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21st Annual Picture Book Read-In

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. Get updated about the event on Twitter with #PBRI16.

When: 8/23/2016
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: MidPointe Library - West Chester Branch
9363 Centre Pointe Drive
West Chester, OH  45069
United States
Contact: Kaitlyn
513-751-4422 x 10

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21st 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 (fiction and non-fiction). 

The day includes time for selecting and binge-reading picture books, discussing possible story time options with your peers (over 80 children's librarians/teachers attended last year) 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 Storytimes For Children with Autism, Hollie Miller

12:30-1:15 PM Lunch

1:15-2:15 PM Using Puppets in Storytimes, Dorri Hegyi and Jennifer Reis

2:15-4:00 PM Reading Time

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


Dorri Hegyi: Since 1994, thousands of puppet shows have been performed at the Miamisburg Library. Ms. Dorri joined the ranks in 2008 and was entranced when she watched her first puppet show. Since then, she has written, recorded, and performed in new puppet shows and aided in the digital migration of old favorites. She has constructed props and created puppets. She recently celebrated twenty years working in libraries and feels lucky to be carrying on the tradition of puppetry. Dorri is a children's librarian at the Miamisburg Branch of the Dayton Metro Library system.

Hollie Miller: Hollie has completed three degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and Xavier University.  She recently completed her tenth year working for Mt. Healthy City Schools as an early childhood intervention specialist.  When she is not working, she is meeting the needs of her five children, ages ranging from four to nineteen years old.  When she has a spare moment, you will find her editing pictures, volunteering for church, or reading a good book.

Jennifer Reis: Ms. Jen has worked as a children’s librarian at the Miamisburg Library since 2013. She serves on the puppet committee, collaborating on puppet shows used at branches throughout the Dayton Metro Library system. She has written puppet show scripts, provided voice acting for puppet show recordings, and regularly performs marionette shows. She began library work in 2008, previously working at the Clark County Public Library and the Cardington-Lincoln Public Library, where she incorporated hand puppets into storytimes.


Storytimes For Children with Autism
This session was created to help familiarize you with strategies you can employ to help make story times sessions successful for all children. This session will begin with a brief overview of Autism, then will look at other libraries systems nationwide and the programs they have implemented to include this special population of learners, lastly you will leave with strategies and resources to assist you in implementing successful sensory based story times within your own library branches. This session will be lead by Hollie Miller. Mrs. Miller has taught preschool intervention in an inner city district for 11 years. In addition, the richness of her experiences come from raising her own son with ASD, who is currently a senior at Walnut Hills High School.


Using Puppets in Storytimes

Looking to add puppets to your repertoire? Ms. Dorri and Ms. Jen have tips for every budget and comfort level.


Early Bird price is $5.00 off at each level. Ends July 31st!

Employee of Supporting Member Library: $30.00

Everyone else: $35.00

After July 31st pricing:

Employee of Supporting Member Library: $35.00

Everyone else: $40.00

Includes continental breakfast (pastries & fruit), coffee, teas and juice. Lunch, your choice sandwich, sides, cookies, drink.

Special food requests honored, you state your needs during the registration process.


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