Youth Services News

March 31, 2017

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

Libraries Needed for KRARI Kickoff!

Please consider participating in the May 13th kickoff event at the State House. The event is scheduled for 2pm-3pm and set-up begins at 1pm. 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 us know if you'd like to participate.

SRP Kickoff at the Providence Children's Museum

OLIS will be promoting the RI Summer Reading Program at the Providence Children's Museum on Friday, June 30 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!

May is Rhode Island Latino Books Month

RI Latino Arts, now in its fourth year, promotes books by and for Latinos. This month-long celebration is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which encourages librarians, teachers and booksellers to promote books written by and for Latinos and it encourages communities to read Latino books in both English and Spanish.

Discover a new author or re-read a favorite book this month to celebrate Latino authors and the fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, art that they create! By launching Latino Books Month in Rhode Island, RI Latino Arts encourages Latino young people to aspire to become authors, writers and to unleash their creative spirit in words on paper. We also wish to highlight bilingual literature in all its shapes and forms.

Please see the attachment for a complete list of the 2017 nominees. A list of past book lists is available at:

2018 RI Middle School Book Award Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2018 RI Middle School Book Award have been announced on the RIMSBA Facebook page. The annotated list is forthcoming. Like the RIMSBA Facebook page and bookmark the RIMSBA web site for the latest information about this new award for kids in grades 6-8.

Grant and Award Opportunities

Share an Impact Statement (4/7)

All respondents will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two prizes: A ticket to the 2017 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet (if attending the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago) or a free ALSC online course registration (if not attending conference).

YALSA 2016 Symposium Stipend (6/1)

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

Storytimes for Children with Special Needs

Tuesday, April 4th, 4-6pm

Grace School Library, Meeting Street campus, Providence

Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Wendy Kirchner, Librarian and Technology Education Coordinator, Meeting Street School

All children deserve access to library programs and services that will help them reach their potential. In this workshop participants will learn from 30 year veteran Wendy Kirschner how to structure storytimes and other programs for children with special needs. Topics include technologies to assist children with physical disabilities, practical activities for students on the autism spectrum, and tips for librarians on collaborating with experts to better serve these patrons in our libraries.

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 and awarded to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Attendance at this workshop could be applied to the Access & Use, Analyze & Evaluate, Create & Collaborate, Reflect, or Take Action digital badge.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians, School Librarians

The Accidental Manager: Or, How to Succeed in Management Even If You Do Not Think You Are Ready

Thursday, April 20th, 3:30-5pm

1825 Broad Street

Cranston, RI

Series: Multi-type Reference Group

Speaker(s): Presenters: Julie Holden, Asst. Director, Cranston Public Library, Colleen Anderson & Mackenzie Dunn, Research & Instruction Services, Bryant University & Jenifer Bond, Head Librarian, Lincoln School

Quite often in our field it seems as though you are working a desk one minute and the next you are running it. While this is great for our personal development, professionally it can sometimes feel overwhelming. The Multi-type Reference Group will host a panel discussion of librarians who have made it past the terrifying part of management 101 and are now enjoying the benefits of being able to help guide their library's path to success!

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library Staff

Library Programs for School Readiness

Monday, April 24th, 12:30-2:30pm

West Warwick Public Library

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Looking for fresh ideas for programming that helps bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten? From Every Child Ready to Read to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, we'll discuss programs and ideas for helping kids develop skills needed for success in school.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

Behavioral Issues

Wednesday, April 26th, 9:30-11:30am

525 Hope Street

Bristol, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Linda Tavares, Associate Director at the Providence Center

Do you have young adults who are constantly "problem patrons"? We will be hearing from an expert on how to best identify behavioral and mental health issues and ways to best deal with these teens who are disruptive but deserve to have a positive library experience.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Programming for Elementary School-Age Kids

Thursday, May 4th, 12:30-2:30pm

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

You have toddler dance parties and pre-k storytimes. And maybe you have a tween afterschool group and a teen library lock-in. But what about the kids who have aged out of storytime but are a few years away from middle school? We’ll discuss fresh ideas for serving kids ages 6-10 and will share our favorite programs for this age group.

Please come prepared to share at least one idea and bring along any flyers or PR materials that helped make your program a success.

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

New YA Books

Thursday, May 18th, 9:30-11:30am

573 Putnam Pike

Smithfield, RI

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

We'll be discussing the newest in YA fiction. By May 11th, please submit titles you'd like to discuss to Brandi Fong (use subject line New 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 share your own personal critique.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians

Inclusion Strategies for a Diverse Community

Wednesday, May 24th, 10am-12pm

600 Sandy Lane

Warwick, RI

Warwick Public Library

Speaker(s): OLIS Talking Books Plus Staff

Reach out to those in your community who may have physical disabilities, visual impairments or other challenges. Join OLIS Talking Books Plus staff as well as other presenters to discuss how to make sure your programs are inclusive and meet the needs of a broader audience.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Library staff

Organizational Meeting & Annual Highlights - YART

Thursday, June 8th, 9:30-11:30am

Jamestown, RI, United States

Jamestown, RI

Jamestown Philomenian Library

Series: YART

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

This group discussion focuses on what has gone well in the past year and what we would like to discuss in the coming year. Please come with ideas for the 2017/2018 year.

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Youth Service Librarians