Youth Services News

December 2, 2016

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

New Children's Services Round Table!

Join us for the newly created Children's Services Round Table! These round table meetings will be conducted in the style of the Young Adult Round Table and will provide an opportunity to discuss current trends and share what is happening in libraries throughout the state.

Scheduled meetings:

Thursday, January 26
12:30pm-2:30pm
Cumberland Public Library

Summer Reading Program Planning: Nuts and Bolts

Register now!


Tuesday, February 7 (following the SRP Performer Booking Meeting)

12:30pm-2:30pm

Warwick Public Library

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session


March TBD

April TBD


Thursday, May 4

12:30pm-2:30pm

Newport Public Library

Programming for School-Age Kids


Tuesday, June 6

12:30pm-2:30pm

Davisville Free Library

Digital Storytimes/Planning 2017-18 CSRT

SRP Vouchers

Jeremy has emailed SRP vouchers to all SRP library contacts. If you have not received your voucher, please contact Jeremy at jeremy.cutler@olis.ri.gov. If you have received your voucher, please send Jeremy a confirmation email.

Write Rhode Island

You can now SUBMIT your story for Write Rhode Island, a short fiction competition for Rhode Island students in grades 8 through 12 sponsored by School One and Goat Hill. Click the submit button and upload your story. For guidelines and details scroll down.
The deadline is December 10.

Letters About Literature Writing Contest

From the RI Center for the Book:
This national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Rhode Island students in grades 4 – 12 are invited to take the Letters About Literature challenge by writing a personal letter to an admired author – someone who has written a book that has been an inspiration for change in their lives. Guidelines and more information.
Deadlines:
Grades 9-12, December 2
Grades 7-8, January 9
Grades 4-6, January 9

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Starting a Makerspace in your Library: Tips and Tricks

Monday, Dec. 5th, 4-6pm

930 Nooseneck Hill Road

West Greenwich, RI

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Bevin Winner, School Librarian, Exeter-West Greenwich Junior High School


Libraries are embracing the maker movement and here is your chance to find out the steps one librarian took to create a makerspace in her library. From proposal to budget, buy-in, material/equipment selection, activities, promotional efforts and access policies, you will learn the tips and tricks to starting a makerspace in your library. After an overview of the implementation process, participants will be able to ask questions, view student work, share their own experiences with makerspaces, and have plenty of time to play with different tools and materials. This workshop is intended for those thinking about starting a makerspace and those who are in their early stages of implementation.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which 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 or the Create and Collaborate digital badge.


Registration required.

Mock Newbery Meeting #3

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 7-9pm

100 Cedar Avenue

East Greenwich, RI

We continue taking a closer look at the children's novels of 2016. This will be our last discussion before voting on January 18 at the Oaklawn Branch Library, Cranston. 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.

Teen Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

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

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, December 13
Series: YART

The Performer's Showcase is your chance to be introduced to educators/performers who want to be a part of the annual statewide Teen Summer Reading Program. In addition to observing the presentations, talk to multiple other program providers with table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2017 slate of SRP programs offered statewide.


The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 (snow date: February 14) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Mock Caldecott

Monday, Jan. 9th 2017 at 9am-12pm

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 10


Participants will discuss picture books from the reading and viewing list, focusing on the Caldecott Medal criteria. The book list is posted on the Mock Caldecott website.

The program will conclude with a picture book giveaway!


Registration required.

YA Programming Outreach

Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2017 at 9:30-11:30am

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Snow Date: Tuesday, January 17
Series: YART

Share ideas on how you perform outreach for your library. Share what seems to work for your library and its community. We will compile a list of ideas and resources to post on the OLIS website.

Registration required.

Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase

Wednesday, Jan. 11th 2017 at 9:30am-1:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: Wednesday, January 18th

The Performer's 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 the presentations, talk to other program providers with table top displays. This is your opportunity to provide feedback and offer your recommendations for the 2017 slate of programs offered statewide.


The booking meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7 (snow date: February 14) at the Warwick Public Library.


Registration required.

Program Information Mock Newbery Meeting #4 Voting

Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017 at 9pm

230 Wilbur Avenue

Cranston, RI

Time to vote! 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.

Summer Reading Program Planning: Nuts and Bolts

Thursday, Jan. 26th 2017 at 12:30-2:30pm

1464 Diamond Hill Road

Cumberland, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Danielle Margarida, Group Discussion


Ready to change up your Summer Reading Program? We’ll take a look at the latest research on summer learning programs and how your program can maximize impact.


We’ll discuss:

  • Organizing your program. The who, what, and how of tracking reading, and the prize dilemma.
  • Planning with intention. Summer reading programs strive to stem summer learning loss, but what does your summer reading program aspire to achieve?
  • Inclusion. Developing a summer reading program for all abilities.
  • Evaluating your program. Examining what worked, how you met your goals, and how to demonstrate your success to library stakeholders.


Please bring an example of a component of your summer reading program that works very well for your community and an example of a component of your summer reading program that you would like to improve upon.


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


Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

SRP Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 at 9:30-11:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow date: Tuesday, February 14

Teen SRP Performer Booking
9:30am-10:30am

Children's SRP Performer Booking
10:30am-12:00pm

Summer Reading Program Planning: Sharing Session

Tuesday, Feb. 7th 2017 at 12:30-2:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Get ready to Build a Better World! 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!