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For Immediate Release: Monday, March 28, 2011 Web Link to South Dakota Department of Education
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, Email Link

First Lady to celebrate Library Week with reading tour

PIERRE, S.D. — First Lady Linda Daugaard will celebrate South Dakota Library Week, April 10-16, by visiting several libraries across the state and reading to children.

Daugaard will be in Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls on Monday, April 11, and will travel to Rapid City on Wednesday, April 13, before concluding her tour in Pierre on Thursday, April 14.

As a parent and as a former educator, school librarian and library board member, Daugaard is aware of the important contribution that libraries make toward improving literacy and encouraging life-long learning.

In 2009, South Dakota residents checked out nearly 6 million books, CDs, videos and other items from their local public libraries, and public access computers in these libraries across the state were used more than 912,000 times.

“South Dakota’s libraries play a critical role in today’s information society,” the First Lady said. “By providing access to high quality resources, they are a one-stop shop for their patrons’ information, education – and even entertainment – needs.”

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed April 10-16, 2011, as South Dakota Library Week. The second full week of April is traditionally observed as Library Week nationwide.

“A literate society is essential to economic and cultural development and South Dakota’s libraries help build a literate society by enabling a love of reading and by providing easy access to quality books,” Gov. Daugaard stated in the executive proclamation.

The week is a good time to recognize the vital contributions that libraries make to the communities they serve every day.

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