Access to books is critical for children. According to the Department of Education’s study Access to Reading Materials, “While less than 15 percent of students with between 0 and 10 books scored proficient in 2015, 50 percent of students with more than 100 books did. The data and research are clear – children who have access to print reading materials have better literacy outcomes.” Libraries are a wonderful way to access books, and a library can serve as hub for learning, security and support for a neighborhood.
Library Lovers Month runs all of February, but Rhode Island's wonderful library system is open year round. Use February as a chance to learn more about the vibrant community resource in your neighborhood: your local library!
The American Library Association shares: “The theme for the upcoming National Library Week 2022, 'Connect with Your Library,' promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries."
In Rhode Island, the Ocean State Libraries represent a network of public libraries from Woonsocket to Westerly. These libraries provide FREE access to books, safe spaces to work and play, classes and even outdoor space.
While library access has rapidly changed throughout the pandemic, the Ocean State Libraries have worked hard to ensure that Rhode Island residents still have access to books, wherever they arre! Check out the resources below to see how you can engage with and learn from your local library branch:
Consult this map to find the library nearest to you.
View a schedule of online courses and offerings.
View the database of online courses and videos, curate by OSLRI.
Visit the ezone to borrow from thousands of audiobooks.
You can even sign up for a library card online!
Even if you can't access a library in person, The Ocean State Libraries network offers plenty of resources for families, learners of all ages and adults!
Remember, libraries are always working hard to share resources, and they are invaluable free, public, community resources. Share a message of gratitude by tagging #ThankYouLibraries on social media when you use any of the resources listed above!