In This Issue
Better know a Committee
Challenged Materials and Banned Book Week
Reader's Advisory: Audio Books
Printer On at Cumberland
Programming Spotlight: RI Computer Museum
Reference Refresher: Tutor.com
News From the Field
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Greetings! 

Fall...the time of year for colorful foliage, warm apple cider, and cooler nights that require sweaters or flannel pjs.. While Mother Nature isn't quite there yet (it was over 80 degrees today!), there are many who are more than ready for the season to change.

 

Fall is also the time that most people start thinking of school and learning, and that's where libraries and the question, "What Do You Geek?" comes in. If you haven't yet heard, 39 libraries across the state are participating in the American Library Association's Geek the Library campaign. Designed to raise awareness of library funding and the role of libraries in the community, the campaign asks patrons what are they passionate about---or in other words, "What Do You Geek?" From technology to baking, hiking to history, no matter what they love, the library has resources that can help people in pursuing their passions.

 

Be sure to look out for special "Geek the Library" events happening at libraries across the state. If you'd like more information For more information about the campaign, or information about how to sign up visit www.geekthelibrary.org or www.rilibraries.org, or email PR Committee Co-Chair Chelsea Dodd at chelsea.dodd@gmail.com.

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This month, we encourage you to share with patrons what you Geek. Maybe you'll connect with someone with a common interest.

 

Sincerely,

 

Andria Tieman (who Geeks Travel)

Brandi Kenyon (who Geeks rock climbing)

RILA Communications Committee Co-Chairs.

Geek the Library Kickoff Event
by Aaron Coutu
Asst. Director/Tech. Coordinator Cumberland Public Library
Geek Aaron Coutu

On the evening Tuesday, September 10, RILA, along with the partnering Cumberland Public Library, kicked off the statewide initiative for the Geek the Library marketing campaign with a fun and festive event.  Attendees were able to learn more about the campaign while also getting a chance to enjoy some fun activities. 

 

These activities included making Geek the Library pins and Geek the Library posters highlighting what it is that they actually geek.  There was a special room set aside for library staff members in attendance to share what their libraries were doing in mini-brainstorming sessions.  Staff overseeing the sessions collected the results and will be sharing them on the Geek the Library Page on the RILA website.

 

The library also converted its art gallery in the Edward J. Hayden Center into a geek theme by showing Geek the Library posters created using library staff, members of the Friends of the Cumberland Public Library, and members of the library's Anime Club.

 

Food, which was catered with a generous discount through Panfilio's, included tasty treats such as Swedish meatballs, fruit, and a variety of Panini.  Desserts were catered by Cumberland Public Library's own Denise O'Brien. Dave's Marketplace donated money to help pay for the drinks.

 

During the event, the proclamation from Governor Lincoln Chafee declaring the week of September 8 as Geek the Library month was read aloud.  Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee was in attendance and seemed truly impressed by the enthusiasm of those in attendance.  He was so impressed that he has asked the Cumberland Public Library director, Celeste Dyer, to speak about both Geek the Library and everything else the library is doing in the community before the town council in the near future.  This proves that the Geek the Library campaign is not only fun, but also good add helping the library be noticed as a valuable community asset.

 

Thirty-five public libraries and two college libraries are participating in the Geek the Library campaign.  The campaign also includes support by celebrities such as the Farrelly brothers, author Ann Hood, actress Mena Suvari, Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg, Congressman Jim Langevin, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence's dancing cop Tony Lepore, and baseball Pawtucket Red Sox mascots Paws and Sox, who have all provided images to be used for Geek the Library posters and other materials.

 

Better know a Committee: Communications
By Andria Tieman
RILA Communications Committee Co-Chair
RILA logo The RILA Communications Committee is actually the newest committee on the RILA block.  We were officially established in September of 2009 to serve primarily as the committee that distributes the RILA Bulletin and to also manage social media and official RILA communications. 

The RILA Bulletin has been the official publication of RILA since 1908, but was previously not the sole purview of one committee.  When RILA started realizing that a much more robust online presence was needed to keep the organization relevant and keep the members engaged--they created a separate committee to handle it. 

