SLRI Update

February 2018

Conference Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey about conference planning.


  • The majority were open to our spring conference being on a Saturday this year.
  • Everyone liked the idea of cohosting an additional conference with RILINK, with summer v. fall being the most convenient time for the majority.
  • Nearly everyone was interested in a session about the new AASL standards; the majority wanted a high-level overview v. an in-depth discussion. Please note that as an AASL affiliate, SLRI is able to purchase copies for members at the discounted price of $100. Details to come.

We are most likely going to hold an unconference in May. Participants will steer the discussion. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, here are some of the suggestions for content:


  • Book talks for newly published titles.
  • Tips and specific applicable ideas for creating lessons grades 3-5 on any/all library class topics. Even what might be a refresher for experienced teachers, turning traditional lessons into ones using technology in new ways.
  • How to build a positive, productive culture, when class times are so short.
  • Teaching coding, typing and/or digital citizenship in the elementary library
  • Project-based learning
  • Makerspaces
  • Using blended learning in an elementary library
  • Future Forward/Future Ready School Libraries
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Source: standards.aasl.org

Congrats to Melanie Roy!

Melanie Roy, librarian at Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, received the NBC 10/RI Dept. of Education/HASBRO Golden Apple Award this month. Commissioner Ken Wagner, Channel 10’s Ashley Cullinane, and a representative from HASBRO presented the Golden Apple Award to Melanie.


Channel 10 will broadcast the presentation of the award on March 8 at 6:00 p.m.

We are all so proud of Melanie and pleased she has been recognized for supporting her students and the love of reading!

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Source: turnto10.com

Celebrate Read Across America March 3

Each year, the NEA hosts a Read Across America event at the Warwick Mall to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. The day includes celebrity readers, book giveaways, and crafts. SLRI sponsors a bookmark-making table, and we need volunteers to help.


You can sign up for the following shifts: 10 a.m. - 12 noon; 12 noon - 2 p.m.; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. If you can only do 1 hour, that's fine too.

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Source: nea.org

EveryLibrary Petition = Easy Advocacy

As you may know, East Greenwich currently has no high school librarian. EveryLibrary has created a petition on the district's behalf to ask community leaders to reinstate the position.


It only takes a few minutes to sign the petition and lend your support to the cause.

Help SLRI Represent EVERY RI School Librarian

Our goal is to have every working school librarian in Rhode Island be a member of SLRI. There is power in numbers, and as we work to advocate for our profession, we want to have as much input from as many voices as possible. We may contact you this spring, asking you to reach out to lapsed or non-SLRI members in your district and invite them to join (or rejoin).

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 8

All SLRI Members are invited to attend our monthly meetings. Feel free to join us on Thursday, March 8. It takes place from 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. at New England Tech in East Greenwich (Room S203).