​Shhh is Out! It’s a Children’s and Youth Blow Out

(formerly known as the Child and Youth Expo at OLA Superconference)

Storytime’s a little stale?
Want to revive your teen life? 
Need a little excitement between the pages?

Then it’s time for a change. Join us on November 14th, 9:00a.m.- 4:00 p.m., for our first ever, all day Children’s and Youth Blow Out at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  

The Blow Out is a single day one-of-a-kind conference, for children and youth workers in library settings. This event will feature poster sessions – presented by our peers, a Guerilla Storytime, live demonstrations, giveaways and supporting organizations will be in attendance. It will also feature speakers such as Linda Bailey and a presentation by the Author’s Booking Service.

A one stop shop for all things children and youth! Participants will have the opportunity to network, pick up tips and tricks for successful programming, re-charge collections and be exposed to great work being conducted throughout other library systems.

This event is in conjunction with the amazing, fantastic Toronto International Book Fair! You'll have access to their programming throughout the day - including Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jim Gaffigan (Food: a love story), Kevin Sylvester (Neil Flambe and the Tokyo Treasure) and so much more! See the full Book Fair program here.


Tickets to this event are now sold out. If you would like to be put on a waiting list please email education@accessola.com 



Welcome and Introductions

9:30am Opening Speaker: Linda Bailey, Canadian Children's Author

  Linda Bailey is best known as the author of the bad-dog series that started with Stanley’s Party. She will be happy to tell you about the real “Stanley,” and even more delighted to reveal the inspiration for her two new picture books, If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and If Kids Ruled the World — both guaranteed to tickle kids’ funny bones and stretch their imaginations.
10:15am Marsha Skrypuch, Author's Booking Service

  Marsha Skrypuch is known for her award winning books like Making Bombs for Hitler but she has a secret life: running Authors' Booking Service with fellow author Valerie Sherrard. She'll tell you how their service, which is free to schools and libraries, can simplify your author visit needs, assisting with timely subsidy and availability information on Canada's best-loved youth book creators, not to mention the traveling planetarium and the TV comedy writer.
10:45am- 12:00pm
Poster Sessions

Quidditch at the Library!  Barrie Public Library
Teen Volunteering @ Your Library, Vaughan Public Library
Tween Scene: A Year of Programs for 10 – 14 year olds, Brianne Wilkins-Bester
“Get Schooled!” Building Innovative Library/School Relationships, Richmond Hill Public Library
Makeshops and More: Simple Affordable Maker Activities, Aurora Public Library
Storytime for Special Needs Children, Wellington County Library
Low – Tech Maker Programming, Georgina Public Library
Youth Media Program, Toronto Public Library
Awesome Boxes for Teens, London Public Library
Making School Visits as Easy as 1, 2, 3D, Innisfil Public Library
Library Services for LGBTQ Youth, Denise Scott

12:00-2:00pm Lunch - Free time to visit the Book Fair

1:00-2:00pm Optional Guerrilla Storytime
  Guerrilla Storytime is an opportunity for youth services professionals to learn from each other in an informal, off-the-cuff, highly interactive drop-in session.

2:00–3:15pm SparkStations!
  Presentations designed to demonstrate ready-made programs that you can implement in your library. They might Spark an idea or two!
2:00pm The Inventor’s Workshop: York University Digital Media Lab!
2:15pm 10 Teen Programs in 10 Minutes
2:30pm Lego Robotics: First Lego League Team 1241
2:45pm Finger Songs and Plays with Sally and Erika Jaeger
3:00pm Rhythmic by Nature: drumming programs for all ages
3:30pm Closing Speaker - Kelley Armstrong, author. Followed by a book signing

4:15-4:30pm Final Remarks and Door Prizes!


The following groups will be displaying from 2:00-4:00pm:

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access)
Rhythmic by Nature
Forest of Reading
The Ontario Planetarium
iKids: Incorporating iPads into Children's Programming - Lucy Kraemer, Wellington County Public Library
Toronto Public Library: Let's Get Ready for Reading

Cancellation Policy:

Registrations will be reimbursed at 100% until 30 days prior to the event; 50% until 15 days prior and will not be reimbursed at all within 14 days of the event. Registration can be transferred to another staff member at any point during the registration process. Please email your cancellation or transfer requests to education@accessola.com