Take Five Program

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Take 5: Level Up! Level Out!

An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

Take 5 is a user-centric conference planned by a group of 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 includes traditional conference presentations as well as opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and inspire each other through facilitated discussions, experiential learning opportunities, and professional networking within a casual environment. Attendees share their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in small group conversations throughout the day.

The most recent Take 5 took place on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Athens Community Center. The theme “Level Up, Level Out” incorporated two growing trends in youth services: gamification and getting outside.


• Opening speaker Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, highlighted key societal trends with implications for our work with young people.
• A day-long memory drawing/writing and sharing experience leveled up attendees’ connections with peers, teens, and self.
• Guided conversation during the locally-sourced gourmet lunch combined game-playing with addressing challenging issues in youth services.
•Hands-on activity stations provided a wealth of ideas to bring back to libraries, museums, and schools. Stations included: Survival Skills and Team Building with Rural Action; Therapy Dogs with Sharon and Sydney; Outdoor Education with Rising Appalachian Warriors; Discovery Kitchen Tasting Tables with Community Food Initiatives; Pop-Up Makerspace and Book-a-Bike, both with Athens County Public Libraries; 3-D Printer with SERLS; and Windows to Our World, an attendee-led poster session.

Educational Outcomes

• Participants explored trends that will impact our young people and our workplaces.
• Through a memory-sharing process, participants engaged in conversations with peers to move dialogue and action towards the heart of what teen services encompasses.
• Participants were exposed to other libraries’/schools’/institutions’ innovations, challenges, and solutions in serving young people.
• Participants expanded their networks of youth services experts across the state, for support, resources, advice, and encouragement.
• Participants took away renewed enthusiasm, and ideas to enhance their programs/services.

This event was made possible by the State Library of Ohio and Athens County Public Libraries, with support from SERLS and the Athens Community Center.


Take Five 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 Five 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.

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

Past Events

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

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!

Explore Take Five! themes:

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.