Youth Services News

March 18, 2016

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

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week 2016 is only 6 weeks away! If your library is hosting a financial literacy program during the week of April 23-30, we want to hear about it. Please post your event on the Money Smart Week Partner site, or email the details to us and we will do it for you.

There is still time to schedule a program and the Money Smart Week RI website has a wonderful list of program ideas and contacts for you to explore, including banking programs for all ages from Home Loan Investment Bank and cyber security/online safety from the RI State Police Cyber Terrorism Unit. In accordance with Money Smart Week national guidelines, all programs are void of sales pitches and free to your library.

For more Money Smart Week RI resources, including the resource list, logos, the MSW 2016 Media Kit and links to the national calendar, please visit the new MSW RI website. If you have any questions, please email us at FLRT@rilibraries.org


Thank you,

Lori DeCesare and Chris Wallace Goldstein

Co-chairs Financial Literacy Round Table and MSW RI

Summer Reading Program Information

  • Please note that all documents pertaining to the summer reading program can also be found online. We'll continue to put SRP documents online for easy access.


  • 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 program happenings throughout the state. If you would like to participate in this event, either by offering an easy activity at the museum or by sending OLIS your SRP materials to distribute, let us know!

  • New CE program to help you get ready for summer! Summer Learning Programs: GSLIS Student IdeaFest at the Rochambeau Library on May 7th, 9:30am-11:30am. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with GSLIS students who will be sharing their findings on summer learning programs. A book giveaway will follow the program. Registration coming soon.

  • Sponsorship to include on general SRP PR materials:

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services [and local library and local sponsors such as Friends groups, businesses, etc. if applicable].


  • Please include the Pawtucket Red Sox, Citizens Bank, and Pepsi as sponsors only when promoting the All-Star Reading Team and finale event.


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.

Deadline for Requesting Kids Reading Across RI Book Sets

Please submit your book set request online by March 21. Book sets will be sent through delivery at the end of March - early April.

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRARI16schools. Let me know if your school librarian has submitted a request and you’re planning to deliver their book set. Or you can check with me to see if a school in your area has submitted a request. 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.

Grant Opportunities

Around Town

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

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.

How to Be Dangerous with Minecraft

Wednesday, April 27th, 4-6pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Speaker(s): Emily Brown, Coordinator of Youth Services, Cranston Public Library


They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but with Minecraft, you only need a little bit of knowledge to run a successful program where the young people are the experts and you are the facilitator. This workshop will cover technology requirements, suggestions for organization, and important choices you should make before you invest. After a one-hour presentation, everyone will have the opportunity to play Minecraft on library laptops, xbox, or tablets using the Cranston Public Library accounts. If you want to bring your own device or sign into your own account, you are welcome to do that, too!

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, and Take Action Badges.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Summer Learning Programs: GSLIS Student IdeaFest

Monday, May 2nd, 9:30-11:30am

708 Hope Street

Providence, RI

Need some new ideas for your Summer Reading Program? Students in the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies are looking to share and test their ideas for a summer learning program based on the "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!" 2016 SRP theme. This is a great opportunity to connect and make learning more relevant for both students and professionals. A book giveaway will also take place thanks to the RI Office of Library and Information Services. This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries grant project and fulfills the goal of creating more experiential learning opportunities within the GSLIS curriculum.

This workshop is part of the Media Smart Libraries program which was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant # LG-07-14-0045-14. Attendance at this workshop can be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, and Take Action Badges.


Registration coming soon.


Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians, Library Students

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

RI

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, Makezine.com


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