The Office of Library and Information Services supports and promotes library services to young adults by planning and coordinating monthly Young Adult Round Table (YART) meetings at libraries throughout the state.
YART is a is a community of practice that welcomes YA librarians from public libraries, middle and high school librarians, and library school students concerned with all aspects of library service to young adults. YART collaborates to produce timely book and resource lists to support librarians and library staff serving teens.
Meetings focus on different genres or topics in YA literature, innovative programs and services, technology, marketing/public relations, and social issues affecting teenagers. Meeting topics for the year are determined at an organizational meeting held each June. Meetings are generally led by Rhode Island young adult librarians, but occasionally feature outside speakers from other youth-serving organizations in Rhode Island or national speakers.
Materials such as book lists, resource lists, and handouts generated by the Young Adult Round Table will be archived for one year on the Resources page. Please contact Danielle Margarida for materials older than one year.
Membership in the Young Adult Round Table listserv is open to all RI library staff with an interest in teen services. To subscribe, please contact Danielle Margarida, OLIS Youth Services Coordinator.