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Children's & Youth Services

Book Awards

South Dakota's Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom and Pasque Awards

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The Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom & Pasque Children's Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association. Prairie Bud Awards cover grades Pre-Kindergarten through 1st. Prairie Bloom cover grades 2nd through 3rd. Prairie Pasque Awards cover grades 4th through 5th.

More Information on Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom and Prairie Pasque

YARP: South Dakota Teen Choice Book Award

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Each year the Young Adult Reading Program (YARP) Committee of the South Dakota Library Association publishes a list to promote quality literature and to help South Dakota teachers and librarians in selecting and promoting books for adolescents.

More Information on YARP

More Book Awards:

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Programming Resources

Links and book recommendations for activities, decorating, puppetry, and infant/toddler programming
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Performer's Database theater masks

A performer listing created by the South Dakota State Library as a service to public libraries and other organizations that want to hire quality performers for their children's programs.
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Reader's Advisory

Tip Sheets

How To Choose Good Books For Your Child

How To Encourage Reading

How To Read Aloud To A Classroom Of Children

How To Read Aloud To Your Child

South Dakota Books for Young Readers Web Link to State Archives
South Dakota State Historical Society's suggested list of books about South Dakota for young readers.

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Special Needs

Resources for patrons with special needs.

Braille and Talking Book Library

The South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Library (B&TB) has both fiction and nonfiction books for children in print/braille (twin vision), braille, and talking book formats. Materials in the collection begin at the preschool level.
More Information on Braille and Talking Book.

ALA's ASCLA: Library Accessibility — What You Need to Know Web Link to ASCLA
This toolkit series of fifteen tipsheets was developed to help librarians in all types of libraries understand and manage access issues. Includes “Children with Disabilities”, “Developmental Disabilities”, “Learning Disabilities” and more.

Youth with Special Needs: A Resource and Planning Guide for Wisconsin Public Libraries Web Link to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
This resource and planning guide is intended to provide guidance and practical suggestions to public librarians to ensure that all youth with special needs have appropriate, convenient, and equitable access to materials and technology at public libraries to meet their informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs.

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Summer Reading


Jump Start

Grab your travel gear and head to a Jump Start workshop near you! Scheduled every February.
More Information on Jumpstart

Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP) Web Link to CSLP
A grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

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Young Adult Services

Homework, YARP: South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards, and more. Formerly known as the “TeenCenter”.
More Information about Young Adult Services

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2017-18 Prairie Bud/ Prairie Bloom/ and Prairie Pasque books announced!

Voting is open October 1 through April 1.

Student Voting:
Prairie Bud
Prairie Bloom
Prairie Pasque

Teacher Voting:
Prairie Bud
Prairie Bloom
Prairie Pasque

South Dakota State Library Cornerstone
SDSL's e-Newsletter articles include:
  - Children and YA Services
  - Maker Spaces
  - School Libraries
  - Summer Reading
And many more!

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Children's & Young Adult Services Coordinator

Alissa Adams EMAIL
School Library Technology Coordinator
605-773-3131, Option 5, 3

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