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Floyd Dickman
April 7, 2016

Book cover for Little Tree by Loren LongThe State Library of Ohio and the Choose to Read Ohio Advisory Board are pleased to announce that Little Tree by Loren Long has been selected as the inaugural Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) “Floyd’s Pick” title, in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman.

The CTRO Advisory Board established Floyd’s Pick in December 2015 with a proclamation by Beverly Cain, State Librarian of Ohio.  The proclamation recognized Floyd as a founding member of the CTRO Advisory Board, who served from 2008 to 2015, and praised Floyd as a beloved state and national expert and advocate for children’s literature.  For more on the proclamation, go to:

Each year the CTRO Advisory Board will select an outstanding book in Ohio children’s literature to be Floyd’s Pick.  This selection will be in addition to the 20 titles featured in the biennial CTRO booklist.

Little Tree is a modern fable about a little tree “who loves his life and the splendid leaves that keep him cool in the heat of long summer days. Life is perfect just the way it is.  Autumn arrives, and with it the cool winds that ruffle Little Tree’s leaves. One by one the other trees drop their leaves, facing the cold of winter head on. But not Little Tree—he hugs his leaves as tightly as he can. Year after year Little Tree remains unchanged, despite words of encouragement from a squirrel, a fawn, and a fox, his leaves having long since turned brown and withered. As Little Tree sits in the shadow of the other trees, now grown sturdy and tall as though to touch the sun, he remembers when they were all the same size. And he knows he has an important decision to make.” (description from publisher’s website).  Click here to visit Loren Long’s website or here to visit Penguin Random House website for more information about Little Tree by Loren Long.

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.

Information about Floyd’s Pick, and a running list of titles as they are selected, will reside on the CTRO web page:

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 of 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 the Choose to Read Ohio webpages for resources and toolkits.

The 2017 & 2018 CTRO booklist will be announced at the 2016 Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  Free for attendees of all ages, the Ohioana Book Festival gives readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers, with over 100 authors in attendance, plus discussion panels, a children’s activity area, a teen space (new this year!), early childhood space (new this year!), a bookstore, and much more.  Outreach programs and the Cbus LitCamp, a day of literature appreciation and information for educators, will also take place in conjunction with the Ohioana Book Festival.  Click here to learn more about the Ohioana Book Festival.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875