SLRI Update

October 2015

Congratulations to Two More Teachers of the Year!

School librarians continue to receive the accolades of their peers and administrators. Two more SLRI members were recognized as the Teacher of the Year in their districts:

  • Beth Gorter - East Greenwich
  • Suzanne Lynch - North Kingstown

Annual Membership Meeting is Friday, Oct. 16

The Programs Committee has arranged a fun event for our Annual Membership Meeting - a sneak preview of the RI Festival of Children's Books! On Friday, Oct. 16, you can take part in the following for just $10:

  • exclusive presentation for SLRI members in the Middle School Lounge by Chris Grabenstein (the RI Children's Book Award winner this year)

  • chance to meet authors and get books signed (this is capped at 40 people)

  • admission to the festival the next day

  • boxed dinner with wrap, fruit, chips, cookie

To register, follow this link.
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Be Your Own Advocate

Thank you to everyone who responded to our question about recent cuts. We've compiled a list and forwarded it to Jack Reed's office to see if they would be able to help us at the local level.

At the federal level, Congress working on a new education bill that would provide federal funding for the nation’s schools. Congress needs to hear from as many people as possible that it’s vital to include school libraries in this new bill. Calls, emails and Tweets from across the nation will be the evidence.

We encourage you to contact not just our RI Congress members, but friends and colleagues in other states who can in turn contact their state reps. YALSA has put together a resource page to help craft messages.

At the local level, you can reach out to your town's newspaper to see if they'd like to visit your school library and cover a day in your life (or at least ask questions for 30 minutes). SLRI can help you with contacts and a cover note if you are interested in promoting our profession in this way. Here is some member media coverage from the past year:

Conference Planning Underway

The Conference Committee had discussed partnering with RILA on our conference this year. Unfortunately, the mutually beneficial date we picked turned out to already be booked by the academic librarians for their conference, and we were unable to find another date that worked for both parties. We will revisit this partnership in 2017, but SLRI will be hosting a solo conference for 2016.

We have chosen a date - Saturday, May 14 - and hope it will give those who are not able to get PD days away from their schools a chance to attend.

Our next planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4, at 4 p.m. in the (new) Cranston Panera (near the fire station/library). All are welcome to attend.

You Can Post Questions to Our Forums

All SLRI members can access the forums on our web site once you log in. The email address linked to your membership is your login; if you don't have a password, all you have to do is click on "Forgot password," and you'll receive a temporary one at your email.

The forums currently have four categories: Book Lists, General Topics, Lessons and Activities, Supplies and Vendors.

One way to manage traffic on our listserv would be for members to post a question on the forums, then email the list asking for replies to be posted on that page (instead of all respondents replying to the entire list).