The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce the launch of the Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar website. Day By Day Ohio is a tool that families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use at home, at the library, on the go, and in the classroom. With a perpetual calendar featuring songs, activities, book suggestions, and videos, Day By Day Ohio offers resources to further develop early literacy skills that help young children prepare for, and to do better in, school. Children enjoy fun, positive learning experiences like Day by Day Ohio that support school success and, ultimately, lifelong learning. Share Day By Day Ohio with families and community organizations: http://DayByDayOH.org.
Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS) describe key concepts and skills that young children develop during the birth-to-five-year period. They are used by early childhood educators to promote the understanding of early learning and development; provide a comprehensive set of early childhood educational expectations; and guide curriculum, assessment and instructional practices with young children.
See how your storytimes support the standards! An Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk (PDF) compares the ELDS standards directly to Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) concepts in the Language and Literacy Development domain.
Washington County (OR) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and OregonASK has announced the free availability of Fostering Readers resources, designed to help you plan and implement fun research-based literacy programs for children in Kindergarten through third grade who are learning to read.
It's that time again - summer is winding down and school is starting up. Check out Kindergarten Readiness and Student Learning, a guide from Ohio Ready to Read for public librarians to learn about concepts in PreK-12 education and to assess, enhance, and promote library programs, collections, and relationships to support student learning.
The Lunch at the Library coalition has created a 14-page how-to guide, Linking Early Learning and Nutrition for Young Children, which helps libraries connect summer feeding programs with services and support for young children and their families. In partnership with Tandem Early Learning, Lunch at the Library also makes available a set of Conversation Starter tabletop tent cards to encourage serve-and-return interactions between caring adults and their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
A variety of high-quality recorded webinars are available to help library staff learn about storytime techniques, early literacy, and other topics in library service to young children and their caring adults. All the webinars gathered here are free and available for on-demand viewing:
The Schoenbaum Family Center at the Ohio State University will host a Summer Institute on the theme "Achieving Quality: Best Practices in Early Childhood." This one-day conference offers high-quality professional development for early childhood educators, practitioners and administrators who work with young children, specifically those from birth to age five. The Schoenbaum Family Center is reaching out to children's librarians as part of this audience.
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County presents a new Kindergarten Readiness Workshop with Saroj Ghoting:
“Strengthening School Readiness Support to Families and the Community through the Public Library”
The workshop is funded by an LSTA grant and is open to any Ohio librarian, with attendance at each session limited to 30.
The State Library of Ohio and the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Council are pleased to announce that The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, has been selected as the fourth annual Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) “Floyd’s Pick” title, in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman.
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 May, June, and July 2021 and are recorded for anytime viewing. Topics include Kindergarten Transition, Guidance and Discipline, and Conflict Resolution. These webinars are free and open to all.
The Ohio Library Council recently hosted a webinar with First Lady Fran DeWine and representatives of the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library, Ohio public library systems, and the State Library of Ohio on the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL) and how public libraries are incorporating the program into their Summer Reading and fall programming event
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
Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), a national parent/caregiver outreach initiative, empowers public library workers to share early literacy knowledge with the caring adults in young children's lives. It was first rolled out in 2004, and is very familiar to children's services specialists. But what if you're a new children's librarian or specialist and you're hearing about ECRR for the first time? You've come to the right place!