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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

Featured eResources of the Month

Discover the World of World Book Discover

World Book Discover, a differentiated learning resource, is now available to all school, public and academic libraries in South Dakota! It is also available from home with a valid South Dakota Library Network member library card or State Library card.

Though its target audience is reluctant readers, ELL students and those with learning disabilities, World Book Discover has features everyone can appreciate.

Activate the read-aloud toolbar in any article and hear the article read to you. The sentence being read is highlighted in yellow, and the word being spoken is highlighted in blue, allowing readers to follow along. Articles can be translated into 14 languages in print (no read-aloud). Comprehension questions accompany each article to check for understanding.

A click-and-go visual dictionary lets users search by category to bring up an image indicating the names of parts of the subject. For example, labels on “Exterior of a house” include “dormer window,” gutter” and “gable vent.”

World Book Explains is a series of videos answering questions about a variety of topics. Each video is introduced by a young person asking a question such as “Is it true that sharks don’t sleep?” A subject expert answers the question.

The Life Skills section offers information and activities on aspects of employment, money, food, shopping, health, social skills, housing, transportation, taxes and insurance. Answers to the activities are a click away.

Familiar features from other World Book modules are included here, too, such as Timelines, Citation Builder, How to Do Research, Atlas, state education standards correlation and more.

World Book Discover was added to our current subscription by World Book at no additional charge. Find it under “World Book School Edition” on the State Library Databases page.

Visit our webpage under ‘For Librarians > Licensed Databases > World Book' to find details on how to add World Book to your webpage and find World Book Discover handouts to use with patrons and students.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Julie Erickson or Jane Healy, Electronic Services Coordinators , at 1-800-423-6665. Or, e-mail at or


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