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RIDE: Please add school library media to plan for ESSA funding

Hello COLA Colleagues, I just want to keep you updated. I sent this letter to RIDE regarding the proposed ESSA State Plan. We had until June 30th to respond and although Howard Boksenbaum wrote to them in February requesting the addition … Continue reading

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Protect Libraries! Open Letter

COLA Colleagues– I suspect we were all shocked by the president’s presentation of a budget that eliminated or reduced so many programs that support our libraries and our communities.  Especially alarming was the disappearance of the Institute of Museum and … Continue reading

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COLA Annual Meeting April 13th

Thursday, April 13, 5 – 7 PM at the RI Statehouse The Keynote Speaker Will be Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of ALA Washington Office This year COLA’s annual meeting matters more. As usual, we will convene in the State Reception … Continue reading

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April 4 OLIS/RILA/COLA program: Community Building & Engagement

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 … Continue reading

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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.  Members should feel free to adapt and use any portions of the attached letter to advocate to … Continue reading

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COLA Newsletter – Autumn 2016

Get your full copy of the Summer 2016 newsletter here. From the Chair: Spinning Room My first library job was in a basement room where documents related to economic development and the environment had been stacked over many years. As … Continue reading

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Cornucopia for their 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join Cornucopia for their 10th Anniversary Celebration: An Evening of Memories Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:00 PM Community College of Rhode Island Warwick Campus Room 1130 – Conference Room A 400 East Avenue Warwick, RI 02886 Join CORI for an … Continue reading

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Demand Full Funding for RI Libraries

Background In recognition of the importance of libraries in our society, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation providing for state aid for public library services. Rhode Island State Law § 29-6-2 calls for state aid support for local public library services … Continue reading

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2016 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m Rhode Island State House Governor’s State Room You are cordially invited to join COLA in celebrating and supporting Rhode Island libraries Guest Speaker: Tony Estrella, artistic director, Gamm Theatre A Serious House on Serious … Continue reading

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Cornerstones of Democracy: Libraries, Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

Thursday, November 12, 2015 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Road Registration required – Register Here The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), and the RI Library Association … Continue reading

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