The founding Co-Chairs were Corrie MacDonald and Andria Tieman, and we've tried to not only make The RILA Bulletin more relevant by increasing the publishing schedule from twice a year to bi-monthly, but we're constantly trying to come up with new, fun ways to reach out to members, keep members informed and keep RILA a major player in Rhode Island libraries.

Our current committee consists of librarians from all types of libraries--but all RILA members are encouraged to submit to the Bulletin either via email to rilabulletin@gmail.com or via the webform on the RILA website: http://rilibraries.org/content/bulletin-submissions.  Just like many RILA members rely on The RILA Bulletin for news of what is happening across our great state, the RILA Bulletin relies on RILA members to share their stories.  It's a co-operative system, just like libraries themselves.

We're also working to digitize old issues of The RILA Bulletin.  Physical copies of the back issues from 1908-1912 live at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library, and RILA's Treasurer, Trish Lombardi, is digitizing copies starting with 1927.  As we learn more about the history of the organization, it only makes the future that much more exciting!

Presently our Co-Chairs are Andria Tieman of Providence College and Brandi Kenyon of South Kingstown Public Library.  Please get in touch with either of us if you're interested in joining the Communications Committee, if you have a story idea, or if you have a suggestion for something we should change, add, or do better! 

Stay tuned for some new and exciting developments for the 2013-2014 RILA year!
Challenged Materials and Banned Book Week
By Brandi Kenyon
Youth and Teen Services, South Kingstown Public Library
 

What if someone told you that you weren't allowed to read a certain book. That they had decided, for whatever reason, they didn't think it was appropriate, not only for you, but for anyone. Would you disagree with them? Would you read it anyways? Would you tell them that people have the freedom to read what they choose?

 

Across the country, hundreds of challenges are made against books every year. In 2012 alone, 464 were reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. There are a variety of reasons that books are challenged. Some are viewed as containing content that is inappropriate for the intended age group (such as teenagers). Some are challenged because a reader disagrees with the content on moral grounds. Other titles might be seen as having too much violence, swearing, or racism. In 2012, the most books that were reported as receiving the most challenges were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James.
     
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
     
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
     
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious     viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
     
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
     
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
     
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved by Toni Morrison                                            Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 

For all the challenges that were raised against these and other titles, the Office of Intellectual Freedom claims that there are many others that aren't reported.

 

As librarians, we are often seen as the gate keepers to books and information, and many challenges arise out of a person's concern, particularly in public libraries, that materials are freely available to anyone, regardless of content. When faced with a challenge, what can we do to support people's freedom to read what they choose? Here are several key steps that can help:

 

  • Be sure to have a clear collection development policy for your library, as well as a procedure in place that outlines what to do if the library receives a challenge. Does the challenger have to put their complaint in writing? Present it to the director? To the Board of Trustees? Having clear and well stated guidelines will aid in explaining why a certain book is part of your collection.
  • Take time to listen to the person's complaint. What is their actual objection to the title in question? Don't give personal judgment, but acknowledge their concerns.
  • Be sure not to be dismissive, or to revert to library jargon and terms in your explanation of the role of the library and its collection in serving the needs of all members of the community.
  • Give the person copies of the challenge procedure, complete with what steps they will need to follow to lodge a formal challenge, as well as how much time it may take to consider and resolve the issue.

 These are just a few basic steps on how to be prepared for a book challenge, the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom offers many other tips and methods on how to be prepared and what to do if this situation arises in your library.

 

This year, Banned Books Week is September 22-28th. The James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College has developed a LibGuide containing a collection of information, resources, and local events pertaining to Banned Books Week. Be sure to visit their page for current information and happenings, as well as the official Banned Books Week website.

Reader's Advisory: Audio Books
By Stephanie Barta
Reference and Youth Services Librarian, Coventry Public
Audio book

Not an audiobook listener? Do you cringe when asked for audio recommendations? Fear not!  Check out this list of quick audio picks that have all been listener (and librarian) approved.

 

Popular Fiction:

The Girl Who Chased the Moon, by Sarah Addison Allen:   

Allen has a knack for writing magical Southern fiction that feels light, but still has substance.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon is full of quirky characters and southern charm, and the reader's southern accent did not make this native North Carolinian cringe.  The rest of Allen's books are delightful on audio as well, and many are available as an Overdrive option, too.

