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Event Name:Teen Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities
Competency:Teen & Programming
Description:Get ready to experience the Oceans of Possibilities.  This year’s teen summer reading program will begin with a conversation about getting to know your teens presented by Mark Tidrick of Cleveland Public Library.  Next we will go into breakout rooms and hear about escape rooms, treasure hunts in your community and a mystery box.  We will end the morning with a lively discussion of partnerships that will be kicked off by Debra Quarles of Shaker City Schools talking about their partnership with the Shaker Heights Public Library.

Mystery Boxes in your Library
Mystery boxes are perfect for your true crime, detective loving teens. Fun, innovative, and adaptable, mystery boxes give your teens the opportunity to solve crimes and mysteries all while in the safety of their local library branch. Together they'll join their brain power and connect to solve puzzles, decipher clues, and narrow down the suspects one by one until they catch that culprit.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the basis of teen-centered mystery boxes
  • Learn how to curate your own mystery boxes and adapt mystery boxes from others 
  • Explore the contents of a mystery box
Taylor Swan is a generalist librarian by day and a historical crafter and film lover by night. She loves anything historical, creepy, or mysterious. She received her MLIS from Kent State University in May of 2021, her BS in Education from Youngstown State University in 2017, and has worked for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County since 2018.

Escape Rooms 101

An introduction to how escape rooms work and can be utilized in the library, with some examples of how this could pertain to the summer reading theme: underwater.

Libby McCuan is a children's librarian with the Cleveland Public Library. She loves to read and come up with fun programs for the kids at her branch. She has a Bachelor's degree from Penn State and a Masters degree from Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.

Lunch Break 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

After lunch we will learn all about RPG’s and D&D.

So You Want To Be a GM/DM?
Learn what it takes to run your own Dungeons and Dragons campaign. We’ll discuss D&D Beyond, roll20, and other virtual tools. We’ll also learn a little about D&D and discuss how to DM your own D&D teen program series. Of course, D&D isn’t the only role-playing game. Learn more about tabletop RPGs for teen programming and how you can start a gaming series at your own location.
 Kelly Chaplin is a Teen Librarian from Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, OH. Kelly has helped organize large scale programs such as Geekfest and implemented youth-requested programs such as After Hours events and Teen Advisory Boards. She has led programming, from Murder Mystery Dinners to STEM Space Challenges, that help deliver educational and social lessons that are of interest to teens. She enjoys when teens teach her new things and encourages youth to participate at their library and in the community. Above all, she is committed to helping teens succeed.
The last segment of the day will be a rapid-fire brainstorm of programming ideas presented by Taylor Swan of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  We will end the day with a roundtable discussion.  Be sure to bring your ideas for summer reading and don’t miss out on this interactive program.

Rapid-Fire Summer Teen Programs
From weird, wild, and wondrous to interesting, interactive, and intellectual, this session will be a quick brainstorm for programs which can be used in conjunction with the ALA Summer Reading theme of Oceanography.

Learning Objective
  •  Brainstorm and inspire thematic programming ideas for teens

Event Date:2/1/2022
Event Time:10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern
Location:Online via Zoom
Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
Details:Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in teen summer reading
Competency:  Programming

Non-Member Cost:      $50
NEO-RLS Bronze Member Cost:  $37.50
NEO-RLS Silver Member Cost:   $25
NEO-RLS Gold Member Cost:    FREE
NEO-RLS Individual Membership Cost:  $25

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