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“A Universe of Stories” is the theme for this year’s summer reading program.  Come join your children’s library colleagues for a program focused on summer reading.  There will be something for everyone whether you choose this theme or not.  In this workshop you will hear about Ready, Set, READ! (focusing on reading comprehension), ideas for decorations, a presentation by NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation Team along with mission badges.  The day will end with a lively discussion about tracking and registering summer reading attendees.  Come prepared to discuss and share. 

ATTENTION ATTENDEES: We will be doing speed programming in the afternoon.  Please bring an idea to share. 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 Melissa Lattanzi.

Featured Presentations:

A Universe of Stories Overview

Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant with the State Library of Ohio, will share an overview of the “A Universe of Stories” adult programming manual and materials from the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Janet will also share free state and national resources to help you create an out-of-this-world, space-themed summer library program for the children and families in your community

Presenter:  Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio

Ready, Set, READ! Program 

Ready, Set, READ! Is a program for children in the 2nd & 3rd grades that are struggling with reading comprehension skills.  This successful children’s program was begun to get volunteers for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library’s new volunteer program.  The program has attracted over 30 volunteers and 50 children during its short 2-year span.  Learn what it takes to start a similar program at your library.

Presenter:  Colleen Kelly has worked for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library for the past 26 years in a variety of roles – Circulation Clerk, union organizer and president, Head of Circulation, Technology Coordinator and is currently the Human Resources/Volunteer Coordinator.  Colleen has 2 master’s degrees in Education and has done a number of programs for NEO-RLS. 

Decorate your SPACE…..

Get ready to blast off with some great summer decorating tips from the crew at the Avon Lake Public Library.  We’ll share some of our ideas for the upcoming space theme as well as some of the tricks we use year-after-year to transform our space into a magical place that kids want to visit all summer long (or at least before the city pool opens).  Put some of these ideas to the test when you get to make your own summer decorations to take back to your library.
Presenters:  Sybil Wendling, Children’s Services Manager, Avon Lake Public Library
Sybil has been a part of the ALPL Children’s department decorating team for the past 8 years.  She has burnt her fingers on a glue gun too many times to count, spilled paint on her favorite shoes, and used a staple gun to attach things to a wall (shhh..don’t tell the facilities manager).  She still has paint clothes in her desk drawer from last summer & can’t wait to use them again!

Carol Henderson, Children’s Services Associate, Avon Lake Public Library
Carol survived both the summer of the pirate ship and the summer of the circus tent.  She lived to tell tales of the crow's nest, the tarp-sized sail, collapsing disco balls, and more.  She is a whiz at figuring out how to make just about anything out of things we have in the basement, insulation board (yep the stuff inside your walls), and paint.  When she’s not scheming about summer decorating, Carol enjoys doing story time.

Kristen Frank, Children's Services Associate, Avon Lake Public Library
Kristen has been working in libraries for 12 years.  She spends most of her time doing story times and reading picture books.  Her decorating skills have only been honed in recent years at the Avon Lake Public Library and are best put to use painting, drawing, and tracing large scale items.  Show her a picture & she’ll make it happen.
NASA Challenge

Lindsay Hill and Tim Gallagher will share a presentation that they give to students in regards to NASA, the International Space Station, astronauts and the work that they perform.  Lindsay and Tim will give you the tools to present this to your summer reading participants along with a fun challenge for everyone.

Presenters: Tim Gallagher, is a Cleveland, OH, native with an extensive and unique background consisting of technical experience/training, production support, marketing, and business leadership.  Tim is the coordinator for the NASA Glenn Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Intern Project (SIP) in Cleveland, OH.  Tim has coordinated internships for the last 5 years which are mainly held over 10 weeks in the summer.  Tim’s duties include assisting with the selection process of opportunities, recruiting intern candidates, coordination of summer events, and connecting interns with future employers.  Additionally, he assists the Policy and Strategic Communications (PSC) team with NASA Outreach events.

Lindsay Hill serves as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program at NASA Glenn Research Center.  Lindsay is responsible for public engagement with the community and space industry, planning events, developing exhibits and visiting local schools. She started her NASA career in 2013 as the SCaN Summer Intern Coordinator. She followed in the footsteps of her father, mother and uncle who all worked at NASA.

 Mission Badges

Come hear about Sandusky Library’s plans for Mission Badges and how you can incorporate this into your summer reading program.

Presenter:  Emily Kimball, Children Services Manager, Sandusky Library

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Event Time:
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 330-655-0531)

Who should attend: Anyone interested in Children Summer Reading Programs

Competency:  Programming

GEO Cost:      $50.00
Bronze Cost:  $37.50
Silver Cost:    $25.00
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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Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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