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Take 5: Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect – An Ohio Youth Services Experience
Friday, May 7, 2021, 1:00-4:00 pm
(plus self-paced lead-up activities!)

Registration is now open for Take 5: Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect. Join other teen advocates in learning and exploration as we reemerge into active library life, refocus on supporting our own and our young peoples’ well-being, and reconnect with our teens and each other. This year’s Take 5 experience has 3 parts:

  • A live online event from 1:00-4:00 pm on Friday, May 7;
  • Exclusive recorded speaker sessions for you to enjoy at your convenience between early April and early May;
  • Videos, webinars, TED Talks, and other activities to select from and explore at your convenience between early April and early May.

It has been a long winter and an even longer time of multiple national and global crises. We are exhausted and our teens are also exhausted, and we miss them! But spring is coming, and recent pandemic news is hopeful, and we are excited to reconnect with other teen services professionals and learn together.

For the tenth annual event, the Take 5 planning team is creating a quality, unconventional professional development experience, focused on mental and emotional wellness, with the theme “Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect.”

In recognition of online meeting fatigue, this year’s live event will be 3 hours, instead of all day. Registrants will receive links to exclusive prerecorded speaker sessions and other activities to explore at your own pace before the live event. This content directly compliments the theme and will be woven throughout the live event.

Take 5 speakers include:

A certificate of attendance will be available to document your learning time.

Take 5: Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect is FREE but registration is required. Register here:

Take 5: Reemerge, Refocus, Reconnect is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In-kind support is provided by the iSchool at Kent State University, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Worthington Libraries, Anna Local Schools, and SERLS: Southeast Ohio Regional Library System.

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 first-ever Take 5 Virtual Event took place online in May 2020. This event was built on the theme of “Bridging the Gap” to focus on helping our young people bridge gaps: between middle and high school, to pathways after high school, to the transition to adulthood. Considering the public health emergency, event content also encompassed ideas and strategies for responding to the emergency, taking care of ourselves, and supporting our teens. Main speakers included mindfulness teacher and coach Daron Larson, Justin Grote from Columbus State Community College, Roger Wright from Four Cities Compact, and Angela Lariviere from Youth MOVE.  Read more about this event and download speaker presentations and resources.

Take 5 is supported 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 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!

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.