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Coding without Computers

Every day, we are surrounded by computers and code. Most of us know how to operate computers, but fewer people actually know how computers work on the inside, let alone how to write or use code. In the foreseeable future, computers and coding will have an increasing presence in our lives and in the workforce. In order to prepare today’s youth to become tomorrow’s technology innovators, we can start with teaching them how to think in code. This type of thinking is called “computational thinking.”

Computational thinking includes breaking tasks down into smaller parts in order to better explain processes, looking for and using patterns to complete tasks in a more efficient & effective way, filtering out information that is not necessary, and developing step-by-step instructions to solve a problem. This type of thinking is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities.. Whether or not someone desires a future in computer science, learning to think computationally helps people become analytical problem-solvers.


To become fluent in the language of computers, learning to think in code from a young age is helpful. This is where “coding without computers” comes into play: exposure to computational thinking without actually writing code or creating programs. Racheal Wodraska at Kenton County Public Library in Erlanger has been showing kids and teens how to code for several years using both tech and non tech means. On September 27th at Kenton County's new STREAM Center, join her in a FREE hands-on Level-Up Lab that will provide fun, interactive ideas for teaching computational thinking to people of all ages without the use of actual computers or coding languages! Register online today to save your seat! Can't make it to this lab? In November, the Executive Director of SWON, Cassondra Vick, and I will be presenting on this topic during OKI! Register now for early bird rates!

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


TitleTalk: Fall 2018 Trends at Cincinnati Public Library

Baker & Taylor are excited to host one of their seasonal children's and teen publishing trends presentations in Cincinnati, Ohio! Join other librarians and teachers for this fun and informative professional development event. You'll get the inside scoop on what publishers have in store for kids and young adults in the coming months. Registration is required so make sure to reserve your spot soon!

Exciting Debut Author Allison Varnes will be our guest at this event for a special presentation and complimentary book signing!


9/13/2018 - The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 

800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

  Register Here  


ALAO Conference 2018 - Early Bird Registration Available!

Registration is now open for ALAO's 2018 fall conference: Take Action! Conveying Value, Cultivating Success

Early bird rates are available until September 14:  

ALAO/MiALA Members: $130
ALAO Students/Retirees: $100
Non ALAO Members: $165

The conference’s  programs and poster sessions will explore our impact on student engagement, student learning and student success.

Conference hashtag: #alao2018 @ALAOorg


2018 ALAO Annual Conference
November 2018  - Nationwide Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr S,
Lewis Center, OH 43035

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

      Dayton Metro Library Presents: Play with Music, Play with Words
9/19/2018 - Dayton Metro Library

Girls Who Code: Clubs Info Sessions and Q & A
9/12 and 9/20/18 - Online

PCI Webinar - Dealing with Passive Aggressive Behaviors
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for everyone in Ohio
$20 for everyone else
9/27/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - Beginning Readers 101: Emergent Literacy Made Easy

FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for everyone in Ohio 
$20 for everyone else 
10/4/2018 - Online


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Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

      2018 ALSC National Institute
9/27/2018 - 9/29/2018
Cincinnati, Ohio

Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association Conference
10/5/2018 - 10/9/2018
Cleveland, Ohio 

SWON Executive Board Meeting
10/11/2018 2-4pm
Blue Ash, Ohio

Internet Librarian 2018
10/16/2018 - 10/18/2018
Monterey, California

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