Youth Services News

February 3, 2017

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

Looking for additional resources to strengthen your library's role as a community space that welcomes everyone?



  • The I'm Your Neighbor project offers book lists, reviews, and recommendations of children's literature featuring "new arrival" cultures and groups. “I’m Your Neighbor” and Inclusion offers more ideas for inclusion as well as questions help you start thinking critically about the services your library is providing.


Kids Reading Across RI 2017

The 2017 Kids Reading Across RI selection is....
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan!
Mark your calendar for the kickoff event on Saturday, May 13, 2pm-4pm at the State House. Libraries are invited to participate at the event with with an activity and/or promotional materials for their upcoming SRP.

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.

“We believe in the power of visual storytelling to transform how we think about the world and our place in it,” says Anisa Raoof, Executive Director of PCFF. “By giving voice to people of many cultures, PCFF’s international films encourage Rhode Island children and families to embrace a global perspective—and find themselves reflected on the screen.”

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.

Other fun ways to enjoy the Festival:

- Volunteer! Volunteers enjoy an unusual, behind-the-scenes experience with one of the top children’s film festivals in the country dedicated to films, filmmakers, and youth. Meet meet new people, gain valuable hands-on festival experience, and enjoy access to screenings and special events. Individuals, kids and families are welcome! We are happy to document community service hours for students.

- Visit the library! PCFF proudly partners with libraries in Providence and Warwick to offer Festival screenings and workshops at no charge. Visit www.pcffri.org for the schedule. Most Rhode Island public libraries also have DVDs of past Festival films. Click here for the PCFF Film Hub or use keyword "Providence Children's Film Festival" in your OSL catalog search.

- Join the Opening Night Celebration! Help kick off the Festival on Friday, February 17 at the RISD Museum from 5:30-9 pm. The evening begins with a tasty reception, followed by a 30-minute screening of international PCFF-curated short films for children of all ages. Audiences then enjoy a screening of Academy Award-nominee My Life As A Zucchini (suggested for ages 13+). Note: A second screening of My Life As A Zucchini, sponsored by Media Smart Libraries, takes place during the Festival on Saturday, February 25, 4:15 PM at RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Walk (across from RISD Museum), Providence.
- Attend an admission-free screening! Sunday shows at Metcalf Auditorium/RISD Museum are free for the community. Reserve your tickets online: www.pcffri.org.

- More information and links for sharing:

Bulletin Board Flyer (Call for Volunteers) http://providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/recruitmentflyer2017/

Printable Festival Schedule http://providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/wp-content/uploads /2017/01/2017-PCFF_8.5X11_Festival-Schedule_A.pdf

2017 Festival Film Stills http://providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/press-images-2017-festival/

Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase

The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for community financial partners (librarians, organizations, government agencies, etc.) to showcase financial literacy programs and/or information available to libraries across RI during Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29) and year-round. The Financial Literacy Showcase will feature simultaneous tabletop presentations (poster or multimedia), which allows attendees to explore the showcase, ask questions of presenters and network with librarians and community partners at their own pace.


Some of your fellow librarians will be on hand to present Financial Literacy programs aimed at kids and teens. Babs Wells from Greenville has done some wonderful programming for kids and families and will share what she has done and what you can replicate at your library. Chris Wallace Goldstein will share what Woonsocket has done for teen programming, at no cost. Michelle Novello of the Providence Community Libraries will talk about their wide variety of programming for kids, teens and adults.


This event is scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

10 am - 12 pm

William Hall Library Auditorium

1825 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

SRP Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 9:30-11:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow date: Tuesday, February 14

Book your library's Summer Reading performers at this meeting. YA performer booking will take place 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m and children's performer booking will take place 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Information, including your space in line, will be provided prior to this meeting. Please don't forget to bring your calendars.

Registration required.

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 12:30-2:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Get ready to Build a Better World! We’ll highlight our favorite ideas from the manual and share original ideas for SRP programming, decorating, promoting, and developing community partnerships.


Please come prepared to share at least one favorite aspect of your summer reading program and one new idea you’re excited to try this summer.


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

Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 10am-12pm

1825 Broad Street

Cranston, RI

The Rhode Island Library Association's Financial Literacy Round Table (FLRT) is kicking off the new year by hosting a financial literacy resource fair - "Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase." The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for community financial partners (librarians, organizations, government agencies, etc.) to showcase financial literacy programs and/or information available to libraries across RI during Money Smart Week 2017 (April 22-29) and year-round.


The Financial Literacy @ Your Library Showcase will feature simultaneous tabletop presentations (poster or multimedia), allowing attendees to explore the showcase, ask questions of presenters and network with library colleagues and community partners at their own pace. (Think speed dating meets library programming).

Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and noon to network with financial professionals and library colleagues to plan your financial literacy programs.


Refreshments will be served.


For more information, please contact Lori DeCesare or Chris Wallace Goldstein at FLRT@rilibraries.org


Registration required.