Youth Services News

September 29, 2017

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

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources

Dorcas International is hosting emergency DACA renewal clinics through October 3 to help those currently enrolled meet the October 5th renewal deadline. Clinics are being held M-F 9:30am-4pm, with appointments available evenings and Saturdays. Visit Dorcas International for more information.

Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace has created the print to the left to help RI DACA recipients. Money raised from the sale of the print will benefit Dorcas International.

Mock Newbery

The second Mock Newbery discussion list is now available. Visit the Mock Newbery web page for more information and to sign up for the Mock Newbery newsletter.

Registration Still Open for Tomaquag Museum Tour

There are 5 spaces still available for the October 24th Children's Services Round Table meeting on seasonal programming. The meeting will begin with a tour of the Tomaquag Museum followed by a group discussion. Register today!

Rhode Island Reads

Rhode Island Reads: The Campaign for 3rd Grade Reading is Governor Raimondo's initiative to double the number of third graders reading on grade-level by 2025. In collaboration with a growing number of partners, Rhode Island Reads connects people, organizations, state agencies, businesses, and communities to address four key areas:
  • School Readiness: making sure children get what they need to establish a strong foundation for learning from birth through age 5

  • Summer Learning: making sure children don’t fall behind during the summer months, when they are not in school.

  • Chronic Absence: making sure children come to school every day, because a child can’t learn if they are not in school.

  • Learning to Read: making sure children have the tools they need in school and at home to succeed.

OLIS is a campaign partner and will be working with campaign leaders to identify goals and outcomes in the area of summer learning.

Learn more about Rhode Island Reads.

Letters About Literature Writing Competition

The Library of Congress and the RI Center for the Book invite students in grades 4 through 12 to enter now through January 12, 2018. National Winners in each competition level will receive a $1,000 cash award and the National Honor Winners in each level will receive a $200 cash award. See the flyer below for details and check out the 2017 RI winners at the RI Center for the Book.

Volunteers Needed for the RI Festival of Children's Books & Authors

Interested in attending the Lincoln School's annual festival on October 14? Consider serving as a volunteer! Volunteers are needed to help with book sales, manage lines for book signings, and as "buddies" to assist the participating authors. If interested please contact Meagan Lenihan at mlenihan@lincolnschool.org
Learn more about the festival.

Movie Premiere

The Lincoln School is pleased to host the premiere of So B. It, a new film starring Alfre Woodard and Talitha Bateman, based on the novel by Sarah Weeks. Ms. Weeks will join us for a post-film discussion and Q&A session. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fun movie night and engage with an acclaimed author! Tickets may by purchased online at lincolnschool.org/sobit. This event is open to the public.

2018 Performer Applications Now Available

Applications for the Children’s and Teen Performers’ Showcases are now available and will be accepted until 12pm Tuesday, October 10.


Children’s Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/childrenshowcase18

Teen Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/teenshowcase18

Upcoming Library & Reading Themed Events

Upcoming OLIS CE

Seasonal Programming for Children's Services

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 1-3pm

390 Summit Road

Exeter, RI

Speaker(s): Tomaquag Museum Staff, Group Discussion


How does seasonal programming fit in to your services for children and families? Do seasonal and holiday celebrations help guide your programming plan or do you prefer using non-seasonal themes? How do you decide which seasonal and holiday celebrations to incorporate in to your programming? We’ll discuss these questions and more at this month’s Children’s Service Round Table meeting. Please come prepared to share an example of a successful program and your preferred method for planning, implementing, and evaluating seasonal programming.


This very special meeting will take place at the Tomaquag Musuem in Exeter. We’ll be treated to an hour long tour of this award winning museum dedicated to Indigenous history, culture, and arts. Our discussion of seasonal programming will take place in the museum following the tour. Please note that food and drink is not allowed in the museum.


Registration for this meeting is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required and participants must register before September 14th. Registration after September 14th will not be accepted.


Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.

Mock Newbery Meeting #2

Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 7-9pm

297 New Meadow Road

Barrington, RI

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books on the discussion list for the second meeting. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 17, 2018 using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The second discussion list will be available on September 28 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Collection Development for Young Adults

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 9:30-11:30am

1043 Main Street

West Warwick, RI

Speaker(s): Group Discussion


Join us for a discussion about young adult collections. We’ll talk about both print and digital collections, your collection’s physical space, and collection development issues related to serving a teen and tween audience.

