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September 2009, Volume 1, Issue 9

Check Your Fall Calendars

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

YARP Voting Begins
Oct. 18

Library Headlines

Harrisburg Community Library makes big move

Harrisburg Ribbon Cutting

Harrisburg Community Library Ribbon Cutting: (pictured l to r) Troy Lubbers, Harrisburg City Council; Liz Hoffman, Harrisburg Community Library Board; Deanna Marsh, Harrisburg Community Librarian; Faythe Yerdon, Harrisburg Community Library Board; Lori Sisson; Harrisburg Economic Development Board; Ron Albers, Harrisburg School Board.

Harrisburg Community Library opened in its new location on August 15 with a ribbon cutting. It is now located at 200 E Willow Street in a separate wing of Liberty Elementary School. The expanded hours are Monday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Deanna Marsh and Kristi Jones are the librarians.

Harrisburg Community Library started out as an entirely volunteer effort. About six years ago the library was in a small building in the Ellis Larson Park in Harrisburg. Community members volunteered to check out books which were all donated. Operating times were very inconsistent and programming was non-existent. Two years later a library board was formed that was able to gain support from the city council, a joint city-school library was formed and the library moved to the high school. With the growth of the Harrisburg School District and the building of a new high school in 2009, space became available in what is now Liberty Elementary School. The city of Harrisburg is currently leasing space from the Harrisburg School District to house the library. There are ten computers connected to the Internet for patrons to use to search for books and online resources. Future plans for the library include computer classes, book clubs and special group meetings such as scrap booking. In addition to the story times offered now, the librarians look forward to expanding programming and the adult collection.


National Book Festival is Sept. 26

The National Book Festival is an immense gathering dedicated to reading and literacy. About 120,000 people attend this free literary event held in front of Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian Institute. Rain or shine, the National Mall will be packed from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. President and Mrs. Barack Obama will serve as honorary chairs on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the ninth annual event.

"The National Book Festival is a joyous celebration of reading and an inspiration for new generations of creativity... The National Book Festival has become a true American institution."
—James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress

The Festival is housed in a huge white tent city. There are six author and illustrator pavilions grouped by genre including Children, Teens, Fiction, Mysteries & Thrillers, History & Biography, and Poetry & Prose. The Pavilion of the States is also a hub of activity. It is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and showcases reading, libraries and literacy activities around the country. The Pavilion of the States takes on a street fair mood; especially with all of the kids as they try to make sure they visit all of the tables and get their maps stamped to get a prize at the IMLS booth. Each year representatives from the South Dakota State Library and the South Dakota Humanities Council distribute state maps, information about literary events and tourism brochures.

"This is such a fun event for your whole family. It brings out the readers, book lovers and anyone that loves anything that has to do with books.”
—Kathleen Slocum, the SDSL representative.

Go to 2009 National Book Festival (Library of Congress) for more information.


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