COLA Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 13, 5 – 7 PM At The Rhode Island Statehouse

Emily Sheketoff

Emily Sheketoff

The Keynote Speaker Will be Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of ALA Washington Office.  Sweetheart of the Year – Tom Viall

This year COLA’s annual meeting matters more. As usual, we will convene in the State Reception Room of the RI State House to celebrate library advocacy.

We will honor up-and-coming scholarship winners, amazing Friends groups, and our Sweetheart of the Year, Tom Viall. We will vote on a slate of officers and new board members.

Emily Sheketoff’s keynote speech, “Advocacy is More Important Than Ever,” will inspire and inform us for the months ahead. Read More…

COLA Newsletter March 2017

Be sure to keep up with COLA and read the latest edition of our newsletter [PDF].

Community Building & Engagement: Partnerships at Work

Save the date! Tuesday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the North Kingstown Public Library, COLA joins forces with the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) and the RI Library Association (RILA) to present a workshop for library trustees, directors, Friends groups, and other supporters. Consultant Deb Hoadley will lead an interactive program on the role of library trustees in building strategic partnerships and fostering community engagement. Read More…

Upcoming COLA Board Meetings

Tuesdays at 5:30 PM:  May 9, 2017, at the Barrington Senior Center; April 13, 2017 (annual meeting) at the State House.

Advocate for ESSA School Library Funding

COLA board member Cheryl McCarthy graciously volunteered to create a template letter of support for ESSA funding for School Library Media Programs in RI.  Read More…


Please join us (or renew your membership!)

You can download our mail-in form or join online. Our 2016-2017 flyer is also here.