Youth Services News

December 16, 2016

Newsletters are now archived on the OLIS website and can also be accessed from the
Children's Services and Young Adult Services webpages.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Now is the time to start planning for Take Your Child to the Library Day! The sixth annual celebration of families and libraries will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017. Visit the official web page to register your library's participation and find planning resources and graphics. Like TYCLD on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.

Planning for Summer Reading

Manuals have been distributed through delivery and vouchers have been emailed to your library's SRP contact. Please contact me or Jeremy Cutler if you have any questions.

Upcoming planning sessions:


Children's Summer Reading Program (SRP) Performer's Showcase

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Wednesday, January 18th


Summer Reading Program Planning: Nuts and Bolts

Thursday, January 26, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cumberland Public Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table (YA and Adult Services librarians welcome!)

2017 SRP Performer Booking Meeting
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Teen performers: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Children's performers: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Snow date: February 14
Warwick Public Library

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Snow date: February 14
Warwick Public Library
Series: Children's Services Round Table


The National Summer Learning Association has two toolkits available for planning summer learning programs. The Summer Opportunity Action Toolkit offers tips on providing high-quality summer learning, meals and jobs opportunities to kids in your community. The Funding Resource Guide provides funding resources and ideas for partnerships.

From the Interwebs

Podcasts for Kids
Making a Difference: Commentary and Resources

Resources from The Horn Book to further the cause of social change.

A Wild Winter Rumpus

Are your littlest patrons starting to go stir crazy? Check out this program to keep them moving and engaged.

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Mock Caldecott

Monday, Jan. 9th 2017 at 9am-12pm

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 10


Participants will discuss picture books from the reading and viewing list, focusing on the Caldecott Medal criteria. The book list is posted on the Mock Caldecott website.

The program will conclude with a picture book giveaway!


Registration required.

YA Programming Outreach

Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 at 9:30-11:30am

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 17
Series: YART

Share ideas on how you perform outreach for your library. Share what seems to work for your library and its community. We will compile a list of ideas and resources to post on the OLIS website.

Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Wednesday, Jan. 11th 2017 at 9:30am-1:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Wednesday, January 18th

The Performer's Showcase is your chance to meet area educators/performers interested in being a part of the annual statewide Children's Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing the presentations, talk to other program providers with table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2017 slate of programs offered statewide.


The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 (snow date: February 14) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #4 Voting

Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017 at 7-9pm

230 Wilbur Avenue

Cranston, RI

Time to vote! Stay tuned for the short list and be sure to join the RI Mock Newbery Award Goodreads group, where the discussion is 24/7. Contact Danielle Margarida to join the Goodreads group or for more information.


Registration required.

Summer Reading Program Planning: Nuts and Bolts

Thursday, Jan. 26th 2017 at 12:30-2:30pm

1464 Diamond Hill Road

Cumberland, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Danielle Margarida, Group Discussion


Ready to change up your Summer Reading Program? We’ll take a look at the latest research on summer learning programs and how your program can maximize impact.


We’ll discuss:

  • Organizing your program. The who, what, and how of tracking reading, and the prize dilemma.
  • Planning with intention. Summer reading programs strive to stem summer learning loss, but what does your summer reading program aspire to achieve?
  • Inclusion. Developing a summer reading program for all abilities.
  • Evaluating your program. Examining what worked, how you met your goals, and how to demonstrate your success to library stakeholders.


Please bring an example of a component of your summer reading program that works very well for your community and an example of a component of your summer reading program that you would like to improve upon.


Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

SRP Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 at 9:30-11:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow date: Tuesday, February 14

Teen SRP Performer Booking
9:30am-10:30am

Children's SRP Performer Booking
10:30am-12:00pm

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 at 12:30-2:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Get ready to Build a Better World! We’ll highlight our favorite ideas from the manual and share original ideas for SRP programming, decorating, promoting, and developing community partnerships.


Please come prepared to share at least one favorite aspect of your summer reading program and one new idea you’re excited to try this summer.


Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!