Stella Dickman (L) holds CTRO Floyd's Pick Proclamation honoring her late husband Floyd Dickman. Stella is standing with co-sponsor of the proclamation State Librarian Beverly Cain (R).
January 22, 2016

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that State Librarian Beverly Cain and the Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Advisory Board recently honored Floyd Dickman’s contributions to the Ohio library community by proclaiming the establishment of a special Floyd’s Pick CTRO annual book selection. The proclamation recognized Floyd as a founding member of the CTRO Advisory Board having served from 2008 to 2015 and praised his recognition as a state and national expert and advocate for children’s literature. Each year the CTRO Advisory Board will select an outstanding book in Ohio children’s literature to be Floyd’s Pick. The first Floyd’s Pick book will be announced in spring 2016 along with the 2017 & 2018 CTRO list of books.

Floyd Dickman passed away in June 2015. He was a Library Consultant at the State Library and retired in 1999 after 23 years of service. Floyd’s legacy is an enduring imprint upon library and literacy services in Ohio and across the country. The State Library of Ohio Board’s retirement resolution at that time recognized Floyd’s leadership, commitment, and passion for library services, children’s literature and family literacy. He also received praise for his dedication and compelling enthusiasm to teaching and mentoring librarians and library science students. During his career he was awarded the Ohio Library Council Librarian of the Year and Outstanding Friend from the Ohio Family Literacy Task Force.

Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO), a project of the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library, and Ohio Center for the Book, encourages public libraries, schools, families, and others to build a community or readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature. The CTRO Advisory Board makes recommendations on statewide implementation of CTRO including marketing, toolkit development, title selection, program sustainability and future growth. Explore Choose to Read Ohio resources & toolkits:

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