for storytime.

Marissa Clardy received her BA in English from Oberlin College. She received her MLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and now works as a children’s librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She loves children’s and YA literature, especially fantasy and graphic novels, and diverse books for all ages. She enjoys reading, hiking, running, eating, baking, and (attempting to) cook. 

Drag Queen Story Hour
Join us for this presentation about the Drag Queen Story Hour events held at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. We’ll share the history behind the program, which was developed to promote inclusion and diversity, and some tips and tricks for presenting your own DQSH event for children and their caregivers.

Lisa Soper is the Youth Services & Programming Coordinator for The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. Prior to her current role, she spent more than 10 years sharing her love of reading, science and technology with children of all ages as a Children’s Librarian with PLCH and the Lawrenceburg Public Library District in Lawrenceburg, IN.
Benjamin Bedel is a Cincinnati native, graduating first from Elder Catholic High School, and later DAAP College at UC. He has been involved with the entertainment, art, and LGBTQ worlds since his college days, but learned rigor and research skills at the conservative high school. From drag parties in LA, to club promotion and collaboration with Queens of all types and expressions in Harlem and Brooklyn, Queer outsider artists have always been in his life. He has been working with Ms. Soper for almost two years, serving as a necessary liaison between talent and the Library, and bringing organization to the Queens’ participation.


OLC accepts 6 CEUs.

KDLA accepts up to 6 CEUs. 

ISL accepts up to 6 LEU/TLEUs.


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $30
Geographic Members in our Ohio service area - $40
Everyone Else - $55
Box Lunch - $15
Early Bird Special - Receive $5 off your ticket price when you register before July 27th!

"Grab and Go" Breakfast and Box Lunches:

Breakfast is included in the cost and a separate box lunch can be purchased, otherwise you are free to bring your lunch or go to one of the many nearby restaurants. We can accommodate most special food requests. When you register, you will be given food choice options and a write-in area if you need to explain more.

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