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SWON News - OKI, Escape Rooms, and Criticism in the Workplace

Monday, August 12, 2019  
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SWON Libraries Consortium will be closed the week of August 19-23rd. 


If you may need one of SWON's services, please let us know before that week by emailing or calling (513) 751-4422. We will be back to regular office hours on Monday, August 26th. 



OKI Conference 2019: Fantastic Books and Those Who Write Them




Registration for OKI 2019 is open! And there's two ways to get a discount! If you are a first time attendee OR if you refer a first time attendee, email for a discount code before you register!

From carrots (and underwear) that are kind of creepy to an average sixth grader who's destined to become an international demonslayer, the world of youth literature is full of fun, challenging, and diverse stories. Join librarians, educators and lovers of children's books as we explore the fantastical minds of two amazing children's authors - Aaron Reynolds and Sayantani DasGupta.

Fore more information and to register, check out OKI's website at

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




  OKI 2019
$90 Early Bird
$100 Regular
$35 Students w/a valid ID
11/2/2019 - Thomas More University
333 Thomas More Pkwy
Crestview Hills, Kentucky  41017





SWON Level-Up Lab: Escape Rooms




Join us to learn all about how to create and lead your own escape room programming. Whether you work with children, teens, or adults, you can create your very own escape room challenges centering around any topic you'd like! 




  Level-Up Lab: Escape Rooms
9/19/2019 - Fairfield Lane Library Meeting Room
1485 Corydale Dr
Fairfield, Ohio  45014





PCI Webinar - Giving & Receiving Criticism in the Workplace




Being criticized or getting workplace and performance feedback, can be hard to take even when it is delivered correctly and on point. What are we really hearing when this happens?  What is the other person actually trying to say and how does this verbal dance influence the other dynamics in the library?  

Applying simple to use coaching techniques, attendees will learn to deliver critical messages that produce results and in turn, be given the tools to filter out the noise and move towards better communication that produce positive results.  This interactive and engaging program will discuss ways to:

  • keep the conversation focused and on point
  • minimize the drama in the conversations
  • grow relationships with staff members while correcting their behaviors
  • help you remain calm
  • help you overcome past mistakes in delivering criticism to others

Kathy Zappitello has worked for sixteen years in Ohio libraries and is currently the Executive Director of the Conneaut Public Library in Conneaut, Ohio.  She also works as a producer, writer, actor, and director for one of Ohio's cable access channels that provides programming to households in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and serves on the Executive Board for The Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Can't attend on the date and time listed? Anyone who registers in advance for PCI Webinars will receive an archived copy of the presentation for later viewing. SWON provides PCI Webinars to our Supporting Members for free (and to Geographic Members and everyone else at a reduced price), so there's no reason not to register today! 




  FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
10/2/2019 - Online



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Coming up on the calendar...

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

SWON Offices Closed August 19-23rd

PCI Webinar - RA for All: Ten Rules of Basic Reader's Advisory Service
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for everyone in Ohio
$20 for everyone else
8/21/2019 - Online

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Central KY
Cost: $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!
8/27/2019 - Lexington, KY

Reviewers of Young Adult Literature (ROYAL) - Troy
Cost: $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!
8/29/2019 - Troy, OH

SWON Offices Closed - Labor Day

Public Library Adult Program Planners Network (PLAPPN)
Cost: FREE
9/4/2019 2pm - MidPointe Library West Chester
9363 Centre Pointe Drive
West Chester, Ohio  45069

PCI Webinar - Adult Programming for the Non-Programmer
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for everyone in Ohio
$20 for everyone else
9/18/2019 - Online





Save the Date!

  Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months
  OLC Convention & Expo
9/25/2019 - 9/27/2019 - Cincinnati, Ohio
OKI Children's Literature Conference
11/2/2019 - Crestview Hills, KY




  SWON Libraries
10250 Alliance Rd #112
Blue Ash, OH 45231




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