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Take Five Program

The 2018 event Take 5: For Teens, With Teens event will be Friday, May 4, 2018, at the Loudonville Public Library (in Ashland County, north-central Ohio), with optional activities on Thursday, May 3.

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 experiential learning, hands-on activities, small-group conversations, the space to dream big and engage with high-level issues and trends, and the opportunity to meet and learn from teen/youth services colleagues and from allies in other fields. Past participants describe Take 5 as energizing, creative, and fun.

Registration is expected to open in January and will be announced here and on library listservs and the Take 5 Facebook page.

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, OH

The sixth annual Take 5 event took place at the Northwest Branch, Dayton Metro Library, on May 5, 2017. The event continued our exploration of creative approaches, new ideas, collaboration, and network-building. Last year, attendees were invited to “Level Up! Level Out!” and move beyond the basics of youth services. This year, attendees were challenged to reflect on the past and energize their plans for the future.

• Our featured speaker, Katrina Kittle, novelist and TedX speaker, shared tools to create positive change for ourselves and our young people.
• A panel of speakers representing organizations that support vulnerable and marginalized populations discussed their work, especially with young people, and how librarians, educators, and other allies can support these populations. Panelists included:

* Lindsay Bohan, Volunteer Coordinator, GLSEN Dayton
* Monnie Bush, Founder & CEO, The Victory Project
* Jan Futrell, TIPS Coordinator, Dayton International Peace Museum
* Christina Sawyer, Lead Teacher, Center for Adolescent Services, Montgomery County Juvenile Court
* Leisan Smith, Director of Student & Community Engagement, Bexley City Schools

• LEGO® challenges to build teamwork demonstrated how to easily incorporate STEAM into library programs.
• Hands-on activity stations provided a wealth of ideas to bring back to workplaces and communities. Attendees explored Maker Kits, Breakout EDU, Minecraft, 3D printing with Proto BuildBar, and a visit from service dogs in training with 4 Paws For Ability.
• A lively World Café session encouraged attendees to exchange ideas, share successes, and inspire each other.

Download the Take 5: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going program booklet.

Tweeting about Take 5? Use hashtag #t5t6.


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!


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.