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Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - Libraries Rock
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Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - Libraries Rock

$40 & up - Join us for this musical workshop on the 2018 Summer Reading theme "Libraries rock!" Register by August 30th and your system will be guaranteed a free ukulele!

When: 9:30 AM
Where: Dayton Metro Library, Miami Township Branch
2718 Lyons Rd
Miamisburg, Ohio  45342
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext. 10

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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.


9:30am Doors Open

9:30am to 10:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Introductions

10:00am to 10:50am TBA, presented by Amy Caswell, Campbell County Public Library

11:00am to 11:50pm  Music and Movement - making your library "rock", presented by Liz Archer 

12:00pm to 12:50pm  Lunch

1:00pm to 1:50pm Learn to Make Simple Instruments and Experiment with Sound!, presented by Alice Beresford, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

2:00pm to 3:00pm  Ukulele 101, presented by Alice Beresford, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

3:00pm to 4:00pm Engaging Youth:  Lessons from Hip Hop, presented by Tom Kent, Elementz

4:00pm to 4:30pm  Idea Share & Feedback

Program Topics:

Music in Me: Literacy + Music + Communities

This is music adventure for all ages and families through a genre of picture books that adapt wonderful music and songs that all ages love into picture book format. We will look at specifically two of Amy Caswell's favorites: ONE LOVE and WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD. Amy will show you how to use them in programs to get everyone moving and grooving and singing along. Something as simple as a sing-a-long has the ability to immediately spark a sense of community in the room, space, or park that the musical adventure is happening. Amy will show how she uses music in all her programs and the tools of the trade sort of speak that have made her life so much easier. 

Plus to get you up and awake this bright morning, she'll show you the ever popular Freeze Dance, that she uses in toddler and preschool programs as well as some music trivia to get you prepped and ready for "Libraries Rock!". 

Music and Movement - making your library "rock"

Liz Archer will describe how a 30 minute Music and Movement class for children under 5 and their accompanying adult opens up a new world of learning, fun, and community to new young families. In the hopes of bringing these families to their local library for a music class and turning the library into a second home, Liz will discuss her song choices, which come from all over the world, techniques for keeping both children and their grown-ups attention, and how she sets up the room for her weekly program. A handout will be included that each family receives on the first day of class.

Learn to Make Simple Instruments and Experiment with Sound!

Learn how to make a box guitar and craft stick harmonicas.  Experiment with shakers of all types and sizes using sand, rice or beans for different effects.  Then bring in all types of recycling, buckets, and other common items to “Stomp Your Library.”  Use dowel rods and tennis balls for drum sticks and mallets!  Have you ever seen a hose horn?  Collect those old leaky garden hoses!!!

Baritone Ukulele for Children’s Librarians

Learn up to 5 basic chords in this beginner session and learn how to use simple songs and parodies with your story times.  You will be introduced to one chord, two chord and three chord songs that you can use over and over!  Children love live music even if you only use it to open your program.  (We will be using Baritone Ukuleles not Soprano which have a different fingering system.  The Baritone uses the same fingering as the lower four strings of a guitar.)


Engaging Youth:  Lessons from Hip Hop

How can librarians engage children and youth in a way consistent with the mission of the library.  Get some creative inspiration from hip hop culture.


Idea Share

We will go around the room sharing program, service, or other related ideas for the upcoming Summer Reading.

Speaker Biographies:

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. 

Liz Archer is originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. She's been teaching the Music and Movement program for 5 and under in the Cincinnati area for 13 years. Her music experience began as a pop singer in England and took a different direction when she had her son in 2001 and took him as a baby to a Musikgarten class. Liz was smitten with the ethos of bringing music to the very young and undertook training, then taught in various places: church halls, rec centers, and family enrichment centers. Liz started a weekly class at the Anderson branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and has been there ever since.

Alice Beresford joined the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County three 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 for twenty years. She has given Ukulele lessons for SWON, Lane Public Libraries and PLCH since 2012. She is a Children's Librarian at the Monfort Heights Branch of Cincinnati Library.

Tom Kent has been Managing Director of Elementz, the only Hip Hop Teen Arts Center in the United States, for the past eight years.  Based in Cincinnati, Elementz has been working with inner-city children and teens since 2002, teaching values of respect and art that spring from hip hop and street art.  As a retired businessman immersed his entire life in classical music and literature, Tom brings an outside eye to hip hop culture and is able to look at the values of hop hop in a surprising way.


Employees of Supporting Member Institutions - $40

Members in our Ohio service area - $50

Everyone Else - $75

Register by August 30th to guarantee a free ukulele for your system!


"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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