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Child Development Series: Mind in the Making

Research over the decades has revealed the essential role that executive function life skills play in learning and in life. In a workshop series this spring, we will explore the seven essential life skills and set goals for improving these skills not only for our patrons, but for ourselves as well. We will also learn about the associated research highlighted in Ellen Gallinsky's bookMind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

This is a free 4 session course. Each session is 4 hours long. Please note that participants must commit to 16 hours of training.

The training dates are: (Each date links to the event page for registration. If you plan on attending, please register for all events.)

Tuesday, March 5
Tuesday, March 19
Tuesday, April 2
Tuesday, April 16

Who should attend?

  • Children's services staff.
  • Staff that work with children.
  • Teen services staff can attend, but content is focused on infant to school aged children.

All classes begin at 1 PM and end at 5 PM. Registration for this series will close on March 1st. Register now as space is limited!

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


SWON Level-Up Lab: Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions is an immersive education app that allows librarians, teachers, patrons, and students to explore the world through over 900 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours. Users can experience places and things that they may never have the opportunity to see in "real life," such as the International Space Station, the Great Barrier Reef, Buckingham Palace, national monuments, historical sites, and more. Browse the entire list of available expeditions here. With a 360 camera (included in kit) and Google's Tour Creator you can also create your very own expeditions! There is so much to explore and learn about this app, kit, and related materials that SWON is offering two Level-Up Labs for you to get aquainted with the equipment and software before you decide to borrow it. Join us on January 31st or February 25th to learn all about Google's Expeditions app, SWON's kit, and all kinds of related materials. Attendees will get to experience an expedition from the leader's and the student's point of view as well as learn about the various ways one can use this hardware and software. 

SWON's Google Expeditions AR/VR Classroom Kit comes complete with:

A Leader's Tablet
15 student/patron devices
15 VR viewers
15 selfie sticks
360 camera
All apps pre-installed
All charging devices needed

Included with all of our Tech to Lend are online resources, including instructions & curriculum, which can be found through Google Drive here

SWON was awarded and used 2018 LSTA grant funds to purchase our Google Expeditions Classroom Kit

Want to present your own Level-Up Lab at your library? Contact us by e-mail or phone (513-751-4422) to pitch your idea!


Google Expeditions Level-Up Lab 
$FREE for everyone
1/31/19 & 2/25/19  - Blue Ash, Ohio

  Register Here  


PCI Webinar - Storytime Starters: new book pairings and themes to refresh and inspire your storytime

As a pillar of library services to children, storytime is often the largest ongoing program libraries’ offer. In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will present two, three, or four newly published, thematically related titles group to make Storytime planning a breeze!

Following this webinar, attendees will be able to:
• Incorporate new titles alongside standard storytime favorites
• Be familiar with groupings of 2, 3, or 4 thematically themed books appropriate for storytime
• Expand theme offerings across age group
• Grow their theme-based Storytime repertoire.

Whether you’re are a seasoned veteran looking to refresh your offerings or a rookie not sure where to start, you’ll find something to love in this webinar packed full of storytime outlines, plans, booklists, and resources to pump fresh air into one of the longest running programs in Children’s services. 


Storytime Starters
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
1/9/2019  - Online

  Register Here  

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

      HRDQ-U - How Does Your Personality Style Come Across to Others?
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
12/17/2018 - Online

edWEB Webinar - Sign Language, Songs and Felt Stories: Literacy Learning in Early Childhood
FREE (an edWEB event)
12/17/2018 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Library Programming for Adults, From Start to Finish
FREE (a WebJunction event)
12/18/2018 - Online

NCompass Live - A Textbook Program is NOT for Us! Re-Imagining Failure Into New Possibilities
FREE (an NCompassLive event)
12/19/2018 - Online

PCI Webinar - Ask the Expert About Library Safety and Security
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
12/20/2018 - Online


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


Mock Coretta Scott King Award
12/13/2018 - Cincinnati, OH

Mock Printz
1/8/2019 - Cincinnati, OH

Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories
3/14/2019 - West Chester Township, OH

Computers in Libraries 2019
3/26/2019 to 3/28/2019 - Arlington, VA

4th Annual Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels
4/4/2019 - Erlanger, KY

ACRL 2019
4/10/2019 to 4/13/2019 - Cleveland, OH


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