Youth Services News

February 12, 2016

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

SRP Performer Booking Meeting

Thank you for your patience and flexibility in postponing the booking meeting until February 23rd. The performers have also been flexible and are able to make the snow date, however Amy Eberle is no longer able to participate in the summer program and will not be booking teen programs.

A big thank you to Warwick for once again hosting us. They will have coffee, juice and baked goods at the meeting, but feel free to bring a treat for the snack table!

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.

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.
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Summer Kickoff at the Providence Children's Museum

OLIS will be promoting the RI Summer Reading Program at the Providence Children's Museum on June 17 as part of the "MetLife Family Friday - Free at Five!," program sponsored by the MetLife Foundation. From 5:30pm-7:30pm OLIS will be giving away books, offering a SRP related activity, and talking to families about the summer programs happening throughout the state. If you would like to participate in this event, either by offering an easy activity or by sending OLIS your SRP materials to distribute, let us know!

A Message from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

Dear CSLP Member Librarians,
CSLP strives to provide member libraries with the highest quality summer library program manual possible. It is important to us to offer useful formats that are both cost-effective and flexible.
In order to keep our content relevant and available via platforms our members regularly use, we need your input. We know the communities and patrons you serve are diverse in so many ways and we are looking to be responsive to your community's unique composition.
Our plan is to deliver a program manual that is genuinely helpful and regularly consulted. Your honest and open answers to these questions will help us know what our members need to plan and present a successful summer library program. Your response is vital for future planning and production of the manuals.
We estimate the survey will take approximately 15 minutes for Member Librarians. Please respond by Saturday, February 20, 2016.
You can find the survey by visiting If you have any questions about the content of the survey or experience any problems with the survey, please contact Matt McLain,
Thank you for your time and attention!
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Mac Buntin, President
Sherry Siclair, Executive Director

Announcing a RIELDS Fun Family Activities Training of Facilitators

RIDE is partnering with the RI Parent Information Network to offer another Fun Family Activities Training of Facilitators in March. The Training of Facilitators will provide the support and curriculum needed to offer the Fun Family Activities series for parents and families. As a facilitator you are eligible to serve as a trainer using the soon to be released RIDE Mini Grants, and you will also receive the soon to be released Mini version of the training curricula. Learn more about the FFA Parent Series and register at:

Professional Development Opportunities

Managing Children's Services: Scheduling and Time Management in the Youth Services Department

Tuesday, February 16 12:30pm

Make the Leap from Summer Reading to Summer Learning to Increase Impact

Thursday, February 18 2:00pm

ALSC Mentoring Program

Applications are being accepted for the spring program and is open to members and non-members interested in being mentees or mentors. The application process ends on Friday, February 26.

LAMBDA Summit: “Building Bridges: Working Together to Address Youth Homelessness”
Wednesday, March 9 9am-4pm
Takes place at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but will be live-streamed

Call for 2016 NELA Conference Program Proposals

Accepted until April 1

School Librarians of RI Annual Conference

Saturday, May 14

RI Library Association Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 25 & Thursday, May 26

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Invitation to Providence Children’s Film Festival Presentation: Be a Cinema Detective! Discover, Explore and Inspire Through Film

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 10:30am-12:30pm

20 North Main Street

Providence, RI

RISD Museum (Metcalf Auditorium) – Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI

Facilitators: Eric Bilodeau and Sarah Yahm, PCFF

The Providence Children’s Film Festival invites all librarians to learn how you can use Children’s Independent Film in your library programming. Participants will join the public in this free event to find out about this incredible organization and the high quality educational resources available.

What makes a film worth watching? Learn how to be a film sleuth and how to encourage kids to think more deeply about what they watch. Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, leads a PCFF Cinema Detective program teaching kids how to decode film. Afterward, educator Sarah Yahm introduces the new PCFF Film Hub, showing families, teachers, and librarians a new way to find quality films and resources that can inspire programming, spark conversation and make community connections.

BONUS: The Providence Children’s Film Festival is a week long event that includes film viewings, film discussions, film-making workshops, and more. Any librarian* who registers/attends this event will receive 2 Courtesy Passes to attend an additional event during the festival. Each pass admits one person on a space available basis. Courtesy passes will be exchanged at the door for Admission Ticket. Courtesy Passes can be picked up at the Media Smart Library event.

Free. Open to the public.

Series: Media Smart Libraries

*Media Smart Libraries Cohort members who attend will receive an ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS that will admit one person to all events throughout the week on a space available basis. All Access Festival Passes can be picked up at the Media Smart Library event.

The Media Smart Libraries project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this event can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, or Reflect badge.

Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 9:30-11:30am

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Teen Performers Register
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children's Performers Register
Booking Meeting Information

SRP Inspiration for "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!"

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 12:30-3pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Snow Date: February 23

Speaker(s): F.I.T. Club, Reach Out and Read

We'll be joined by representatives from F.I.T. Club and Reach Out and Read to learn more about their programs and how reading and wellness are related. We'll also discuss ideas for summer programming, so come prepared to share!

Registration required.

Making Presentations Pop with Tech

Wednesday, March 9th, 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

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.

Makerspaces in Libraries

Saturday, May 14th, 2-2:45pm

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