Take Five! is an ongoing dialogue on new ideas & creative approaches
for people who work with teens and youth in libraries, museums, arts organizations, and other learning environments.
The centerpiece of the Take 5 project is an annual event bringing together public and school librarians, museum and arts educators, and others invested in supporting young people and expanding their capacity. Presentations from previous events are gathered on this page, for use by anyone interested in exploring new ideas and collaborative opportunities in youth services.
Registration is now open!
Take 5: Take Four – An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue
Friday, April 24, 2015 (with optional activities on Thursday, April 23)
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library
A fee of $20 covers lunch, refreshments, and materials.
Register now via SWON Libraries
The fourth annual Take Five event continues our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge. Last year, we invited you to dream big and ask “What If…?” This year, we look to “Make It Happen” by exploring ways to make those visions a reality through collaboration and creative use of resources.
Take 5 includes traditional conference presentations as well as opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas, share successes, and inspire each other in small-group discussions. Featured speakers will discuss what it takes to “Make It Happen”. Attendees will share their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in conversations throughout the day. The day will also include a tour of the Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum.
Make It Happen: Using Emotional Intelligence: Christine Lottman, a professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, will share her expertise in the area of emotional intelligence. She will discuss theories of change, the significance of emotional intelligence in making change happen, and effective models for moving from an idea to action.
Make It Happen: Engaging the Community: Michelle Shinew co-founder of Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands (FSW) in Dublin, Ohio, will share how FSW rallied community support to preserve a wetland area in the heart of the suburban neighborhood, and how it continues to expand its impact through community engagement. She will discuss strategies for involving community partners to make things happen.
Make It Happen: Impacting Our Youth: Tom Kent is Executive Director of Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center, where urban youth can learn arts rooted in the culture that is relevant to them and build life skills along the way. Participants create inspiring work such as a recently released music album produced entirely by the young people involved. Tom Kent will discuss ways to engage and truly impact our youth.
Museum and arts educators and school librarians play a critical role in serving youth in our communities. We'd like to hear the unique perspective that you could bring to our day of dialogue. We're offering scholarships for qualified museum and arts educators and school librarians to attend the event with no registration fee. Scholarships will be awarded based on this short application. All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2015. Selected applicants will be notified no later than March 20, 2015.
Space is limited for Take 5. Scholarship recipients are guaranteed a spot, but scholarship applicants can also reserve a spot if they plan to attend regardless of winning free registration. If you already plan to attend Take 5 but would also like to apply for a scholarship, please register now and indicate that you wish to be invoiced. You can use the same link to register if you would like to attend Take 5 and do not wish to apply for a scholarship.
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Learn about and download presentations from previous Take 5 events:
Take 5: Take Three! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue and Discovery
Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum
Friday, May 9, 2014
Take 5: Take Three continued our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge. This year, we dreamed big and asked “What If ?” For example: What if libraries and museums had no boundaries or walls? What if an organization with a $50 programming budget could wow its patrons like an organization with a $50,000 programming budget? What if we let our students or patrons plan our programs, and we just knocked down their barriers?
Take 5 mixes formal presentations with informal conversation, idea-sharing, and serendipity. Attendees shared their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in small group conversations throughout the day.
Take 5: Take Three featured opening speaker Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director of the Massillon Museum; closing speaker Ken Babby, Owner and CEO of the Akron RubberDucks (Double A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians); and welcoming remarks by David Jennings, Director of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. And new this year, "Take5x" brought big thinkers to ask “What If?” in short-format presentations: Kauser Razvi and Helen Zaluckyj (Literary Lots); Andy Aichele (COSI University); Steve Felix (Akron Film + Pixel); Dr. Kiersten Latham (Kent State University SLIS); Alison Caplan and Gina Thomas McGee (Akron Art Museum)
This event was made possible by the generous support of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Akron Art Museum, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event was also supported in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio.
Downloads and links:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon's keynote presentation slides: We All Want the Same Thing (PDF file, 8 MB).
Alison Caplan's and Gina Thomas McGee's Take5x presentation slides: What If You Could Roller Skate in the Art Museum? (PDF file, 5.2 MB).
Steve Felix's Take5x presentation slides: What If Video Games Were For Everyone? (PDF file, 2.5 MB).
Andy Aichele's Take5x presentation slides: What If We Serve Our Employees As Well As We Serve Our Visitors? (PDF file, 350 KB).
Amanda Fensch's Windows to Our World presentation on Teen Programming: If You Build the Right Programs, They Will Come and Pickerington Public Library Tumblr.
