Beyond Virtual Storytime: 30+ No-Contact Program Ideas for Children and Teens @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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.


Marketing and PR Division Discussion Group @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The OLC will host an open discussion for library marketers to ask questions, exchange ideas and share best practices for handling library promotions in the current environment. Send questions and agenda items in advance to

FREE for OLC members.

Register now.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion group.

2021 Library Trustee Workshop @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Mar 6 @ 8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Ohio Library Council

Register at my OLC

Registration Deadline: Feb. 28

Registration Fees:  Member $40* | Non-member $80
*Individual members or staff/trustees of OLC institutional member libraries.

This workshop will focus on what every library trustee needs to know, including boardmanship, legal issues, library funding, working with your director, the importance of diversity and inclusion in public libraries and library finances. You will also learn about services that the OLC offers to its member libraries and their trustees. Although designed for relatively new library trustees, those with years of experience will find this workshop to be a good refresher.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be an effective Board member and how to work with your library’s director and staff.
  • Make sense of your library’s finances and understand how libraries are funded in Ohio.
  • Get updates on the latest legislative issues at the Statehouse including the Public Library Fund (PLF).
  • Gain a better understanding of the legal questions library trustees often ask.
  • Learn more about the services that OLC provides to trustees.
  • Understand why equity, diversity and inclusion are vital to the libraries success.

Intended Audience:  Any member of a public library Board of Trustees. The OLC encourages new trustees as well as current trustees to attend this educational event.

What’s Included: Attendees will receive a copy of the Ohio Public Library Trustees’ Handbook as well as all workshop handouts as provided by the presenters.

Online Workshop Instructions: The Ohio Library Council will present this workshop via Zoom. The links – one for the morning session and one for the afternoon session – will be emailed to all registrants 2 days prior to the workshop.


8:45 a.m. | Join the Zoom Classroom

Use link for the morning session (this will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the workshop). We will test audio and video connections to ensure all attendees can see and hear the presenters.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Ohio Library Council Overview
Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Boardmanship
Chad Seeberg, Trustee, Marysville Public Library and member of the OLC Board of Directors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Thriving in the New Normal: Demystifying Library Finances
William Shkurti, Trustee, Upper Arlington Public Library

11:45 a.m. | Lunch Break


Use link for the afternoon session (this will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the workshop).

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Funding and Other Legislative Issues for Ohio’s Public Libraries
Jay Smith, Director of Government and Legal Services, Ohio Library Council
Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council

1:25 – 2:25 p.m. | The Importance of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Public Libraries
Kacie Armstrong, Director, Euclid Public Library

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Trustees’ Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Jason Elvers, OLC Legal Counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

3:40 – 4:30 p.m. | “Don’t Ask What Your Director Can Do For You…”
Tony Howard, Director, Pickerington Public Library

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn

CPIM – Public Library Fiscal Officer Conference @ Ohio Library Council via Zoom
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day

Registration opens in February.

Sponsored by the Library Accounting Division

Who Should Attend:
Library Fiscal Officers and other staff members responsible for managing library finances.

What is Included:
All handouts and materials provided by instructors. All attendees will receive a free electronic copy of the Ohio Public Library Accounting Handbook after the conference.

CPIM Credit:
This two-day conference is designed to provide continuing education credit for the Ohio Treasurer’s Center for Public Investment Management (CPIM).

This conference qualifies for continuing professional education (CPE) credits with the Ohio Accountancy Board. For every 50 Minutes, an individual earns one credit hour.

AGENDA (to come)

Legislative Day @ TBD
Apr 21 all-day

Legislative Day is an opportunity for you to come to Columbus*, meet with your legislators, and advocate on behalf of Ohio’s public libraries. It’s the perfect time to share the essential work your library is doing and put a local face on the impact public libraries have on Ohioans. Mark your 2021 calendar now – we want to make sure Ohio’s public libraries are well represented on April 21.

*NOTE: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Legislative Day may be presented in a different format from previous years. More information to come.




2021 Convention and Expo @ Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus
Oct 13 – Oct 15 all-day

We are hopeful and looking forward to meeting in person in 2021. The OLC is currently accepting program submissions for the 2021 Convention and Expo which is scheduled for Oct. 13-15 in downtown Columbus. We want to assure you that we have secured a venue for the 2021 Convention and Expo that will follow all of the local, state and national protocols in place at that time to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Learn more