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.