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Support for Young Adult Services

The Office of Library and Information Services supports and promotes library services to young adults with consultant and reference services, and by planning and coordinating monthly Young Adult Round Table (YART) meetings at libraries throughout the State.

Continuing Education

  • Young Adult Round Table (YART): YART is a monthly meeting of librarians, including YA librarians from public libraries, middle and high school librarians, and library school students concerned with all aspects of library service to young adults. Meetings focus on different genres or topics in YA literature, innovative programs, services, technology, marketing/public relations, and social issues affecting teenagers. Meeting topics for the year are determined at an organizational meeting held each June. Meeting are generally led by Rhode Island young adult librarians, but occasionally feature outside speakers from other young-serving organizations in Rhode Island or national speakers.

Reading and Literacy Promotion Projects

  • Summer Reading Program: cooperative effort among Rhode Island public libraries to promote reading during the summer school vacation.
    • Performers Showcase: annual audition of performers for Summer Reading Program and library programs.

Programming Support

  • Summer Reading Program Performers: a slate of performers selected by librarians through the Performers Showcase and booked for the Summer Reading Program and other library programs.

Information Sharing