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Hurray! Summer is here!

Okay maybe not on the “official” weather calendar summer, but on our school calendars.  I’m sure you’re first thought is, finally …. closely followed by, time to sleep in!  But once those initially thoughts are over, what are you really going to do?  Most of us will do some kind of professional development. We are professionals and we know the value of gaining new knowledge, and this is when we have the time.

Just in case you haven’t planned everything for your all too short summer, here are a few suggestions:  OWL (Ohio Writer’s League) date Monday, June 15, 2015 or Monday, June 22, is a great choice if you want to develop your inner writer (  As librarians, I know each of us has a story to tell.  Time2Make, Tuesday, June 9th, join in at Eli Pinney Elementary School for an un-makerspace event.  As a participant, you decide the direction you would like the event to take.  Bring your own lunch and enjoy this informal time for conversation and ideas about Maker Spaces. Designing and implementing a space for students to express their creativity would add spark to any library space.  The Mazza Summer Conference, authors and illustrators, July 13-17, ( enough said! INFOhio’s Virtual bootcamp, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, held online August 4-5,   and here’s one you might not know about, the ILE, Ohio Innovative Learning Environment (, August 5-7, at my high school, Bradley High School, Hilliard, Ohio. This small, but energizing conference is a great way to get energized for the new school year.

There are so many great opportunities out there for us, so dive on in and enjoy!! 

Also, join our OELMA hashtag #OELMAreads and tell us what you are reading this summer.