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Take 5: An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue
Friday, May 5, 2023
Main Library, Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Warren, Ohio

Take 5 is headed to northeast Ohio to continue exploring creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building in the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library’s newly renovated main library.

Details will be posted in January 2023 and registration will open in early February 2023.

This event is made possible by the State Library of Ohio and Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and is planned and produced by the Take 5 planning team.

Take 5 is an annual event for teen/youth services librarians and library specialists, school librarians, and their allies who support and care about young people. This grassroots-organized, low-cost event grew out of practitioners’ interest in collaboration and dialogue. Take 5 offers relatable, engaging speakers from various youth-facing fields, plus hands-on activities, small-group conversations, space to dream big and engage with high-level issues and trends, and the opportunity to meet and learn from other youth advocates. Past participants describe Take 5 as energizing, affirming, creative, and fun.

The 2022 event, Take 5: Let’s Talk About It, was hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Library and featured Columbus-based author, artist, filmmaker, educator and mentor Donte Woods-Spikes and Jackie Calderone, founding director of multidisciplinary youth arts and mentoring program TRANSIT ARTS, plus an expert panel of new and seasoned teen librarians, and small group conversation on aspirations and challenges in the wake of the pandemic.

Explore summaries and resources from all the past Take 5 events.

Take 5 is supported by the hosting libraries, the participating organizations, and by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Take 5 is an ongoing dialogue on new ideas and 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. This event is an attendee-driven conference planned by youth services professionals from across Ohio.

Take 5 promotes creative approaches, collaboration, and network-building, and demonstrates the power of peer groups to generate new and useful ideas. Take 5 features boundary-expanding speakers, and opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and inspire each other through discussion, hands-on learning, and professional networking in a casual environment. Attendees share their dreams and successes through an open poster session and small group conversations throughout the day.

Presentations and resources from previous events are gathered at the following links for use by anyone interested in exploring new ideas and collaborative opportunities in youth services.

Continue the conversation year-round on the Take 5 Facebook page. Tweeting about Take 5? Use hashtag #take5youthservices or #take5ohio

Past Events

Information, links, and resources from previous years of Take 5:

2022: Take 5: Let’s Talk About It!

2021: Take 5 Virtual Event: Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect

2020: Take 5 Virtual Event: Bridging the Gap

2019: Take 5: We’re All in This Together

2018: Take 5: For Teens, With Teens

2017: Take 5: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Empowering Youth Advocates

2016: Take Five: Level Up, Level Out! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

2015: Take Five: Take Four! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

2014: Take Five: Take Three! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue and Discovery

2013: Take Five! An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue and Discovery

2012: Take Five!


Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff: In fall 2017, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its updated Teen Services Competencies. Developed to ensure that all teens receive high quality service from their public and school libraries, this document outlines ten competencies, or skill groups, that library staff need in order to serve teens effectively and productively. They include Teen Growth and Development, Learning Experiences, Community and Family Engagement, Cultural Competency and Responsiveness, and more. The Teen Services Competencies also help people, within and outside the field, to understand the unique role library staff can play in helping teens prepare for college, careers and life, and to communicate that role to others.

Connected Learning in Libraries: a collection of resources for learning and practice, from the Connected Learning Alliance. At the intersection of interests, relationships, and opportunities, connected learning empowers teens (and others) to pursue knowledge and skills that interest them, in ways that engage them.

ALA Center for the Future of Libraries: a project of the American Library Association to identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve, promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future, and build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues.

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.