Youth Services News

October 21, 2016

Newsletters are now archived on the OLIS website and can also be accessed from the
Children's Services and Young Adult Services webpages.
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Trick or Reaters: How about a story with your sweets?

Give library trick-or-treaters 100 scary or fantastical stories this Halloween! TRICK OR REATERS is a new national effort to place stories in trick-or-treaters’ bags.

By printing TRICK OR REATERS flyers and giving those flyers to trick-or-treaters, schools, libraries, organizations, bookstores, families and individuals can link children to the TRICK OR REATER website with over 100 free scary, mysterious, and fantastical stories, activities and recommendations for children’s books. See how your library can get involved !

Media Literacy Week October 31 – November 4, 2016

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) has assembled a toolkit for the 2nd annual Media Literacy Week.

Summer Reading Program Manuals

The 2017 Summer Reading Program manuals have not shipped due to a delay in production. Once they arrive they'll be sent through delivery. You will receive the same manual format you received last year, but once again I'll have the DVD, USB, and print formats available to borrow.

Applications Available for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Applications for the performers’ showcases are now available. Please share the application links below with anyone you think might be a good fit.


Performer/Educator Applications are available online and must be submitted by Tuesday, November 1st at 12:30 PM.


Children’s Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017childrensSRP

Teen Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017teensrp

Opportunities for Young Filmmakers

Providence Children's Film Festival 2017 Youth Filmmaker Showcase
The Providence Children's Film Festival is now accepting submissions from kids and teens ages 6 to 17 for the 2017 Youth Filmmaker Showcase. Regional and Multi-Regional screenings take place during the Festival (February 17-26, 2017) and are designed to encourage up-and-coming young filmmakers. Application.
Regular Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016

YFS Fee: $20.00

Late Submission Deadline: November 25, 2016

YFS Fee: $25.00

90-Second Newbery Film Festival
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. Submissions are now being accepted until January 7, 2017. Details & rules.

Professional Development Opportunities

ALSC Distinguished Service Award

December 1 deadline

Around Town

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Mock Newbery Meeting #2

Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 7-9pm

63 Federal Road

Barrington, RI

We continue our closer look at the children's novels of 2016. 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.

Making Presentations Pop with Tech 2

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 9:15-11am

317 Market Street

Warren, RI

9:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Alyssa Taft and Samuel Simas, URI GSLIS Graduate Students

Are you looking for some new tools to get you out of your presentation rut? Do you find yourself using Powerpoint again and again? This workshop, based off of Jennifer Thomas' first Media Smart LIbraries session last spring, will give librarians the opportunity to explore a few powerful presentation tools, empowering them to build upon their digital toolbox. We will work to develop powerful "advocacy statements" to help focus the topic of your presentation and inspire you to actively engage with stakeholders. Participants should bring their own device because there will be time to work individually and collaboratively to put the tools into action!

This workshop is part of the free one-day RILINK Fall PD conference. People wishing to register for the entire event, may do so, or they can register through OLIS and come just for this Media Smart Libraries workshop. Registration required.

Grant Writing

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 9:30-11:30am

1 Memorial Avenue

Johnston, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Jean Campbell, Professional Grant Writer

Grant writer Jean Campbell will guide us through the steps to find and write a successful grant application. Grant applications come in many forms (single page to long and in-depth) and the session will cover as many as possible.


Registration required.

GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab

Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 4-6pm

45 Upper College Road

South Kingstown, RI

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Sherilyn Brown, Director of Education Programs, RI State Council on the Arts


The GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab is a time for film/media educators, school and public librarians, and others developing video programs to come together and share ideas, challenges and solutions with colleagues. Whether you're experienced, new to the work, or somewhere in between, the "open space" style of this event makes a place for you. In the "open space" format, each facilitator will each spend a few minutes describing their areas of expertise and related topics, and you will then be free to join the discussion(s) you feel will be most helpful for you. You may move among discussions.


Topics are expected to include (but are not limited to):

  1. creating or revising curriculum; gaining expertise in editing
  2. buying and using basic equipment; exploring possibilities with high-end equipment
  3. learning to use a new online film education resource
  4. making a case for a media education program.


If you are inspired to facilitate a discussion on your own topic, "open space" allows for that as well.


Our facilitators and key focus areas for this event:

  • Katie Reaves
  • Brien Jennings
  • Dana Neugent
  • Nick Marcoux
  • Anisa Raoof

  • Registration required.

    Children’s Independent Film Discussion: Join the PCFF Film Jury Night

    Monday, Nov. 7th, 6-8pm

    140 Sockanosset Cross Road

    Cranston, RI

    Speaker(s): Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, Providence Children’s Film Festival

    Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival for this unique real-world workshop experience to learn about children’s independent films by participating as an actual juror for the 2016 PCFF. Librarians will hone their film discussion skills with members of the public by sharing critical comments after each short film (kids go first). You will be surprised to see what is “obviously good” to some reviewers is “downright disagreeable” to others…BUT be ready to explain. Great opportunity to think about new ideas for programming events that increase access to thoughtful films and exercise critical thinking skills and in a fun way. Popcorn for all.

    This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14

    Registration required.

    Stop Motion Animation on a Budge

    Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 6-8pm

    100 Cedar Avenue

    East Greenwich, RI

    Series: Media Smart Libraries

    Speaker(s): Bonnie Epstein, Director, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

    Back by popular demand! Stop motion animation is a fun way to create films and has the potential to be an engaging library program for children and teens. Learn the history of stop motion animation, watch some examples of films, and then get your hands wet by creating your own stop motion film. Facilitator Bonnie Epstein will bring all the equipment and objects you need to produce a film. A list of sample equipment, budget amounts and tips to run your own program will be provided.

    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.


    Registration required.

    Starting a Makerspace in your Library: Tips and Tricks

    Monday, Dec. 5th, 4-6pm

    930 Nooseneck Hill Road

    West Greenwich, RI

    Series: Media Smart Libraries

    Speaker(s): Bevin Winner, School Librarian, Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High School


    Libraries are embracing the maker movement and here is your chance to find out the steps one librarian took to create a makerspace in her library. From proposal to budget, buy-in, material/equipment selection, activities, promotional efforts and access policies, you will learn the tips and tricks to starting a makerspace in your library. After an overview of the implementation process, participants will be able to ask questions, view student work, share their own experiences with makerspaces, and have plenty of time to play with different tools and materials. This workshop is intended for those thinking about starting a makerspace and those who are in their early stages of implementation.

    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.


    Registration required.

    Mock Newbery Meeting #3

    Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 7-9pm

    100 Cedar Avenue

    East Greenwich, RI

    We continue taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2016. This will be our last discussion before voting on January 18 at the Oaklawn Branch Library, Cranston. 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.

    Teen Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

    Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 9:30am-12pm

    600 Sandy Lane

    Warwick, RI

    Snow Date: Tuesday, December 13
    Series: YART

    The Performer's Showcase is your chance to be introduced to educators/performers who want to be a part of the annual statewide Teen Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing the presentations, talk to multiple other program providers with table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2017 slate of SRP programs offered statewide.


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


    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.

    Program Information Mock Newbery Meeting #4 Voting

    Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017 at 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.