Youth Services News

May 12, 2017

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

An Evening with Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Teachers, librarians, and children's book enthusiasts are invited to An Evening with Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, authors of Save me a Seat, the 2017 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection. Join us to meet the authors and learn about their creative process and inspiration for this popular novel.


Friday, May 12th

5:30- 7pm

Rochambeau Library

708 Hope Street

Providence, RI 02906


Light Indian cuisine prepared by Bindu Mallick


$15 includes a copy of the 2017 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection, Save me a Seat.

Purchase tickets.

Two Summer Offerings from Ocean State Libraries

Ocean State Libraries will be participating in two summer reading programs this summer – one specifically for teens and another for kids/teens.


The teen program is called SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. “SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Beginning April 27, 2017 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. In 2016, 30 titles were given away over 15 weeks.” The link provides all the details, including marketing materials. Please note: the titles will not appear on the eZone site – users sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. They can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.


The kids/teen program is called OverDrive Summer Read. Unlike the SYNC program, titles will appear on the eZone site for simulataneous use. OverDrive describes the program as “OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program designed to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected can supplement other summer reading programs, and will offer free, simultaneous access to students from June 7th–August 7th. The collection of titles will be prominently displayed on your OverDrive-powered website in eBook format. We will cycle through the collection throughout the summer to ensure your students are aware of each exciting read!”

Serve on the RICBA Committee!

The Rhode Island Children’s Book Award committee is seeking a Public Youth Services Librarian to serve a three year term beginning September 2017. The RICBA committee is responsible for selecting the twenty books nominated for the RICBA award each year. Rhode Island children in grades 3 through 5 can read books from this list and vote for an overall winner. For more information, visit here: http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/children/ricba/


The representative to the committee should:

*Be a Public Youth Services Librarian in the State of Rhode Island

*Work (or have worked) with children in grades 3 through 5

*Have an interest in children’s literature

*Commit to a high volume of reading – at least 8 to 10 chapter books each month, with additional picture books and graphic novels

*Meet with the committee on the second Thursday of each month starting in September, 5pm-7:30pm, from September to April


Paraprofessional public youth services library staff are welcome to apply!


If you are interested in serving on the committee, please fill out this form by Sunday, June 4th:

https://goo.gl/forms/L13oBYCeTbjKfHTo2


If you have any questions, please contact the RICBA Committee at RICBAcommittee@gmail.com.

RIMSBA Wants You!

The Rhode Island Middle School Book Award committee is seeking new members to serve three year terms beginning September 2017. The RIMSBA committee is responsible for selecting the twenty books nominated for the RIMSBA award each year. Rhode Island children in grades 6 through 8 can read books from this list and vote for an overall winner. For more information, visit here: https://sites.google.com/view/ri-middle-school-book-award/home/


Members of the committee should:

*Work directly with Rhode Island children in grades 6-8

*Be available to meet once a month from September - April for their full term (3 years). The Committee will meet on the first Thursdays of the month at 5pm from September - April in the Cranston or Warwick area

*Have an interest in middle grade literature

*Commit to a high volume of reading – at least 25 books must be read by the Pre-Voting Meeting in February and at least 30 books must be read by the Voting Meeting in March


If you are interested in serving on the committee, please fill out this form by Sunday, June 4th:

https://goo.gl/forms/yHG9TzVJm5II4lFs2


If you have any questions, please contact the RIMSBA Committee at RIMSBAcommittee@gmail.com.

Upcoming Library & Reading Themed Events

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Library Advocacy

Tuesday, May 16th, 6-7:45pm

82 Pierce Street

East Greenwich, RI

Series: Media Smart Libraries in conjunction with ILART

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

“We have Google, why do we need librarians?” We have all faced this question. At a time when our President has proposed eliminating funding, school districts are cutting school library media positions, and academic libraries are having difficulty keeping fully staffed libraries, how do we answer this question? During small group discussions, we will gather the information and research we each use into a collective that we will share whole group at the end of the evening. After the conclusion of the program, a slideshow/pamphlet will be emailed to all participants that can be used for advocacy.

Please come prepared with research, flyers, or other materials that you rely on when answering the question of why we need librarians in today’s world.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: All 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

Digital Storytimes

Tuesday, June 6th, 12:30-2:30pm

481 Davisville Road

North Kingstown, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Join us as we share tips and resources for integrating tablets, apps, and ebooks with traditional storytime activities.

We'll also select topics and meeting locations for 2017/2018 Children's Services Round Table meetings. Please bring ideas for discussions or presentations, as well as possible meeting dates if you're interested in hosting.

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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