Youth Services News

December 25, 2015

Merry, merry

...to you and yours! I hope you are able to enjoy time off with family and friends, and perhaps a fabulous book or two. I'm planning to cross off the last few titles I have left to read on the final mock Newbery list and am going to see how close I can get to finishing my Goodreads challenge. Sixteen books in seven days is realistic, right?
See you in 2016!

School Librarians Included in Newly Signed National Education Legislation

The newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act is the first piece of federal legislation to include provisions for school libraries and librarians in over 50 years. Check out the local impact from SLRI.

Professional Development Opportunities

January Events

Financial Literacy @ Your Library

Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 at 2-4pm

1 Memorial Avenue

Johnston, RI

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Karen Mellor, CIO, OLIS, Aaron Coutu, President RILA, Seth Magaziner, RI General Treasurer, Bill Bianchi, RI Student Loan Authority, Pauline Abetti, Senior Education Manager, Junior Achievement RI

Want to learn more about financial literacy programming and resources that are available in your community? The Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Library Association are joining forces to assist librarians in developing and promoting financial education programs at libraries across the state.


Meet representatives from financial organizations who have partnered with libraries during RILA's Money Smart Week and can offer resources and programming. This is a great opportunity to learn more about financial education programs your library may offer during Money Smart Week, which will take place April 23-30, 2016.


Learn about the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) partnership with libraries. Printed resources will be available to libraries. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the resources and programs available so that your library can join financial literacy awareness.

Registration required.

Mock Newbery Voting Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 6th 2016 at 6:30-8:30pm

82 Pierce Street

East Greenwich, 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.

Children's Summer Reading Performer Showcase

Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 9:30am-1:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016


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 11 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2016 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9 (snow date: February 23) at the Warwick Public Library.

Registration required.

Grant Writing for Youth Services Librarians

Wednesday, Jan. 13th 2016 at 9:30-11:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Looking for alternate funding for teen programming, but don't know where to start? Jean Campbell, former grant writer for the Cranston School Department, will discuss how to find and apply for grants that fit your needs.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Young Adult Librarians, Children's Librarians are welcome as well.

Computer Coding with Scratch

Wednesday, Jan. 27th 2016 at 4-6pm

Narragansett Pier Middle School

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Steve Heath and Nick Logler, FabNewport

Learn the fundamentals of computer coding using Scratch and Scratch Jr., free web-based software programs. FabNewport’s team will have you coding in no time. They will also coach librarians on best practices to implement coding programs and serving patron needs. We recommend you bring your own laptop but Chromebooks will be available.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use or the Create and Collaborate digital badge. For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Moen, Program Director.

Registration required. Limited to 27 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Upcoming OLIS CE

Mark Your Calendar!

For more information check out the OLIS CE calendar.


Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Teen Performers
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children's Performers
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.

SRP Inspiration for "On Your Mark, Get Set, ...Read!"
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.