Welcome to the Library's Youth Services Department! We are always looking to serve you, our library patron, in new and creative ways. We love to hear from you, so please don't hesitate to Contact Us  with questions or feedback.
Autumn is a chance to fall in love with your library, all over again! Preview our September programs on the flyer below, get the big picture on our Calendar page, and follow us on social media for library news, previews, and program reminders. Also, use the links on the sidebar for age-specific library services and information.
Thanks for reading with the Library this summer! All together Oakwood children read for over 8200 hours and attended over 1200 hours of library programs during Summer Reading Club. Well done!
Research from the American Academy of Pediatrics  and the American Library Association  shows that reading with your children every day is important for their emotional and cognitive development. Easily incorporate reading and pre-literacy activities into your everyday life using the early literacy calendars below!
September Early Literacy Calendar 
Kids and parents start your research experience here with databases designed for younger users.
This site lists Ohio resources and is the perfect starting place to learn about anything in or about the Buckeye State, from recreation to jobs and business resources and a whole lot more.
Kids Search  (mobile )
For younger students, Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type - -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
NoveList K-8  (mobile )
This resource features a student-focused interface and a database of young adult, children's and easy titles designed for children in pre-K, elementary or middle schools.
Primary Search  (mobile )
Primary Search provides full text for nearly 70, popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Searchasaurus  (mobile )
Designed for younger children, this research tool allows for keyword and topic searches. Young researchers can find great information on topics like animals, history, health, science, and what's in the news.
►Password for Home Access: WL7171 (Username can be left blank.) TeachingBooks.net  is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books. Get access to author interviews, book readings, activity and discussion guides, Reader's Theater scripts, author name pronunciations, author Websites, and more!
TrueFlix - [From Home]  [In the Library] 
TrueFlix help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.
What Tree Is It? 
Use this resource to identify and learn about common Ohio trees. By only knowing one part of a tree (leaf, fruit, etc.), you can follow the samples given until you can identify your tree.
What's That Snake? 
This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio. Learn about Ohio snakes or use the program to identify one you have seen.
What's the Point? 
This resource is designed to help users identify flint artifacts, which are some of the most enduring legacies of prehistoric peoples. Learn more about Ohio's prehistoric people.
World Book Kids 
Based on World Book's award-winning Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is designed to give younger students a rewarding online learning experience. It includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
Do your research online with these authoritative databases. Additional databases can be found on our Research page .
Biography in Context 
Built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographies drawn from numerous authoritative sources, this resource brings users faceto-face with their subjects via text, video, audio clips and images of yesterday and today’s most-studied figures.
Biography Reference Bank 
This database combines numerous biographical resources into one. Search results include abstracts, full-text articles, and images, plus the Biography Reference Bank draws from every article about any individual on any of the WilsonWeb databases – biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries.
Dictionary of Literary Biography 
This resource provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This series, which has a 30-year history, includes the DLB Main Series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Citations are provided for all entries.
Features a powerful user interface designed to make research easy. Students find the answers they need from more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, reference books, and transcripts plus thousands of pictures, maps, weblinks, and audio/video files.
Facts on File: Science Online 
This database offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by the National Science Education Standards.
Literary Reference Center  (mobile )
This resource consists of full-text literary journals and respected literary reference works. It also contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full-text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.
Literature Criticism Online 
This database provides digital access to multiple popular literary criticism series, including Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Criticism Online allows easy access to criticism drawn from thousands of sources. It covers authors who lived from 1800 through 2009. Citations are provided for all entries.
MAS Ultra - School Edition 
This database contains full text for more than 700 popular, high school magazines.
MasterFILE Premier 
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags.
Novels and Short Stories for Students 
Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods. Short Stories for Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism geared specifically towards the high school student. (From Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
Covering today’s hottest social issues Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more. This database includes pro/con essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.
Points of View Reference Center  (mobile )
Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
Science Reference Center  (mobile )
Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.
Student Research Center 
This resource is designed for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type (magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.).
TOPIC Search 
This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.
World Book 
The articles of the venerable World Book Encyclopedia form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.
We welcome teen volunteers. Teens, grades 7-12, can pick up a volunteer application at the library or print out the form  attached below. Once the application is completed and a parent has signed it, return it to the Youth Services Department. You will then be contacted by phone to make an appointment for a 15 minute training session and to arrange your volunteer schedule. Volunteer opportunities are available year round.
Volunteer tasks include helping with children's programs and doing office tasks. Helping with children's programs includes assisting with crafts, games, snacks, and reading aloud. Office tasks include cleaning stickers from books, recording call numbers for school AR programs, using the die-cut machine, organizing books by call number, and cutting and bagging items for crafts. We will work with each volunteer to match their interests and strengths to their assigned tasks.
Youth Services librarians work to support both parents and teachers by providing desired materials and information. Please contact us  with any requests.
AR Book Finder  - Find the AR level of a particular book, or reverse-search to find books at a particular AR level.
Every Child Ready to Read 
The Youth Services librarians offer programs and support for parents and teachers of special needs children. Update Coming!
Please contact the Youth Services department with your questions, requests, suggestions, comments, and concerns. Use the emails below or one of our contact forms .
Jacqui Taylor , Youth Services Coordinator
Call us at 294-7171, and of course we would love to see you at the library.