Take Five Program

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Take 5: Level Up! Level Out!
An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(with optional activities on Tuesday evening, May 3 and after the event closes on May 4) Athens Community Center, Athens, Ohio
Cost: $15 (to cover lunch/refreshments)

Take 5 is headed to amazing Athens to continue our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge. For the fifth annual Take 5, the planning team has some tremendous ideas to bring this unconventional professional development event to yet another level.

Registration is closed as of Sunday, April 10; however, some spots may still be available.  To inquire about late registration, email jdwyer@library.ohio.gov.


• Opening speaker Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, will highlight trends and discuss what they mean for our work with young people.
• A day-long memory drawing/writing and sharing experience will level up your connection with your peers, your teens, and yourself.
• Guided conversation during the locally-sourced gourmet lunch will combine game-playing with addressing challenging issues in youth services.
•Hands-on activity stations will provide you a wealth of ideas to bring back to your workplace. Stations will include: 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; and Windows to Our World, an attendee-led poster session.

Educational Outcomes

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

Come early or stay late to explore Athens and enhance your Take 5 experience with optional activities on Tuesday evening, May 3 and after the event closes on May 4, including dinner opportunities, a walk in the woods with naturalists from Rural Action, and a tour of Ohio University’s Alden Library.

Registrants will be contacted by email with details about these activities and an invitation to participate in an attendee-led poster session during Take 5. Overnight accommodations are available at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 20 Home St. in Athens, 1-740-594-3000. Reserve by phone and mention Take 5 for a $99/night (before tax) room rate.

This event is 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 #take5take4

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:

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.