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Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2019 - A Universe of Stories
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Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2019 - A Universe of Stories

$30 & up - Join us for this energetic and STEM-filled workshop on the 2019 Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories."

When: 03/14/2019
9:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: MidPointe Library System
West Chester branch
9363 Centre Pointe Dr
West Chester Township, Ohio  45069
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 9:50am Registration, Donuts & Coffee

9:50am to 10:00am Morning Announcements

10:00am to 10:50am A presentation from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

11:00am to 11:50pm  STEM @ Your Library, presented by Kate Denier and Marni Blanken (Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County)

12:00pm to 12:50pm  Lunch

1:00pm to 1:50pm Moon Magic! presented by Jennifer Beach (Kenton County Public Library) 

2:00pm to 2:50pm SWON in Space, presented by Emily Wages (SWON Libraries)

3:00pm to 3:50pm  Exploring Space through Local Libraries presented by Kurtz Miller (Science Educator) & Robyn Case (Wright Memorial Public Library)

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

Presentations & Speakers:

Armstrong Air & Space Museum Presentation

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will present their recommended 2019 Summer Reading Library Programs, including details on “Black Holes” and “Living on Another World.” With the 2019 Summer Reading Library theme being “A Universe of Stories,” the museum is opening up all newly launched outreach programs and workshops to your library. They will provide information and answer questions about the nine available programs—find out how they can best fit with your Summer Reading participants!

STEM @ Your Library

Using techniques learned through the NASA@ My Library grant, we will discuss inexpensive ways to incorporate STEM into children’s and teen programming. Some topics include space, engineering, weather and exploring the moon. We will also offer suggestions on where to find free resources for STEM training and activities.

Kate Denier is the Senior Branch Manager for the North Central Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She has over ten years of experience in youth services and is currently on the Board of Directors for YALSA.

Marni Blanken is the Children’s Librarian at the Northside Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has been a Children’s Librarian for 15 years and served on various committees. Kate and Marni love science programming and are the facilitators of the NASA @ My Library grant for The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.

SWON in Space

In this presentation, SWON's Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, Emily Wages, will show you all the spacey ways you can make use of our TTL program next summer!  You will get to see and try out several of our space-related technology items: from simple toys such as the Cubetto and augmented reality books to more complicated projects like the LittleBits Space Kit which comes with ten activities created in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We will explore resources for free VR and AR materials like 360 videos, images, tours, and apps. Make sure to download the apps on this this list of QR codes to follow along with Emily's presentation.

Emily Wages was born and raised in southwestern Ohio, growing up in Forest Park and Fairfield. 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.

Exploring Space through Local Libraries

This presentation will explore different ways you can explore space at your library. Additionally, the presenters will also share the Science-Technology Activities & Resources Net (STAR_Net), which is a production of the Space Science Institute & National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary
Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Finally, the presenters will detail how the Wright Library in Oakwood has offered space-related programming by utilizing these resources.

Kurtz Miller is a science teacher at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.
Robyn Case is an Adult Services Librarian at Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio. She previously served for 6 years as Library Media Specialist for K-12 students at The Miami Valley School. She holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and is a recent “graduate” of Library Leadership Ohio.

Idea Share

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


OLC accepts 5 CEUs.

KDLA accepts up to 5 CEUs. 

ISL accepts up to 5 LEU/TLEUs.


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $30
Geographic Members in our Ohio service area - $40
Everyone Else - $55
Box Lunch - $15

"Grab and Go" Breakfast and Box Lunches:

Donuts and coffee are 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.

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

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