Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#NELA 2019 Program Proposals - Submit Today! 🤔 NELA is looking for your ideas for 2019 🤔

NELA is looking for your help to fill out our conference schedule for 2019. We are looking for program proposals of any type, but specifically:

Youth Services
Diversity & Inclusion
Community Building
Academic & Special Libraries
Programs geared toward MLS student or recent graduates
Ignite Topics - Please click HERE to learn more.
Table Talks - Please click HERE to learn more.
Poster Displays - Please click HERE to learn more.
Innovation Showcases - Please click HERE to learn more.

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If you have already submitted a program proposal for 2019, you should have received an email alerting you to the status of your program. If you have not received an email, you can email Megan Bishop to check on the status of your submission.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to submit their ideas

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Author Jacqueline Woodson Talk & Book Signing

This is a rare opportunity for readers, teachers, staff and students to meet and hear from this amazing author and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Barrington Books is pleased to host award winning New York Times best-selling author Jacqueline Woodson for a talk and book signing on

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:00 p.m. at
176 Hillside Road
Cranston, RI

Peter Quesnel, Juanita Sanchez High School Librarian will be the moderator/conversationalist with Jacqueline Woodson.

This is a ticketed event. The $10 general admission ticket can be applied toward the purchase of a Woodson book of your choice, which will be available at the event. To purchase your $10 ticket, visit…

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Congratulations Senator Jack Reed!!! 😃👍😁

From Providence Public Library

We're extremely proud to be honoring Senator Jack Reed with the Library's Enlightenment Award at this evening's Savor the Story Gala!

The Enlightenment Award is presented to those who have demonstrated their commitment to and passion for the mission of Providence Public Library, the ideals exemplified by a life of learning, and the value and importance of sharing knowledge.

Senator Reed fostered and cultivated his deep appreciation for libraries as a child growing up in Cranston and honed it throughout his life devoted to public service. Over the past three decades, he has proven himself a stalwart champion of both libraries and museums, fighting for the repeated reauthorization of the Museum and Library Services Act -- which funds the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) -- so that it continues to support and help libraries meet community needs.
In the Senator's own words: "I’ve always thought that libraries played a central role, not just in education but also as a place where the community can come together, a source of common ground. I think the fundamental source of opportunity is education, which is having schools and libraries that are excellent."

We couldn't agree more, Senator Reed! Thank you for all you do!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

2019 RILA Conference at the Bryant University

2019 RILA Conference at the Bryant University

Don't Miss It!!! Sensory Story Time at the Public Library: Where to Begin

Presented by Maria Cotto , Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library
Barbara (Babs) Wells , Children's Librarian/Department Head, Greenville Public Library

Learn practical approaches for implementing a Sensory Story Time at your public library, focusing on resources and step-by-step methods and strategies to prepare for the sensory story time. This session will also outline how to prepare sensory activities that will engage children who seek sensory input.

Sponsored by Cornucopia of Rhode Island

Thursday, May 23, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

To register for this event see link below:

Fund Libraries...Approved!! Yay!!

On Wednesday, the House Appropriators Committee approved its FY2020 funding bills, which contained a $25 million increase for IMLS, including $17 million for LSTA!
That’s exactly what we asked for in our Dear Appropriator letter.

The $17 million increase is dedicated to the Grants to States program and would bring the minimum state allocation to $1 million recommended in the Museum and Library Services Act we worked so hard to pass last year. Moreover, the House markup includes a $2 million increase for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, a Department of Education program which provides competitive grants to school libraries.

Today’s House mark would bring overall IMLS funding to $267 million, LSTA funding up to $206.3 million, and IAL to $29 million. Of course, this is just one step on the pathway to appropriations, but it’s a big step in the right direction. We know that the Senate will be a steeper climb. We’ve already begun targeted outreach to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and will continue to work closely with advocates in those key states.

In the meantime, please take a moment to send an email thanking your representative if they are on the Appropriations Committee or if they signed one of the Dear Appropriator letters:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

2019 GSLIS Annual Gathering "Congratulations to CORI Member Aaron Coutu Alumni of the Year"

Congratulations to Aaron Coutu (a CORI member) who will be awarded Alumni of the Year at the The 2019 GSLIS Annual Gathering on Thursday, May 16th, 6-10 pm
URI Alumni Center. Yay!!! 😃👍😁

For more information about this event see link below:

Conversations About Race

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Rochambeau Library - Community Room
708 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

Join others in the first of a series of meaningful conversations about race, white privilege and power, and the defensiveness and divisions that have become part of the fabric of American society. The goal is to increase understanding, at a personal level, of the impacts that race has on each of our lives, for both white people and people of color.

Free event. Contact Information Lee at

Monday, May 6, 2019

General Membership Meeting (May 2019) at the Pawtucket Public Library


Great CORI meeting this evening at the Pawtucket Public Library. Hope you can join us for our next meeting in August
 (details coming soon....).