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

Take-5 Logo - Where We've Been and Where We're Going - Empowering Youth Advocates - May 5, 2017, Dayton, OHFriday, May 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(with optional activities on Thursday, May 4)

Northwest Branch, Dayton Metro Library, Dayton, Ohio

$10 registration*

Register today** Take 5 is a day of dialogue and discovery for museum and arts educators, school librarians, public librarians and library workers specializing in teen services, after-school and recreation leaders, and other youth advocates.

The sixth annual Take 5 event continues our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building to inspire you and help you recharge.  Last year, we invited you to “Level Up! Level Out!” and move beyond the basics of youth services. This year we challenge you to reflect on the past and energize your plans for the future.

  • Our featured speaker, Katrina Kittle , novelist and TedX speaker, will share tools to create positive change for ourselves and our young people.
  • A panel of speakers representing organizations that support vulnerable and marginalized populations will speak to their work, especially with young people, and how librarians, educators, and other allies can support these populations.
  • Interactive brainstorming and reflection sessions will encourage attendees to exchange ideas, share successes, and inspire each other.
  • LEGO challenges to build teamwork will demonstrate how to easily incorporate STEAM into your programs.
  • Hands-on activity stations, from kitchen science to electronic textiles, ukuleles to unicycles, will provide you a wealth of ideas to bring back to your workplace and community.

Bonus: Arrive early and enjoy Thursday evening in Dayton with other Take 5 attendees!  From a Breakout Room challenge to an interactive exploration of the YouTuber phenomenon, the evening promises conversation, exploration, and fun.  Attendees may also stay after and explore Dayton on Friday afternoon.  A special rate of $119 at the Hampton-Inn Dayton-Vandalia location is available for attendees using this link . A full schedule of Thursday evening activities is available on the Take 5 registration page.

Don’t miss it!  Space is limited. Registration is open.

**To register for this event, you must be a registered member on the SWON Libraries Consortium website. This is simple and free to do, but website registration must be approved. If registering on Sunday through Friday, processing may take up to 24 hours. If you register over the weekend, it may take up to 48 hours. When your website registration is confirmed, return to register for the event and your form will be pre-populated. SWON does not give out your personal information to third parties.

Museum and art educators, school employees, or other youth advocates outside the public library field are invited to apply for a scholarship of free registration and $100 toward travel expenses to attend the event.

*The $10 attendee fee covers your lunch and refreshments throughout the day (kosher, halal, vegan, and gluten-free options available).  Take 5 is supported by LSTA funds administered by the State Library of Ohio and by a generous contribution from SWON. This event is sponsored by SWON Libraries Consortium and Dayton Metro Library.


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!

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!


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