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School libraries invited to apply for Sara Jaffarian Award

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The American Library Association Public Programs Office announced that school libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming. Libraries serving grades kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. ALA press release Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, […]

Libraries as Community Catalysts: A New IMLS Report

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

A recently issued report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Reinvestment Fund provides frameworks for libraries and museums to connect with their communities. Produced as part of the Community Catalyst Initiative, the report is a handbook for libraries and museums to position themselves as critical sites within broader social and institutional networks […]

RI Library Day

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Rhode Island Library Association (RI) has announced that the 3rd Annual Rhode Island Library Day will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017, a date which kicks off National Library Week (April 9th-15th, 2017). The purpose of RI Library Day is to host events and plan activities that will raise awareness about the wonderful things […]

RI Foundation Awards to RI School Libraries

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Dozens of teachers in communities across Rhode Island will receive nearly $190,000 through the Spark Grants program at the Rhode Island Foundation. Launched by philanthropists Letitia and John Carter in 2013, the program offered school-wide reading grants of up to $10,000 for the first time this year. Elementary schools in seven communities will receive grants […]

RILA-ILART Lesson Swap

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (RILA-ILART) is hosting a lesson swap. RILA-ILART is looking for librarians who would like to share successful lessons, or lessons that could be perfect with some feedback. Lessons from all levels and library types, from school to university to public, that relate to an information […]

Bi-literacy legislation signed into RI law

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Bi-literacy legislation signed into RI law Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a bill creating a “biliteracy seal” that school districts can affix to the diplomas and transcripts of high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in another language in addition to English. The law was signed during a ceremonial bill signing on July 20, 2016. The new […]

A La Rhody – Rhode Island’s rich culinary history

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

A La Rhody – Rhode Island’s rich culinary history   Leaders from local educational, cultural and tourism organizations have joined together to encourage like-minded groups to participate in a year-long program aimed at exploring Rhode Island’s rich heritage through its culinary history. The initiative, called A La Rhody, will include programs and special events with […]

Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate Grants

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate Grant Programs Applications Due: January 13, 2017 Philanthropist Herman Rose created the Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate (ADDD) Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation in 1986 to provide new incentives to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural, and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue […]

ALA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, November 18th, 2016

In response to the divisive nature of this election season, American Library Association President Julie Todaro issued the following statement highlighting the important role that libraries and librarians play as we all seek common ground following the election: After a contentious campaign season filled with divisive rhetoric, we are now hearing from our members and […]

PLA says: Nominate yourself, a colleague, or your library today!

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Public Library Association (PLA) service awards and grants highlight the best in public library service and honor those bringing innovation, creativity, and dedication to public libraries. The Allie Beth Martin Award honors a librarian who, in a public library setting, has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials […]

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