Youth Services News

September 15, 2017

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

Number Of RI Children With Incarcerated Parents Is On The Rise

A May 2017 Kids Count brief shows that close to 13 of every 1,000 children in RI have an incarcerated parent. This reflects a steady rise from 2011, when close to 11 of every 1,000 RI children had an incarcerated parent. The brief also reveals that nearly every RI community is home to children who currently have a parent in jail, and recommends "that of all of the systems that touch the lives of children with incarcerated parents, including

corrections, child welfare, health and human services, education, and the courts, work together to jointly assess and improve their policies, programs, and practices to improve outcomes for these children."


Want to learn more about how to support children affected by incarceration? Join us at the Department of Corrections for Supporting Children and Families Affected by Incarceration and the RI Prisoner Re-entry Initiative. Ken Findlay, DOC Project Manager, and TeLisa Richardson, DOC Parenting Coordinator, will introduce you to Department of Corrections staff and provide an overview of RI's prison system population and services provided. They will also discuss the Books Beyond program for incarcerated parents and their children, and RI’s Reentry Initiative activities.

Be sure to check out this powerful performance from Daniel Beaty, author of Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me. This gorgeous picture book (illustrated by Bryan Collier) is a great "window and mirror" storytime addition that shows a young boy growing up with an absent parent.
https://youtu.be/8VLjZPqJqE0

Timely Resources

From ALSC:

"As our nation grapples with the uncertain future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, REFORMA and ALSC’s 2018 Pura Belpré Award Committee has compiled a list of past Belpré medal and honor books that address the Latino/a immigration experience and provide young readers with insight into the very real struggles and choices faced by families every day. This list is presented in solidarity with Dreamers, immigrants, and undocumented people everywhere."

The PDF of the list is available here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/compubs/booklists/Stories%20of%20Immigration%20Booklist%20FINAL%202.0.pdf


Further reading:

Resilience Resources: Helping People Displaced by Environmental and Humanitarian Crises

#LibrariesRespond: Helping United States Libraries After Disasters

RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors

Check out the newsletter below for more information about the RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors scheduled for Saturday, October 14.
More info can also be found on the festival's FB page and web site.

2018 Performer Applications Now Available

Applications for the Children’s and Teen Performers’ Showcases are now available and will be accepted until 12pm Tuesday, October 10.


Children’s Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/childrenshowcase18

Teen Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teenshowcase18

Upcoming Library & Reading Themed Events

Upcoming OLIS CE

Children's Services Fall Meeting

Monday, Sep. 18th, 9:30am-2:45pm

281 County Road

Barrington, RI

Speaker(s): The Autism Project, Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library and Babs Wells, Children’s Librarian, Greenville Public Library


The Autism Project will present the training program Creating the Connections. This training will provide librarians and library staff with the tools to help families access screening, evaluation, and appropriate resources for children, youth, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related Developmental Disabilities (DD). After this training librarians and library staff will understand and recognize both typical and atypical developmental milestones, support concerns families may have, and know the resources available to empower families to make informed decisions and access care.

Following the Creating the Connections training program, Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library and Babs Wells, Children’s Librarian, Greenville Public Library will share their expertise in planning, implementing, and promoting sensory story times and services for children with special needs.


The Autism Project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and those who work with them.


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #1

Wednesday, Sep. 27th, 7-9pm

63 Federal Road

Barrington, RI

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books on the discussion list for the first meeting. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 17, 2018 using the balloting procedures of the real committee. The first discussion list and information about future meetings and programs is available at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Seasonal Programming for Children's Services

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 1-3pm

390 Summit Road

Exeter, RI

Speaker(s): Tomaquag Museum Staff, Group Discussion


How does seasonal programming fit in to your services for children and families? Do seasonal and holiday celebrations help guide your programming plan or do you prefer using non-seasonal themes? How do you decide which seasonal and holiday celebrations to incorporate in to your programming? We’ll discuss these questions and more at this month’s Children’s Service Round Table meeting. Please come prepared to share an example of a successful program and your preferred method for planning, implementing, and evaluating seasonal programming.


