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Teen Summer Reading Program:


“A Universe of Stories” is the theme for this year’s summer reading program.  Come join your teen library colleagues for a program focused on teens and tweens.  In this workshop you will hear best practices in community reads, school visits, how to include Augmented and Virtual Reality into your summer reading along with finding out the great NASA resources that are available.  The day will end with a lively discussion about tracking and registering summer reading attendees.  Come prepared to discuss and share. Whether you use this theme or not you will walk away with ideas for this year’s summer reading program and programming in general.

Featured Presentations:

Summer Community Reads

Learn how to use SRP themes to create a community read program. This presentation will take you through the process that one library used to establish a collaborative, all-ages program. Topics will include getting community sponsors and support, selecting books, developing summer long events and passive programs tied to the community read, and marketing.
Presenters:  Heather Tuck-Macalla specializes in "Tween Services" at the Rocky River Public Library. She loves building connections and empowering youth. When not at work she is busy collaborating with voter advocacy organizations, enjoying the great outdoors and her two beagles. 

Megan Alabaugh is the Teen Services Librarian at Rocky River.  She discovered that librarianship was her one real dream job after leaving careers in social work and education. Not only does she get to have a positive impact on teens by sharing her love of reading and education, she also gets to have the most fun at work. Albaugh's favorite part of her job is collaborating with her friend and wonder twin, Heather. They are always looking for ways to shake things up at the library.

School Promotion
Sometimes when you promote summer reading with teens and tweens it’s not about “promoting summer reading” but getting facetime. Doing a hard sell for summer reading can and often will drive them away. So how do you promote continuing to read over the summer? Promote your apps. Promote programs. Promote library services. Find other ways to get facetime with your audience. Most of all respect your audience’s self-perceived maturity and absolutely make sure the teachers are engaged as well. In this session we will talk about the subtlety of pull marketing and how to draw in teens and tweens over the summer.

Presenter: Shawn D. Walsh is the Emerging Services and Technologies Librarian at the Madison Public Library in Madison, OH. He has been in the library field since 1997, and he is a contributor to Public Libraries Online, Children and Libraries, and chapters in several different library related anthologies. He is the co-author of the book Library Service to Tweens published in 2017. Shawn is also responsible for maintaining Madison Public Library's technology infrastructure and oversees computer and technology instruction to patrons and staff. Within the community, Shawn is best known for his school presentations and preaching the awesomeness of online library services.

Blast Off with NASA--Space Science Curricula and Resources for Libraries

Learn about resources from NASA, including local connections to NASA Glenn. NASA has videos, experiments, handouts, trainings, and even full-scale curricula that you can implement at your library. Whether you are using the CSLP theme or not, integrating engineering and science into your library's programming offerings is easy and sometimes even fun! 

Presenter:  Marisha Sullivan is a Youth Librarian in the Stark County District Library system. She specializes in STEAM programming and has worked extensively with NASA Glenn's Education Department on their curricular offerings, including their Aeronautics and Rocketry out-of-school programs and their Mars Rover and solar power efficiency engineering design challenges. She enjoys tea, dancing, and cats, though cautions against all three at once. 

Finding our Way with Augmented Reality:

Are you completely lost when it comes to Augmented Reality (AR)? So were we! Are you interested in figuring out a way of incorporating this technology into your programming with young people? So were we! Let us share with you what we’ve learned so far about AR. We will end with a brainstorming session for AR uses, including a Scavenger Hunt we are planning to incorporate into our Universe of Stories summer programming.

Presenters:  Amanda Adkins is a Children’s Librarian at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, where she has developed a variety of popular STEAM-based programs such as Young Science Wizards, Patio Pals, and Books & More!

Sarah Amazing is the Teen Services Supervisor, Warren Trumbull County Public Library.  Sarah has been very involved in YALSA and OLC.  She was most recently a co-chair for the 2018 Children’s and Teen Conference.

Virtual Reality and Summer Reading

Come see and hear how virtual reality can be included in your summer reading program, no matter what your theme.

Presenter:  Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator, NEO-RLS

We will end the day with a discussion on registration and tracking.  Come prepared to share.
Poster Session:  Interested in sharing but don’t want to present.  Bring a poster of your idea to share.  Please email Melissa Lattanzi if you plan to bring a poster.


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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Twinsburg Public Library
10050 Ravenna Rd.
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)

Who should attend: Anyone interested in Teen Summer Reading Programs

Competency:  Programming

GEO Cost:      $50.00
Bronze Cost:  $37.50
Silver Cost:    $25.00
Gold Cost:     FREE

There is an additional $15 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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Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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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