Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo, October 13-15

The 2021 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo is October 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus.

This year's Convention and Expo features an outstanding line-up of speakers and award-winning authors, plus a wide variety of professional development sessions with a targeted Youth Services track. Visit Ohio Ready to Read and the Children's Services Division at OLC Connects in the expo hall throughout the Convention!

Reimagining School Readiness Workshop - in person in Columbus, April 18

Registration is open for the Reimagining School Readiness workshop, an interactive in-person event hosted by Ohio Ready to Read and the State Library of Ohio on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

This workshop is part of the Reimagining School Readiness initiative. Attendees will gain insights into the current research behind the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life.
Workshop topics include:

RealTalk Webinars: Ideas for Parenting Young Children

The A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning and the Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Ohio State University are collaborating on RealTalk, a webinar series for families of young children. Webinars take place monthly in and are recorded for anytime viewing. Topics include conflict resolution, storytime at home, race awareness, and more. These webinars are free and open to all.

Two Anytime Webinars on Virtual Storytime

Are you looking for tips, techniques, and best practices for planning and producing online/virtual storytimes? Two recordings from webinars originally presented in summer 2020 are now available for free, anytime viewing via the Self-Paced Online Courses and Recorded Webinars page of the ORTR website! One is from the Ohio Library Council and the other is from WebJunction.

Find more self-paced learning opportunities for early childhood programming: ohreadytoread.org/recorded-webinars

At-home STEAM activities from COSI Connects

COSI Connects provides engaging STEAM content daily through videos, documents, and hands-on science that students, teachers, and families can use at home. Content is tied directly to State of Ohio Learning Standards.

COSI Connects is for families and children anywhere in Ohio. It is free, and membership is not required. Activities are available for all age groups from early childhood through adults, and you may browse by age group to find just the early childhood activities.

Reading Tips for Families website

A new early language and literacy website is available for families of emerging readers in Ohio! Through a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children and the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, this website, Reading Tips for Families, will host reading definitions, activities, and resources to engage and educate families, while meeting requirements for disability accessibility and accessibility for non-English speakers.

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