This very special meeting will take place at the Tomaquag Musuem in Exeter. We’ll be treated to an hour long tour of this award winning museum dedicated to Indigenous history, culture, and arts. Our discussion of seasonal programming will take place in the museum following the tour. Please note that food and drink is not allowed in the museum.


Registration for this meeting is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and participants must register before September 14th. Registration after September 14th will not be accepted.


Registration required. Limited to 20 participants.

Mock Newbery Meeting #2

Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 7-9pm

297 New Meadow Road

Barrington, RI

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books on the discussion list for the second meeting. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 17, 2018 using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The second discussion list will be available on September 28 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Collection Development for Young Adults

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 9:30-11:30am

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


Join us for a discussion about young adult collections. We’ll talk about both print and digital collections, your collection’s physical space, and collection development issues related to serving a teen and tween audience.

Please bring a list of your favorite vendors, publishers, book reps, or other resources that help you keep your collection vibrant, timely, and accessible.


Registration required.

Professional Growth for Youth Services Librarians

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 1-3pm

50 Esmond Street

Smithfield, RI

Speaker(s): Robin Nyzio, Assistant Director Lincoln Public Library; Danielle Margarida OLIS Youth Services Coordinator; Group Discussion


Demonstrating the professional skills and knowledge required to be a youth services librarian or youth services staff member can be difficult. Programming, outreach, and readers’ advisory for children, teens, and parents looks very different from the professional activities of other library departments and leave little time for grant writing, networking, or pursuing professional development. OLIS Youth Services Coordinator Danielle Margarida will share ways to grow your professional identity and demonstrate your value to colleagues, administrators, and patrons. We’ll also be joined by Lincoln Public Library Assistant Director Robin Nyzio, whose previous work as a children’s and teen librarian will offer a unique look at youth services through a management lens.


Registration required.

Supporting Children and Families Affected by Incarceration and the RI Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 10am-12pm

40 Howard Avenue

Cranston, RI

Dorothy Dix Building, 1st floor Conference Room (address and directions below)

Speaker(s): Ken Findlay, Interdepartmental Project Manager, Institutional Programs and Services, Department of Corrections and Telisa Richardson, LCSW, Parenting Coordinator, Department of Corrections

Ken and TeLisa will introduce you to Department of Corrections staff and provide an overview of RI's prison system population and services provided. They will also discuss the Books Beyond program for incarcerated parents and their children and RI’s Reentry Initiative activities. Join us to discuss how libraries can contribute to this important initiative by supporting members of your community that have been impacted by incarceration.

Parenting Connection Newsletter, May/June 2017


Address: 18 Wilma Schesler Lane, Cranston, RI

* On the Department of Corrections campus across from the Department of Labor & Training. There is free, ample parking on the side of the building.


From Route 95 South Take Exit 14 to Route 37 West. Take Exit 3 off Route 37 to Pontiac Avenue. At the end of the exit, take a left. From Route 95 North Take Exit 14 B to Route 37 West, at the end of the exit, take a left.


Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Monday, Dec. 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Monday, December 11

Speaker(s): Performers

The Performers’ 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 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 7-9pm

281 County Road

Barrington, RI

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. This will be the final discussion meeting before voting for the Rhode Island winner and honor books on January 17, 2018. The third discussion list will be available on November 3 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Teen Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

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

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Performers’ 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 presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Teen Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 9:30-10:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017


Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.


Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 10:30am-12pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017


Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.


Registration required.

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 12:30-2:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Libraries are going to rock this summer! 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!


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #4

Wednesday, Jan. 17th 2018 at 7-9pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

It’s time to vote for a Rhode Island Mock Newbery winner and honor books! Please read as many books as possible from the fourth reading list and come prepared to defend your top picks before we vote using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The fourth discussion list will be available on December 11 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Mock Caldecott Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 2018 at 4-6:30pm

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

It’s time to discuss and vote for a Rhode Island Mock Caldecott winner and honor books! We’ll read and discuss a sampling of the best picture books of 2017 before voting using the balloting procedures of the real Caldecott committee. The reading/viewing list for this discussion will be available on November 3 at the Mock Caldecott web page.


Registration required.