SLRI Update

January 2018

Looking for a Listserv? You Got It.

We have received feedback that many (ok, almost all) members would like us to reinstate a listserv instead of relying on web site forums. We listened, and are building a new Google Group for SLRI. All active members will receive an email invite to join it.

NOTE: If you do not receive an invite by 2/1, your membership may have lapsed. You may renew online.

Conference Committee Members, Opinions Needed

We will probably have an unconference this spring, but we need members to help plan topics and logistics. Please email Alyssa Taft at if you are interested in joining her committee.

All SLRI members are invited to fill out this survey about timing and topic preferences for conferences.

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Reading Week Timing Is Up to Schools

Last year, when the Rhode Island State Council of the International Literacy Association became inactive, the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and SLRI continued the tradition of Reading Week by aligning the celebration with the statewide Summer Reading Program slogan and providing resources such as artwork and activity materials.

Unfortunately, SLRI and OLIS are no longer able to organize Reading Week at this time. We encourage schools to celebrate Reading Week at a time and in a manner that best suits their community.

We encourage schools to partner with your local public library to connect Reading Week with the Summer Reading Program. The theme is music, which ties into the Kids Reading Across Rhode Island selection The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez. This is a great opportunity to collaborate on recommended reading lists, team up for joint programming, and promote literacy both in and out of school.

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Vote for Sarah!

Our past president Sarah Hunicke is running for the Region 1 (which includes New England) Director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Duties include representing the interests of AASL Members-at-Large and the members within New England, as well as serving as a communication channel between the AASL Board and the membership.If you are an AASL member, you'll be able to vote for her between March 21 and April 4. Watch your AASL emails for details.