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Take 5: An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 (with optional activities on Tuesday, May 3)
Athens Community Center, Athens, OH

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 anticipated to open in January. Registration fee will be minimal, just to cover the cost of food. Make plans now to attend, and check back for the registration link.


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.

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Take Five: Take Four – An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue

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Take Five: Take Four – An Ohio Youth Services Day of Dialogue
Friday, April 24, 2015
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library

The fourth annual Take Five event continued our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration and network-building designed to inspire and recharge. Last year, we invited you to dream big and ask “What If…?” This year, we looked to “Make It Happen” by exploring ways to make those visions a reality through collaboration and creative use of resources.

Each Take Five event includes traditional conference presentations as well as opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas, share successes and inspire each other in round table discussions. Big thinkers from the museum, arts and library worlds discussed what it takes to “Make It Happen” in short-format presentations. Attendees were encouraged to shared their dreams and successes in an open poster session and in small group conversations throughout the day. The day also included a tour of the Contemporary Arts Center’s UnMuseum.


Make It Happen: Using Emotional Intelligence: Christine Lottman, a professor at the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, shared her expertise in the area of emotional intelligence. She  discussed theories of change, the significance of emotional intelligence in making change happen, and effective models for moving from an idea to action.

Make It Happen: Engaging the Community: Michelle Shinew co-founder of Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands in Dublin, Ohio, shared how FSW rallied community support to preserve a wetland area in the heart of the suburban neighborhood, and how it continues to expand its impact through community engagement. She discussed strategies for involving community partners to make things happen.

Make It Happen: Impacting Our Youth: Tom Kent is Executive Director of Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center, where urban youth can learn arts rooted in the culture that is relevant to them and build life skills along the way. Participants create inspiring work such as a recently released music album produced entirely by the young people involved. Tom Kent will discuss ways to engage and truly impact our youth.

Downloads and Links

Download all the speakers’ slide sets and additional resources on the Take 5: Take Four Resources page hosted by SWON Libraries.  There you will find:

  • Take 5: Take Four Program
  • World Cafe: Making it Happen (Morning small group conversation notes)
  • Make it Happen: Using Emotional Intelligence Presentation
  • Make it Happen: Using Emotional Intelligence Handouts
  • Make it Happen: Engaging the Community
  • Make it Happen: Impacting our Youth
  • World Cafe: Overcoming Barriers (Afternoon small group conversation notes)

Click here to download the Take Five logo.


The April 24, 2015 event was made possible by the generous support of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, SWON Libraries, and the Kenton County Public Library. This event was also supported in part by federal Institute of Museum and Library Services funds, granted through the State Library of Ohio.

Past Events

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

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.