Youth Services News

November 13

November is Busy!

This newsletter is in your mailbox a little early this week, as I'll be spending the next few days preparing for my sister's wedding. Wedding aside, November is busy as we not only find ourselves hurtling towards the holidays, but also celebrating a number of library and bookish events. November marks both NaNoWriMo and Dinovember. It's also International Picture Book Month and National Family Literacy Month. November 21 is International Games Day @ your library and last week was the first ever U.S. Media Literacy Week - I missed the boat on that one, but mark your calendar for next year! If you've planned or created any programming/displays/book lists for one of November's many events, and you've had a moment to catch your breath, please share. I'd love to include the awesome work you're doing in upcoming newsletters.
- Danielle

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Please contact Kate Lentz, at the RI Center for the Book for more information.


The 2015-2016 Letters About Literature contest is made possible by a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, with additional support from gifts to the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Professional Development Opportunities

Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum: Project PALS
Ongoing
New Youth Nonfiction for Fall and Beyond - Booklist Webinar
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:00 pm
Secrets of the Remix Mash-up YouTube Generation - Learning Bird & School Library Journal Webinar
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 4:00 pm
Picture Books and Challenges: Dealing with Controversial Topics in Children's Collections

(FREE to members of GLBTRT and IFRT, $20 ALA members, $25 nonmembers)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:00 pm
Trials and Tribulations: Handling Hard Topics for Youth - Booklist Webinar
Thursday, December 3, 2015 2:00 pm
ALA Annual ALSC Hot Topic Program Proposal
Must be submitted by Sunday, December 13, 2015

ALSC Seeks Media Mentors
Must be submitted by Wednesday, November 25

A Media Mentor is:

  • a person who supports children, teens, and their families in their media decisions and practice around media use, including screen media.
  • a person who has access to and shares recommendations for and research on children and teen’s media use.

We are looking for examples of Media Mentorship in libraries to share in a forthcoming book we are writing with ALSC. The book will expand on the ideas presented in the ALSC White Paper Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.

If you use digital media in programs for kids and/or teens (ages 0-14), talk to families about digital media research, or help kids and teens find online content, for example, please share your experiences as a Media Mentor with us using this form. If at all possible, please submit by Wednesday, November 25. If need be, we will follow up with you by email or phone.

Any questions can be directed to Claudia Haines or Cen Campbell.

November & December Events

Just Added! Mock Caldecott

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 9:30am-12:30pm

West Warwick Public Library

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Dr. Susannah Richards, Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut University

Mock Caldecott discussion and voting, with a presentation from Susannah Richards. Find the reading list online.


Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in English Language Arts and Children's and Young Adult Literature. She was a member of the 2013 John Newbery Award Committee, and regularly reviews and presents on books and English Language Arts strategies for highly able readers and writers at international, national, state and local venues of teachers, librarians, parents, and students.

Registration required.

Just Added! Starting and Growing a Film Program: Elementary Through High School

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 4-6pm

76 Bellevue Avenue

Newport, RI

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Brien Jennings, Narragansett Elementary School; Nick Marcoux, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts; Katie Reaves, Beacon School for the Arts; GiveMe5

This two part workshop focuses on developing, implementing, and sustaining film programming for children. Part one is a panel discussion with three Rhode Island educators who will share their experiences with film and media education, including their challenges, successes, and curriculum development. Part two is a presentation from GiveMe5 on their new consulting service for educators and librarians, in which they provide guidance, support, and services for schools and organizations to grow their film and media programming.


This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. GiveMe5 is sponsored by The Rhode Island Film and Television Office in conjunction with The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


Registration required. Limited to 25 participants

Children’s Independent Films: PCFF Film Jury Night

Monday, Nov. 16th, 6-8pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, Providence Children’s Film Festival

Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival for this year’s third film jury roundup. In this unique real-world workshop experience, librarians will learn about children’s independent films by participating as an actual juror for the 2016 PCFF.

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. Limited to 25 participants.

Teen SRP Performer Showcase

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 9:30-11:30am

1825 Broad Street

Cranston, RI

Come check out performers for the 2016 summer reading program, "Get in the Game: Read."
Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm

100 Cedar Avenue

East Greenwich, RI

We continue taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2015. This will be our last discussion before voting on January 6 at the East Greenwich Free Library. 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.

Stop Motion Animation on a Budget

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 6-8pm

Feinstein Middle School Library, Coventry

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Bonnie Epstein, Director, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art

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.

Registration required.

Taming the Temperament: Understanding the “Why” and Learning Styles in Infants and Toddlers

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 10am-12pm

Jamestown Philomenian Library

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Cheryl Hovey, MS

This workshop will help librarians answer the questions "What is temperament?" and "Why is it important to understand?" This workshop is based on current research and how this information can be used to optimize a child's growth and development and provides unique insights about children's temperaments. Participants will be learn in a small group activity how to utilize this information in their everyday planning.

Registration required.

Upcoming OLIS CE

Mark Your Calendar!

For more information check out the OLIS CE calendar.


Mock Newbery Voting Meeting

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
East Greenwich Free Library


Children's Summer Reading Performer Showcase

Thursday, January 07, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Registration required


Grant Writing for Youth Services Librarians

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Warwick Public Library
Series: YART

Registration required