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Monday, March 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emily Wages
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Mother Goose on the Loose Literacy Workshop

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


SWON Level Up Lab: Crafting Your Elevator Speech

When was the last time you found yourself with an opportunity to share the successes and challenges of your library with a potential benefactor or collaborator? In these situations, we frequently have a limited amount of time. Are you prepared to tell your story in 2 minutes or less? In business circles it’s called an “elevator speech,” but it’s actually more of an introduction intended to pique someone’s interest to learn more. Our brains remember stories. An elevator speech is a short story. What is your story… in 2 minutes or less? 

Join us on April 26th at Xavier University's McDonald Memorial Library for a SWON Level-Up Lab on elevator speeches. 

Upon completion of this lab, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate your idea to stakeholders
  • Explain the benefits of your idea
  • Express your idea in a succinct 2 minute message

Level-Up Labs are a chance for you to get some hands-on help to take your skills to the next level. They are held either onsite at SWON or at a library near you! Level-Up Labs are always FREE for everyone, but space is limited, so register today to reserve your place


Crafting Your Elevator Speech
04/26/2019 - Xavier University, Mc. Donald Memorial Library
3800 Victory Pkwy #5211
Room 130
Cincinnati, Ohio  45207

  Register Here  


PCI Webinar - Storytime and Program Planning Made Easy

Modern library programming involves incorporating popular trends, research on language and reading acquisitions, as well as developmental milestones, and of course fun! Pulling that off with ease requires solid planning and organization.

In this interactive webinar program, Jill Burket Ragase will give you a variety of tools that you will be able to use to:

 Strategically plan your programming calendar
 Use planning time efficiently for maximum results
 Methods to collect titles and activities for future use
 Methods to transform the sea of titles, themes, and random
ideas into a cohesive plan
 Incorporate flexibility in your plans to meet evolving conditions
 Tips and tricks for organizing program and storytime themes,
programming supplies, and materials,
 Set up shared documents to decrease workload across staff

Program planning doesn’t have to be time consuming. We’ll discuss strategies for organizing your ideas, work, and materials in a way that maximizes your planning time investment.


Storytime and Program Planning Made Easy
$FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
4/3/2019  - Online

  Register Here  

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Utah State Library Webinar - The Art of Communication
FREE (a Utah State Library event)
3/25/2019 - Online

WebJunction Webinar - Strategic Planning in a Deeply Weird World: The Flexible Roadmap Field Guide
FREE (a WebJunction event)
3/26/2019 - Online

VolunteerMatch Webinar - Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions
FREE (a VolunteerMatch event)
3/26/2019 - Online

HRDQ-U - The 7 Greatest Mistakes Trainers Make and How to Avoid Them
FREE (an HRDQ-U event)
3/27/2019 - Online

NIH Webinar - Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBT Populations
FREE (an NIH event)
3/27/2019 - Online


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


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

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

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

IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives
8/6/2019 to 8/7/2019 - Columbus, OH

YALSA's Young Adult Services Symposium
11/1/2019 to 11/3/2019 - Memphis, TN

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