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Summer Reading Workshop 2016 - Fitness/Wellness
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Join your fellow Children's Librarians for this full-day summer reading workshop featuring next summer's theme: Fitness/Wellness. Sponsored in part through LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

When: 9/1/15
8:45 AM until 3:45 PM
Where: Greene County Public Library - Xenia Branch
76 East Market Street
Xenia, Ohio  45385
United States
Contact: Racheal
513-751-4422 x10

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Wellness/Fitness/Sports Theme!

The event will be held at Greene County Public Library, Xenia Branch at 76 East Market St, Xenia, OH 45385.

Competencies Covered by this Event:

Children's services outreach

* Designs and implements library services and spaces to meet the needs and interests of children in the community.

Children's programming 

* Designs, implements and sponsors library programs that offer information, special skills or entertainment for children and their families and caregivers.


    8:45 AM to 9:10 AM - Registration and Introductions

    9:10 AM to 10:00 AM - Cate Malone - Book Boot Camp - PLCH

    10:00 AM to 10:50 AM - Clermont County Public Library - Active! Inside & Out! activities for 3-5 year olds.

    10:50 AM to 11:00 AM - Break

    11:00 AM to 11:50 AM -Kim Thompson - Toddlers in Motion: Guided Busyness - PLCH

    11:50 AM to 12:30 PM - Lunch

    12:30 PM to 1:20 PM - MVP Dance Fit

    1:20 PM to 1:30 PM - Break

    1:30 PM to 2:20 PM - Paul Brown - Dayton Metro Library

    2:20 PM to 3:10 PM - Melanie McDonald - SWON Libraries

    3:10 PM to 3:45 PM - Idea Share - We'll go around the room and each attendee will share one idea with the group.

Program Descriptions:

Book Boot Camp: Book Boot Camp was a crowd favorite and a great way to keep kids moving after school and during the summer months.  During this presentation, Cate will share the successes (and some challenges) of her adventures in holding a fitness activity within the boundaries of a small library meeting room.  Booklists, activity plans, music/videos ideas, and appropriate snack ideas will be provided to participants.

MVP Dance Fit: ​Rachel and Gabi from MVP Dance Fit studio will talk about fitness training for kids, how to get a dance studio to come to your library and even teach us some moves!

Toddlers in Motion: Guided Busyness Healthy toddlers are naturally busy human beings. Their bodies are often in motion as they discover the world around them. In this session, we will explore ways to guide toddler busyness through books, music, crafts, and games and encourage wellness through easy and healthful snacks. (Snack recipes take into account toddler allergies and promote small motor skill development.)

A Summer of Partnerships & Summer Craft with Sugru: Melanie will be presenting about partnerships and things to do with Sugru. A Summer of Partnerships – The summer’s theme of Wellness, Fitness & Sports lends itself to new or renewed community partnerships. When was the last time you invited someone from your local Boy’s & Girl’s Club to come and do a program at the library? In her 30 minute presentation, Melanie will suggest eight weeks of programming with community partners that may surprise and hopefully entertain you. In conjunction with SWON Libraries Pinterest Pages for the summer, ideas for toddlers through teens will be covered. Summer craft with Sugru – You’ll be working with Sugru (the greatest thing since duct tape) to create flip flops that leave a trail of your own design! Learn how to work with Sugru and you’ll be sure to find 100’s of uses for it at the library and in your life. What is Sugru? Sugru is self-setting rubber, or moldable glue. See: or their YouTube channel.

Paul Brown will be presenting about Dayton Metro Library's success and challenges when it comes to health programs.

Cindy Mahaffey & Kim Smithers will be presenting about Clermont County's 3-5 year old activities.

Speaker Biographies

Kim Thompson: My name is Kimberly Thompson. I earned my BA in Education and M Ed in Counseling at the University of Louisville. I earned my MLIS at the University of Kentucky. I am fond of saying I bleed purple. (UK fans will get that one.) I am a Children's Librarian with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cheviot Branch. I program for children ages birth through twelve years. I have worked with children and families for about 20 years as a teacher, social worker, and librarian, with a few years off in between to be a full time homemaker. To quote Sir Francis Bacon, "Knowledge itself is power." It brings me joy to share information with children and families to increase their knowledge base and empower them to become lifelong learners.

Cate Malone: Cate Malone began her library career in 2011 first at the Clermont County Public Library and later moving to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County where she served as the Children’s Librarian and later the Branch Manager at the Avondale location.  She is currently the Team Lead of the Information and Reference Department of the Main Library.  Cate received an MLS from the University of Kentucky and an MA in Communications with a focus on Children’s Media and Education Television from Ohio University.  While serving as a Children’s Librarian, Cate tailored her work to meet the needs of the community by providing programming focused on healthy living and exercise.  She piloted a children’s program at the Avondale Branch titled, Book Boot Camp to increase young patron’s interest in both reading and being active.  An exercise enthusiast herself, Cate enjoyed leading kids in different types of exercise from jumping jacks to yoga during her weekly program which also included a healthy snack and books themed around healthy choices.  

Melanie McDonald: Melanie Blau McDonald joined SWON in 2011 as Executive Director. Along with the Executive Board she has led the change in SWON's services and structure to better serve the current needs of our region's libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Illinois in 2006 after an extensive business career. Each year she visits libraries of all types, all over our region, talking with directors and asking questions of staff, admiring their work and sharing what she's seen in her SWON Visits blog.

MVP Dance Fit: MVP Dance Fit studio owner Rachel Lee Vickhouse will talk with us about fitness programs for kids, from dance classes to cross-fit classes for kids to mommy and me fitness programs, they do it all. We'll also have the opportunity to get up and dance!

Kim Smithers: Kim Smithers has been a Youth Services Specialist with the Clermont County Public Library System for 11 years. She works with all youth birth to 17 years of age. She is the Chairperson for the Library’s Ready to Read Committee and specializes in early literacy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University. Prior to working for the library system, she taught preschool through sixth grade, both regular and special education, in the public school system. 

Sponsored in part through LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of Ohio.


Employee of Supporting Member Library: $25

Geographic: $35

Out-of-State: $60


We will be having wraps for lunch!
When you register, you'll be able to tell us about any dietary restrictions you may have.


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