Beyond Virtual Storytime: 30+ No-Contact Program Ideas for Children and Teens

February 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom

Sponsored by the Children’s Services Division

Register at my OLC | Deadline to register: Feb. 8

Registration Fees:
Member: $20* | Non-member: $40

*OLC Individual members or staff of OLC Institutional Member Libraries

Webinar Overview
Feeling burnt out with virtual programming? Maybe you aren’t seeing large audiences at virtual events, or you are just out of fresh ideas? Refresh your planning with more than 30 no-contact programs designed for children or teens. Discover new virtual event ideas, pick-up kit topics, and larger services your library could start that may continue after in-person programming resumes (such as story trails and dial-a-story phone lines). You’ll learn first-hand from library staff who have already implemented these programs. Plus, you’ll come away from this webinar with a list of resources and tools to help you discover even more program ideas on your own.


  • Annamarie Carlson, Youth Services Librarian, Westerville Public Library
  • Sarah Cramer, Children’s Services Librarian, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
  • Kate Knotts, Early Childhood/Intermediate Librarian, Akron-Summit County Public Library (Children’s Library).

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about 30, no-contact program ideas designed for children and teens (and adaptable for all ages).
  • Understand library-specific considerations such as budget, time, technology, and physical space for materials like kits for pick-up.
  • Discover resources to continue to learn about new, no-contact program ideas.

Intended Audience: Youth Services staff as well as Outreach and Special Services Staff.

What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar and/or access to the archived version at a later date, resources (if applicable) provided by the presenter.

NOTE: Webinar invitations and access information will be sent via e-mail. Please check that your correct e-mail address is listed in you my OLC profile page.

Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as (1.0) continuing education contact hour of credit.

Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Programming


About the Presenters: 

Annamarie Carlson is a Youth Services Librarian at Westerville Public Library, creating programs and educational resources for ages 0-18. She particularly enjoys promoting diverse voices through readers’ advisory and programming, presenting storytimes for all ages, leading technology programs for school age kids, sharing book talks both virtually and in local classrooms, and working collaboratively across library departments to create large-scale programs like the Wizards & Wands Festival. Outside of the library, she is an active member of ALSC and OLC. Currently, she serves as a member of the ALSC Research Agenda Taskforce, a member of the ALSC Education Committee, and Secretary of the OLC Children’s Services Division Action Council. She recently completed a year as chair of the 2020 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee. Follow Annamarie’s reading and library adventures on her blog,


Sarah Cramer is a Youth Services Librarian at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, working primarily with K-6 students. She is an avid maker, starting a kids’ Makerspace program at her library and transitioning it to a weekly online series in March 2020.  She also leads a Tween Interest Group for tween volunteers, runs her library’s escape room programs (both in-person and now virtual), and loves reading and recommending middle-grade fiction.  Sarah has been a member of the OLC’s Children’s Services Division since 2018 and is currently serving as Assistant Coordinator of the Children’s Services Division Action Council.


Kate Knotts has been a children’s librarian for 21 years.  She works in the Children’s Library at Akron-Summit County Public Library, where she enjoys collaborating with six other children’s librarians.  A typical day includes helping children, teens, parents, teachers and university professors with their information needs. She has provided programs for patrons of all ages and has recently been diving into virtual programs, along with the rest of the library world. Kate currently serves on the Children’s Services Division Action Council.