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Event Name:Teen Think Tank

Teen Think Tank started with three Ohio teen librarians who liked to collaborate. Rikki Unterbrink (Shelby County Libraries), Erin Gillespie (Findlay-Hancock County Public Library), and Steve Moser (Dayton Metro Library) shared ideas and brainstorming on a regular basis. One day they realized that it would be great to get even more people sharing ideas and helping to brainstorm when needed. Teen Think Tank grew from that conversation.  The team has grown since then to also include Valerie Laukhuf (Putnam County District Library), Sarah Amazing (Warren-Trumbull County Public Library), Bryan Overholt (Bexley Public Library), and Kristin Wilson (Loudonville Public Library).

The goal of the Teen Think Tank is for each attendee to leave with at least one new contact and a handful of new ideas for programs, decorations, crafts, books, and more. Each presentation throughout the day is carefully planned to keep everyone actively involved. When attending Teen Think Tank, you try the games, make the crafts, construct the decorations and see the books.

Learning Objectives:
  • Network with fellow teen librarians
  • Learn new programming ideas, crafts, games, and decorations
  • Hear about young adult literature
The Day's Agenda
Doors Open, Check-in, Flair exchange 
Introductions and hands-on mini activity 
Pep talk: Why we are so important and call to action
Open Group Discussion: Best programs you’ve done 
Hands-On Activity: Temporary tattoos 
Active movement moment: Wink Murder/Electric Current  
Small Groups 
  • Building relationships with your teens 
  • Volunteers 
  • New technology 
  • Diversification of teen services/serving the underserved 
  • Games (tabletop/video/mixer/etc.) 
  • STEAM 
  • Community Partnerships 
 minute presentation: D&D/Role-Playing Games
Rapid-fire Open Group: What’s Trending/What issues are we facing? 
Hosting a con or after-hours party 
Teen Activism 
Book adaptation Musical program 
Breakouts in Schools 
  • School partnerships 
  • Pickerington Teen Book Festival
  • LGBTQIA+ issues/advocacy/services
  • Draw me a… art game 
  • Readers’ Advisory 
  • New Americans 
  • Career Adventures Camp
  • Hosting a fandom program
  • Programming for and working with older teens
  • Teens who geek
  • Passive programs 
  • Culinary Literacy with Teens
  • Teens who Geek
Event Date:9/21/2018
Event Time:8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern
Location:Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
444 Mahoning Ave. NE
Warren, OH 44483

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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)
Details:Who should attend:  Anyone interested in learning more about teens, teen programming and literature
Competency:  Programming

Cost for all:  $20
Includes refreshments, meals and supplies

This is a special event in partnership with Teen Think Tank.
Event Registration:This class was a popular class and it is full.  Please email Melissa Lattanzi,  to be put on a waiting list and an additional class may be added for the future.

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