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January 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1

How does your library promote itself?

Send your PR Pointers to: Jane Healy

SIRS Discoverer & SIRS Researcher

Featured Electronic Resource of the Month

South Dakota Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

Contest Deadline is March 15th! Open to All South Dakota Students (K-12). More information is available at Download the 8.5 x 11" poster to post at your library. (PDF file)

In Review: School Libraries

A great read-aloud, a Newbery Honor Book, and one for the profession

That Book Woman by Heather Henson and illustrated by David Small is a great elementary age read-aloud. It is based on the true story of the Pack Horse Librarians in the Appalachians in the 1930s. You’ll meet Cal and his sister Lark. Which one is the reading type? Useful title for integrating geography. ATHENEUM, 2008. (978-1-4169-0812-8)

The Jumping Off Place by Marian Hurd McNeely was named a Newbery Honor Book when it was first published in 1929. Rediscover this story about four children who homestead in Tripp County. Jean L.S. Patrick’s afterword bridges the years between and provides some thoughts for possible research projects. SD STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS, 2008. (978-0-9798940-4-6)

Librarians as Learning Specialists: Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century by Allison Zmuda and Violet H. Harada takes a look at school libraries from the point of view of the student. Using quotes, interviews, and research studies the authors conclude that the school library “…is the natural venue for differentiation and the pursuit of authentic, inquiry-based tasks.” Which is exactly what they say is needed for the 21st Century. LIBRARIES UNLIMITED, 2008. (978-1-59158-679-1)

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