Youth Services News

March 20, 2017

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

Federal Budget Proposal Includes Elimination of IMLS

Find out more about OLIS and IMLS on the OLIS homepage.

Teen Summit 2017

Save the date for annual Teen Summit! The 2017 Teen Summit will be Tuesday, October 17 at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA. Topics, speakers, and the agenda will be forthcoming.

You can find more information about the Teen Summit, as well as resources from last year's summit, on the Massachusetts Library System's Teen Summit LibGuide.

Gene Luen Yang at the Moses Brown School

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang will be at the Moses Brown School on Tuesday, April 4th at 4pm. He will speak about his role as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and his Reading Without Walls initiative.
This free program is open to both adults and kids and is being offered by Books on the Square.

KRARI Book Set Requests Due by Friday

OLIS, the RI Center for the Book, and the Kids Reading Across RI committee are pleased to announce the 2017 Kids Reading Across RI selection is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. More information will be coming soon, but mark your calendar for the May 13th kick-off event with the authors at the State House. Libraries are encouraged to have a table at this event – with over 500 participants from all over the state it’s a great opportunity to promote your library and your SRP. Please let me know if you’re interested in participating!


Copies of Save Me a Seat are available to you for hosting a KRARI book discussion. These books will be yours to keep, and while there is no limit on how many you request, please thoughtfully consider the number of books you will need to run an effective book club/discussion. Please submit your request online by March 24. Book sets will be sent through delivery in early April.


Book sets are also available to school libraries and classrooms. If you know a school librarian or teacher interested in hosting a KRARI book group please pass on the

2017 KRARI Book Set Requests for Schools survey. Please note that the link for the public library request survey is different from the school request survey.

2018 RI Children's Book Award Nominees Announced

This list reflects the recent change in the grades targeted by the award. RICBA now serves students in grades 3-5 and the newly created RI Middle School Book Award serves students in grades 6-8.


Need labels for the 2017 award winner and 2018 nominees? Request your free

award labels and nominee stickers today! Let me know how many you need of each and labels will be sent via delivery.


2018 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominees
For Grades 3-5

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (2016)
Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story by Christine Heppermann and Ron
Koertge, illustrated by Deborah Marcero (2015)
Brave Like My Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman (2016)
Cinnamon Moon by Tess Hilmo (2016)
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing (2016)
Fortune Falls by Jenny Goebel (2016)
FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti (2016)
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley ( 2016)
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan (2016)
A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (2016)
Mo’Ne Davis, Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch to
Game Changer by Mo’Ne Davis with Hilary Beard (2015)
Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce (2016)
The Prize Winners of Piedmont Place by Bill Doyle (2016)
Secrets of the Seven: The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson (2016)
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2016)
Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban,
illustrated by Katie Kath (2016)
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka (2016)
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (2016)
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (2016)
Wish by Barbara O’Connor (2016)

Grant and Award Opportunities

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Public Library Survey Data Usage Drop-In

Tuesday, March 21st, 9:30-11:30am

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Speaker(s): Lauren Plews, Office of Library & Information Services


Did you attend last fall’s Tell Your Story workshop? Are you working with the public library data report templates but want to do more advanced data analysis? Maybe there is something you want to do with your library’s annual survey data but you just aren’t sure how to get started. Please come to this drop-in session with your data projects, questions and goals. OLIS’s State Data Coordinator, Lauren Plews, will show you how to use the annual survey data to answer your questions and help you take your data use to the next level. Some laptops are available at the C-Lab but participants are encouraged to bring their own.


Registration required. Limited to 18 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Library Staff

Digital Resources for Youth

Wednesday, March 29th, 12:30-2:30pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Beatrice Pulliam, Dir. of Technology and Information Services, Providence Public Library, John Edwards, Cataloging & Training Librarian, OSL, Lori DeCesare Cataloging & eZone Librarian, OSL


Learn more about digital resources available to kids. Find out which AskRI databases and eZone materials are best suited for young patrons, how to get the most from your searches, and how to promote and share these resources with families.


Registration required. Limited to 18 participants.

Library Programs for School Readiness

Monday, April 24th, 12:30-2:30pm

West Warwick Public Library

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


Looking for fresh ideas for programming that helps bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten? From Every Child Ready to Read to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, we'll discuss programs and ideas for helping kids develop skills needed for success in school.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

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


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Behavioral Issues

Wednesday, April 26th, 9:30-11:30am

525 Hope Street

Bristol, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Linda Tavares, Associate Director at the Providence Center

Do you have young adults who are constantly "problem patrons"? We will be hearing from an expert on how to best identify behavioral and mental health issues and ways to best deal with these teens who are disruptive but deserve to have a positive library experience.


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Programming for Elementary School-Age Kids

Thursday, May 4th, 12:30-2:30pm

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


You have toddler dance parties and pre-k storytimes. And maybe you have a tween afterschool group and a teen library lock-in. But what about the kids who have aged out of storytime but are a few years away from middle school? We’ll discuss fresh ideas for serving kids ages 6-10 and will share our favorite programs for this age group.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

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


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

New YA Books

Thursday, May 18th, 9:30-11:30am

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


We'll be discussing the newest in YA fiction. By May 11th, please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Brandi Fong (use subject line New Fiction) so they can be included on the reading list, which will be posted on the YART Reading and Resource page. Read as many of the books as you like and come prepared to share your own personal critique.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Inclusion Strategies for a Diverse Community

Wednesday, May 24th, 10am-12pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Warwick Public Library

Speaker(s): OLIS Talking Books Plus Staff


Reach out to those in your community who may have physical disabilities, visual impairments or other challenges. Join OLIS Talking Books Plus staff as well as other presenters to discuss how to make sure your programs are inclusive and meet the needs of a broader audience.


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library staff

Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights - YART

Thursday, June 8th, 9:30-11:30am

Jamestown, RI, United States

Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Philomenian Library

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


This group discussion focuses on what has gone well in the past year and what we would like to discuss in the coming year. Please come with ideas for the 2017/2018 year.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians