Poster Sessions are designed to be a practical, informative “display” of an idea, project, or program that has been presented at library. All posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall.
Special Viewing Time
Thursday, Oct. 14
This is an informal, educational opportunity that gives you an opportunity to talk with presenters, ask questions and exchange innovative ideas.
Poster Session Descriptions
Tinkercad 3D Print Design: School Collaboration
Presenter: Missy Littell, Cuyahoga Falls Library
Does your library have a 3D printer? Learn how we partnered with local schools to teach hundreds of students how to design a 3D print. Starting with a simple customized bookmark, students learned their way around Tinkercad and gained inspiration for how 3D printing can solve problems and bring ideas into reality. These 3D print design classes took place in a virtual setting. Library staff taught these classes remotely, then printed the students’ designs and delivered those to the classroom as part of this program. More complex 3D design themes were offered to students at the library for those who wanted to continue learning more about 3D print design in the months that followed the first virtual class. Check out some of the designs the students created and learn about other 3D print design classes that have taken place at the Cuyahoga Falls Library.
Aggressively Passive Programs
Presenter: Mary Anne Wood, London Public Library
With the challenge of in-person programming, your library can turn to passive programs. From scavenger hunts to tic tac toe to March Madness voting, you’ll come away from this poster session with dozens of low-cost and low-prep ideas to draw your patrons in at their convenience!
STEM @ My Library
Presenters: Kate Denier and Marni Blanken, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Are you looking for fun and interactive STEM programming? Using techniques learned through the NASA@ My Library grant, we will discuss inexpensive ways to incorporate STEM into children’s and teen programming. Some topics include space, engineering, weather and exploring the moon. We will also offer suggestions on where to find free resources for STEM training and activities. You don’t have to have the grant to have NASA@ your library!
Support and Success with New Manager Orientation
Presenters: Shaun Davidson and Casey Titschinger, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is committed to the success of new service managers and sought a way to better support them as they transitioned into a management role, either from a different position within the organization or entering the position new to the library system. New Manager Orientation (NeMO) was created to give new managers the tools to succeed. One component of NeMO covers topic checklists that provide information and instruction for day-to-day managerial issues and concerns for all new managers. It also includes building a network, or Squad, of peers specifically chosen for each new manager to call upon for advice and guidance. While our primary focus is on supporting new managers, the program created would easily adapt to supporting the success of staff at many different levels.
Creating a Computer Lab from Scratch
Presenter: Carla Schober, Westlake Porter Public Library
Libraries are often the only means of accessing computers and the internet for our patrons. When so many Ohioans needed to access unemployment services and apply for jobs online, we wanted to provide that access. How could we do this safely in the era of COVID, especially as the rest of the library remained closed to the public? Solution: the Westlake library decided to turn its meeting rooms into a computer lab, creating a new service model from scratch in response to the pandemic. The lab has stayed open reliably despite occasional rollbacks in other services, becoming a destination for patrons across the region.
Afterschool and Summer Meals with Children’s Hunger Alliance
Presenters: Janet Ingraham-Dwyer, State Library of Ohio; and Jared Buerger and Ashley Roudebush, Children’s Hunger Alliance
The COVID-19 Pandemic has underscored the importance of libraries being part of combating food insecurity in their communities. Children’s Hunger Alliance works with libraries and other community organizations across the State of Ohio to provide nutritious meals through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Afterschool Meals (CACFP). Learn how Children’s Hunger Alliance can partner with your library to begin providing free, nutritious meals to children in need in your community!
Building Early Literacy Skills at Home and at the Library
Presenters: Jamie Dinan and Rebecca Shook, Westlake Porter Public Library
The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative pulls together various early literacy components and programs that were already being supported by the library into a single program. Through in-library events and opportunities to practice from home, families are engaged with programming that supports early literacy and child development. Earning incentives along the way, children are actively engaged with fun activities to support their development, and parents and caregivers are able to learn about best practices in early literacy and how to support their child(ren) in everyday life. This unique program originated from a donation provided by a former WPPL Board of Trustee Member and the founder of our Friends group. Learn how we pulled it all together and consider how you could do the same at your library.
Presenter: Amanda Brenner, Greene County Public Library
Learn how you can utilize a virtual library to reach patrons of all ages. Virtual libraries are a way to showcase library services, highlight upcoming programming, provide readers’ advisory, and present online resources available through the library. Plus, this poster session will explain how to utilize a virtual library to reach students.
Reimagining Summer Programming
Presenters: Julia Shaheen and Marianna DiGiacomo, Stark County District Library
To combat learning loss, keep our community’s kids on track and ensure families get the support they need to succeed, the Stark Library, with the support of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, partnered with Canton City Schools to encourage summer reading and learning with Summer Fun School programming. The Bookmobile visited locations in Canton, providing books, activities, and summer activity kits to Canton City school kids from kindergarten through third grade. The activities are designed to build reading, math and science skills based on the Reimagining School Readiness framework. Participants also received incentives for participating and working with their children everyday. We set out with specific expectations and goals, and learned along the way how to make quick changes and adapt the program to the fit the needs of each neighborhood. It was a very enlightening program that we want to continue and expand to our other locations throughout the year.
Presenter: Yuimi Hlasten, Denison University
SAVEs: How the Pandemic has Shaped our Understanding of Tech Access
Presenter: Emma Willig, Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
SAVEs (Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Experiences) is a collaboration team between the Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. Our team was developed with the help of a grant from the IMLS to create a program that increases technology access for 5 neighborhoods in Cincinnati with low at-home tech rates. During this process, we have had interesting and unexpected findings working with our community partners. We are half way through our project with lots of success to share and plans for our next year, as well!
Turning Destruction into Delight
Presenter: Caitlin Wissler, Dayton Metro Library
The tornadoes on Memorial Day 2019, devastated the Trotwood Community. This destruction presented an opportunity to create something positive during the construction of the new Trotwood Branch, which opened in 2020. A delightful outdoor play area was constructed from trees downed by the tornadoes, and friendly animal sculptures carved from local wood welcome children to the area. The idea for creating the play structures came from Leave No Child Inside: Miami Valley Collaborative. The original plan was to have the play structures only, but the inclusion of a local arborist and chainsaw artist was a bonus that led to including unique carved animals. The Mark A. Kreusch Memorial Fund (a component fund of The Dayton Foundation) generously provided funding for the project.