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April 2010
Volume 2, Issue 4

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota
throughout 2010

School Library Month
April 1-30, 2010

SD School Library Survey
April 1- May 31, 2010

National Library Week
April 11-17, 2010

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
April 30, 2010

Children's Book Week
May 10-16, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Learning Express helps improve lives

Continuing Education Alert
Highlighting April Online Learning Opportunities

Children’s & YA Services

Braille & Talking Book Summer Reading Program begins June 7

By Mary Sjerven, Reader Advisor, Braille & Talking Book Library

The 2010 Braille & Talking Book Summer Reading Program will run from June 7 through July 16 with the theme, “Make a Splash – Read!” The program is sponsored by the South Dakota State Library and supported by the South Dakota Lion’s Foundation. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the program.

The program is open to all registered students of the State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Library. To be eligible for the program children must have a visual, physical, or reading disability that prohibits them from reading standard print. Participants of the summer reading program are between the ages of 7 and 15. The readers are divided into three age divisions: 7 to 9; 10 to 12; and 13 to 15. Only recorded books or Braille books may be used for the program. No print books are allowed. Participants are required to submit written, oral, or e-mailed book reports. They may receive assistance in writing their reports. The student submitting the most book reports will be the winner in their age division. Each age division has first, second and third place winners in the recorded format and in the Braille format. Plaques are given to the first, second, and third place winners in both the recorded and Braille divisions. The first place winners receive their plaques at an awards program which is attended by families and includes a luncheon and special program.

Registration forms for the summer reading program will be mailed to the schools on March 29. Each student already registered with the Braille and Talking Book Library will have their registration form mailed April 12. We encourage students to participate in the Braille & Talking Book Summer Reading Program, as this gives them the opportunity to do recreational reading during the summer. The program may be incorporated into summer schools that require reading. The child may also participate in their local library’s summer reading program. For more information contact the Braille and Talking Book Library at 1-800-423-6665 and ask for Mary.


Author visits with Skype

Have you always wanted to have author visits but you don’t have the budget for it? Check out how one library in Southwest Missouri used Skype (phone via Internet) to do it on the cheap!

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Promote YALSA’s literary award winners

Remember last month when we announced the next round of children’s and young adult book award winners from ALA? Well, now you can promote the YA book award winners even more with free downloadable bookmarks found here:

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Give a boost to your nonfiction collection

Do you wish your statistics for nonfiction circulation were better? Do you have reluctant readers? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions then take a look at this article entitled “Top Ten Reasons Nonfiction is Perfect for Reluctant Readers!”

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Prairie Pasque books, both past and present, are displayed at Jolley Elementary School in Vermillion.

13,450 readers vote for Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque awards

Prairie Pasque books, both past and present, are displayed at Jolley Elementary School in Vermillion.

The 13,450 votes cast by student readers in the 2010 South Dakota Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Book Award Contest topped the 2009 total by nearly 2000 votes. Eighty-four voting surveys were submitted this year, also an increase over 2009. 8962 Prairie Bud votes were cast by students in grades K-2; 4488 students in grades 3-5 voted for their favorite Prairie Pasque title.

Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, the contest features two lists of 15 nominated titles: the Prairie Bud list is intended for students in grades K-2; Prairie Pasque is for students in 3-5 grades. To qualify to vote, students are to read at least five books from the list of 15 nominees for their grade level and then vote for their favorite. The book receiving the most votes on each list receives the award.

Watch for announcement of the winning titles during National Library Week, April 11-17.

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