Child & Youth Expo 2015

Child and Youth Services Expo: Keep Calm and Keep Your Spark On! – THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
Monday November 16, 2015
North York Central Library, Toronto​

Looking to recharge and add some spark to your library?
Want to network with other children’s and teen specialists?  
Then keep calm and keep your spark on! Join us on Monday, November 16, 2015, for our second annual Child and Youth Services Expo at the North York Central Library.
Take this opportunity to:
•    Recharge your programs, collections and services
•    Showcase your triumphs and brainstorm your challenges


Members: $130
Non-Members: $160
Students: $65 (Limited to 5, must be full time students)

About this Event:

The Child and Youth conferences have gone through many changes through the years. The Expo was an extremely popular aspect of the OLA Super Conference, but we outgrew the space and decided that we needed a full day devoted to our program!  

Last November, we branched out on our own with the Children’s and Youth Blow Out.  It was such a success we’re holding it again this year, with an even bigger and better program. Being held on November 16, the Children’s and Youth Services Expo will be the go-to event for library staff working with children and youth.    

Program at a glance:



Room 2

9:25 – 9:30Welcome by Kelley England, Chair, Children & Youth Expo Planning Committee
9:30 – 10:15Opening Speaker – Shane Peacock “Impact of Libraries”
Keep Calm and Get Your Spark On! Kick off the day with multiple award winning author, Shane Peacock! The author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling “The Boy Sherlock Holmes” series as well as “Last Message” and “Double You” in the ground breaking “Seven, the Series” and the sequel series projects from Orca Book Publishers, the “Dylan Maples Adventures” and “ The Great Farini.”
Shane has learned the arts of tight-rope walking, silent killing, trapeze flying, and sumo eating, all in the service of his art. He is also a playwright, documentary screenwriter, and journalist.
10:15-10:20Prize Draw
10:20 – 10:30TD SRC 2016 Sneak Peak with Toronto Public Library
Join us to learn more about the 2016 TD Summer Reading Club theme, illustrator and the rebranding process to date.
10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:45-12:20Get Sparked Through STEAMy Ideas:

Are you looking for some hands-on STEAM learning and program ideas? In the STEAM technology demonstrations, we will show you how to run Minecraft at your Library, teach you how to MaKeyMaKey, get lost in Augmented Reality and much more!

  • Robotics: FIRST LEGO League
  • Simple Technology: OLITA (Ontario Library Information & Technology Association)
  • Minecraft Party: East Gwillimbury Public Library
  • Squishy Circuits: Vaughan Public Libraries
  • Augmented Reality
  • And more!
Poster Sessions

Poster sessions will be running in the morning with highlights from your colleagues around the province!


Did we mention we have 2 rooms!

12:30 – 1:30Lunch & Award Presentations


1:30-2:30Spark Sessions/Lightning Talks:

1. Jill Javelosa-Alvarez: Early Literacy Specialist
2. Puppetry with Barrie Public Library
3. Pop Up Libraries with Kitchener Public Library
4. Social Media with Sarah West
5. Teen Talk with Kat Drennan-Scace, Hamilton Public Library
Room 2
Don’t Get Stuck on Glue:
1:30 – 3:20
Museum based programming and discovery centres featuring:
-The Royal Ontario Museum
-Peel Museum Art Gallery and Archives
-The Hamilton Children’s Museum
-Whitchurch Stouffville Museum
2:30 – 2:45

Hot Chocolate Break

2:45 – 3:20


Autism Beyond Childhood: Helping Teens Click!
Geneva Centre for Autism with Andrew Davis

Approximately 1 in 94 Canadians are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during childhood, but how do you engage them as adolescents?Join speaker Andrew Davis from Geneva Centre for Autism to learn about the characteristics of teenagers on the spectrum, and what you can do to support inclusion. Discover how to adapt your programming to engage youth with RemoveElementASD and provide opportunities for them to participate in all activities.

Don’t Get Stuck on Glue (continues)
1:30 – 3:20
3:30 – 4:00
Closing Time with Kevin Sylvester: Spark On!
Award winning author, Kevin Sylvester, will close the day with a final fun and uplifting talk! Keep your spark on!



North York Central Library 
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto


Closest major intersection Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue. Located on west side of Yonge Street on the north side of Mel Lastman Square beside the North York Civic Centre.

Public Transit

TTC subway station North York Centre. Walk to library located in the mall.


Paid – parking lot on Beecroft Road, meter parking on side streets, paid parking lots in vicinity and underground.

Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
The OLA is dedicated to providing a positive event experience for all participants, and expects attendees, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff to show respect and courtesy toward one another at all conference and conference-related events. We value ideas, thoughts and expression, and we appreciate new pedagogy when delivering workshops and sessions. Discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, sessions or any community event online or in a face-to-face environment.

Onsite Code of Conduct committee:
Kelley England, Committee chair
Michelle Arbuckle, OLA staff