Youth Services News

September 23, 2016

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

Coming in October

It's almost time for Teen Read Week and Star Wars Reads! Have a great program planned? Please share on the YART or Children's listservs!

Teen Read Week Resources:
Join the Teen Read Week website

Star Wars
Reads resources:
Activity Kit & Posters

Star Wars Reads Day: A Creative Exploration

DK Explore Star Wars

Today is the Last Day to Register for the 2016 Annual Teen Summit!

Today, September 23, is the last day to register!

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

Where: Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA

Cost: $40, includes lunch

Click here to register:

There's Still Time to Register for The ABCs of Media Literacy!

Join us Monday, September 26 for:

Nationally renowned educator, Faith Rogow!
Hands-on activities! Interactive presentations!
Catered lunch! Book giveaway!

Register today!

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.

More from Faith Rogow

Can't make it to the Monday workshop? No problem! Media Smart Libraries has you covered with another opportunity to learn from “Media Literacy Education Maven” Faith Rogow. (Or take advantage of Dr. Rogow's time in RI and come to both workshops!)

Media Literacy without Judgment: Strategies for Engaging Young People in Reflection about the Media They Use and Create

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cranston Public Library
Series: Media Smart Libraries

Registration required.

Summer 2016 Statistics

Numbers are still coming in, but you can take a look at this summer's statistics online. This info will update as we get the last of the submissions.

Children's Program Overall Statistics
Teen Program Overall Statistics
Statistics from Previous Years

Applications Available for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Performers'

Applications for the performers’ showcases are now available. Please share the application links below with anyone you think might be a good fit.

Performer/Educator Applications are available online and must be submitted by Tuesday, November 1st at 12:30 PM.

Children’s Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

Teen Summer Reading Program Performer Application:

Opportunities for Young Filmmakers

Providence Children's Film Festival 2017 Youth Filmmaker Showcase
The Providence Children's Film Festival is now accepting submissions from kids and teens ages 6 to 17 for the 2017 Youth Filmmaker Showcase. Regional and Multi-Regional screenings take place during the Festival (February 17-26, 2017) and are designed to encourage up-and-coming young filmmakers. Application.
Regular Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016

YFS Fee: $20.00

Late Submission Deadline: November 25, 2016

YFS Fee: $25.00

90-Second Newbery Film Festival
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds. Submissions are now being accepted until January 7, 2017. Details & rules.

Professional Development Opportunities

ALSC Distinguished Service Award

December 1 deadline

Around Town

Boston Teen Author Festival
Saturday September 24, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Out of the Box

Saturday, October 1

RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors
Saturday, October 15

Boston Book Festival
Saturday, October 15

Upcoming OLIS CE and Events

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!

Media Literacy without Judgment: Strategies for Engaging Young People in Reflection about the Media They Use and Create

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 4-6pm

140 Sockanosset Cross Road

Cranston, RI

Speaker(s): Faith Rogow, Ph.D. Author and Media Literacy Consultant, Insighters Education

Sometimes it can be hard to watch young people using media technologies and not be concerned. But when we engage youth using our own fears as our primary lens, we're likely to be met with resistance, disdain, or indifference. In this upbeat workshop, we’ll share an alternative strategy that doesn’t require abandoning our concerns: a skills-based, constructivist approach that respects youth media culture in the same way we might respect their ethnicity or religion. Rather than focusing on critiquing teen behavior or media choices, the goal is to help young people see themselves as capable of the inquiry and reflection that they’ll need to successfully navigate the demands of an increasingly complex digital world. You’ll walk away with concrete ideas for activities, as well as an understanding of the pedagogical foundation that make the activities effective so you can design your own activities.

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, Academic Librarians, Library Students

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:

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