Youth Services News

August 4, 2017

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

Summer Reading Program Statistics Collection Now Open

As previously noted, there will be a single form for collecting children's and teen SRP stats (there will be a separate form for collecting adult SRP stats). This form will be open for statistic collection from August 4 through September 11. Please designate ONE person from your library to complete this form. If you are reporting for a library with multiple branches, please submit ONE form for your library system and include the total participation numbers for all branches.

2017 Chidren's and Teen Summer Reading Program Statistics Collection Form

The statewide statistics will be shared at the YART meeting on September 14, the Children's Services Fall Meeting on September 18, and on the OLIS web site.

PawSox Finale

As you know Citizen's Bank and Pepsi chose not to sponsor our annual SRP finale and BBQ at McCoy Stadium. While OLIS pursued other sponsorship opportunities, we have not been able to secure funding in time for a 2017 finale. We are hoping to coordinate a finale event for summer 2018.

If you are looking for information regarding the complimentary PawSox tickets for kids who complete your SRP, please contact:

Benjamin Proctor

Pawtucket Red Sox


This program has always run separately from the grand finale event and will remain so.
Summer Reading Micro Self Care for WCCLS

Futures Conference Scholarship

Predicting the Future: Futures Conference for Librarians
Nationally known futurists and librarians from around the northeast will converge in Atlantic City, NJ this fall to examine the future and the role of libraries in it. OLIS is offering a limited number of scholarships to attend; discounted attendance is also available.

Find all the Futures Conference details on the OLIS website!

Scholarships Available

OLIS is offering a limited number of scholarships to librarians and library staff working in Rhode Island libraries. Scholarships are in the amount of $500, which will cover the cost of conference registration and the conference hotel; breakfast and lunch are included as part of the registration. Scholarship winners will be responsible for travel, incidental costs and meals not included in the registration fee. (see website for full details)

Win a Portable Maker Studio from Novel Engineering

a Portable Maker Studio for your classroom or teaching space!

The Portable Maker Studio is a concept in ongoing development at Tufts Center for Education and Outreach in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston's Community-Based Engineering Project. The goal of the Portable Maker Studio is to connect classrooms with the tools and materials students need to expand and fulfill engineering goals.

The tools and materials sets are small enough to fit in the back of a small car. Teachers and students decide on the kits and materials they want for their projects. The sections of the Portable Maker Studio include: Tools & Safety, Marking & Measurements, Documentation, Basic Electronics, Connectors & Fasteners, Long Structures, Short Structures, LEGO, Moldables, and Fluid Flows.

Enter To Win

More Information About Novel Engineering

Applications for ALSC Fall 2017 Mentoring Program Now Available

From ALSC:

"Administered by the ALSC Membership Committee and the Managing Children's Services Committee, the ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together for this one-year program.

Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members. The only requirement is that mentees have some connection to children’s library service. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career.

Re-energize and give back by becoming an ALSC Mentor! Mentor applicants must be ALSC members and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature.

The ALSC Mentoring Program suggests that matches be in contact at least twice a month. This could be via email, phone, Skype, online chat, etc.

Applications will close Friday, September 1, 2017."

Free Family Engagement Handbook

From PLA:

"The Public Library Association (PLA) and Global Family Research Project (GFRP) have just released a new publication designed to help libraries develop outstanding family engagement initiatives. Ideabook: Libraries for Families grew out of PLA’s efforts to help libraries think more strategically about family engagement, and to learn from a variety of different approaches taken by libraries of all sizes.

The Ideabook presents case studies from more than 50 diverse libraries and how they are incorporating the five “Rs” of engagement: reach out, raise up, reinforce, relate, and reimagine. This publication contains numerous helpful suggestions for how libraries can develop meaningful, lasting relationships with families in their communities to help shape children’s learning and development."

Click here to download this free publication. You will be asked to provide some basic demographic information to access the file.

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