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Bi-literacy legislation signed into RI law

By Donna DiMichele | January 5, 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 law, sponsored by Sen. Juan M. Pichardo and Rep. Teresa Tanzi, is meant to recognize students who have achieved high levels of proficiency in multiple languages, encourage more to do so and help employers identify job applicants who have the sought-after skill of communicating in multiple languages. MORE

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A La Rhody – Rhode Island’s rich culinary history

By Donna DiMichele | January 4, 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 a food focus.

Organizing partners include Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, Discover Newport, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. The group worked for nearly one year to develop a slate of lectures, exhibits and events with a culinary theme, as a well as a branded marketing presence. A formal launch will take place in early January, in conjunction with Providence Restaurant Week.

The group held a community event at the Aldrich House to introduce the program to other community partners and is asking those interested in participating to visit the website alarhody.org to get more information and/or submit an event for inclusion. The project’s goal is to spark a statewide conversation and shared experiences around the role of food in Rhode Island lives and communities.

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Archive, Document, Display, and Disseminate Grants

By Donna DiMichele | January 4, 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 around critical issues.

The ADDD Fund offers two grant opportunities. Grants are awarded annually. Library Challenge Grants provide added funding for library campaigns to meet local needs. Media Project Grants assure greater access to information through archiving, documenting, displaying, and/or disseminating information.

More information and application instructions

Deadline: January 13, 2017

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2017 Reading Across Rhode Island

By Donna DiMichele | December 22, 2016

The Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
has announced the 2017 Reading Across Rhode Island book.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson



Public events include:

January 29, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chairs Judge Judith Colenback Savage and Judge Edward C. Clifton, both retired trial justices of the Rhode Island Superior Court and Distinguished Jurists in Residence at Roger Williams University School of Law, will lead a distinguished panel for an engaging introduction to the book’s themes of proximity, understanding, and justice.

Register on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website. Tickets are $15 and include one copy of the book. Light refreshments will be provided.

April 8, 2017 at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RI (Time TBA)

Author Bryan Stevenson will speak about his experiences in the criminal justice system.

Registration for Bryan Stevenson’s address will be available on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website in February.

Look for other upcoming book-related events throughout the year at ribook.org including a celebration of RARI’s 15th anniversary in May.


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ALA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

By admin | November 18, 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 in the news media about incidents of bigotry and harassment within our communities.  From children acting out in schools to adults participating in violent acts, it is clear that our nation is struggling in the wake of this election.

During times like these, our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing. Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues.  Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.

As an association representing these libraries, librarians and library workers, ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.

Hear, hear.

(Press release issued by the American Library Association, November 15, 2016)

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

By Donna DiMichele | November 17, 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.

Nominate yourself, a colleague, or your library today!

The deadline to apply for PLA 2017 Service Awards and Grants is December 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM Central.

For more information, or to submit an application or nomination, please visit http://www.ala.org/pla/awards


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Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program

By Donna DiMichele | November 3, 2016

29th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in amidst diverse cultures, celebrates the 29th year of its Mini-Grant program with a call for proposals. Press Release

Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017, and decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.

Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has provided nearly $880,000 in support of Mini-Grant programs spanning the 50 states and the U.S. Commonwealth. To learn more about Mini-Grants, including this year’s criteria and applications, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.

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Call for Authors: Expanding Library Relevancy

By Donna DiMichele | November 3, 2016

Expanding Library Relevancy: Innovation to Meet Changing Needs

Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Contributor, Bringing the Arts into the Library (ALA, 2014); co-editor, Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013); academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, on creative, practical how-to chapters, case studies, about libraries as learning centers, career and technology helpers, after-school programs, branding, and new ways to use libraries. It will fill a gap in the literature, share successes in broadening library service to fit changing patron needs.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s) Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount.

E-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) described in a few sentences by December 10, 2016, with brief bio on each author; place REL, Your Name on subject line: gubnitv11@gmail.com

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Apply for National Friends of Libraries Awards

By Donna DiMichele | October 27, 2016


United for Libraries is sponsoring the 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 16-22, 2016.

Friends of the library groups across the country are celebrating by holding membership drives, book sales and special events, and officials are issuing proclamations to mark Friends of Libraries Week in their town or state. Libraries are also honoring their friends’ groups and saying “thank you” for all they do for their libraries. Friends groups are being highlighted in local media to demonstrate their importance in the library and community.

United for Libraries encourages friends’ groups who are celebrating to apply for the National Friends of Libraries Week awards. Two awards of $250 will be given to friends of the library groups for activities held during the celebration. Application materials are online and applications are due by Dec. 2, 2016.

If you want to have a friends group highlighted in an upcoming newsletter, United for Libraries will also be highlighting National Friends of Libraries Week activities in a newsletter. To submit your activities and photos, email them to united@ala.org.

Friends groups, library trustees and library staff can access a variety of online resources to help them celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Materials available  include promotional ideas, editable publicity materials, camera-ready bookmarks, ideas from past celebrations and much more.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, Friends, and Foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Wentworth (312) 280-2161.

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Tiverton Public Library Wins Architecture Award

By Lauren Plews | October 14, 2016

The American Institute of Architects’ New England Chapter awarded Union Studio Architecture & Community Design with a 2016 Merit Award for their architectural design of the new Tiverton Public Library.

The 24,000 square foot building opened in June 2015. The project was funded in part by the State of Rhode Island via the Office of Library & Information Services (OLIS) through Public Library Construction Grant-In-Aid. OLIS provides grant-in-aid for the construction and capital improvement of any free public library in the state to provide better free library services to the public.

The new library includes numerous meeting, gathering and reading spaces, a cafe, business center and dedicated children’s, teen and local history spaces.  The Tiverton project was chosen for the award because the American Institute of Architects’ New England Chapter felt the library was one of the best examples of institutional architecture completed by New England design firms.

For photos and further facts and figures about the project visit OLIS’s Tiverton Public Library Project webpage. Be sure to plan your visit to the Tiverton Public Library to see this award winning design in person.

For more information on the award see the article from the Providence Journal.

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