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Library of Congress Literacy Awards – RI

By Donna DiMichele | June 28, 2016

Call for Nominations

With the generous support of David Rubenstein, the Library of Congress has asked Rhode Island Center for the Book at Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to administer a state literacy awards program.

Our awards program will recognize literacy projects that deliver impact through partnership with the Rhode Island library community.

Libraries in Rhode Island are invited to make nominations for this award. The Advisory Board of Rhode Island Center for the Book will read the nominations and name an award winner. The award will be presented at the Rhode Island Center for the Book Advisory Board meeting in October. The award will be accompanied by a check for $500.00 to support the work of the literacy project.

Nominating a Rhode Island Literacy Program

For more information about the partners:
RI Center for the Book at the RI Council for the Humanities

The Office of Library and Information services is proud to be a partner and sponsor

of the RI Center for the Book at RICH.

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Rhode Tour App in Spanish

By Donna DiMichele | June 20, 2016

Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour

Read, see and hear about storied places, economic tales, and religious communities that have helped Latinos make Providence and Rhode Island their home using the new Latinos in Rhode Island Bilingual Rhode Tour. The project was funded as a product of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the American Library Association and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Rhode Tour is an app and website that puts Rhode Island stories on the map. Linked to particular locations, Rhode Tour uses stories, oral histories, images, and movies to reveal history behind the place. Rhode Tour is a joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society. This tour was made in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts.

Download the FREE Rhode Tour app from the App Store or Google Play or visit RhodeTour.org and click on the Latinos in Rhode Island tour.

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Grants for RI Libraries in Historic Buildings

By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016

Libraries in historic buildings may be eligible for a State Preservation Grant from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. The Commission is accepting applications for the 2016 round of grants. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and Applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016. You can download copies of the application (multiple documents) from the Commission’s website.

Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at libraries, museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. A Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged) is due on July 1, 2016, and applications are due on Friday, August 19, 2016.

RIHPHC will hold three grant workshops:
1. Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence
2. Thursday, June 30 at 10am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport
3. Friday, July 1 at 10am at Harris Mill, 618 Main St, Coventry

For more information, please contact Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.

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LBRI Member Awarded Golden Apple

By Donna DiMichele | June 7, 2016

Phyllis Humphrey, Library Media Specialist at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, was presented with the Golden Apple award by NBC10, the RI Department of Education and Hasbro. Phyllis was appointed by the Governor to the Library Board of Rhode Island (LBRI) in 2008 to represent school libraries. She is also a member of the School Librarians of Rhode Island.

The award is given to outstanding educators who are nominated by their peers, students or others. Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner presented the award on June 2 in the library with an audience of students and teachers. A video of the presentation and and a short interview with  Phyllis is online.

Congratulations Phyllis!

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“America’s Public Libraries: Evolving and Thriving”

By Donna DiMichele | May 19, 2016

The current issue of Library of Congress Magazine looks at the evolving role of public libraries in America. You can download a PFD of the magazine from the Library of Congress website.

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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 15-21

By Donna DiMichele | May 16, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA) and the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have both declared that it’s hurricane season and are promoting hurricane preparedness. May 15 – 21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Now it the right time to update your disaster plan and make sure its current to meet present circumstances. (Really check it . . . you may not realize there are updates needed.)

If you don’t have a disaster plan, create one using the Disaster Planning Tools on the OLIS Disaster and Preservation Planning web page.

RIEMA is posting hurricane preparedness tips on Twitter all week @RhodeIslandEMA #HurricanPrep

The two announcements below are copied from a FEMA online newsletter.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21. If you live, work, or visit an area that’s prone to hurricanes, take this time to prepare for the storm.

To help you with your preparations, view the new America’s PrepareAthon! animation on hurricane preparedness entitled, “When the Waves Swell.”

The video includes a few hurricane preparedness actions to take such as:

·         Board windows to protect your home;

·         Secure loose objects outside so they don’t blow away; and

·         Download the FEMA mobile application which provides weather alerts for up to five locations.

You can also read the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Hurricane guide to get more information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Webinar: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season (note: Most of the recommendations apply to libraries which operate in ways similar to small businesses.)

Title: Protect Your Business This Hurricane Season
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/zlycf2u

Join the Small Business Administration and PrepareMyBusiness co-sponsor Agility Recovery, as they share lessons learned and the best methods to prepare your organization for the upcoming Hurricane season.

The start of the 2016 season is only days away so the time for preparation is now. Your organization is more than just a place of business to your customers, employees and stakeholders. Your organization is a key aspect of their lives, and one that must be protected. If your organization is affected by a storm, how well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?  Topics covered will include: Preparing Employees; Practical Steps to Organize and Prepare Your Business; and Simple Tools and Takeaways Any Organization Can Use Today.

