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April 2009, Volume 1, Issue 4

Worlds Connect @ Your Library

Featured E-Resources of the Month

Clock is Ticking

Have you submitted your completed Public Library Annual Report?

South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest

Statewide library statistics and facts, as of 2008

Childrens & Youth Services

Harry Potter's World traveling exhibit

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine Traveling Exhibit

Deadline: May 1

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces a new small format traveling exhibition to libraries, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine.” Public, academic (university, college and community college) and medical libraries may apply to host the banner exhibition.

For more information, visit

2009 South Dakota Children’s Book Award Winners

by Lee Crary

And the winners are:

Chickens to the Rescue, by John Himmelman, is the winner of the 2009 Prairie Bud Award.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatouilline, is the Prairie Pasque Award winner.

Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, the contest features two lists of 15 nominated titles: the Prairie Bud list is intended for students in grades K-3; the Prairie Pasque list is for fourth- through sixth-grade students. To qualify to vote, students are to read at least five books from the list of fifteen nominees for their grade level; they then vote for their favorite. The book receiving the most votes on each list receives the award.

Of course, the real winners in the contest are the 11,714 children across the state who read the books and chose a favorite. A total of 76 voting surveys were submitted by school and public libraries statewide. 9072 votes were cast by grades K-3 students for books on the Prairie Bud list; 2642 students in grades 4-6 voted in the Prairie Pasque contest.

In order by number of votes received, the top five Prairie Bud books for 2009 are:

  • Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
  • Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod
  • The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin

The top five Prairie Pasque books for 2009, again in order by number of votes are:

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
  • Two-way tie for third place between:
    • The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman, and
    • John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith
  • Rules by Cynthia Lord

Young Adult Reading Program (YARP) Teen Choice 2009 Award Winners

The votes are in for the YARP Teen Choice Award winners for 2009. Votes are tallied by how many total stars a book was given on a 1-4 (4 being best) scale. Students can vote only for books that they read, but can vote for any book they read as many times as they want.

For the Middle School list:

  1. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson with 352 stars total
  2. Heat by Mike Lupica with 302 stars total

For the High School list:

  1. Runner by Carl Deuker with 204 stars total
  2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen with 190 stars total

We had 1,152 valid votes with 659 votes for the Middle School books, and 493 votes for the High School books. (last year we only had 69 votes total!)

There were votes from 35 school libraries, 2 home schools, and one public library.

If you would like a spreadsheet with all the data, contact Jasmine Rockwell at

Teen Summer Reading Project

Disclaimer: Presentation of any particular curriculum does not constitute endorsement, approval or recommendation for adoption of that curriculum by the State of South Dakota or the South Dakota Department of Education and its offices.


I am writing to invite you to join an extraordinary project. An author, teacher and speaker, I've initiated an international online teen summer reading project called Blogbook 2009. Beginning June 1, I will publish my never-before published teen novel, Loulane Lambert's Lists for Life on its own blog. The book is written as a journal, so each day (for about 2 months), I'll post a new entry until the entire novel is on the blog. Teens can interact with the book via their comments.

Schools and libraries can hop on board for this reading adventure by linking their websites to mine where readers can access the blog link. (Please visit for more information.) Participants from Japan to Malta are enthusiastic!

I hope you will join the fun with this first-ever international teen summer reading project. I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks for your time.

Best regards,

Barbara Larmon Failing

awards, ALA, summer reading

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