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Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2017 - Build a Better World
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Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2017 - Build a Better World

Join your fellow Children's Librarians for this full-day summer reading workshop featuring next summer's theme: Build a Better World. Sponsored in part through LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

When: 9/27/16
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Washington Centerville Public Library
111 W Spring Valley Rd
Centerville, Ohio  45458
United States
Contact: Kaitlyn
513-751-4422 ext. 10

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Build A Better World

Competencies Covered by this Event:

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.


8:30am Doors Open

8:30am to 9:00am  Registration, Breakfast, and Introductions

9:00am to 9:50am  Financial Literacy, presented by Amy Allgeier and Sara Hardin, Washington Centerville Public Library

10:00am to 10:50am  T.R.A.S.H.: Take Responsible Action at School and Home, presented by Dawn Kirchner, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

11:00am to 11:50pm  Makerspace on a Budget, presented by Cassondra Vick, SWON Libraries Consortium

11:50pm to 12:30pm  Lunch

12:30pm to 1:20pm  Environmental Education, presented by Jennifer Beach, Kenton County Public Library

1:30pm to 2:20pm  Civics for Kids, presented by Dianne Herman, League of Women Voters

2:30pm to 4:00pm  Tool Time for Kids, presented by Alice Beresford, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

4:10pm to 4:30pm  Idea Share - We'll go around the room and each attendee will share one idea with the group.

Program Topics:

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is an important skill that children and teens can learn beginning at a young age, but unfortunately, many schools do not include this life skill in their curriculum. In 2015, Washington-Centerville Public Library received a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association. With this grant, the library was able to create a Money $marts exhibit that features fun financial games and interactive elements in which kids and teens can test their money knowledge, take home tips on money management, and learn the value of saving. This presentation will hopefully give other librarians the tools and ideas to plan future financial literacy programs for all ages.

T.R.A.S.H. [Take Responsible Action at School and Home]
Did you know that the USS New York was built with 24 tons of steel from the fallen World Trade Center? Students will learn where our trash goes, what it can become and how to put trash in its place by reusing it in a fun, interactive way. This exhibit is brought to you with assistance from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

Makerspace on a Budget

Cassondra Vick, the Technology Educator at SWON Libraries, will share fresh ideas on how to make with middle-schoolers for cheap!

Environmental Education

The National Science Teachers Association strongly supports environmental education (EE) as a way to instill environmental literacy in our nation's pre-K–16 students. What is environmental literacy, and how can we support this in our library programming? This workshop by Jennifer Beach will overview some of the EE “curricula” that are available, ways to enhance STEAM programming with EE, and more.

Civics for Kids

It's never too early to teach kids about civics! In this workshop you'll discover new programming ideas to get kids interested and involved in citizenship.

Tool Time for Kids

Join Alice Beresford and make projects that you can do with children ages 6 to 12 at minimal cost per item.  We will use hammers, screwdrivers and other basic tools.  We will discuss using old fashioned hand crank drills versus pre-drilling parts/pieces. Children will practice measuring, reading directions, and so much more while having fun doing these projects.

Speaker Biographies

Amy Allgeier has been a Youth Services Specialist at the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville since May 2007.  She coordinates Children’s programs, Summer Reading Club for both Babies, Toddlers, and Children, and performs two weekly storytimes. Her favorite part of her job is being able to come up with fun, exciting programs and to get to know so many of her young patrons and families! Amy lives in Springboro with her husband, Andrew, and her son, Edwin.

Jennifer Beach is a Certified Professional Environmental Educator and Children’s Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, where she has been employed for more than 27 years. She holds a KY Early Care and Education Trainer’s Credential as well. She does a wide variety of programming for the Kenton County Public Library for families and children of all ages, both indoors and out. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and has provided environmental ed training for teachers and others across the state of Kentucky.

Alice Beresford joined the Public Library of Cincinnati two 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 including basic scenery design and building. As a result of the latter, Alice has a keen sense of children’s abilities regarding tools and simple construction and enjoys helping her nieces and nephews construct everything from shelves to dollhouses. She is a Children's Librarian at the Monfort Heights Branch of Cincinnati Library.

Sara Hardin holds a Master’s Degree in Young Adult Integrated Language Arts Education and has been the Teen Services Specialist at Washington-Centerville Public Library for the last six and a half years.  Her main duties include planning and leading the library’s teen programs, heading the Teen Summer Reading Club, collection development for teen non-fiction and graphic novels, and serving as Advisor to the Teen Advisory Board.  Sara lives in Brookville, Ohio with her husband Wes and two children Will and Evie.

Dianne Herman is a retired social worker. During her career, she specialized in working with severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.  After she retired, she joined the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area and served as the Program Director, providing educational programs for citizens in Montgomery and Greene counties.  She is currently the coordinator of the Speakers Bureau for the League.

Dawn Kirchner is the Vice President of Education at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master’s of Science in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science. She has worked in informal science education for over a decade, and has developed and taught programming in a variety of disciplines including environmental science, paleontology and particle physics.

Cassondra Vick originally hails from Nashville, TN and has worked in public libraries for almost 15 years (and even served as a library page in her high school). She has spent most of her career in Youth Services, having worked in both Young Adult and Children's Services. Her time studying for her MLIS at the University of Kentucky ignited a passion for library tech, allowing her to turn formerly personal interests into professional ones!


Employee of Supporting Member Library: $30

Geographic: $40

Out-of-State: $60


We will be serving lunch!
When you register, you'll be able to tell us about any dietary restrictions you may have.


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

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