 

Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood:  

With the final installment of the MaddAddam trilogy (aptly named, MaddAddam) coming out in September, readers may need a refresher on the details of the first two novels, so why not try the audio?  The audio versions are well performed and The Year of the Flood even sets Atwood's fictional God's Gardeners' hymns for  to music  Just remember to make sure they are on hold for MadAddam!

 

The Twelve, by Justin Cronin:   

This is the sequel to The Passage, which is also an excellent audio pick.  Both books are long, so the audio version will last readers a while.  Cronin's vampire virus tale is action packed and detail oriented, and managed to keep this listener in the car even after it was turned off.

 

Last Summer of the Camperdowns, by Elizabeth Kelly:   

Have a patron on the holds list for this title?  Encourage them to try the audio version through Overdrive.  The reader does a wonderful job of capturing twelve year old Riddle's voice as she remembers a fateful summer of missing boys, love triangles, family feuds and old war wounds.

 

The Cove, by Ron Rash:  

Another Southern fiction audiobook with a good reader.  The Cove, set deep in the mountains of North Carolina is a mesmerizing tale of superstition, politics, World War I and intrigue.  This audiobook is also available in multiple audio formats.

 

Classics:

Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut:  

The audio version of Slaughterhouse Five was my first introduction to Vonnegut, and it did not disappoint.  Readers who are Vonnegut fans and those who have never heard of him will be held rapt by actor Ethan Hawke's performance of this classic novel.

 

Dune, by Frank Herbert:  

The size of this sci-fi classic can be a bit daunting, but the audio version is perfect readers with a long commute or road trip.  Herbert creates a complex tale that weaves together politics, religion, emotion and technology into a story that will absorb listeners.  

 

Young Adult:

Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman:   

Hartman's (RITBA nominated!) tale of Seraphina, a girl who is half-human/half-dragon, is full of politics, mystery and some romance. The audio version is wonderfully performed and will captivate teens and adults.

 

Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell:  

This amazing story of friendship, music and acceptance translates beautifully to audio format.  The book is performed by dual narrators, each capturing their character perfectly.  For added convenience, Eleanor & Park is available on both CD and Overdrive.

 

Children's:

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart:  

This is the start of a delightful and witty series about four exceptionally clever children on a secret mission.  The audio is charming and entertaining, Del Roy's perfect. He reads the entire series which adds nice continuity.  The series is also available throughout the system in various formats.

 

The Doll People, by Ann M. Martin:  

This is a charming series about a family of porcelain dolls and their adventures with a new family of plastic dolls.  The entire series is performed by Lynn Redgrave, who highlights the warmth and humor of the books.  These are all available in various formats as well.

 

Other great audio quick picks:

Chime, by Franny Billingsley (YA)

White Cat, by Holly Black (YA)

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey

Boom!, by Mark Haddon (Children's)

The Strain (trilogy), by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Madman's Daughter, by Meghan Shepherd (YA)

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood (Children's)

 

PrinterOn: A New Remote Printing Service

By Aaron Coutu

Asst. Director/Tech. Coordinator Cumberland Public Library

PrinterON

As technology is getting smaller and smaller, our patrons are finding ways to do all sorts of work on all sorts of devices.  These include not only the usual desktop and laptop computers, but also tablets, mobile phones, and other devices that make use of apps and applications that the patrons may need to print from.  PrinterOn is a cloud-based printing service allowing patrons to send these print jobs to an online print queue and can be released at a designated location. 

 

Once the patron has located the document or website that he or she would like to print, they visit a website built through the cooperation of the PrinterOn company and the library itself so patrons will be able to make selections as to whether to print the job in black & white or color and also get a sense of what the job would cost.  It is also here that the patron would select their document using a simple browse feature to access the files on their device or type in (or copy & paste) the URL of a webpage they would like to print.  For  an example of such a page, feel free to visit the page set up for those using the service through the Cumberland Public Library.  Submitting print jobs can actually be done anywhere in the world as long as the patron has access to the internet.

