Youth Services

Child connects apples and potatoes to computer using electric wire during an Guiding Ohio Online event at the Adams County Public Library
Adams County Public Library

While we do not provide direct services to children or teens, we offer a variety of resources to support Ohio’s library youth services staff and activities. Our goal is to assist library staff who provide services to the children and teens of communities across Ohio. Please contact Youth Services Consultant Janet Ingraham Dwyer with any comments or suggestions.

Library Programs

Choose to Read Ohio

This program connects Ohioans of all ages through the experience of sharing books by Ohio authors. A project of the State Library and Ohioana Library Association, Choose to Read Ohio encourages libraries, schools, families, and others to build a community of readers and an appreciation for Ohio literature.


Ohio Ready to Read

Ohio Ready to Read is an ongoing statewide initiative to help public librarians address the early literacy needs of Ohio’s youngest citizens. ORTR provides Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® and other early literacy information and resources for outreach, programming, and advocacy. Librarians are encouraged to share their successful early literacy programs, best practices, tips, and resources, and find good ideas from other libraries in the Ohio Ready to Read Library.

Visit the Ohio ready to read Site

Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program page is a resource center for public libraries planning local summer reading programs, particularly – but not exclusively – those using the annual Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) theme. The Teen Video Challenge is an annual CSLP-sponsored competition for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the CSLP theme.

Visit the Summer Reading Program Page

Summer Food Service Program

Click on the button below to learn about how libraries can participate in this USDA program and help eliminate child hunger in Ohio, while boosting SRP participation and engaging new library users.

Visit the Summer Food Service Program Page

Take Five

Take Five is an ongoing dialogue on new ideas and creative approaches for people who work with teens and youth in libraries, museums, arts organizations and other learning environments.

Visit the Take Five Page

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award supports youth reading and teacher and librarian involvement, and provides young people the opportunity to share their joy of reading by voting for their favorite books. The State Library of Ohio is a sponsoring agency of the Buckeye Book Awards.

Visit the Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award Site

Additional Resources

  • Open eBooks, announced in February 2016, makes thousands of popular and award-winning titles freely available to children from in-need households.   Open eBooks is a partnership of Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book, with content support from Baker & Taylor and book publishers, and funding support provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. For instructions and more information download the Open eBooks FAQs flyer.
  • Ohio Youth Services Performers Showcase: resources provide librarians with information about area performers.
  • Stay informed and connected with the Library Youth Services list, an electronic discussion and announcement list for anyone working in children’s or teen / young adult services in Ohio, and the Ohio Teen Services Librarians list, a discussion list for teen services specialists. We also host mailing lists on behalf of the Central Ohio Youth Services Professionals and Cardinal Circle networks. COYS is an informal network of children’s and teen librarians and library workers in central Ohio. Cardinal Circle is a longstanding informal network of children’s librarians and library workers in western Ohio. Check out the Sign up for a Listserv page for more information.
  • Ohio Public Libraries and Student Learning: resources to learn about and plan for Common Core/Ohio’s New Learning Standards, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, and other developments in PreK-12 education policy and practice. Get up to speed on the new initiatives, and explore a world of ideas on what your library can do at any time, with little additional investment of time or money, to support students, parents, and teachers.
  • The Reading ‘Round the Clock initiative features three videos designed to help parents and caregivers help children practice reading. Reading on the Go, Reading for a Purpose , and Reading on the Screen give parents and care givers concrete, easy tips to help their children become stronger readers and meet the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. They are perfect for sharing with your community at the library, during community events, and on your website. Find a collection of companion flyers with additional tips on INFOhio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee page<. The flyers and videos were developed by INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, and the Ohio PTA. They are available to all Ohioans for free download.

For further information on any of these services, or to contact the State Library of Ohio on any matter related to youth services, please contact Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, at or 614-644-6910 or 1-800-686-1532.