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Play Your Way to Literacy with Mother Goose on the Loose

Play is important, and all children need it! Mother Goose on the Loose is a lively program filled with tips on providing playful learning experiences for the children in our communities. This workshop provides professional development by exploring the science behind play and its importance in our programs & activities and practicing multiple ways to include play in story times and circle times.  Mother Goose on the Loose is a proven method for planning and presenting programs that focuses on the whole child and incorporates research-based theories of learning, music, puppets, picture books, nursery rhymes, art, play, and language. The goal of MGOL is to help young children develop and strengthen early literacy and school readiness skills in a nurturing environment through engaging activities.

Mother Goose on the Loose was created by Betsy Diamant-Cohen, who holds a BA from Brandeis University, an MLS from Rutgers University, and a DCD (Doctorate of Communications Design) from the University of Baltimore. She was influenced by training with “Your Baby Needs Music” classes run by Barbara Cass-Beggs in the late 1980s, where she learned the “listen, like, learn” method. Eventually, Betsy created MGOL out of her popular library programming and began to share it with other librarians and staff as a workshop.

In 2004, Betsy was selected by Library Journal as a “re-inventor” and chosen as one of the “Movers and Shakers: people who are shaping the future of libraries” largely due to the success of Mother Goose on the Loose. Based on that, Neal Shuman publishing company invited her to write a Mother Goose on the Loose book. Betsy has been giving training workshops around the country ever since. She was profiled in the University of Baltimore alumni magazine as a “Librarian on the Loose.” In 2013,  she was the recipient of ASCLA’s Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, which stated that Mother Goose on the Loose “has revolutionized the way story times are presented to young children at libraries across the country and has empowered librarians to work confidently with this young population of readers.” In 2018, she was selected as the winner of the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries.

On April 18th, with the help of funds from an LSTA grant, SWON is excited to offer this amazing all-day literacy learning opportunity. Interested in attending? Reserve your spot today

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


NKU Library Dean Search

Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as its next Dean of the W. Frank Steely Library. The next dean will join NKU at a pivotal moment in its history. With the excitement of a new President, Dr. Ashish Vaidya and the work on a new strategic plan and capital campaign, the institution is poised and as committed as ever to delivering on its commitment to student success and access and to generating impactful research.

A growing regional university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati metropolitan area, NKU is committed to instilling a passion in its students that will lead them to fulfilling careers, community engagement, and meaningful lives. This commitment has been a driving force as the university has expanded academic offerings and advanced new opportunities for experiential learning for students. The NKU community can look back at the past decade with pride at the founding of two new colleges, the construction of several new buildings on campus, and a successful transition to Division I athletics.

The W. Frank Steely Library is a major educational resource for NKU and the surrounding community. It is the central research hub of campus and provides a wide range of library services to support the academic needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Reporting to the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the dean is the chief administrator of the library and serves on the Academic Affairs Council and Deans’ Council, overseeing a staff of about 22 library faculty and 20 library staff, the Center for Innovation and Technology in Education (CITE), and a budget of approximately $4 million.



SWON Call for Proposals - Summer Reading 2020,  Imagine Your Story

SWON is looking for presenters who can speak about services and programming related to the 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme of "Imagine Your Story." This theme covers fairy tales, myths, and fantasy. Even if your library doesn't participate in CSLP, you are eligible to present if you have a related program! Send a description, title, and short bio to if you would like to be considered to present at our fall summer reading workshop!

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

      Booklist Webinar - Everything's Coming up YA
FREE (a Booklist event)
2/19/2019 - Online

PCI Webinar - Working with Angry Customer Behaviors
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
2/20/2019 - Online

STARnet Webinar - Planning a Night Sky Viewing at Your Library
FREE (a STARnet event)
2/20/2019 - Online

Utah State Library Webinar - Board Books 101
FREE (a Utah State Library event)
2/20/2019 - 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!
2/21/2019 - Troy, OH


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


The Library Collective Conference 2019 - Stand & Deliver
3/6/2019 to 3/8/2019 - Knoxville, TN

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

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

SOCHE - Mental Health Training
4/12/2019 - Lebanon, OH

OLSSI 2019 - Ohio Library Support Staff Institute Conference
7/28/2019 to 7/30/2019 - Tiffin, OH

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