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Registration is open!  The eighth annual Take 5 event will be at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019, with optional afternoon and evening activities on Thursday, May 2.

Meet up with peers, allies, and teens for a first-rate professional development experience in Ohio’s first capital. The theme, “We’re All in This Together,” builds on the great experience of collaborating and conversing directly with teens at last year’s Take 5. This year, teen services specialists and youth advocates will explore creative approaches along with teens, address tough topics in constructive ways, and have fun, because we’re all in this together!

Learn about trauma informed care for teens and adults with Misty Cole from Hopewell Health, enjoy a high-energy spin on creativity in the workplace with Molly LaBadie from Delaware County District Library, and embrace mindfulness and attention with mindful awareness coach Daron Larson. Small-group discussion; hands-on crafts, tech toys and other activities; and teen voices will complete your full day of discovery, recharge, and inspiration.

Registration is $25/person. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a BBQ lunch (vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options available) are included.

Register for Take 5: We’re All in This Together: www.surveymonkey.com/r/Take5_2019

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 experiential learning, hands-on activities, small-group conversations, the space to dream big and engage with high-level issues and trends, and the opportunity to meet and learn from teen/youth services colleagues and from allies in other fields. Past participants describe Take 5 as energizing, creative, and fun.

The most recent event, Take 5: For Teens, With Teens took place Friday, May 4, 2018 at Loudonville Public Library. The event included sessions on Green Dot Bystander Intervention with Lori Droege of Pioneers in Violence Prevention, and Revive Civility with Lauren Litton, State Coordinator for the initiative. The event also featured the popular Take 5 Activity Fair (with drones, local history, light sabers, a tween-led classroom library renovation, a service dog in training, and more), followed by a World Café conversation. New for 2018, the event wrapped up with a panel of teen participants sharing their thoughts on making a difference and getting meaningful support from adults. Read more about this event and download resources from Revive Civility and Green Dot.

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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 from previous events are gathered on this page 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 #take5ohio

Past Events

Information, links, and resources from previous years of Take Five!

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.

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.