 

PrinterOn has two interfaces for releasing print jobs.  One is a self-service model that is not unlike Envisionware, the print management system that is currently most commonly used in the Ocean State Libraries system.  The patron can walk up, sign in with the code that is provided to them when they submit each job, and pay for and release the job with the use of a vending tower.  Similarly, there is a staff interface that allows library staff to bring up and release the jobs while taking payment manually. 

 

The system actually seems to have started as a service primarily offered through hotels and motels, allowing guests to print jobs in their rooms and pick them up at the courtesy desk.  We learned of this service as we were searching for an option to help people who wanted to print from their mobile devices and also to assist those who brought their personal laptops into the library in the same way. Our current print management system did not seem to be able to handle the latter with any reliability and the former was not even an option.  We are also hoping that this might encourage non-library users to discover us as it would also be an option for local businesses to print jobs.  Similarly, people who are familiar with the PrinterOn service can look up to see where they can "locally" send their print jobs for pick up, and our hope is that they might make use of the library while they were visiting the area.

 

All-in-all, set up for the service was quick and easy with the company technicians needing just temporary remote access to the computer that will act as the print server to do the installation.  It costs a start-up fee as well as an annual subscription fee for the library.


Programming Spotlight: RI Computer Museum
By Kasia Piasecka
YA Librarian, Tiverton Public Library
RICM

The Programming Spotlight column highlights special programs, workshops, and events available to public libraries through non-profit organizations in Rhode Island. Over the past year, The Rhode Island Computer Museum (RICM) has held workshops for children and young adult audiences at the North Kingstown Free Library, the Seekonk Public Library, and the Tiverton Public Library.

 

Dan Berman, curator and outreach coordinator for the museum, shared his vision with me for future collaboration with Rhode Island libraries, namely his hope to develop more programs for children and young adults in an effort to continue to fulfill RICM's mission and ignite interest in topics related to computer science and its history.

 

How does RICM's mission as a museum and organization encourage collaboration with public libraries?

 

Dan:  RICM defines its mission as "procuring and preserving items that relate to computer science and its history; disseminating knowledge, and encouraging research in computer science by means of visits, lectures, discussions, and publications." As a community museum, we certainly believe our mission statement encourages us to work with public libraries and we strive to do that with our visits, displays, lectures, and discussions.

 

Can you tell me more about specific library collaborations and programs that RICM has been involved with thus far?

 

Dan: RICM has been developing vintage computer displays for the North Kingstown Free Library over the last five years, but beginning this past January, we presented a free exhibit and public presentation on the "Business History of Early Computers". Our presentation aimed to examine the impact of Wang Computers on Rhode Island in the context of historic preservation. Seeing it as a great success, we have since moved forward to offer workshops geared towards youth and children at the library, as well as in Tiverton and Seekonk. Our most popular program is teaching "Scratch", a computer program developed by MIT to teach software coding, ideal for young programmers itching to design their own video game.

 

Do you envision your museum cooperating with innovative library initiatives, such makerspaces or learning lab?

 

Dan: We have strongly considered integrating our computer equipment and tools into a Learning Lab within a host library. We are excited by the possibility of building a makerspace, combining manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype, and create manufactured works that wouldn't be possible to create by individual effort alone. Multiple learning labs could be united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and they could be unique to better fit the purposes of the specific communities which they serve.  

 

Robotics programming seems to be increasing in popularity among young people. Do you offer any related workshops?

 

Dan: We have recently organized a pilot robotics workshop, "Robots on the Run", to be held at the North Kingstown Free Library, as well as the Tiverton Public Library. The workshop aims to explain basic circuits and instructions on building a simple robot. Participants will learn programmable electronics, including making lights blink, motors run, producing sounds, and much more.  They will also learn about interactive software titled "Arduino" and how they can create their own sample "Robot". We hope that we can broaden our outreach to libraries throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the near future.

 

We are also offering a workshop and an exhibit on "Historic Video Games". The exhibit aims to explain the impact of early video games on students developing skills in the context of historic preservation. Our aim is to explain how early video games were made and give students new skills to develop their own games.

 

Lastly, we are in the process of planning and designing a workshop on 3D printers. We hope to engage middle and high school-age youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. RICM will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning.

