Youth Services News

March 7, 2017

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

Call for SRP 2019 Slogan and 2020 Theme

The Collaborative Summer Library Program has begun its search for slogans and general themes for the upcoming years. Please share your ideas for a 2019 slogan (theme: space) and a general theme for 2020. You can find information about future programs (2018 theme: music) as well as past program themes and slogans on the CSLP website.

Guidelines: These suggestions should be thought provoking, exciting, and accessible to all libraries! Upon submission, slogans and themes will be reviewed by Manual Committees for copyright, accessibility, and will be narrowed down to the top slogan/themes to be voted on during the 2017 CSLP Annual Meeting in April.

This survey must be completed by March 8 so that submissions can be sent to CSLP by the March 10 deadline.

2017 RI Children's Book Award Winner

The 2017 RI Children's Book Award Winner is ... Sisters by Raina Telgemeier!

Thanks to your promotion of the nominees and your participation in voting, we saw a fantastic increase in participation this year:
58 schools & public libraries submitted voting results
5,087 kids voted
86 schools & public libraries submitted voting results
6,764 kids voted

Ready to start reading for 2018? Keep your eyes peeled for the 2018 nominees that will be announced on the OLIS website on Monday, March 13!
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Reading Week - Build a Better World

OLIS and SLRI are partnering to take over Reading Week from the recently disbanded RI State Council/International Reading Association. In an effort to encourage partnerships between schools and public libraries, the Reading Week theme/slogan will be the same as that of the Summer Reading Program.

Reading Week traditionally ran the week before April vacation, but PARCC testing and SLO final assessments have made April a tough month to schedule Reading Week activities. This year the Reading Week committee is encouraging schools to schedule their Reading Week in May during the week of May 15 or May 22.

Slogan images in English and Spanish, as well as several clipart images from the CSLP manual, are available to school libraries and classrooms for promoting Reading Week.
I will be sending these images to school libraries who request them through this survey by Sunday, March 19. Public libraries can also share images with their local schools, as long as the partnering school follows the CSLP's Rules of Use.

Kids Reading Across RI Book Sets

OLIS, the RI Center for the Book, and the Kids Reading Across RI committee are pleased to announce the 2017 Kids Reading Across RI selection is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. More information will be coming soon, but mark your calendar for the May 13th kick-off event with the authors at the State House. Libraries are encouraged to have a table at this event – with over 500 participants from all over the state it’s a great opportunity to promote your library and your SRP. Please let me know if you’re interested in participating!

Copies of Save Me a Seat are available to you for hosting a KRARI book discussion. These books will be yours to keep, and while there is no limit on how many you request, please thoughtfully consider the number of books you will need to run an effective book club/discussion. Please submit your request online by March 24. Book sets will be sent through delivery in early April.

Book sets are also available to school libraries and classrooms. If you know a school librarian or teacher interested in hosting a KRARI book group please pass on the

2017 KRARI Book Set Requests for Schools survey. Please note that the link for the public library request survey is different from the school request survey.

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

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