Youth Services News

November 4, 2016

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

Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery

The Mock Caldecott reading list and the updated Mock Newbery third discussion list are now available!

Providence Children's Film Festival Survey

Providence Children's Film Festival, which has presented quality international and independent family film programming to Rhode Islanders for the past seven years, is assessing the impact of their recently updated Film Hub.

The Film Hub now makes it easier than ever for librarians, teachers, parents and youth to access resources to discover, explore and engage with film. Please take 4-5 minutes to answer this confidential librarian survey to help us know how we can better serve you. Leave your contact information to be entered to win a film for your library or passes to a 2017 Festival film! The deadline for completing the survey is November 12.

Many thanks to those of you who helped create this survey. Thank you all in advance for sharing your feedback!

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NLWZ6B

New Blog from Faith Rogow

In celebration of the U.S.’s second annual National Media Literacy Week (Oct 31-Nov 4, 2016), and the 20th Anniversary of Insighters Education, Media Literacy Education Maven, Dr. Faith Rogow, announces the launch of a new edublog. TUNE IN Next Time: Media Literacy Education Musings (medialiteracyeducationmaven.edublogs.org) focuses on how we use questions – and how we teach inquiry – to examine the media we create and consume.

Professional Development Opportunities

Digital Storytime: Kids, Apps, and Libraries--FREE online course

Asynchronous, more information


STEP into Storytime Webinar presented by Saroj Ghoting and Kathy Klatt

Monday, November 7 2:30pm-3:30pm


Booklist Webinar—New Nonfiction for Youth: Spring 2017

Tuesday, November 8 2:00pm-3:00pm


Booklist Webinar- Engaging Reluctant and Struggling Readers in Your Library

Tuesday, November 15 2:00pm-3:00pm


Spreading the Word: Taking Early Literacy Messages to the Streets

Thursday, November 17 2:00pm-3:00pm

Shawnee Branch of Allen County Public Library received $ 23,421 to encourage positive interactions between adults and their young children and promote early learning. From story walks to yard signs and outreach to adults in parks, thrift stores and the farmers’ market, library staff spread the word. Did anyone get the message? Attend and find out!

“This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.”

This webinar is eligible for 1 LEU which you will receive from your presenter within 30 days.

· LOG IN on the scheduled day and time at https://instlibrary.adobeconnect.com/earlyliteracy11172016/event/login.html



Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 1: Ages and Stages in Early Literacy Programming

Thursday, December 1 3:00pm-4:00pm


ALSC Distinguished Service Award

December 1 deadline

2017 ALA Annual Conference Hot Topic Program Proposal - ALSC

December 21 deadline

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

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 Budget

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.

Mock Caldecott

Monday, Jan. 9th 2017 at 9am-12pm

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 10


Participants will each present one or more picture books from the reading and viewing list, focusing on the Caldecott Medal criteria. The book list will be posted on the Mock Caldecott website.

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.