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Event Name:Children's Summer Reading Workshop 2018: Libraries Rock!
Description:Summer Reading is back and thanks to overwhelming positive feedback, we will be holding one big event again this year on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn!  Featured ideas will include incorporating music into programming, interactive story telling with music, crafts,  decorations and of course our popular ‘round the room program ideas. 
ATTENTION ATTENDEES: Please bring an idea to share during our ‘round the room program share time. It can be any successful program your library has done and doesn’t necessarily have to be related to summer reading.
To make the most of this great event, we also need attendees to bring handouts of crafts and decoration ideas. Poster sessions/demos are welcome, too. If you will be bringing handouts or would like to set up a poster session please email
Featured Presenters:
Dani Gustavich, Children Services Librarian- Dayton Metro Library​
Interactive Story Telling With Music and Sound: Dani will present ideas and provide interactive demonstrations on how to integrate music and sound into storytelling to make your libraries rock this summer!
Dani Gustavich realized her passion for early literacy while working as a lead teacher at a childcare and family center, where she devised and implemented a center-wide literacy program. She began her library career as a Children's Specialist for the Stark County District Library, where she implemented Sensory Story Times. As the former Children's Services Manager for the Dover Public Library, Dani enhanced community involvement by raising money for a permanent StoryWalk installation at Dover City Park and by organizing two large events featuring Eric Litwin.  She is on the slate for the 2018 Caldecott Committee Ballot and hopes to have the dream of being on the committee fulfilled and recently became the new Children's Services Librarian at Dayton Metro Library.
Kaitlin Walker And Bonnie Berg-Simmons, Youth Services Associates-Twinsburg Public Library
Kaitlin and Bonnie will discuss how to bring music to every facet of your children’s department, from story times to programming and even passive activities that patrons can use at will. They will also discuss ways to drum up Summer Reading Club interest with class visits and school assemblies. Whether you have a background in music or have never even touched an instrument, every librarian can help foster a love of music and learning in their library.
Kaitlin Walker has been a huge music nerd since she first learned to play the piano as a child. She has since played multiple instruments in multiple bands and loves to share her love of music with anyone who is interested.
Bonnie Berg-Simmons has had a very brief musical career since a disastrous holiday concert in third grade. She currently plays the ukulele, has never been in a band, and still loves to share music with families at the library.
Janet Dwyer, Youth Services Library Consultant-State Library of Ohio
What’s Working, What Isn’t, and What if We Were 10 Times Bolder – Janet will do an overview of trends and current best practices in SRP, facilitating a discussion on what is working and what isn’t and a crowd-sourcing idea generation exercise she just learned at the YALSA/state library youth consultants meeting. 
 Learning Objectives:
  • Incorporating music into different aspects of youth services such as programming and storytelling
  •  Summer Reading club school visits
  •  Current trends and best practices in summer reading
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.
Event Date:02-21-18
Event Time:09:30 AM - 04:00 PM Eastern
Location:Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg , OH 44087

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Contact Person:Rachelle Perry
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in learning more about children's summer reading
Competency:  Programming

GEO Cost:      $50
Bronze Cost:  $37.50
Silver Cost:    $ 25
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $25 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
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