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.


Action Council

Renee Hopper, Coordinator (2017)
Defiance Public Library
Work: (419) 782-1456

Lori Faust, Assistant Coordinator (2017)
Warren-Trumbull County Public Library
Work: (330) 399-8807

Cheilon Preston, Action Council Member (2017)
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library
Work: (740) 702-4145 x4149

Maria Trivisonno, Past Coordinator (2017)
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Work: (216) 464-5280

Jennifer Buckner, Action Council Member (2018)
Dayton Metro Library
Work: (937) 496-8786

Becky Schaade, Action Council Member (2017)
Fairfield County District Library
Work: (740) 653-2745

Sybil Wendling, Action Council Member (2018)
Avon Lake Public Library
Work: (440) 933-7527

Mary Anne Wood, Action Council Member (2017)
London Public Library
Work: (740) 852-9543

Board Liaison: Deborah Dubois


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 these issues.
2. To contribute to student success by promoting and facilitating collaboration between public library and community partners through resource sharing and
3. To continue to provide training and resources that support and encourage developmentally-appropriate best practices in Ohio libraries, including Ready to
Read 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. To train librarians on the nuances of reference and readers’ advisory services for children.
4. To update members on Children’s Division activities and support two-way communication with members by contributing to the State Library Youth Services
Listserv and the Ohio Ready to Read Facebook page and other communication Avenues with the goal of enticing new membership to the Children’s Services Division.


Current Task Forces:

Ohio Ready to Read – Website

  • Amy Brown, Chair | Worthington Libraries
  • Marianna DiGiacomo | Stark County District Library
  • Elisa Gallon | Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
  • Brenda Guggenbiller | Ashland Public Library
  • Renee Hopper | Defiance Public Library
  • Janet Ingraham Dwyer, ORTR Liaison | State Library of Ohio
  • Cheilon Preston | Public Library of Chillicothe and Ross County
  • Kerry Rhoad | Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County