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2020 Summer Reading Workshop - Imagine Your Story
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2020 Summer Reading Workshop - Imagine Your Story

$30 & up - Join us for this engaging workshop on the 2020 Summer Reading Theme "Imagine Your Story"

When: 9:00 AM
Where: Centerville Library - Cynthia Klinck Community Room
111 W. Spring Valley Rd
Centerville, Ohio  45458
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422

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2020 SWON Summer Reading Workshop - Imagine Your Story


This full day of training will feature an intensive storytelling workshop presented by Deborah L. Dubois of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library. Half of the day will be devoted to learning how to use storytelling techniques to improve your stortimes and better imagine YOUR stories. In addition, we'll have some fun with origami and learn about how to tell your story with STEM. 

Who should attend?

  • Children's Services
  • Front-line Library Staff
  • Programming & Event-planners
  • Public Library Staff

Competencies Covered (Competency Index for the Library Field):

  • Public Services Competencies
  • Children’s Services
  • Children’s Services Outreach
  • Children’s Programming


8:30 - Registration; Coffee & Donuts served

9 AM - Workshop Begins

9:00-10:45 - Fantastic Folds - Chris McCullough (Ohio Paper Folders)

10:45 - 11:45 - SWON Presents: Telling Your Story with Technology - Chas Smith

11:45 - 1 PM - Lunch

1 - 4 PM - Storytelling Workshop with Deborah L. Dubois

4 PM - 4:30 - Door Prizes and Feedback Forms


OLC accepts up to 6 CEUs

KDLA accepts up to 6 CEUs

ISL accepts up to 6 LEU/TLEUs


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $35
Geographic Members in our Ohio service area - $45
Everyone Else - $60

Optional Box Lunch - $15

Early Bird Special - Receive $5 off your ticket price when you register before January 31st

Light Breakfast & Boxed Lunches:

A light breakfast of coffee, donuts & other snacks is included in the cost of your registration and a separate box lunch is available for purchase. Otherwise, feel free to pack a lunch or dine out at a nearby nearby restaurant!

We can accommodate most special food requests -- the vegan & gluten free options will usually be a salad. When you register, you will be given food choice options and a write-in area if you need to explain more or have an allergy or sensitivity you'd like to share.


Session Descriptions:

Fantastic Folds

Chris McCullough will lead us through the basics of origami, including vocabulary, types of folds and resources that you can use to create your own origami event at the library. We'll practice a few fun & fantastical origami models to work with younger children or you can use your newfound skills to tell folk tales, fairy tales and other stories.  All supplies will be provided. 

Ohio Paper Folders is comprised of origami artists who volunteer their time and talents to teach and share their skills and knowledge to ensure the life and development of this art form. Those artists who choose to participate also work on our community outreach programs, such as: Teaching at Nationwide Children's Hospital; constructing hundreds of origami kits for the art carts at NCH as well as the holiday ornament program; teaching at schools, churches, libraries, art festivals, fairs and other events and curate origami exhibits at galleries, craft fairs and the Ohio State Fair.

Christine McCullough has a consuming interest in all things origami which began in high school and has continued off and on for nearly 60 years. Chris has taught children in her 6th grade classroom, gifted children for nearly twenty years at Super Saturday, summer campers at Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, and young swimmers on her former swim team. Attending Centerfold Convention in Columbus has greatly enhanced the origami experience.   


SWON Presents: Telling Your Story with Technology

Our new Tech Educator, Chas Smith, will demonstrate how you can use tech in your Summer Reading Program, some of which you can borrow from SWON!

Chas Smith is SWON's new Emergent Trends and Technology Coordinator. With a background in library science and education, he's ready to share the benefit of his years of experience working with the Kenton County Public Library System with you!


Storytelling Workshop

We will explore various ways to tell or share a story, demonstrating several examples.  Participants will create items to help tell the stories they bring.  Please bring a book that you would like to share with children in a different way other than reading it and scissors and glue and some other supplies will be provided. Anyone who would like is welcome bring leftover craft items to use in the workshop. Ideas include: paper scraps, yarn, feathers, beads, fabric & anything else you can use to tell your story.

Deborah L. Dubois is the Outreach Coordinator at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library where she has worked for 35 years.  Sharing stories with children is one of her favorite parts of the job. Deborah is a member of the Ohio Ready to Read Task Force, the OLC Professional Development Committee, and a past member of the OLC Board.   She is married to Deacon Tom Dubois and has two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

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