Youth Services News

April 14, 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 STILL Needed for KRARI Kickoff!

We need you! We currently have NO public libraries participating! If you are unable to have a table at the event, please contact me about providing SRP materials you would like distributed at the event.

Please consider participating in the May 13th kickoff event at the State House. The event is scheduled for 2pm-3pm and set-up is 1pm-1:30pm. 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.

2019 SRP Slogan and 2020 SRP Theme

This week state reps for the Collaborative Summer Library Program met in Charleston, SC to discuss summer learning and plan for the 2019 and 2020 Summer Reading Program. Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas and gave input on the final choices for the slogan and theme.

I'm pleased to announce that the 2019 slogan is A Universe of Stories
and the 2020 theme is Fairytales/Mythology/Fantasy.

Artists for the early literacy and children's programs have also been selected.
2019 artist - Leeza Hernandez
2020 artist - LeUyen Pham

Like the CSLP FB page for current updates (and to see pics from the annual meeting!)

Join a CSLP committee!

Want to be more involved in SRP planning? Join a CSLP committee! Decisions on everything from manuals to vendors to ROU are done through committee work. Committees are comprised of volunteers from throughout the country and work is done through emails, Google Docs, and occasionally conference calls. You do not have to attend the annual meeting to join a committee and you do not have to be a public youth services librarian. To get an idea of what it would mean to join one of the CSLP committees, visit the committee page and learn about the work of the different committees. (You must be logged into the website to view committee pages.) If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact committee chair Brianne Baxley at Brianne will give you an overview of the types of committee work and help find the committee that is the best fit for you.

I'm also available to answer any questions you have about CSLP committees or how CSLP works.

Summer Reading Program PSAs Now Available

PSAs featuring the 2017 National Summer Reading Champion Kwame Alexander are now available. Be sure to log in to the CSLP web site for additional download information under Proprietary Downloads.

Check out the CSLP web site for more information about the 2017 National Summer Reading Champion as well as Kwame Alexander's Summer Reading List.
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Personal Message from RICBA Nominated Author

Jenny Goebel, author of the RICBA nominated book Fortunate Falls, has been gracious enough to create a personalized video message for RI students. You can find this video (and more!) on the RICBA Resources web page. Please share this video far and wide!

Free March for Science Posters

Download these free posters featuring Iggy Peck, Ada Twist, and Rosie Revere.

Solar Eclipse Glasses and Education Kit - Apply Before May 1st

On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across parts of the US for the first time since 1918; here in the northeast, we will only experience a partial eclipse, though this is also an interesting event. The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) are partnering with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning and other partners to promote activities around the event. The attached flyer describes an opportunity for public libraries to receive free eclipse glasses and an Eclipse Education Kit.

For more information and to apply for the free glasses and kit, see There is also an interactive map of the nearly 2,000 libraries who are participating in this event already:

RI Middle School Book Award and RI Teen Book Award 2018 Nominees

The RIMSBA annotated nominee list and the RITBA annotated nominee list are now available.

Bookmark the RIMSBA and RITBA web sites for the latest information and resources.

Grant and Award Opportunities

Upcoming Library & Reading Themed Events

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

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

Digital Storytimes

Tuesday, June 6th, 12:30-2:30pm

481 Davisville Road

North Kingstown, RI

Series: Children's Services Round Table

Speaker(s): Group Discussion

Join us as we share tips and resources for integrating tablets, apps, and ebooks with traditional storytime activities.

We'll also select topics and meeting locations for 2017/2018 Children's Services Round Table meetings. Please bring ideas for discussions or presentations, as well as possible meeting dates if you're interested in hosting.

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

Registration required.

Intended Audience: Children's Librarians

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