SLRI Update

Wrapping up School Library Month

Kickstarter Campaign is Funded

We did it! 149 backers raised $8,526 - more than our goal - to produce an 8-minute documentary to tell our story; we'll be able to use it to bring our message to a variety of audiences. We'll keep you updated on the project's progress.

If you missed our Kickstarter deadline, you can still contribute to the RILA/COLA campaign for TV air time; they plan to air an ad during the month of May to show the value of Rhode Island libraries and advocate for public support.

Survey Results Are In

Thanks to everyone who took 10 minutes to fill out our annual survey. You can see a summary of results at this link. A few key findings:

  • 20% have no district book budget, up from 18% last year.

  • Of those that do receive money from their districts,
    50% received less this year than last.

  • Chariho, East Greenwich, and South Kingstown are moving to
    cut funding for the 2017-18 school year.

We will be sending a press release to local media with this information.

Reading Week Materials are Ready

As noted in our previous newsletter, the Reading Week theme of "Build a Better World" dovetails nicely with the SLM theme: "Because School Libraries Empower Students."

Ask your kids to share how the library has empowered them to build a better world: were they inspired by an inventor's biography? have they created something new in a Makerspace? did they learn something fascinating in a nonfiction book? were their eyes opened by something that happened to a fictional character? have they participated in a volunteer or fundraising activity?

The Reading Week Committee has put together some suggested readalouds and school-wide activities. They'll be posted to the OLIS site soon. In the meantime, you may access them below: