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Summer Reading in Space

Next month, join us for an energetic and STEM-filled workshop on the 2019 Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories." 

Presentations and 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. 

SWON in Space
Find out how you can use SWON's Tech to Lend materials to learn about space! From LittleBits to VR and AR, our Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, Emily Wages, will show you all the ways you can make use of our TTL program next summer. 

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 Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio. She previously served for 6 years as Library Media Specialist for K-12 students at The Miami Valley School. She holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and is a recent “graduate” of Library Leadership Ohio.


9:30am Doors Open

9:30am to 9:50am Registration, Donuts & Coffee

9:50am to 10:00am Morning Announcements

10:00am to 10:50am A presentation from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum

11:00am to 11:50pm  STEM @ Your Library, presented by Kate Denier and Marni Blanken (Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County)

12:00pm to 12:50pm  Lunch*

1:00pm to 1:50pm Moon Magic! presented by Jennifer Beach (Kenton County Public Library) 

2:00pm to 2:50pm SWON in Space, presented by Emily Wages (SWON Libraries)

3:00pm to 3:50pm  Exploring Space through Local Libraries presented by Kurtz Miller (Solar System Ambassador) & Robyn Case (Wright Memorial Public Library)

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

*Breakfast and Box Lunches:

Donuts and coffee are included in the cost and a separate box lunch can be purchased, otherwise you are free to bring your lunch or go to one of the many nearby restaurants. We can accommodate most 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.

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


PCI Webinar - The Future of Libraries: Exploring Lifelong Learning, and more

This highly-interactive one-hour webinar explores how recent developments in artificial intelligence, programming focused on developing entrepreneurial skills (particularly through library makerspaces), and learning initiatives overall help us take advantage of said developments to continue creating a library of the future that meets our communities’ varied needs.


The Future of Libraries: Exploring Lifelong Learning and more 
$ for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$ for members in our Ohio service area
$ for everyone else
10/11/2018  - Online

  Register Here  


SWON Webinar - Human Trafficking in the Heartland

This webinar will educate you about human trafficking and equip you to identify and respond to this terrible human rights abuse. We will define human trafficking, explain how and why it takes place, and discuss the impact on victims. We will end with an overview of the red flags of trafficking and cover proper and effective ways to respond. This training aims to educate, equip, and empower you to make a difference.

About the speaker:

Tony Talbott is interim Executive Director and Director of Advocacy at the University of Dayton Human Rights Center. He also directs Abolition Ohio, the Miami Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition, and serves on the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission where he chairs the Prevention, Education, and Awareness subcommittee. He lectures and researches on human trafficking, human rights, nationalism, Asian politics and global issues.


Human Trafficking in the Heartland
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else

  Register Here  

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

      ALSC Webinar - Advocacy for Everyone
FREE (an ALSC event)
10/03/2018 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Take Action: Using and Presenting Research Findings to Make Your Case
FREE (an NIH event)
10/03/2018 - 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
10/04/2018 - Online

ALSC Webinar - Beyond Awareness: Strategies for Demonstrating Cultural Competence in Library Service
 (an ALSC event)
10/10/2018 - Online


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

      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


SWON Libraries
10250 Alliance Rd. Suite 112
Blue Ash, OH 45242

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