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Take 5: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Empowering Youth Advocates

$10 to attend this event! TAKE 5 is headed to dynamic Dayton to continue exploring creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge. For the sixth annual gathering, we challenge you to reflect on the past and energize your plans for the future.

When: Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 AM
Where: Dayton Metro Library
Northwest Branch
2410 Philadelphia Dr
Dayton, Ohio  45406
United States
Contact: Janet Ingraham-Dwyer
(614) 644-6910

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Take 5: Where We’ve been and Where We’re Going

Empowering Youth Advocates 
Friday, May 5, 2017 (with optional activities on Thursday, May 4)

Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library

2410 Philadelphia Drive

Dayton, OH 45406



Take 5 is a day of dialogue and discovery for teen services staff, school librarians and associates, and other youth advocates. The sixth annual Take 5 event continues our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge.  

  • Our featured speaker, Katrina Kittle, novelist and TedX speaker, will share tools to create positive change for ourselves and our young people.

  • A panel of experts from various fields will address ways to support vulnerable and marginalized young people.

  • Interactive brainstorming and reflection sessions will encourage attendees to exchange ideas, share successes, and inspire each other.

  • LEGO challenges to build teamwork will demonstrate how to easily incorporate STEAM into your programs.

  • Hands-on activity stations, from kitchen science to electronic textiles, ukuleles to unicycles, will provide you a wealth of ideas to bring back to your workplace and community.

  • The Take 5 planning team also invites attendees to contribute to "Windows to our World", an informal visual display of successful activities, services and programs offered at attendees’ organizations.  This display will be available for attendees to enjoy throughout the day, and will be a featured component of the afternoon session.  Bring photos, program materials, a poster/tri-fold display, handouts/promotional materials, and/or other items – anything you think others would enjoy and learn from.  Examples from a previous Take 5 event are here: (opens Facebook).

Bonus: Arrive early and enjoy Thursday evening in Dayton with other Take 5 attendees!  From a Breakout Room challenge to an interactive exploration of the YouTuber phenomenon, the evening promises conversation, exploration, and fun.  Attendees may also stay after and explore Dayton on Friday afternoon. Group pricing at the Hampton Inn Dayton-Vandalia expired on April 7, but rooms may still be available at a special rate of $119. Call the hotel at 937-387-0598, ask for the manager, and mention that you are with the Take 5 group.


Competencies covered:

  • Young Adult Services Outreach
  • Young Adult Programming


 Friday, May 5th

9:00 – 9:30 Registration, refreshments, icebreaker activity 

9:30 – 9:35 Welcome / introductions

9:35 – 9:40 LEGO challenge

9:40 – 11:10  Keynote – Katrina Kittle

11:10 – 11:20 Break / introduce postcard & evaluation / LEGO challenge

11:20 – 12:50 Panel

12:50 – 2:45 Lunch and Activity Fair

2:45 - 3:00 Reconvening / LEGO challenge / Postcard & evaluation reminder

3:00 - 4:30 World Cafe

4:30 Collect postcards and evaluations

Optional: stay after on Friday afternoon to explore the Proto BuildBar, a makerspace/restaurant/bar/coffeeshop in downtown Dayton.


Thursday, May 4th, evening optional activities:

 6:00 Convene at the Vandalia Branch library in the Community Room
6:30 Library Tour
7:00 Pizza and desserts (all chip in to buy pizza)
7:30 Breakout Room challenge
8:00 The YouTuber phenomenon – videos & conversation

Schedule subject to change. Stay tuned!



Katrina Kittle is the author of four books for adults—Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, and The Blessings of the Animals— and one novel for tweens, Reasons to Be Happy. The Kindness of Strangers was the winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. A former middle school and high school English and theatre teacher, Katrina now teaches creative writing workshops for all ages, as well as offering private coaching and manuscript evaluations. She is a public speaker, most often leading her “Leap and the Net Will Appear” and “Practicing Happiness” workshops. Katrina lives south of Dayton with her fella, her odd cat Joey, her sweet beagle Ryley, and her out-of-control garden. She has a thing for goats, gardening, and going barefoot; and is addicted to coffee, pedicures, and movies. Librarians are her heroes. You can find out more at and



* Lindsay Bohan, Volunteer Coordinator, GLSEN Dayton,  
* Monnie Bush, Founder & CEO, The Victory Project,
* Jan Futrell, TIPS Coordinator, Dayton International Peace Museum,
* Christina Sawyer, Lead Teacher, Center for Adolescent Services, Montgomery County Juvenile Court,
* Leisan Smith, Director of Student & Community Engagement, Bexley City Schools,



$10 (includes food and beverage)


Take 5 is supported by LSTA funds administered by the State Library of Ohio and by a generous contribution from SWON.
This event is sponsored by SWON Libraries Consortium and Dayton Metro Library.


Attendees at the Take 5: Level Out, Level Up event in May 2016 had this to say:

“I truly did not know what to expect, and conferences based on conversations are not something I’m enthusiastic about...BUT! This was outstanding and refreshing, and I cannot speak highly enough about it. THANK YOU!”

“Great day – fun activities – awesome people!”

“Loved all the hands-on and conversation time!”

“So incredible! The trend possibilities were amazing.”

“The arrangements were amazing and I can’t stop thinking about all the ideas that Miguel Figueroa left us with.”

“It was a very enjoyable event, I took many new ideas away, and it was nice to interact with other

professionals and hear their perspectives on things.”

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