Paula Nespeca Deal's Windows to Our World materials on INFOhio services are in the INFOhio Toolkit. Check out the Bookmarks and Flyers section for printables, including Top 10 Ways to Help Your Children with Research Projects (PDF file, 1.1 MB).
View photos from Take 5: Take Three on Facebook.
Take Five! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue and Discovery
The Allen County Museum and the Lima Public Library
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The second annual Take Five! event, Take 5: Take Two, featured a presentation and conversation with Julie Scordato (Columbus Metropolitan Library) and Shelly Casto (Wexner Center for the Arts) about the Columbus Learning Labs project inspired by Chicago Public Library's YOUmedia 21st-century youth-powered learning lab. Learn more by reading this article about the Columbus Learning Labs project (from the Columbus Dispatch).
Attendees also enjoyed an engaging discussion on Common Core State Standards and student/family engagement, an inspiring talk about collaboration and STEM from the museum perspective, the experiences of two ILMS National Medal finalists, and a welcome and introduction to the Allen County Museum and to the Children's Garden. Attendees networked and discussed issues from trends in teen culture to creating "stickiness", with youth advocates from all our fields - public libraries, school libraries, museums and arts.
Downloads and links:
Maria Vega's presentation, Forging Intergalactic Alliances: Creating Library/Community Collaborations with a Focus on STEM Education (via slideshare) - and here is the link to instructions for making and using the balloon cargo rocket (PDF).
Sarah Kepple's presentation, How to Be Awesome Like Us (via HaikuDeck)
Emily Rozmus' presentation, From the Mixed-up Files of the United States History of Education: Common Core, Common Goals, Common Outcomes (PDF file, 1MB)
Shelly Casto's presentation on the Columbus Learning Labs Project (PDF file, 1.8 MB)
Julie Scordato's presentation on the Columbus Learning Labs Project (PDF file, 1.7MB)
Here is the Technology Bingo icebreaker (PDF file, 288KB), updated for 2013, that attendees used to learn about each others' adoption of new technologies.
The April 24, 2013 event was made possible by the generous support of the Allen County Museum, the Lima Public Library, and the Lima/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This event was also supported in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio.
Take Five! launched with a day of structured conversation on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Columbus Museum of Art. This collaborative, in-person environment promoted creative approaches as we discussed new ideas in teen services, grassroots advocacy, youth empowerment, 21st century learning, STEM, collaboration, support-building, and the user experience in informal learning environments. Participants were challenged and encouraged to “Take Five”: by taking just five hours to engage in this process, we could take away at least five new contacts, five new ideas, and five action steps.
Downloads and links:
Cindy Foley's presentation, Creating the 21st Century User Experience (PDF file, 4MB)
Julie Scordato's presentation, Advocacy Toolbox: Shape Your Message (PDF file, 100KB)
Robyn Vittek and Jen Stencel's presentation, The Road Ahead: Thoughts on transforming service to create active engagement with customers and patrons (via Prezi.com)
Here is the Technology Bingo icebreaker (PDF file, 168KB) that attendees used to learn about each others' adoption of new technologies.
Attendees explored the Columbus Museum of Art during a hands-on opening session and during the lunch break and after the Take Five! event. The Museum features the Center for Creativity, an 18,000-square-foot hub for Museum experiences that foster imagination, critical thinking, and innovation, which models many of the topics and possibilities discussed at Take Five!
A tour at the Columbus Metropolitan Library was available to attendees after the event.The Library's Center for Discovery is the largest (library) children's space in Franklin County, and includes:
- The largest Homework Help Center in the Columbus Metropolitan Library System
- A fourteen-computer teen area
- Two programming spaces for children
- A Ready to Read Corner for caregivers and their young children
The May 2012 event was made possible by the generous support of the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Explore Take Five! themes:
Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills: a national initiative of the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Combining strengths in traditional and digital learning, libraries and museums are well-positioned to build the skills Americans need in the 21st century. Libraries and museums are strong community anchors that, together with formal education and other community organizations, create a network of learning within a community.
New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project: charting the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, creative inquiry, and information management. The NMC Horizon Reports cover both formal and informal learning in the higher education, K-12, and museum sectors. The reports provide a detailed overview of six emerging technology topics and explore the relevance of each for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry through action-based examples and recommended further readings.
Download the fabulous Take Five logo, developed by Mandy Simon and teen patrons of Bexley Public Library. 2013, 2014, and 2015 versions are available, along with the original (no date) logo. Also available for download is the event schedule for Take 5: Take Three.
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