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August 2009, Volume 1, Issue 8

Check Your Fall Calendars

September is
Library Card Sign-Up Month

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 27-29

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

Library Development

Libraries to receive funding for computers, technology training

Twenty-five South Dakota libraries will benefit from the third round of the Opportunity Online Hardware Grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Libraries initiative.

The funds will allow public libraries to obtain and maintain sufficient numbers of computer workstations. Eligible libraries can use the money for hardware upgrades, software, and technology support to ensure that their computers will adequately serve the public for years to come.

The South Dakota State Library will administer the grants, and each community library will have to provide an escalating local match to the grant funds over the next two years.

The 25 South Dakota libraries receiving Gates grants are:

  • A.H. Brown Public Library, Mobridge
  • Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen
  • Alexandria Public Library, Alexandria
  • Armour Public Library, Armour
  • Belle Fourche Public Library, Belle Fourche
  • Bison Public Library, Bison
  • Deadwood Public Library, Deadwood
  • Emma Burnham Public Library, Frederick
  • Faulk County Library, Faulkton
  • Grant County Public Library, Milbank
  • Grant County Public Library Branch, Revillo
  • Ihanktonwan Community/College Library, Marty
  • Kimball Centennial Library, Kimball
  • Leola Public Library, Leola
  • Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library, Ipswich
  • Moody County Resource Center, Flandreau
  • Oglala Lakota College Library, Kyle
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library, Lead
  • Rev. Martin Bieber Public Library, Bowdle
  • Selby Community/School Library, Selby
  • Sinte Gleska University Library, Mission
  • Sisseton Memorial Library, Sisseton
  • Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion
  • Wagner Public Library, Wagner
  • Whitewood Public Library, Whitewood

For more information, visit or contact Daria Bossman at the South Dakota State Library at (800) 423-6665.


Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grant awarded to Cheyenne River Reservation Schools

Three school libraries on the Cheyenne River Reservation have been awarded an Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant in the amount of approximately $286,000. The three schools: Eagle Butte School District 20-1 (Upper Elementary), Dupree School and Timber Lake School have an enrollment of 1,625 students. They will be served by the grant through an infusion of books and digital media, modern library computer technology, extended student access hours to library staff, media, and resources, and training opportunities for professional library staff. This grant will be the primary public school source for these library resources.

According to Gay Mraz, Dupree School librarian, goals envisioned for the grant are increased connectivity to the outside world in a vast and geographically isolated area, updated library management software, enhanced professional development opportunities, additional audiovisual and multimedia resources and equipment, and expanded library access after school and during summer months. Depending upon the library, collection development may focus on beginning readers, hi-lo resources, curriculum-related nonfiction, and digital/electronic books. Librarians will receive funds allowing them to attend the South Dakota Library Association annual conference and the American Association of School Librarians national conference.

For more information about the Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant go to

funding, grants, literacy, Native American, public libraries, school libraries, technology

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