Please bring a list of your favorite vendors, publishers, book reps, or other resources that help you keep your collection vibrant, timely, and accessible.


Registration required.

Professional Growth for Youth Services Librarians

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 1-3pm

50 Esmond Street

Smithfield, RI

Speaker(s): Robin Nyzio, Assistant Director Lincoln Public Library; Danielle Margarida OLIS Youth Services Coordinator; Group Discussion


Demonstrating the professional skills and knowledge required to be a youth services librarian or youth services staff member can be difficult. Programming, outreach, and readers’ advisory for children, teens, and parents looks very different from the professional activities of other library departments and leave little time for grant writing, networking, or pursuing professional development. OLIS Youth Services Coordinator Danielle Margarida will share ways to grow your professional identity and demonstrate your value to colleagues, administrators, and patrons. We’ll also be joined by Lincoln Public Library Assistant Director Robin Nyzio, whose previous work as a children’s and teen librarian will offer a unique look at youth services through a management lens.


Registration required.

Supporting Children and Families Affected by Incarceration and the RI Prisoner Re-entry Initiative

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 10am-12pm

40 Howard Avenue

Cranston, RI

Dorothy Dix Building, 1st floor Conference Room (address and directions below)

Speaker(s): Ken Findlay, Interdepartmental Project Manager, Institutional Programs and Services, Department of Corrections and Telisa Richardson, LCSW, Parenting Coordinator, Department of Corrections

Ken and TeLisa will introduce you to Department of Corrections staff and provide an overview of RI's prison system population and services provided. They will also discuss the Books Beyond program for incarcerated parents and their children and RI’s Reentry Initiative activities. Join us to discuss how libraries can contribute to this important initiative by supporting members of your community that have been impacted by incarceration.

Parenting Connection Newsletter, May/June 2017


Address: 18 Wilma Schesler Lane, Cranston, RI

* On the Department of Corrections campus across from the Department of Labor & Training. There is free, ample parking on the side of the building.


From Route 95 South Take Exit 14 to Route 37 West. Take Exit 3 off Route 37 to Pontiac Avenue. At the end of the exit, take a left. From Route 95 North Take Exit 14 B to Route 37 West, at the end of the exit, take a left.


Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Monday, Dec. 4th, 9:30am-1:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Monday, December 11

Speaker(s): Performers

The Performers’ Showcase is your chance to meet area educators/performers interested in being a part of the annual statewide children’s Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 7-9pm

281 County Road

Barrington, RI

We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2017. This will be the final discussion meeting before voting for the Rhode Island winner and honor books on January 17, 2018. The third discussion list will be available on November 3 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Teen Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 9:30am-12pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Performers’ Showcase is your chance to meet area educators/performers interested in being a part of the annual statewide children’s Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing presentations, visit with other program providers setting up table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2018 slate of programs offered statewide.

The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (snow date: January 16) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Teen Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 9:30-10:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017


Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.


Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 10:30am-12pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017


Bring your library calendar, and your presenter wish-list for our annual summer reading program block-booking event. Each library will receive booking number in advance of the meeting.


Registration required.

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, Jan. 9th 2018 at 12:30-2:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2017

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Libraries are going to rock this summer! We'll highlight our favorite ideas from the manual and share original ideas for SRP programming, decorating, promoting, and developing community partnerships.

Please come prepared to share at least one favorite aspect of your summer reading program and one new idea you're excited to try this summer.

Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy during our discussion!


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #4

Wednesday, Jan. 17th 2018 at 7-9pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

It’s time to vote for a Rhode Island Mock Newbery winner and honor books! Please read as many books as possible from the fourth reading list and come prepared to defend your top picks before we vote using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The fourth discussion list will be available on December 11 at the Mock Newbery web page.


Registration required.

Mock Caldecott Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 2018 at 4-6:30pm

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

It’s time to discuss and vote for a Rhode Island Mock Caldecott winner and honor books! We’ll read and discuss a sampling of the best picture books of 2017 before voting using the balloting procedures of the real Caldecott committee. The reading/viewing list for this discussion will be available on November 3 at the Mock Caldecott web page.


Registration required.