 

If you are interested in having the Rhode Island Computer Museum come to your library, Dan welcomes your invitation. You can get in touch with Dan by email: dan@ricomputermuseum.org. Fees vary by workshop and the RICM is willing to work with libraries who may have budget constraints.

Reference Refresher: Tutor.com
By Lenora Robinson
AskRI Reference Librarian
tutor.com

School is back in session and students may be starting to come to the library for help with their homework, science projects and other school assignments. Suggest they try Homework Help through AskRI.org. Aside from self-guided Study Resources which includes thousands of lessons, worksheets, study guides and videos to help students of all ages in all subjects, there is also a Live Tutor available from 2pm - 10pm EST every day to walk students through homework problems; no appointment necessary. Spanish and Vietnamese tutors are available as well.

 

Subjects that Tutor.com cover include Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Statistics and others in the Math area; Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and others in the Science area; Vocabulary, Grammar, Literature and others in the English area; and a separate Social Studies area.  

 

Other online services are available for those times when the Live Tutor is not. In addition to the Study Resources listed above, Homework Help has Test Preparation resources to help students and others prepare for the SAT, ACT, GED, other standardized tests from all 50 states, graduate school entrance exams, civil service exams, citizenship tests, and more.  

 

Tutor.com also has a Career Center for job seekers and adult learners. The Career Center offers many similar resources to help job seekers looking for their first job, or their last. It has listings to look for local jobs, templates to help write effective cover letters and resumes, career databases and adult education services. Through the SkillsCenter Resource Library it offers interview guidelines, helpful videos and tutorials on how to interview, and much more for job seekers to work independently. In addition to these resources that are available online 24/7 for job seekers, there are also live connections to an expert for one-on-one job seeking assistance, available from 2pm - 10pm every day. Emailed or printed transcripts of all the information received through Tutor.com sessions are available after a session is over.

 

You can also become a tutor with tutor.com! If you are skilled in a particular subject matter, Tutor.com is looking for people who will apply to become a work-at-home tutor. To find out more information, check out the FAQs on becoming a tutor. They can can be found on their site here: http://www.tutor.com/apply/tutoring-faq.

 

Tutor.com is also available for students and others on "the go". It's available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices.


News From the Field
RILA
Save the date(s)!  RILA has a lot of fun events going on this fall.

October 15--Information Literacy Month Social
It's official - October is Information Literacy Month in RI! To celebrate, RILA is hosting an Information Literacy "Social" designed to attract folks from all library types. This will be a fun, informal networking & information sharing opportunity that focuses teaching information literacy skills at all levels, across all library environments. Join the conversation! 
Tuesday, October 15th 4:30-7pm
URI Carothers Library and Learning Commons, Galanti Lounge
Light bites and refreshments will be served.
More information and registration details coming VERY soon...

October 29th--Alex and Ani
We are hosting a charitable shopping event at the East Greenwich Alex and Ani on October 29th.  RILA will get 15% of the proceeds from sales during the event (both in person and over the phone).


November 15th--Good Librations
Join us for Good Librations, RILA's first-ever local beer sampling, featuring brews from Narragansett Beer, Foolproof Brewing, Revival Brewing, Trinity Brewhouse, Newport Storm and more! We will also be celebrating the release of our 2014 Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State calendar, with our models available to personally autograph copies! Help support books, booze, and librarians with tattoos on Friday, November 15th, 7pm - 9pm, at the Rochambeau branch of the Providence Community Library--708 Hope St, Providence. A $20 donation is appreciated, and space is limited, so please register in advance through the RILA website! Email questions to Emily Grace: emily@askri.org.

April 5-12 2014--Money Smart Week

Join the hundreds of other libraries in your state and across the country next spring to provide  programs for all ages, and all stages of life, related to personal financial literacy. 'Money Smart Week @ your library' is a partnership initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that expands Money Smart Week«

 

Libraries partner with community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations, and other financial experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal finances. General topic areas range from 'Credit and Debt Management' to 'Kid's and Money' to 'Retirement Planning' to 'Savvy Shopping and Bargain Hunting.'

 

ALA and the Federal Reserve provide you with a wealth of resources and tools to make it easy for you to participate. So get Money Smart Week @ your library on your libraries calendar for April 5-12, 2014, and make sure to sign up for the soon to be announced October webinar, which will provide great examples from librarians whose libraries have participated and benefited from providing financial literacy programming in their community.  

