Children’s Services Division

Action Council | Goals and Objectives 

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

Sarah Cramer, Coordinator (2022)
Findlay Hancock County Public Library
Work: 419-424-7051 156
scramer@findlaylibrary.org

Annamarie Carlson, Assistant Coordinator (2022)
Upper Arlington Public Library
Work: 614-486-9621 329
acarlson@ualibrary.org

Samantha Lumetta, Secretary (2022)
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
Work: 513-369-6053
Sam.Lumetta@cincinnatilibrary.org

Sybil Wendling, Past Coordinator (2022)
Avon Lake Public Library
Work: 440-933-7527
swendling@avonlake.lib.oh.us

Hope Justice (2022)
Logan County Libraries
Work: 937-599-4189
hjustice@logancountylibraries.org

Allison Knight (2023)
Dayton Metro Library
Work: 937-463-2665
aknight@daytonmetrolibrary.org

Kathryn Knotts (2022)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Work: 330-643-9053
kknotts@akronlibrary.org

Martie Yunker (2023)
Archbold Community Library
Work: 419-446-2783
m.yunker@archboldlibrary.org

Janet Ingraham Dwyer, ExOfficio
State Library of Ohio
Work: 614-644-6910
jdwyer@library.ohio.gov

Board Liaison: Sarah Clevidence
PDC Liaison: Stefanie Leming
Staff Liaison: Angie Jacobsen

Goals and Objectives

The Children’s Services Division of the Ohio Library Council seeks to identify and address issues relevant to children’s services in public libraries and to the changing needs of children and their caregivers by focusing on the following areas. We strive to help others provide equitable, diverse, and inclusive service to children and all those who support them.

(1) Providing Continuing Education for Library Staff

  • Offer a minimum of two continuing education opportunities for library staff directly related to at least two different OLC core competencies, virtually or in person, as the situation allows
  • Develop content and sponsor programs at the 2022 OLC Convention and stand-alone conferences

(2) Supporting Families & Caregivers

  • Provide and support trainings/resources that encourage developmentally-appropriate best practices in Ohio libraries
    – Ohio Ready to Read trainings
    – School Readiness trainings
  • Provide information on how library staff can support caregivers in their role as a child’s first teacher
    – Early literacy initiatives like the Ohio Family Literacy Calendar

(3) Supporting Library Staff

  • Update members on sponsored activities and support two-way communication through the publication of a regular electronic newsletter
  • Contribute to the State Library Youth Services Listserv, the Ohio Ready to Read website & Facebook page, and other local or regional virtual or in-person forums with the goals of increasing CSD membership/visibility, encouraging participation in events, and providing useful forums to discuss our vocation

Children’s Services Division Annual Report (PDF)

Current Task Force:

Ohio Ready to Read Task Force – Website

  • Pam Brockway, 2022 Chair, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
  • Ally Doliboa, MidPointe Library System
  • Nancy Eames, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Tara Hutson, Fairfield County District Library
  • Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library Liaison, State Library of Ohio
  • Hope Justice, Logan County Libraries (Children’s Services Division liaison)
  • Taryn Lentes, Athens County Public Libraries
  • Katie Ross, Westerville Public Library
  • Barbara Scott, Bucyrus Public Library (Professional Development Committee liaison)
  • Julia Shaheen, Stark County District Library
  • Tessa Shetler, Loudonville Public Library
  • Jessica Smith, Morley Library
  • Celeste Swanson, Past Chair, Lane Libraries
  • Krista Tokarz, Cuyahoga County Public Library
  • Maria Trivisonno, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Ohio Ready to Read Annual Report (PDF)