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Tuesday, August 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Creating Readers with Song & Play

Play & music are an important part of every child's development. Not only can play develop social skills, but play also has a correlation with early literacy skills (PDF). Likewise, a "growing body of research is affirming the central role of music in early literacy." This is why "Music and Movement" storytimes -- that is, storytimes that don't only emphasize reading aloud to children -- are growing in popularity all across the country. Most of us incorporate many of these elements into our programs; we all know lots of songs and fingerplays! Play, however, can be a tougher sell. People will understand how reading increases literacy, will often make the connection between music and literacy, but many may ask, "How does play increase literacy?" 

In a lively workshop planned for October, we've invited Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, to share the answer to this question and to demonstrate how we can incorporate the different types of play in our libraries.

MGOL is an award-winning early literacy program developed by a librarian with its roots in the "Your Baby Needs Music" program. Betsy attended these programs with her antsy son in the 1980s and she was impressed with both how understanding the program was of a toddler's need to move around, as well as how much her son was learning. She was so excited, in fact, that she became a certified instructor for the program. From there, she created her own Mother Goose on the Loose program that garnered her a Library Journal "Movers and Shakers" award, inspired a book, and eventually evolved into these popular, informative, and fun workshops.

Our workshop will be hosted in partnership with the Boone County Public Library and will be held at the Main Branch of BCPL on Tuesday, October 24th.  Topics covered will include: the value of play, ages and stages of play, practical tips for adding play, and more! We will learn about the social, emotional, and creative skills children learn through play, and take away valuable techniques for improving early literacy in our communities. Betsy will also explore the science regarding the human brain and early childhood development, and how your early childhood programs will positively impact children’s learning and family relationships.

Can't attend? We encourage you to check out some of the great MGOL resources anyway! Many are shared on the MGOL website, and there's a cool flannel board app for iPad, many great books by Betsy, and, of course, there's the book that started it all (an updated version of which will be released in January).

But we hope you can join us in Burlington, KY in October, so register today to reserve your spot! 

Cassondra & Deanna
SWON Libraries



Play Your Way to Literacy - A Mother Goose on the Loose Workshop
$40 for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$50 for members in our Ohio service area
$60 for everyone else
10/24/2017 - Burlington, KY

  Register Here  


Tomorrow: SWON Webinar - How Librarians are Ending Youth Homelessness

There's still time to register for our webinar - How Librarians are Ending Youth Homelessness.

Even if you can't attend tomorrow, you will receive an archive for you to watch at your convenience, so register by the end of the day today!

Youth homelessness is a growing problem in many communities.  Greater Cincinnati is lucky in that there are a number of unique strategies and partnerships addressing youth homelessness.  Libraries are an important part of the solution.  This webinar will help library staff understand youth homelessness in their community and how they can have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability.  Lighthouse Youth and Family Services staff will share what’s happening locally, including a special collaboration with Cincinnati Main Public Library, as well as regional resources for library staff outside of Cincinnati. 


How Librarians are Ending Youth Homelessness
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
8/30/2017 - Online

  Register Here  


Deadline to Guarantee Free Ukulele for Summer Reading is Tomorrow!

Our Summer Reading Workshop is approaching fast, and even closer is the deadline to make sure your get a free ukulele for your library system! Alice Beresford of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will be teaching us how to play, so you don't want to miss out. Register today!


Summer Reading Workshop
$40 for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$50 for members in our Ohio service area
$75 for everyone else
9/12/2017 - Miamisburg, Ohio

  Register Here  


PCI Webinar - Picture Books for School Age Readers

SWON is pleased to be able to provide PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price).

Next up: "Picture Books for School Age Readers." This overview of must have fiction and nonfiction books picture books covers under the radar choices for programs and class visits, coverage of un-reviewed items, and suggestions for almost every facet of your school age picture book collection. Program ideas and An extensive bibliography is also included.


PCI Webinar - Picture Books for School Age Readers
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
9/7/2017 - Online

  Register Here  

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