Youth Services News

January 8, 2016

Happy 2016!

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start. It's shaping up to be a good year; so far we have a graphic novelist as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the return of The X-Files to television. Not bad 2016! (Admittedly, that last part might not be so relevant, though I do think a Weird Girl and What's His Name/The X-Files tie-in would be a fantastic program!)

Newsletters are now archived on the OLIS website and can also be accessed from the

Children's Services and Young Adult Services webpages.

Mock Awards

On January 6, fifteen children's and school librarians met for one last discussion before casting their ballots for the 2016 RI Mock Newbery Award. After much debate and three rounds of voting, we had a winner: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin. The group also selected three honor books: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt, The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Burbaker Bradley, and Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

The 2016 Youth Media Awards will be announced at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time on Monday, January 11. Can't make it to Boston for the announcements? Check out the live webcast and join the YMA Pajama Party!
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2016 Mock Newbery Winner

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Providence Children’s Film Festival, February 6-21

Explore New Worlds with Feature Films, Shorts, Workshops, and Presentations!
The Providence Children's Film Festival returns for its 7th year with “Cosmic Celebration of Film." Watch for posters coming your way through delivery. And if you haven't requested PCFF labels for the DVDs/Blu-rays in your collection, let me know and I'll send them through delivery.

SRP 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended the performer showcases and provided feedback. The booking meeting will be February 9 at the Warwick Public Library. Detailed information about the booking meeting will be available soon.

After the booking meeting, children's librarians will meet to discuss ideas for "On Your Mark, Get Set, ...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!

Looking for more SPR inspiration? Check out these crafts created by Iowa librarians using the CSLP manual. And a recent post from Bryce Don't Play reminds us to consider "all abilities invited," as we plan activities centered around this summer's fitness theme. Take a look at CSLP's diversity resources as well as these resources for inclusive play for more ideas.

Just a reminder that you should have received your voucher for PR materials. The PO # for the vouchers is 3446262 and can be entered at the top of the voucher. Orders using the vouchers must be placed before January 29. If you have not received your voucher or have any questions please contact Jeremy.

Professional Development Opportunities

Teen Services Underground Seeks New Agents
TSU is looking for some new agents to add to the team to do 1 to 2 posts a month.
Storytime Underground Local Chapters
Interested in starting a RI chapter? Contact the SU joint chiefs to be a chapter leader!
Managing Children's Services: Communication in the Youth Services Department
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:00pm

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 12:30pm

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, 2016.

Call for 2016 NELA Conference Program Proposals

Accepted until April 1, 2016

January Events

Media Smart Libraries: Computer Coding with Scratch

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 4-6pm

Narragansett Pier Middle School

Presenter(s)/Discussion Leader(s): Steve Heath and Nick Logler, FabNewport


Learn the fundamentals of computer coding using Scratch and Scratch Jr., free web-based software programs. FabNewport’s team will have you coding in no time. They will also coach librarians on best practices to implement coding programs and serving patron needs. We recommend you bring your own laptop but Chromebooks will be available.

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. For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Moen, Program Director.

Registration required. Limited to 27 participants.

Intended Audience: Public Librarians, School Librarians

Upcoming OLIS CE

Mark Your Calendar!

For more information check out the OLIS CE calendar.


Youth Services Urban Library Round Table

Friday, February 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
South Providence Library
Registration coming soon.

Summer Reading Performer Booking Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Teen Performers
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children's Performers
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.

SRP Inspiration for "On Your Mark, Get Set, ...Read!"
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Snow Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Registration coming soon.

Media Smart Libraries:
Making Presentations Pop with Tech
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tiverton Public Library
Registration coming soon.