About the Summer Reading Program Performers Showcase

2018 Summer Reading Program: “Libraries Rock!”
General information about Rhode Island's Summer Reading Program is available online at http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/srp/about.php

Each year, OLIS develops a list of approximately 8-12 performers/educators to provide programs to children ages pre-K to 10 in libraries during the summer reading program. Performers, or performing groups, present an average of 5-40 programs over the course of the summer. There is a wide range in the number of programs presented because, while the Youth Services Advisory Council (8 children's and young adult librarians) selects the final slate of presenters, each library books its own programs. OLIS serves as an organizer and convener, not a selector.

These performances are given in 70 public library buildings across the state and are booked from mid-June through mid-August. The fee paid for each 45-60 minute performance is $160.00. The 2018 theme is "Libraries Rock!”

In order to select the performers/educators, OLIS schedules an annual Children's Summer Reading Program Performers' Showcase. This year’s showcase will be at the Warwick Public Library located at 600 Sandy Lane Warwick, RI 02889. The showcase will take place on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (snow date: 12/11). Each performer or performing group prepares a 15 minute program which is performed in front of children’s librarians from around the state. Each performer or group is encouraged to bring flyers or other promotional materials to distribute. Libraries also book shows during other times of the year so this is an opportunity to present your program to a large group of librarians.

Based on the applications received, 12 presenters will be selected to perform at the Showcase on December 4. In selecting educators to perform, first priority is given to people who have not been summer reading performers in the past. Second priority is given to presenters who have not been part of the summer reading program for at least 4 years. After these, we will include performers who have performed in the recent past, but would like to debut new material related to this year's theme.

We will also have a limited number of tables set up where performers/presenters can display their work. Some, especially visual artists, may prefer to present a program this way.

The Youth Services Advisory Council will consider all presenters who submit applications and descriptions. All presenters will be given equal consideration.

Block Booking Meeting for Children’s and Teen Programs
Once the performers/educators for the summer have been selected and agree to perform, they are invited to the block booking meeting. This year’s block booking meeting is Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Warwick Public Library from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (snow date: 1/16).  Each performer lists days and or times when he/she is not available to make things run as smoothly as possible during the booking. After the meeting each performer's schedule is posted online, so there is minimal work for performers in developing their own summer calendars.

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