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Spring Summer Reading Workshop - Build a Better World

$40 and up - 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: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Wilmington Public Library
268 N South St
Wilmington, Ohio  45177
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422

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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.


8:30am Doors Open

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

9:00am to 9:50am Coding from Scratch, presented by Cassondra Vick, SWON Libraries Consortium

10:00am to 10:50am  Math and Financial Literacy Programming, presented by Pamela Jayne, Boone County Public Library

11:00am to 11:50pm  Kindness is Like Confetti, presented by Amy Caswell, Campbell County Public Library

11:50pm to 12:30pm  Lunch

12:30pm to 1:20pm  Recycle, Re-use, Re-read! presented by Jennifer Beach, Kenton County Public Library

1:30pm to 2:20pm  Building Better Storytimes: Incorporating Early Literacy Practices into Storytimes, presented by Kerry O'Brien Rhoad, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

2:30pm to 4:00pm  Bully Prevention: Practical Tips for Helping the Kids, presented by Cincinnati Martial Arts Club (CMAC)

4:10pm to 4:30pm  Idea Share & Feedback

Program Topics:

Coding from Scratch (For All Ages)

Scratch is a free programming language and online community developed by MIT where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. It exists online and so is available and accessible for most of our libraries. It has a low barrier for entry (easy to learn) but a high ceiling (you can do complicated things with it).

In this interactive presentation based on her popular "Coding from Scratch" Level-Up Lab, SWON Technology Educator, Cassondra Vick, will talk about what coding is, and coding for the non-programmer with fun "unplugged" coding games and then she will demonstrate some easy challenges for the Scratch programming language.

Math and Financial Literacy Programming (For All Ages)

Need inspiration for creating interesting programs that will engage your community in math and financial literacy components? Learn about programs that have been implemented at Boone County Public Library for preschool through high school, what worked and what didn't work, and ideas for future programs.

Kindness is Like Confetti (For 3-5)

Teaching abstract concepts like kindness and empathy to 3-5 year olds can seem like a rather daunting task. However we as educators and librarians, still find a way to instill these values in the younger generations were are responsible for.

Being kind is free and requires little effort, but it is still a valuable action that makes the world a much better place.  Lofty goal, but how do you make the act of kindness translatable to a 3-5 year old? Amy will show you how through a fun an interactive program designed to bring together different generations, small acts of kindness, and community involvement with a super hero twist. Make a positive impact, build a better world. Throw kindness around like confetti!    


Recycle, Re-use, Re-read! (For Kids)

Help build a better world by recycling what is old into something new! This hands-on workshop will provide tips and ideas for incorporating recycled materials into library programming. With hands-on projects which re-use what might otherwise end up in the land-fill, you will save programming money while helping to save the earth! Workshop participants will complete a recycled craft to take home. 

Building Better Storytimes: Incorporating Early Literacy Practices into Storytimes (For Kids)

Integrating early literacy practices into storytimes can sometimes seem overwhelming.  During this interactive presentation, learn how librarians at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have revamped their storytimes to promote early literacy and empower parents to be their child’s best teacher.  There will also be examples of activities to use with storytimes or the Fun with Letters and Fun with Words workshops in the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition program.

Bully Prevention: Practical Tips for Helping the Kids (For All Ages)

Join this interactive, 90 minute workshop that will walk you through bully prevention. Learn how to identify bullying, how to speak with kids about it, and what to do if a kid comes to you with this issue.

Speaker Biographies:

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. However, 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!

Pamela Jayne has been creating library programs for all ages for eight years. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian for the Florence Branch of Boone County Public Library. She has been presenting at regional, state, and national library conferences for five years.

Amy Caswell has worked in a public library setting for the past 5 years in a variety of positions--from circulation clerk, a bookmobile assistant, a reference assistant, an ILL guru, an ATS programmer, and finally as a Children's Service's Librarian. She graduated from IUPUI in June of 2016 with an MLS in Youth Services. She currently works at Campbell County Public Library's Newport Branch as the Children's Service Librarian and lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and two spoiled Blue Russian kitties. 

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.

Kerry O'Brien Rhoad has been a Children’s Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for four years.  Previously, Kerry worked at Wayne County Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library.  She has volunteered on the OLC Children’s Services Division Ohio Ready to Read Task Force for several years.  Kerry is passionate about early literacy and loves sharing information and ideas with other librarians, parents and children. 

Master Mcduffie Strickland, of CMAC, has been teaching martial arts since 1975. He is an 8th Degree Grandmaster Black Belt and was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006. He is a Master of Self-Defense and also teaches the bully prevention program, Mushin -The Art of Self-control, an interactive program for Children, Teens and Adults.


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $40

Members in our Ohio service area - $50

Everyone Else - $75


"Grab and Go" Breakfast and Box Lunches -

Food and beverages are included in the cost. We can accommodate many 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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