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June 2009, Volume 1, Issue 6

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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.

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Be Creative @ Your Library or From Home

State Library electronic resources allow you to enjoy summer reading and activities at your library or from your home computer. Here are some ideas to get you and your patrons started:


LOGO: Net Library

Get craft ideas and instructions, read—or produce—plays, hone writing or art skills, and more with electronic books from NetLibrary. Books such as Crafts to Make in the Summer, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Scrapbooking, Fractured Fairy Tales: Puppet Plays & Patterns, Classic Readers Theatre for Young Adults, are a few of the full-text books online that can move you from getting an idea to executing it.


LOGO: ProQuest

A basic ProQuest search of “handicrafts,” “quilting,” “gardening,” “writing,” “creativity,” or any keyword related to your creative outlet yields full-text magazine article results from over 1,700 sources. Help your patrons find new ways to apply their creativity!


LOGO: Sirs Discoverer

SIRS Discoverer (Grades K-9) offers full-text magazine articles containing activities. Under “Database Features,” click on “Activities” for a topical list. Choose from “collecting & hobbies,” “food projects & recipes,” “home & personal projects,” and more. Kids can do these activities on their own or with some adult assistance.


LOGO: World Book

World Book provides creativity sparks for every age. In World Book Kids (grades K-5), click on the “Activities” column to the right of the home page. Soon you and the kids in your life will be involved in “Make It,” “Think It,” and “Be It.” Complete instructions describe age-appropriate activities such as “Fold It!,” “Make Your Own Play Clay,” “Assembling a Sculpture,” and more. Exercise creativity in World Book Student and World Book Advanced by creating your own Timelines. Share your research findings with other World Book subscribers by creating your own Pathfinders in World Book Advanced. Remember that all World Book products give encyclopedia articles and more about creative activities.


LOGO:  WorldCat

WorldCat opens the door to creativity worldwide. You and your patrons can find books and media about your favorite creative endeavor. If the items are not in your library, order them on interlibrary loan. You will soon be on your way to a more creative you!


Direct access to all the resources mentioned is available from the South Dakota State Library Web site within libraries in South Dakota, and 24/7 access is available to citizens from home with a library barcode and password. Click on “For Library and School Users” for the electronic resources list.


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