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June 2009, Volume 1, Issue 6

Check your Fall Calendars!

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-3 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Be Creative @ Your Library or From Home

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Great ideas from our fellow librarians.

Children's and YA Services

Summer Reading Program Updates Web Site

Greetings Librarians!

Many of you have begun your summer reading programs and we know there's much to do. We just wanted to let you know about several new highlights on the Web site of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. CSLP produces your summer reading program manual.

First of all, the Web site has been completely redesigned and is much more user friendly.

Secondly, individual libraries or library systems can now create their own account on the Web site. This will give you access to things for member states (our state is a member) that previously were only available to the state representatives. You will also be able to provide CSLP with direct feedback on any program and dialog with libraries around the country that do the same summer reading program as you. If you are on a CSLP committee that information is also available. If you are interested in a personal library profile you will need to use the "Create Account" button in the middle of the page near the username and password boxes. Once you complete the registration, you will have to confirm with an e-mail address and then wait for a response from CSLP.

Thirdly, the sign language videos are online now on the CSLP Diversity page. On this page you will also find other useful information about serving children with disabilities.

Please take advantage of the CSLP Web site and all it has to offer. If you have any questions about CSLP, summer reading, or if you would like to be a member of a CSLP committee please contact Jasmine Rockwell at


Book: The Snowy Day

Help Create a U.S. Postage Stamp to Celebrate The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The U.S. Postage Stamp Citizen's Advisory Committee, the group that decides what subjects are chosen for our country's commemorative postage stamps, is considering celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. This book is not just an American classic beloved by generations of children and parents around the world; it is also the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream American children's book publishing.

It takes three years for the subject of a postage stamp to be considered, accepted and developed. The 50th anniversary of The Snowy Day is in 2012. Help us gather signatures to send to the Citizen's Advisory Committee to let them know how welcome this stamp would be to families and educators across the country. Help us show the world that Ezra's character Peter, playing in the snow, a character they recognize and treasure, is as valued here as it is abroad.

To support the creation of The Snowy Day 50th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp visit the Web site of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation at and add your name to the Support the Stamp list. Tell your friends, your students, your teachers and your parents to add their names to our petition. Names will not be used for any other reason than for The Snowy Day Stamp Petition, nor will they be shared or sold to any other entity. Help make 2012 a celebration of American children in all their diversity!


Recommended Interactive Software for Kids

You can access the Association for Library Service to Children’s Spring 2009 List of Great Interactive Software for Kids to discover high-quality computer programs and digital media for children 14 years of age and younger. ALSC’s age-rated, annotated list, which was formerly known as Notable Software for Children, is available on the American Library Association’s Web site. Use this guide to find unique, must-have items to add to your collection


summer reading, websites, postage stamp, software, ALA


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