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Choose to Read Ohio: Credits

Choose to Read OhioChoose to Read Ohio is administered by the State Library of Ohio with support from partner organizations.  An Advisory Team makes recommendations on statewide implementation of CTRO including marketing, toolkit development, title selection, program sustainability and future growth.  Advisory Team members include:

Amy Dawson, Manager, Ohio Center for the Book
Dr. Belinda Boon, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science
Jill Cecutti, Literacy Team, St. Brigid of Kildare School
Floyd Dickman, Independent Consultant, Delaware, Ohio
Nancy Eames, Youth Services Coordinator, Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Terry Lambert, Children's Librarian, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library
Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Director of Marketing & Communications, State Library of Ohio
Stephanie Michaels, Librarian, Ohioana Library Association
Katie Porteus, School Librarian, Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools
Kathryn Powers, Office Manager, Ohioana Library Association
David Weaver, Executive Director, Ohioana Library Association

Choose to Read Ohio is coordinated by Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Library Consultant, State Library of Ohio. 

Desiree Thomas, Michelle Garver and Sarah Frecker researched and wrote toolkits for the 2015 & 2016 CTRO titles. Valerie Frey, Allison (Sunny) Martin, and Morgan Hidy researched and wrote toolkits for the 2013 & 2014 CTRO titles. Marie Corbitt edited several toolkits for the 2013 & 2014 CTRO titles. Their participation was made possible through the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Culminating Experience (practicum) program.

Terry Lambert produced toolkits for 2011 & 2012 CTRO titles, and incorporated early literacy information, Ohio Early Learning Standards, and other useful resources into the initiative. Terry's participation was made possible through a summer 2010 practicum assignment through the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.

Kathy Halsey advised and consulted on CTRO support for technology and critical thinking skills. She contributed resources and wisdom about Ohio Academic Content Standards, 21st Century Skills, and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to the CTRO initiative. Kathy created activities for the "Learn and Have Fun!" sections of the 2011 toolkits for books for young people, and assisted greatly in building and promoting CTRO, particularly to the education community.

The teachers, librarians, and others who serve as CTRO reader/electors have graciously offered their time, support, and expertise to CTRO by reading and assessing the many nominated books. The CTRO Advisory Team and partners are indebted to these librarians and educators for their generous participation. The list of individuals who served as reader/electors for the CTRO 2015 & 2016 booklist appears in the press release announcing the 2015 & 2016 booklist (PDF).

Choose to Read Ohio also acknowledges the contributions of many who participated in developing this initiative, including former coordinator and Library Consultant Ruth Metcalf and former State Librarian Jo Budler. Individuals who have served on the original Selection Advisory Committee and Production Committee or who have completed terms on the Advisory Team include: Cathy Allen (Hurt/Battelle Memorial Public Library), Mary Boon (Wood County Public Library), Marcelita Haskins (WOSU Public Media), Linda Hengst (Ohioana), Missy Lodge (State Library), Barb Meister (Ohioana), Scott Miller (Kilbourne Middle School), Alexa Reck (Barnes & Noble), Mercier Robinson (Ohio Center for the Book), Jackie Schaffer (Ohio Government Television), Sarah Stuckey (Barnes & Noble), Jay Wise (Public Library of Chillicothe and Ross County), Babette Wofter (Licking County Library), Don Yarman (Delaware County District Library). 

Thank you to the Choose to Read Ohio partners and supporting organizations:

Ohioana LibraryState Library of OhioOhio Center for the Book    
Kent State University Ohio Civil War 150 Ohio Channel WOSU