Keep kids reading and learning all summer long with free eBooks and audio books available from INFOhio, and other digital resources. Download a flyer to hand out to kids in grades PreK-12 and their parents:
The Ohio Library Council’s webinars are a convenient way to gain practical, real-world knowledge from the convenience of your desktop—or anywhere you have internet access. A variety of webinars are offered throughout the year.
The Dover Public Library presents an exciting professional development opportunity for librarians and other educators:
INFOhio is Ohio's PreK-12 digital library. INFOhio provides library automation, instructional support, and lots of electronic resources to Ohio's PreK-12 community. It is also an important resource partner for public library staff who serve children. Among INFOhio's offerings is access to Scholastic Bookflix for all Ohio children from PreK-up. Learn how you can use and share INFOhio.
With over 100 sessions on all aspects of early childhood education, the Ohio Early Childhood Conference is a great opportunity for librarians to learn from experts in the field, and to network with early childhood professionals from around the state.
OLC Chapter Conferences are regional, one-day events that focus on practical and perennial topics for public library staff. Each Chapter Conference offers multiple breakout sessions, including a range of children's services topics, as well as HR issues, reference strategies, adult and youth programming, school partnerships, and more. 2017 is the last year for the traditional OLC Chapter Conferences, so don't miss out!
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to offer this special program, through which libraries have an opportunity to apply for LSTA grant funds to expand their collections to include more Ohio book award winners and Ohio authors, incorporate programming, and expand community engagement and awareness of the state’s rich literary offerings and award programs. Early literacy-related projects eligible for this grant may include:
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a national campaign to encourage parents and caregivers to read aloud with their children for 15 minutes every day. Read Aloud offers a variety of free downloadable items including posters, parent handouts, bookmarks, and reading trackers.
Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries is a FREE professional development course offered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
On October 21, 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that it has issued revised recommendations for children’s use of screen media. The announcement acknowledges the ubiquitous role of media in children’s lives. Among the AAP recommendations:
An interactive online event hosted by Ohio Ready to Read and the State Library of Ohio
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:
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.
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
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!