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July 2009, Volume 1, Issue 7

Check your Fall Calendars!

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26- Oct. 3

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

Web 2.0 tricks and tools featured in the electronic resources

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Children's and Young Adult Services

Why Web 2.0 matters in Youth Services

Do you ever feel out of touch with the young people of today? They may feel the same way about you. Using Web 2.0 tools can be an easy and fun way to reach out to those teens. Right now the State Library is offering another round of the Library 2.0 Challenge.

If you didn’t have a chance to take it the first time or haven’t signed up yet, do so for the sake of the young people in your community. You all have them even if they don’t all come to the library. According to a study done by the Pew Research Center in 2008, 93% of teens ages 12-17 use the Internet and most of them use social networks (which is what most of today’s commonly used 2.0 tools are).

Take a look at this slideshow presentation from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. To be able to see the slideshow in full screen, click on the little icon at the right in the slideshow control panel that looks like a little projector screen.

Now, go sign up for the Library 2.0 Challenge!

Summer Reading: Full Throttle!

By now most of you have had just about as much of summer reading as you can stand, well, for one summer. Some of you are still in high gear, some of you are winding down, some of you need to take a long vacation on a secluded island where there are no children, and some of you barely have enough energy to brush your teeth at night. But I thank you on behalf of the children and teens of South Dakota for doing what you do. Even if there weren’t studies to tell us that children who participate in summer learning activities (yes, what you are doing IS learning) are less susceptible to the “summer slide” librarians already know this. Keep up the great work and as always if you have any questions about summer reading contact Jasmine Rockwell at

And be on the lookout in the August Cornerstone for the summer reading program evaluation link! This evaluation is one of the two requirements libraries must fulfill to be eligible to receive their free summer reading program manual for the next summer.

CSLP is featured on U.S. Department of Education video

Watch Collaborative Summer Library Program past-president Sally Snyder talk about the importance and the fun of summer reading at's Webcast Center. Click on the archived video for June 16, 2009 to see the program Education News Parents Can Use: Summer Learning Programs - Preventing the Slide, Promoting Achievement. You’ll need WindowsMedia or RealPlayer. This would be a great tool to use when asking for support next year or to show educators in your area to encourage partnerships. You can fast-forward 50 minutes into the hour-long program to hear Sally’s portion, or watch it all to hear the many references to both school and public libraries.

summer reading, teens, Web 2.0

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