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SWON News - Lots for Children's Services, Webinars for Serving Older Adults, Job Seekers, and More!

Thursday, September 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cassondra Vick
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Early Literacy Program Training with Mother Goose on the Loose

The time to register for Mother Goose on the Loose is rapidly approaching!

What is Mother Goose on the Loose? It’s based around an interactive baby and toddler storytime program that uses puppets, songs, and rhyme to keep kids engaged and teach early literacy.

In this full-day workshop, you’ll learn how to implement the program in your library and see the great benefits of MGoL for you by:

  • Learning how to present fun activities that help children develop their language, social, and emotional skills
  • Having a flexible program that can be adapted for use with children from birth to kindergarten
  • Getting a template for high-quality programs that are easy to plan and implement on a regular basis

Mother Goose on the Loose promises to provide lots of benefits for your littlest patrons to, such as:

  • Early literacy skills through interactive nursery rhymes
  • A love for learning through music, books, and play that builds healthy bodies and healthy minds
  • Fine and gross motor skills through fingerplays , dances, and physical exercise
  • Social and emotional skills such as taking turns, following directions, showing appreciation to others, developing confidence in themselves and playing with other children


Our workshop “Play your Way to Literacy” will focus on play you can incorporate into your storytimes that also support school readiness. From MGoL: "Play is important, and all children need it!  This lively workshop is both playful and filled with tips on providing playful experiences for the children in our communities. This workshop will provide professional development by building literacy, social and emotional skills through play, exploring the science behind play and its importance in our programs and activities, and practicing multiple ways to include play in story times and circle times."  

Topics covered will include:

  • Value of Play- Research and Findings
  • Ages and Stages of Play
  • Play and Storytime
  • The Types of Play
  • Ways to improve the quality of children's play

Practical tips for adding more play

So register today for Mother Goose on the Loose: Play Your Way to Literacy on Tuesday, October 24th and the Boone County Public Library’s Main Branch in Burlington, KY.

Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Executive Director, SWON Libraries


Mother Goose on the Loose: Play Your Way to Literacy
$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  


Upcoming PCI Webinars: Supervisor Communication & Serving Older Adults with Caregivers

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: "Serving Older Adult Patrons and Their Care Partners" & "Improving Your Communication Effectiveness for New(er) Managers and Supervisors" In "Serving Older Adult Patrons," you’ll experience an empathy-building aging simulation activity and we’ll also address biases on aging and how to communicate with older adults who are confused. You will also have the opportunity to recognize what you are already doing well, and learn how to hone your skills in meeting the unique needs of individual patrons in this age group.

In "Improving Your Communication Effectiveness," we’ll explore tools and techniques to help you immediately improve the effectiveness of your verbal, non-verbal and written communication with patrons, staff and the people that manage you.

Register for this, or any of our PCI Webinars, today!


Improving Your Communication Effectiveness for New(er) Managers and Supervisors
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
10/3/2017 - Online


Serving Older Adult Patrons and Their Care Partners
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
10/5/2017 - Online



  Register Here  


OKI Earlybird Registration Ends 10/14

Just a couple of weeks left to register for the OKI Children's Literature Conference. One of our favorite events, the OKI Conference features award-winning authors and engaging breakout sessions.

Register here before October 14th for Early Bird Pricing!


OKI Children's Literature Conference 
$85 for Early Birds
$95 after 10/14
$35 for students
11/4/2017 - Crestview Hills, KY

  Register Here  


SWON Webinars: Job Seekers in your Library & Programs in the Park

We've got two great webinars, led by local experts, coming up in the next couple of weeks!

First up, Donald I. Crews, co-facilitator of the Job Seekers group, a joint venture of the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Dayton Metro Library will discuss the various elements of a modern job search, the resources that are available in your collections and elsewhere and how the library can make people aware of its potential to aid them in their job search. Register soon: This one is taking place on October 3rd at 11am.

Then,  Dave Anderson, Branch Manager of Campbell County Public Library's Cold Spring Branch will discuss their library's successful "Programs in the Park" initiative. Learn some reasons why you might want to take your programs on the road to remote parts of your service area. You can join us October 17th at 2pm to learn more!


SWON Webinar - How to Make Your Library the Job Seekers Best Friend
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
10/3/2017 - Online


SWON Webinar - Programs in the Park
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$20 for members in our Ohio service area
$25 for everyone else
10/17/2017 - Online



  Register Here  

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Please register for SWON & PCI events by the Friday before they take place

      We love providing you with a list of upcoming events both in our region and across the country. With our current reduced staff, we will not be providing detailed listings, but do encourage you to check out our calendar for all the upcoming events. Thank you for your understanding.


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