The SBA partners with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The FEMA Private Sector Division partners with SBA and Agility Recovery to make the monthly “Prepare My Business” webinars available to our e-bulletin subscribers. This information does not represent an endorsement by FEMA of any commercial or private sector issues, products, or services.

To contact the FEMA Private Sector Division, email FEMA-Private-Sector@FEMA.dhs.gov.

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Providence Public Library Receives Grant from IMLS

By Donna DiMichele | May 9, 2016

Providence Public Library has received a three-year $530,000 federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to create a high impact workforce development program model to serve 600+ local teens.

Planning is started through the Library’s Education Department with teen programs slated to begin in the fall of 2016.  The Learning in Libraries project will support teens with free, accessible, high-quality competency-based learning opportunities, leading to digital credentials, academic credit, exposure to the world of work, and entry into education and career pathways.  The four goals of the project are to:

Karisa Tashjian, Director of Education and Shannon Lake, Teen Educator/Librarian, will be leading the project.

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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

By Donna DiMichele | April 29, 2016

Seven federal agencies have announced the second round of Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3). The funding will support efforts to help young people between the ages of 14 and 24 who are low-income, homeless, in foster care, in the juvenile justice system, unemployed, not enrolled in school or at risk of dropping out.  P3 will test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements for disconnected youth in educational, employment, and other key outcomes. The estimated range of awards is $250,000 to $350,000, and the agencies will name up to 10 pilots.

Application deadline: June 27, 2016.

Optional Notice of Intent to Apply deadline: May 26, 2016.

P3 applicants must already receive federal funds for projects of similar scope from one or more of the participating agencies: IMLS; the Departments of Education; Labor; Health and Human Services; Justice; and Housing and Urban Development; and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  State, local or tribal governments can apply as lead applicants for P3, and local libraries and non-profits may also be well-suited as P3 partners; in the first round of the competition, for example, an LSTA-funded public library was named as a partner in the Broward County (FL) pilot.

P3 allows flexibility under federal statutes, regulations, and other requirements to overcome barriers and align program and reporting requirements, enabling applicants to propose the most effective ways to use these dollars.

As with the first round of P3, there are separate categories of consideration (absolute priorities) for rural and tribal applicants.  There is also a new absolute priority for communities that have experienced recent civil unrest.  There are a variety of other competitive priorities detailed in the notice.

A P3 webinar (“bidders conference”) scheduled for Monday, May 9, at 1:00pm Eastern Time, will cover details from the notice including program requirements and selection criteria.  You can register in advance at youth.gov, which serves as the clearinghouse for P3 information. The recording will also be available later.

Direct any questions to disconnectedyouth@ed.gov

Related IMLS blog post.

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RI Foundation Centennial Community Grants Awarded

By Donna DiMichele | April 29, 2016

Community-building activities in each of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns were awarded Centennial Grants totaling $500,000 from the RI Foundation. The projects include public fountains, recreational trails, Little Free Libraries, a community orchard, and much more. Public libraries are partners in grants awarded to East Greenwich and Cranston.

The East Greenwich Housing Authority and its affiliated nonprofit Cove Homes Inc. received $1,500 to construct, manage and maintain three Little Free Libraries at the three affordable housing developments for families in town. “This will help us bring donated children’s books into the hands of more than 100 children living in our housing developments,” said Marcia Sullivan, CEO of Cove Homes. “By partnering with the East Greenwich Free Library, we look forward to engaging our young people and their families in important early literacy programs.”

The City of Cranston received $15,000 for the Cranston Discovery Network, a municipally led effort to document and celebrate significant events, places and people in Cranston’s history. Working with the Cranston Herald, the Cranston Public Library, the Cranston School Department, the Senior Center and the Cranston Historical Society, the Cranston Discovery Network will design, fabricate and install a series of historic markers throughout the city of Cranston.

Full story and other awards.

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RILA Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART)

By alicia | April 21, 2016

RILA Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) invites you to attend:

Teaching for Non-Teachers: Harnessing Cognitive Science to Improve Teaching

Presented by Eric Kaldor, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Faculty Development, Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, University of Rhode Island

Wednesday, May 11, 3pm – 5pm
University of Rhode Island, Carothers Library

In this workshop, participants will learn four strategies for designing effective workshops and lessons in libraries and schools. Participants will learn more about how the brain works to better understand how people learn. This session converts this rich knowledge base into four practical strategies to use when developing a workshop or session in any library setting.

To register, please visit:

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