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Play with Music, Play with Words at Dayton Metro Library

On September 19th, join children’s musician and author Jim Gill along with storyteller, author and teaching artist Sherry Norfolk for a jam-packed day of interactive learning presented by Dayton Metro Library! 

In the morning, Jim Gill will share examples of his work and discuss how his unique musical creations inspire young children not only to move and sing, but to regulate their movements and make connections between songs and print.  Gill will share strategies to involve adults in music play as well as how to create an inclusive environment for children with special needs.  In the afternoon, Sherry Norfolk will introduce attendees to the highly interactive art of storytelling and its applications in the public library.  Norfolk will share tips for choosing and developing age-appropriate stories, effective use of voice, body language, gesture, and facial expression as well as using oral storytelling to enliven and enrich library programming.  Attendees will leave with at least one story ready to tell.

Free parking is available in the library’s parking garage accessible from St. Clair St. This workshop is sponsored by SWON, the Midwest Arts Fund, and Dayton Metro Library. For questions about the workshop, please contact Mandie Burns, phone: 937.496.8507 email:, for help.

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Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Girls Who Code Clubs - FREE Info Sessions

Join SWON on September 19th at 1pm or 4pm to learn all about Girls Who Code and their mission to close the gender gap in technology. By the end of this webinar, you'll know all you need to know for your library to launch its own Club(s)! You will learn about their completely free programming and impact-based curriculum, how easy it is to become a facilitator with no computer science experience, and the measurable way Clubs are inspiring and equipping the next generation of female leaders. Join us and see why the State Library of Ohio and multiple branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County are already on board to launch their first Clubs! 

Clubs Info Session and Q&A: 1-2pm 9/19/2018
Clubs Info Session and Q&A: 4-5pm 9/19/2018

FREE for all interested parties! Click the links above to register.


Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories

This year's summer reading has ended, so now it's already time to plan for next summer! If you're a children's librarian or a library programmer, you know that summer reading seems to never truly end. Get started on your planning and gather a ton of great program ideas at SWON's energetic and STEM-filled workshop on the 2019 Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories."

Presentations & Speakers:

STEM @ Your Library
Using techniques learned through the NASA@ My Library grant, we will discuss inexpensive ways to incorporate STEM into children’s and teen programming. Some topics include space, engineering, weather and exploring the moon. We will also offer suggestions on where to find free resources for STEM training and activities.

Kate Denier is the Senior Branch Manager for the North Central Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. She has over ten years of experience in youth services and is currently on the Board of Directors for YALSA.

Marni Blanken is the Children’s Librarian at the Northside Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. She has been a Children’s Librarian for 15 years and served on various committees. Kate and Marni love science programming and are the facilitators of the NASA @ My Library grant for The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.

Moon Magic!
Space offers a whole universe of programming options, but many good ones are as close as the moon! View some wonderful moon-related books, look at free programming materials and resources, and try some space-tacular hands-on activities. Weather permitting, we’ll take a peek at the sun, as well!

Jennifer Beach is a Children’s Programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, where she has been for almost 30 years. She has been a space enthusiast for longer than that and has been offering astronomy and space programs for the past 15 years. She considers herself something of a space nerd; and has completed numerous space and astronomy classes and workshops- including a class taught by Prof. Mike Brown, “The Man Responsible for Killing Pluto.” She rarely goes outside without looking at the sky, especially at night. 

Exploring Space through Local Libraries
This presentation will explore the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program in detail. Additionally, the presenters will also share the Science-Technology Activities & Resources Net (STAR_Net), which is a production of the Space Science Institute & National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary
Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. The STAR_Net is funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and the National Institutes of Health (SEPA). Finally, the presenters will detail how the Wright Library in Oakwood has offered space-related programming by utilizing the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program.

Kurtz Miller is a NASA Solar System Ambassador as well as a science teacher at Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio.
Robyn Case is an adult services librarian at the Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio.

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




Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop
$30 for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$40 for members in our Ohio service area
$55 for everyone else
$15 box lunch (optional)
10/17/2018 - Clark County Public Library

Main Branch
201 South Fountain Ave
Springfield, Ohio 45506

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

      edWEB Webinar - Creating Student Voice and Choice for Coding and Robotics
FREE (an edWEB event)
8/27/2018 - Online

NIH Webinar - Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian
FREE (an NIH event)
8/27/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World
FREE (an edWEB event)
8/28/2018 - Online

NCompass Live - We Find and We Fix: Connecting a Community at the Library
FREE (an NCompass event)
8/29/2018 - Online

Indiana State Library Webinar - Bite-Sized Staff Training: Transform Staff Development
FREE (an ISL event)
8/29/2018 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Troy
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions to Join ROYAL
$100 per year for everyone else to Join ROYAL
Free books included with cost!
8/30/2018 - Troy, OH


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