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The theme of the 8th annual Take 5 event, We’re All in This Together, is about community and collaboration. It’s about gaining awareness of the challenges young people face and helping them build resilience. It’s about embracing mindfulness and creativity. And it’s about learning directly from teens, because they are in it with us and they have wisdom to share.

Over 90 public librarians and library specialists, school librarians, allies from other youth-facing fields, and teens met at the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library on May 3 for this day of listening, sharing, and experiencing. Misty Cole from Hopewell Health gave an illuminating, inspiring talk on Trauma Informed Care. Daron Larson of Attentional Fitness shared Attention Habits for Resilience and Self-Regulation with great encouragement and interactivity. And Molly Meyers LaBadie from Delaware County District Library opened up an array of means toward Fostering a Spirit of Creativity.

Attendees also participated in a small-group discussion on nurturing self-care for ourselves and our teens, and experienced an Activity Fair full of hands-on/experiential learning and networking opportunities. The Activity Fair featured mindfulness sessions with Daron Larson, Takeo the therapy dog, an attendee-led Free for All Program Share, VR headsets, Spheros, make it-take it crafts and button-making, musical instruments, and information from the Ohio Afterschool Network, Crisis Text Line, and INFOhio.

After the success of the first-ever Take 5 teen panel at the 2018 event, the planning team again invited several teens to attend the event. The teens participated in the morning sessions and activity fair, explored the library, and created art with materials on hand. They then closed out the event as a panel responding to questions about community, volunteering, school reform, meaningful adult support, library programs, and for fun, binge watching, superpowers, and Hogwarts houses (spoiler: lots of Hufflepuffs here!). Many thanks to teen panelists Bianca, Faith, Janelle, and Symphony for their thoughtful, brave, and witty participation.

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Visit the Take 5 Facebook page  for photos and commentary from Take 5: We’re All in This Together.

Speaker bios

 Misty Cole
Misty Cole, MSW, joined the Early Childhood Programs Team at Hopewell Health Centers in January, 2014.  She currently serves as the Master Trainer for South Eastern, Ohio and the training coordinator for Hopewell Health Centers.  She worked as an early learning professional for over twenty years, observing firsthand the challenges that are faced by young children, their families, and the professionals who support them. Misty completed her undergraduate work in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). Misty’s background in early education and psychology has been helpful as she transitioned into the world of mental health, working as a champion for professionals who work with young children around the state of Ohio. She not only provides training, but encouragement, as she works with early learning heroes, across systems, every day.   Misty truly enjoys the opportunity to present information and share stories to those who are on the front line; those who are working to support the social/emotional development and positive mental health of Ohio’s youngest learners.

Molly Meyers LaBadie
When Molly Meyers LaBadie was a weird little kid, her big sister went to college and began to study art and get really excited about the study of creativity sharing that passion with Molly and impressing upon her that weirdness was a gift not a curse.   Once in libraries, Molly realized the importance of changing the image of the word “creativity” and sharing how that creativity impacts both patrons and staff in significant ways.  Molly has been in libraries for over 18 years now and is passionate about learning how we as librarians can impact children and adults.  She has been presenting on many topics, in many places throughout her career including OLC, ALA, PowerUp and IFLA. 

Daron Larson
Daron Larson helps people feel more at home in their lives by training their attention. By comparing mindfulness to physical exercise, he helps people develop a sustainable practice. Multi-sensory approaches to investigating the components of subjectivity with greater objectivity continue to fascinate Daron, providing a rich variety of ways to cross train attentional skills and cultivate emotional warmth. He’s discovered – in his own life and the lives of his students – that exercising these capacities can lead to feeling more at home in the messiness of real life.


This event was made possible by Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library, SERLS: Southeast Ohio Regional Library System, and the Take 5: We’re All in This Together planning team:

Emmalee Coontz, Akron-Summit County Public Library
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio
Valerie Laukhuf, Putnam County District Library
Sharon Leali, Jackson City Library
Amanda Marquart, Greene County Public Library
Mary Anne Nichols, The iSchool at Kent State University
Missy Rivera, Anna Middle and High School
Mandy Simon, State Library of Ohio
Ruby Smart, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
Evan Struble, State Library of Ohio
Jacqui Taylor, Wright Memorial Public Library
Tracy Thomas, Louisville Free Public Library (KY)
Heather West, MLIS Candidate, The iSchool at Kent State University
Jenn Wiezbiski, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Kristin Wilson, Loudonville 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.