Youth Services News

November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Again, this newsletter is a bit early as I try to catch you before the holiday. Right now this is being distributed through both the children's and YART listservs. This means many of you are receiving this newsletter twice. Our current subscription only allows for a small number of email addresses on the distribution list, so I have been using the listservs to reach everyone. Soon we will upgrade our subscription I will be able to send this to you directly and eliminate the duplication. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

SRP 2016 Manuals & More

The 2016 SRP manuals have begun to go out in delivery. You will be receiving the manual in the format you requested in June (paper, DVD, or USB), and the Upstart catalog, which is also online. If you did not submit a format preference, you will receive one DVD. I have one paper manual that can be borrowed from OLIS if you need it for reference.

Vouchers for PR materials will also be arriving in your inbox today. Please email Jeremy to confirm you've received your library's voucher (or to let him you didn't receive one). The vouchers do not have a PO number yet, but that will be coming shortly.
Orders using the vouchers must be placed before January 29, 2016.

And while we're talking summer 2016, I'd like to point you to two recent blog posts. ALSC just shared the results from their Survey on Summer Reading Trends and Marge Loch-Wouters offered thoughts and tips on shaking up summer reading programs. State youth services coordinators have also been having a great discussion about how to best evaluate summer reading programs. Is it by gathering participation numbers? Program attendance? Or would narrative feedback provide a better picture of the impact the summer reading program has on families? I don't have an answer, but I hope that as we begin planning SRP 2016 we can discuss and think about the intent behind the summer reading program and how to measure its impact in RI communities.

Labels for PCFF Movies in Libraries

Thank you for filling out the Providence Children's Film Festival survey that was sent out last month. A list of holdings has been compiled and a handy spreadsheet has been created. Please take a look to see if your library's holdings are correct. The PCFF has also created beautiful DVD/Blu-ray stickers to make locating these movies in your collection a breeze. If you take a look at the handy spreadsheet you can see how many labels your library may need. If the number on the spreadsheet is correct, just tell me "I want my labels!" and I'll send them through delivery.
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Beautiful, right? Request yours today!

KRARI 2016

The Kids Reading Across RI committee has been poring over possible 2016 selections and want to hear your suggestions!

The selected title should:

a. Be related to the 2016 Summer Reading Theme; "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!"

(topics related to the theme include team/extreme/outdoor sports, fitness, healthy food/cooking, competition/record setting)

b. Be appealing to both boys and girls.

c. Be available in different formats, i.e., paperback, audio, Braille, video, other languages besides English

d. Be written by a living author.

e. Be written on a 4th/5th grade reading level (for children entering 5th and 6th grades); accessible to strong rising 4th grade readers.

f. Promote discussion and programming.

g. Be reflective of different cultures and ethnic groups


Know the perfect book that fits the bill? Let us know!

Professional Development Opportunities

Around Town

December Events

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.

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.

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


Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.

SRP Inspiration for "On Your Mark, Get Set, ...Read!"
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.