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Event Name:Library Youth Outreach: Connecting with Your Community
Description:Libraries are wonderful places for children to learn, grow, explore and discover their love of books and all the library has to offer. But what about outside the library? How do we reach outside our four walls and effectively serve the youth in our communities? Join us as we hear from several libraries that are making a difference and reaching out to serve youth in and around their community.

Featured Presenters:
Stephanie Gildone, Youth Services Coordinator-Conneaut Public Library
Youth Outreach in a Correctional Institution
Reach beyond your library walls to bring programming to unlikely settings!  A correctional institution may seem to be an unusual facility to present a story hour but not in Conneaut, Ohio.  The Lake Erie Correctional Institution and the Conneaut Public Library have formed a partnership that is both profitable and rewarding.

Katie Johnson, Community Outreach Librarian-Twinsburg Public Library
Often services exist in our communities, but there are barriers in place that prevent individuals from reaching them. How can libraries break down these barriers and connect individuals and families with the help they need?   In what ways can we increase access to our libraries and library services?  
Join Community Outreach Manager, Katie Johnson, as she tells the story of Play, Learn & Grow. This unique outreach program, featured in a School Library Journal, was implemented by Twinsburg Public Library to better serve families dealing with the challenges of poverty.  In partnership with the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA), the library developed a storytime program for 0-5 year olds at a local subsidized housing complex, but soon realized that basic needs of these children and their families were going unmet.  So the partners added in resources and opportunities that could address some serious stressors and lacks in the lives of these families.  Recognizing that transportation is a big issue, they brought key services to the apartment complex, from free vaccinations, to maternal depression support groups, to free lunch and food distribution. Play, Learn & Grow shows that your outreach can produce powerful connections and lead to powerful results.
Katie has worked at Twinsburg Public Library for twelve years in Youth Services and Community Outreach and is a 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
Lan Gao, Senior Subject Department Librarian- Cleveland Public Library
Youth Focused Outreach: the Above & Beyond Style
Have you ever done a story time on a train? Read books to kids in the hospital? Have you shared your personal and educational experience with middle and high school students? Did you celebrate National Read Across America Day with the installation of a Little Free Library? Outreach programs could be so much fun and creative! Let's think outside the box and reach out! During this session I will share with the audience how to reach out, what to reach out and who to reach out to provide quality outreach programs to children, students, families, and educators.
Ann Plazek, Outreach Services Manager-Medina County District Library
Ann Plazek, Outreach Service Manager from Medina County District Library, current President of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and a 2017 LJ Mover & Shaker is pleased to share information about several Early Literacy Outreach initiatives including: Medina County ROCKS (Reading Opportunities Create Kindergarten Success) that is a collaboration with United Way, Project READ: From the inside to the outside - a partnership with the local jail and upcoming plans for a Busy Book with a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Children's Foundation.
Learning Objectives:
·         How different libraries outreach to the youth in the community
·         Effectively reaching underserved youth population in the community
·         Community partnerships to enhance services to youth
Event Date:11-29-17
Event Time:09:30 AM - 03:30 PM Eastern
Location:Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
3512 Darrow Rd
Stow, OH 44224

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Contact Person:Rachelle Perry
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning more about outreach to children in the community
Competency:  Youth Services

GEO Cost:      $160
Bronze Cost:  $120
Silver Cost:    $ 80
Gold Cost:     FREE

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