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Thursday, February 21, 2019  
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Spring Summer Reading Program Workshop 2019 - A Universe of Stories

Join us on March 14th at MidPointe Library's West Chester Branch for this energetic and STEM-filled workshop on the 2019 Summer Reading theme "A Universe of Stories." 

Presentations and Speakers:

Armstrong Air & Space Museum Presentation

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum will present their recommended 2019 Summer Reading Library Programs, including details on “Black Holes” and “Living on Another World.” With the 2019 Summer Reading Library theme being “A Universe of Stories,” the museum is opening up all newly launched outreach programs and workshops to your library. They will provide information and answer questions about the nine available programs—find out how they can best fit with your Summer Reading participants!

STEM @ Your Library

Using techniques learned through the NASA@ My Library grant, Kate Denier & Marni Blanken from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will discuss inexpensive ways to incorporate STEM into children’s and teen programming. Some topics include space, engineering, weather and exploring the moon. They will also offer suggestions on where to find free resources for STEM training and activities.

SWON in Space

In this presentation, SWON's Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, Emily Wages, will show you all the spacey ways you can make use of our tech to lend program this summer!  You will get to see and try out several of our space-related technology items: from simple toys such as the Cubetto and augmented reality books to more complicated projects like the LittleBits Space Kit, which comes with ten activities created in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. We will explore resources for VR and AR materials like Google Expeditions, cardboard, 360 videos, images, tours, and apps. A few days before the workshop, you will receive a list of QR codes for apps to download if you'd like to follow along with Emily's presentation. 

Exploring Space through Local Libraries

This presentation will explore different ways you can explore space at your library. 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. Finally, the presenters will detail how the Wright Library in Oakwood has offered space-related programming by utilizing these resources.

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


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 

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


4th Annual Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels

Join us for the annual Nonfiction Read-In. Titles published in 2018 and early 2019 will be available, including nonfiction and graphic novels for PreK thru 12. Catch up on trends and improve your reader's advisory!

Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels is a program for Collection Development staff, Youth Services Librarians, Children's and Teen services staff, teachers, childcare workers... in short, anyone who selects and/or reads books for children and Young Adults. We have thousands of recent (published around the last two years) titles loaned to us for this event, all from local and leading public library systems. Each attendee will get a listing of all of the books. 

The day includes time for selecting and binge-reading nonfiction books and graphic novels, discussing possible story time options with your peers and two presentations. 

Programs and Presenters:

Nonfiction in Storytime – it’s not just a Fairytale!
Nonfiction books have gotten much more readable in the last few years, many are no longer just written for reports or information gathering but are written for fun reading and sharing. Amy Buskey will present titles that are great for Storytimes, school outreach, and even booktalks for teens and adults. 

Amy Buskey received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Geology from the University of Cincinnati and her MLS from the University of Kentucky. She has worked for Clermont County Public Library for over 20 years – first as a Youth Services Specialist and currently as a Branch Manager. She visits six preschools and schools a month and does storytimes in her branch as well. Her father taught Earth Science and shared his love and excitement for discovery in the natural world with her. She is an avid reader of nonfiction and loves to hike, camp, visit National Parks, and bake in her free time.

The Feminist Nature of Graphic Novels
This presentation will discuss the ways in which the graphic novel medium has become one of the most progressive and inclusive forms of literature. From providing visual representation of diversity, to promoting literacy through non-traditional methods, the graphic novel has become a feminist tool that every librarian should feel comfortable employing! This panel will conclude with a brief RA segment with go-to titles to recommend to your patrons or to the person who orders books for your library’s collection.

Brea McQueen is a Teen Librarian at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Her educational background includes a BA in English Literature and a BA in Women’s Studies from Miami University and a MLIS from Kent State University. In her free time she enjoys devouring graphic novels and plotting the destruction of the patriarchy. 


Nonfiction Read-In + Graphic Novels
$30 for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$40 for members in our Ohio service area
$55 for everyone else
$15 - boxed lunch

Early Bird Special - Receive $5 off your ticket price when you register before March 15th!

4/4/2019  - Kenton County Public Library
401 Kenton Lands Road
Bronte Hall
Erlanger, Kentucky  41018

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Mother Goose on the Loose Literacy Workshop

Play is important, and all children need it!  This lively workshop is both playful and filled with tips on providing playful experiences for the children in our communities. This workshop will provide professional development by building literacy, social and emotional skills through play, exploring the science behind play and its importance in our programs and activities, and practicing multiple ways to include play in story times and circle times.  

Topics covered will include:

• Value of Play- Research and Findings
• Ages and Stages of Play
• Play and Storytime
• The Types of Play
• Ways to improve the quality of children's play
• Practical tips for adding more play


8:30am Doors Open

8:30am to 9:00am  Registration, Breakfast, and Introductions

9:00am to 12:00pm Workshop Begins

12:00pm to 1:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm to 4:00pm  Workshop Resumes

4:00pm  Workshop Ends

About the Speaker: Creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, MLS, DCD is known for educating children’s librarians by combining research findings with practical programming. Based on her experiences working as a children’s librarian in public libraries and children’s museums for more than 25 years, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play.


"Grab and Go" Breakfast and Box Lunches - Breakfast, including food and beverages, are included in the cost. Lunch can be provided to you for an additional $15. We can accommodate many 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 through LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of Ohio.


Mother Goose on the Loose
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$25 for members in our Ohio service area
$35 for everyone else
$15 - boxed lunch

4/18/2019  - Hebrew Union College, Mayerson Hall Auditorium
3101 Clifton Ave
Mayerson Hall, Upstairs
Cincinnati, Ohio  45220

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


Texas State Library - Adulting 101: Life Skills Classes for Tweens, Teens and Adults
FREE (a Texas State Library event)
3/5/2019 - Online

Utah State Library Webinar - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
FREE (a Utah State Library event)
3/5/2019 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - NKY
$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!
3/6/2019 - Newport, KY

Early Childhood Webinar - What Does Customer Service Have to Do with Early Childhood Programs?
FREE (an Early Childhood Investigations event)
3/6/2019 - Online

STARnet Webinar - Solar System Scale Activities for “A Universe of Stories”
FREE (a STARnet event)
3/7/2019 - Online


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


Library Technology Conference 2019
3/20/2019 to 3/21/2019 - St. Paul, MN

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

MLA, Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2019
5/3/2019 to 5/8/2019 - Chicago, IL

IOLUG Spring 2019 Conference
5/10/2019 - Indianapolis, IN

2019 OPAL Annual Conference
8/1/2019 to 8/2/2019 - Cincinnati, OH

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