Youth Services News

March 4, 2016

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

Summer Reading Program Information

Your schedule of performers is now available online and ready for a double check. Take a look at[library code] and confirm that your schedule is correct or has errors by emailing

Notes from last week's children's SRP planning meeting are available online. All documents pertaining to the summer reading program can also be found online. We'll continue to put SRP documents online for easy access.

Unfortunately, the Office of Library and Information Services will not be able to move forward with a purchase of reading program software for this year’s Summer Reading Program. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to your library.

Kids Reading Across RI

Sets of the 2016 KRARI selection, Roller Girl by RISD grad Victoria Jamieson, are available to libraries interested in hosting a KRARI book discussion. Please submit your book set request online by March 21. Book sets will be sent through delivery at the end of March.

Schools have also been invited to request book sets for use in the library or classroom. These sets will be delivered to schools by the RI Center for the Book, however, if you're looking for a way to connect with school librarians you may want to offer to deliver the book sets yourself. Check-in with your local school librarians and tell them how happy you’d be to bring them free books! The link to the request survey for schools is: Let me know if your school librarian has submitted a request and you’re planning to deliver their book set. I'll send your school's set to you through delivery.

Please consider participating in the May 7th kickoff event at the State House. It's a great opportunity to promote your library and summer reading program to families from all over the state. In the past libraries have had tables with activities related to the summer reading theme or the KRARI book. Your activity may be a craft, a STEM demo, or an interactive exhibit. Check out photos from last year's event and let me know if you'd like to participate.

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Summer Reading Program Sharing - YART

Tuesday, March 15th, 9:30-11:30am

1043 Main Street

West Warwick, RI

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

It's hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner. Get a head start on your planning and join us for a 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program sharing session. Topics of discussion will include programming ideas, fundraising, incentives, teen volunteers, program requirements/record-keeping, and other topics (bring your thoughts and ideas, please).

Registration required.

Starting a Video Program in Your Library

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2-4pm

235 South Pier Road

Narragansett, RI

Speaker(s): Joan Mouradjian, Library Media Specialist, Narragansett Pier Middle School

Film production is an engaging way to help increase children’s critical thinking, technology competencies, and literacy skills. Learn how you can start a news video production program in your library with no previous experience. Participants will get a first hand look at equipment, programming ideas, and student work. Collaborative opportunities between school and public libraries will also be discussed.

Series: Media Smart Libraries The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use, Analyze and Evaluate, or Create and Collaborate digital badge.

Registration required

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Serving Nontraditional Families - YART

Thursday, April 7th, 9:30-11:30am

1464 Diamond Hill Road

Cumberland, RI

Speaker(s): Foster Forward

Learn more about serving teens living in foster or group homes. Foster Forward will share information about its programs as well as resources for supporting this underserved population.

About Foster Forward: Foster Forward is an organization of of highly trained professionals and recognized leaders in the field who provide services to children, teens, and foster parents.

Registration required.

Serving Homeschooling Families

Monday, April 11th, 9:30-11am

1043 Main Street

West Warwick, RI

Speaker(s): Melissa Robb, ENRICHri

Learn more about homeschooling in Rhode Island and how to reach homeschooling families in your community. We'll discuss resources and services available to homeschooling families, as well as ways in which libraries can support homeschoolers.

ENRICHri is a secular home education community which provides support and guidance in a welcoming environment for homeschooling families in Southern New England.

Registration required.

Kids Reading Across RI Kickoff

Saturday, May 7th, 2pm

82 Smith Street

Providence, RI

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson - 2016 KRARI selection
More info coming soon.

Current Fiction - YART

Monday, May 9th, 9:30-11:30am

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

We'll be discussing the newest in YA fiction. Please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Brandi Fong (use subject line Realistic 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 booktalk and share your own personal critique.

Registration required.

Making Presentations Pop with Tech

Tuesday, May 10th, 4-6pm

Roosevelt Avenue

Tiverton, RI

Speaker(s): Jen Thomas, Paul Cuffee School

LOOKING TO SHAKE UP YOUR PRESENTATIONS? As librarians, we are advocates for our programs, spaces and jobs. Sometimes finding the right technology tool to help us communicate with stakeholders is very overwhelming. Some of the questions and thoughts we've had include:

"Where do I even begin?"

"I COULD just use PowerPoint . . . again."

"There are just too many choices!"

"Ok, I like this tech tool but how do I use it?"

This workshop will give librarians the opportunity to explore a few powerful presentation tools, empowering them to build upon their digital toolbox. Participants should bring their own device because there will be time to work individually and collaboratively to put the tools into action!

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program and is being offered in partnership with RILINK’s professional development series. The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use, Create and Collaborate, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Makerspaces in Libraries

Saturday, May 14th, 2:30-3:15pm

45 Upper College Road


Memorial Union, University of Rhode Island

Speaker(s): Phyllis Humphrey, LMS, Cole Middle School, East Greenwich; Michelle Steever, LMS, East Elementary School, Sharon, MA; Brian Jepson, Tinkerer and Editor,

Many libraries have found that maker culture and makerspaces fit naturally with their existing missions, and have begun to incorporate makerspaces into the services they offer their communities. In this session you will have the opportunity to visit different makerspace stations to find out more about the kind of supplies, skills, and ideas you would need to start your own program. This workshop will be held during the School Librarians of Rhode Island Annual Conference. You may join the conference starting at 2:00 pm for this workshop at no charge. Librarians who have registered for the entire conference are welcome to join this session.

Series: Media Smart Libraries The Media Smart Libraries program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to either the Access and Use, Analyze and Evaluate digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: School Librarians, Public Librarians