Ohio Ready to Read presents its FREE* hands-on early literacy training workshop! Open to all Ohio public library workers, Early Literacy 101 is coming to several Ohio locations this fall. Note: as of Sept. 1, the workshop in Hudson is full. Please join us in Eaton or Bowling Green!
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.
Ohio is home to hundreds of notable authors, past and present. Jacqueline Woodson, Denise Fleming, Will Hillenbrand, Loren Long, Oge Mora, Andrea Wang, Cynthia Rylant, Drew Daywalt, Adam Rex, Daniel Kirk, Angela Johnson, David Catrow, and Tim Bowers are among the many picture book authors and illustrators who live in Ohio or have Ohio roots.
The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library is now Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio. Besides the new name and logo, everything else remains the same. The Imagination Library provides young children a free book every month from birth to age five. Families in any Ohio county may enroll their young children in this program as early as birth.
The Day By Day Ohio Family Literacy Calendar provides young children and their caring adults a song, video, activities, and book suggestions for every day of the year. Each day, visitors to DayByDayOH.org will see a new set of activities for today's date.
A service of the State Library of Ohio in collaboration with Ohio Ready to Read, Day By Day Ohio supports early literacy skills, helps young children get ready for school, and is available 24/7.
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!