  

If you'd like to participate, please contact Julie DeCesare  

jdecesa1@providence.edu or Chris Wallace Goldstein  

cgoldstein@woonsocketlibrary.org
 
Redwood Library and AthenŠum
The Redwood Library & AthenŠum in Newport was pleased to welcome three new employees this summer. Phoebe S. Bean is the temporary Special Collections Cataloger for the Rhode Island History Project, Elizabeth Delmage is the Project Archivist, and Melissa Hurley is the Children's/Young Adult Librarian. Phoebe, who continues in her full-time job as Librarian at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, is cataloging rare books and manuscript items that will be scanned in a partnership with the John Carter Brown Library in Providence. Elizabeth, who was formerly employed on a three-year project at the New York Public Library, is processing manuscript collections that focus on Newport and Rhode Island history. Melissa, a 2013 graduate in Library and Information Studies at URI, is creating new programs and settling in to the newly-renovated children's library.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College is ecstatically happy to welcome Jennifer Shallcross as Commons Collections Specialist as of August 26. Jennifer arrived at PC after more than 5 years in the library at Roger Williams University. For starters, she'll be working with acquisitions workflows, but we know she'll quickly "acquire" many more skills and responsibilities!

Providence College Phillips Memorial Library would like to welcome and congratulate Andria Tieman, our new Commons Librarian for Digital Research & Education.  Andria was recently Adult Services Librarian at the Providence Community Library - Rochambeau and Reference & Instruction Librarian at Bryant University.  We look forward to working with Andria as she settles into this recently updated position to coordinate and improve our virtual & physical outreach, research education, & research services initiatives.

Harmony Library
Glocester resident Dick Martin presented a check for $500 on September 10,  to the Harmony Library. The money, which will be used to purchase children's books, comes from profits of his recently published novel Mae, which is based on the life of his mother the late L. Mae Martin, a longtime second grade and reading teacher at Adah S. Hawkins Elementary School and later Fogarty Memorial School in Harmony. Mae Martin was also a longtime member of Harmony Library who served in various capacities including president, as well as being a member of the Harmony Library Board for over 35 years and a member of the Library Building Committee responsible for construction of the new library. The main room in the library is dedicated to her. In 1995 she was selected as the Honorary Grand Marshall of the Annual Ancient and Horribles Parade for her dedication to the community.
Her son Dick has been a high school English teacher for over 40 years, as well as an award winning writer whose feature articles and columns have appeared in local magazines and newspapers in Rhode Island over the years. He teaches English at Killingly High. Mae is his first novel.
"It just seemed appropriate to donate a portion of the profits from Mae to the library," says Martin. "This library was so important to my mother, not only because she was a huge proponent of reading, but because she realized the importance of the library to the local community, especially for those less privileged than others. It is a tremendous resource. I know my mother would be pleased."

Mae
is based on recollections of a young girl growing up on the family farm in Scituate, Rhode Island, in the early 1900's.  The novel, based in part on personal journals, echoes with laughter and lament and legacy in the Irish family saga tradition of Angela's Ashes...set on a  
rural New England farm as World Wars, Depression, and decades march  onward and around them.

Cornucopia of Rhode Island: A Library Community of Color 2013 Annual Fall Mini Conference
 
More Than Slavery: African Americans in Rhode Island from 1650 - Present
 
When:  Friday, October 25, 2013, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 
Where: Community College of Rhode Island, Knight Campus, Warwick 
Time: 8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
The conference is free but please pre-register with Ida D. McGhee: 
imcghee2003@yahoo.com  


The RILA Bulletin is produced by the RILA Communications Committee.  The RILA Communications Committee is responsible for publicizing and supporting Rhode Island Library Association activities using a variety of communication tools. Responsibilities including publishing the RILA Bulletin, managing social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and exploring other mediums as needed. The Communications Committee may cooperate with the publicity efforts of the Public Relations Committee to promote library services statewide.

Rhode Island Library Association members can contribute content to the RILA Bulletin by emailing the editors: rilabulletin@gmail.com

 

 

Andria Tieman & Brandi Kenyon
Rhode Island Library Association