Youth Services News

September 9, 2016

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

Forms for Submitting 2016 SRP Stats Now Available

Please submit your statistics by Monday, September 19.


When filling out the form:

- Use the tab or cursor to move between fields. Hitting enter after filling a field will submit the form, even if you have not finished entering all fields.

- If you accidentally submit the form before you’re finished entering your stats, please email me before completing a new form. The system will only record data from one form per library, so I have to delete your form before you can resubmit a new form.


Form for submitting CHILDREN’S SRP stats - http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/srp/stat.php

Form for submitting YA SRP stats - http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/ya/stat.php#two

RI Children's Book Award, Now on Facebook!

Like RICBA on Facebook for a chance to win a copy of one of the 2017 nominees!


We hope you will find it a helpful place to get the latest info about RICBA, the books, and program/lesson ideas. We will be offering a couple free book giveaways on the Facebook page with some of the 2017 nominated books.


Comment on the latest post for a chance to win a copy of Ellie's Story. Winners will be posted Sat. 9/10 at 3pm.

2016 Children's Services Fall Meeting

This year's fall meeting will be a day long workshop on media literacy and young children.

The ABCs of Media Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Reasoning for Young Children in a Digital World will take place on Monday, September 26, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library. Join “Media Literacy Education Maven” Faith Rogow for a lively day exploring the role of technology in supporting children’s literacy. Learn how to be a media mentor and how to integrate media literacy into your programs and services for children and families.


Rather than distributing hard copies, handouts for the workshop will be shared via Google Drive and we’ll use that platform to exchange ideas during the day, so BYOD (bring your own device). Access the Google Drive folder here.


Register online.

2016 Annual Teen Summit

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Teen Summit!


When: Thursday September 29, 2016 9:30AM-4:00PM

Where: Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA

Cost: $40, includes lunch


Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eighth-annual-teen-summit-tickets-26827948115

First Mock Newbery Meeting and Discussion List

Mock Newbery Discussion #1

Mock Newbery webpage and printable reading list


Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Hampden Meadows School, 297 New Meadow Rd, Barrington, RI 02806

Register online

Grant Opportunities

Professional Development Opportunities

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

YART: YA Programming Ideas

Monday, Sep. 12th, 9:30-11:30am

1464 Diamond Hill Road

Cumberland, RI

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Bring descriptions of your most successful programming events to this meeting. We will share what works (and what might not). Be ready to share at least one idea. This program is a great way to get peer feedback and get new ideas for your programs.

Registration required.

The ABCs of Media Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Reasoning for Young Children in a Digital World

Monday, Sep. 26th, 9:30am-3:30pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Speaker(s): Faith Rogow, Insighters Educational Consulting

In a media literacy education approach, it’s not about counting minutes spent with screens; it’s about making the minutes we spend with screens count. In a full and lively day, we’ll model the inquiry and reflection we expect to use with children by engaging in conversations, interactive presentations, and activities to explore:

  • How to use media literacy education methods to provide the foundation that young children need to thrive in the digital world
  • How to integrate technology in ways that foster curiosity, creativity, communication and collaboration (hint: it’s not just about finding the right app)
  • How our approach changes when we think of librarians as Chief Inquiry Officers
  • How to design and implement your own inquiry-based media literacy activities
  • How to serve as media mentors for families
  • How to respond to objections about media and young children without abandoning our own concerns

Rather than distributing hard copies, handouts for the workshop will be shared via Google Drive and we’ll use that platform to exchange ideas during the day, so BYOD (bring your own device). And be prepared for a thought-provoking and engaging day!

2016 Annual Teen Summit

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 9:30am-4pm

363 Plantation Street

Worcester, MA


Looking to make an impact with your teens? Sign up for the Eighth Annual OLIS/MLS Teen Summit where you’ll engage in such topics as gender diversity, teen behavior, teaching media literacy, and writing workshops. Special guests include speakers from the Center for Hope and Healing to talk about sexual violence recognition, disclosure and recourses, and keynote speaker, Tara Sullivan, award-winning local author of Golden Boy and The Bitter Side of Sweet.


Sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System and the RI Office of Library and Information Services


Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eighth-annual-teen-summit-tickets-26827948115

2017 Mock Newbery Discussion

Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 7-9pm

297 New Meadow Road

Barrington, RI

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2016. Please read one or (better yet) more books for the first meeting. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Please join us!


Register online
Mock Newbery webpage and printable reading list