Youth Services News

February 17, 2017

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

SRP Update

  • Please use this credit line on ALL SRP signs, press releases, posters, websites and promotions. You may personalize this credit line by adding your library’s name and the names of local sponsors at the end.The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The PawSox, Citizens Bank, and Pepsi only need to be credited when referencing the All-Star Reading Team and finale event, and should not be credited on general SRP PR.
  • Instead of the Explorer Card, coupons to area museums/attractions will be available individually. Unfortunately coupons to Dave & Busters and PF Changs will not be available through OLIS.
  • A date has not yet been set for the All-Star Reader finale at McCoy Stadium. I will keep you posted.
  • There will be some changes to the questions OLIS asks about your program for the end of SRP report. A template with exact questions will be available by May and changes include:

Will not ask completion numbers

Will not ask for participants’ schools
Will ask about outreach
Will ask about programming other than showcase performers

  • The 2017 Kids Reading Across RI selection is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. The kickoff event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2pm-4pm at the State House. Libraries are invited to participate at the event with an activity and/or promotional materials for their upcoming SRP. Please let me know if you would like to participate. Once book sets are available I will contact you with the request form (most likely March/April).

Don't Miss It! Children's Film Festival Opens February 17

This February 17-26, the Providence Children's Film Festival invites audiences of all ages to enjoy nearly 100 feature-length and short films—including live-action, documentary, and animation—made by filmmakers from around the world.

The Festival takes place at main venues within walking distance of downtown Providence and at satellite venues across the state. With more than 10 days of screenings, filmmaking workshops and free activities, along with post-film presentations that help deepen the film-watching experience, this year's Festival brings a world of film to even more Rhode Island youth and families. Film descriptions, trailers, locations, tickets, FAQs and Reel Connections presentation information can be found here.

Grant and Award Opportunities

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Social Media Literacy

Tuesday, Feb. 28th, 4-6pm

Cumberland Public Library

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Lynette Owens, Founder and Global Director of Internet Safety for Kids and Families


Social media is here to stay and it is more important than ever to know why and how to use this powerful tool to minimize risks and maximize potential. In this train the trainer session, librarians will find out how to run programs for children and parents on how to be great online. Topics covered include online habits, understanding privacy settings in browsers and apps, what “free” means on the Internet, respect, and learning to be part of an online economy. Participants will leave with a host of resources, materials, and programming tips to engage communities in a conversation about social media literacy.

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 badge.


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

LGTBQ Resources

Monday, March 6th, 9:30-11:30am

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Ethan Huckel, Board President of TGI Network of RI


Ethan Huckel, Board President of TGI Network of RI, will speak about issues facing LGBTQ youth and how to best serve this population.

Incorporated in 2011, the TGI Network of RI serves transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy and education.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Services Librarians

Seeing is Believing: Understanding Data Visualization

Tuesday, March 7th, 4-6pm

1043 Main Street

West Warwick, RI

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Lauren Plews, State Data Coordinator, OLIS



Virtual follow up session: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 5-6 pm


Many libraries capture data but find it difficult to report and share. In this workshop you will be introduced to best practices in effective graphical representation of quantitative information. Learn how to select graphical formats to display your own data story and discover how appealing visual narratives makes data more accessible.

Participants will be tasked to create a visual using their own data and then share the experience at a follow up virtual session. Participants will be able to use what they have learned in their own practice but could also implement data visualization programs/instruction for their patrons and students.

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 badge.


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and teen librarians, school librarians

Be a Media Mentor

Monday, March 20th, 4:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Claudia Haines, Coordinator of Youth Services, Homer Public Library, Alaska


Webinar Series

  • Session #1 Monday, March 20, 2017,. 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Session #2 Monday, April 24, 2017, 4:30 - 6:00 pm


In our media saturated world, the way families connect to the library is shifting. How librarians respond to this is the focus of this two part webinar series facilitated by expert Claudia Haines, co-author of Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide to Working with Children and Families.


The first webinar will introduce participants to media mentorship and include an overview, research highlights, types of media mentorship, tips for evaluating new media, and new media review sources. Participants will be asked to design a media mentorship experience applicable to their library and community.


At the second webinar, participants will share and discuss their proposed media mentorship experiences including possible challenges and plans for implementation. Join this unique opportunity to learn more about media mentorship and how you can put your new understanding into practice.


Registrants will receive an invitation to the Webinar three days prior to dates.


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 badge.


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children and Teen Librarians, School Librarians with a focus on serving children ages 14 and under and their families.

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