Children’s Services Division

Action Council | Goals and Objectives | Mentoring Program

The Children’s Services Division is focused on providing professional development opportunities for children’s services professionals and helping all children achieve their high potential through the use and enjoyment of library services.

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Action Council

Jennifer Buckner, Coordinator (2020)
Dayton Metro Library
Work: (937) 496-8786

Sybil Wendling, Assistant Coordinator (2020)
Avon Lake Public Library
Work: (440) 933-7527

Becky Schaade, Past Coordinator (2020)
Fairfield Co District Library
Work: (740) 653-2745   x 100

Annamarie Carlson (2020)
Westerville Public Library
Work: (614) 882-7277   x 2179

Kelly Cochran (2021)
Delaware County District Library
Work: (740) 362-3861

Sarah Cramer (2020)
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Work: (419) 424-7051  x156

Robin Gibson (2020)
Westerville Public Library
Work: (614) 882-7277   x 2130

Samantha Lumetta (2021)
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Work: (513) 369-6053

Board Liaison: Sarah Clevidence
PDC Liaisons: Barbara Scott, Shannon Titas
Staff Liaison: Angie Jacobsen


Goals and Objectives

  1. To identify and address issues relative to developing children’s services in public libraries and to the changing needs of children and adults who work with them. To offer a minimum of two continuing education opportunities for library staff directly related to at least two different core competencies, offered in different formats, and different physical locations.
  2. To continue to provide training and resources that support and encourage developmentally-appropriate best practices in Ohio libraries, including Ready to Read, media mentorship, and other existing early literacy initiatives, and to provide information on how library staff can support parents and caregivers in their role as a child’s first teacher.
  3. To update members on Children’s Division activities and support two-way communication with members by publishing a quarterly electronic newsletter contributing to the State Library Youth Services Listserv and the Ohio Ready to Read Facebook page and other communication avenues with the goal of increasing membership to the Children’s Services Division and encouraging participation in events.
  4. To increase visibility of the Children’s Services Division through on site presence at OLC professional development events.
  5. To evaluate and increase awareness of the ongoing mentorship program to current Children’s Services Division members working with youth.

Current Task Forces:

Ohio Ready to Read – Website

  • Celeste Swanson, Chair, Lane Libraries
  • Pam Brockway, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
  • Mandie Burns, Dayton Metro Library
  • Deborah Dubois, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library
  • Nancy Eames, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Tara Hutson, Fairfield County District Library
  • Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library Liaison, State Library of Ohio
  • Taryn Lentes, Athens County Public Libraries
  • Kate McCartney, Marysville Public Library
  • Katie Ross, Westerville Public Library
  • Julia Shaheen, Stark County District Library
  • Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Maria Trivisonno, Cuyahoga County Public Library