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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

Children's and YA Services

Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque reading begins now

The 2009/2010 Prairie Bud & Pasque state book award program is ready to go for grades K-5 students, teachers and librarians. Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, the contest features two lists of 15 nominated titles. In a change from previous years, the Prairie Bud list is now designed for students in grades K-2 and Prairie Pasque is for grades 3-5. Voting, done online only, begins after Jan.1 and concludes by March 15.

Students are encouraged to read and vote for their one favorite book of the year from the master lists compiled by a committee of educators and librarians. The books receiving the most votes from students win the awards, which will be announced during National Library Week in April. For more details about contest guidelines, follow these links:

To see the 2009/2010 master lists, visit the South Dakota Children's Book Awards


Celebrate Teen Read Week with YARP

Teen Read Week is Oct. 18-24. This year’s theme is “Read Beyond Reality” which encourages teens to read something out of this world just for the fun of it. Why is it important to celebrate? Teens have many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun and can be done anywhere. Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. Also, it’s a great chance to let your school and your public library communities know how important teen services are. Let teens know the possibilities that exist within your doors and within the covers of books. For more information or to register your Teen Read Week program go to Teen Read Week home.

What better way to celebrate Teen Read Week in South Dakota than to introduce your teens to the 2009/2010 YARP list? Just like last year, teens can read from either the middle school or high school list and vote for their favorite book. Every time a book is read a teen can vote on it – they don’t have to pick just one. Voting will begin during Teen Read Week and will conclude April 1. The current nominees are on the YARP page.


Teen reviewers wanted

Have you ever wondered if books written for teens are actually books teens want to read? Well, Simon and Schuster wants your teens to review books for them as part of the PulseIt Community. Any teen (as long as they are a legal U.S. resident) age 14-18 can sign up to be a teen book reviewer. Books are read online (no downloading) and a review form filled out when they are done. How easy is that? Active members are also eligible for monthly prizes. Encourage your teens to sign up today!


Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome… no wait, you’re just going through summer reading withdrawal

So public librarians what do you do now that summer’s over and kids haven’t started pouring in with assignments yet? School librarians, what are you going to do to get the year started with a bang? For starters, check out these great back-to-school read-alouds from School Library Journal. Kids in grades K-5 are all covered with some funny and relevant titles.

Another fun and easy program idea is a twist on the old “what I did on my summer vacation” essay. Encourage kids and teens to come up with one thing that they wished they would have or could have done during their summer vacation but didn’t get to do. Have kids write their idea on a piece of paper that can be displayed, signed or not – it doesn’t matter. Then help them find a great book that lets them explore this idea or is about someone who did that kind of thing. These can be as outrageous as becoming an astronaut. (NASA wants you to have at least finished high school before you can apply.) For example, I (Jasmine) wished I could have gone swimming this summer. So then my friendly local librarian would help me find a book like The Boy Who Wouldn’t Swim by Deb Lucke or Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. Try it out and let Jasmine know how it went. Send your stories to


Young Adult Literature Symposium Stipend

YALSA will award two stipends, worth up to $1,000, for travel and registration costs at the 2010 Young Adult Literature Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 5-7, 2010. Application deadline is January 4, 2010. For more info go to YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium Stipend Web page.


ALA releases information about CPSIA and library books

As the American Library Association (ALA) has emphasized since first enactment of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), concern for children’s safety is our first priority in providing materials to young patrons. On August 26, 2009, the CPSC’s final rule on children’s products containing lead was released. In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the law. CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead. According to our conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks.

While we await the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions. If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a danger to children, it should remove it from public access, for instance by moving it to the non-circulating collection. We would also ask that if libraries do learn of any books containing lead to please let the ALA – Washington Office know so that we might share that information with other libraries. When the Statement of Policy is released, we will promptly notify our members.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessica McGilvray, Assistant Director of the ALA Office of Government Relations at or 1-800-941-8478


Prairie Bud/Pasque, award, teens, YARP, reviews, public libraries, school libraries, summer reading, books, YALSA

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