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August 2010
Volume 2, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

SDLA Annual Conference
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Festival of Books
September 24-26, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25 - October 2, 2010.

2010 Indian Education Summit
September 26-28, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

2nd National Day on Writing
October 20, 2010

School Libraries

Summer Reading Program in Timber Lake

Summer reading in Timber Lake receives boost with help of grant

With the additional funding power of an Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant, Timber Lake School Library’s four-year-old summer reading program enjoyed a healthy boost. Thanks to the grant, students’ borrowing choices were greatly enhanced by the beefed-up library book collection; and summer reading participants received goodie bags filled with stickers, bookmarks, crayons, activity pads, pencils and a few books to own. While previous summer programs featured three weekly prize drawings, 16 lucky attendees were weekly prize winners in summer 2010. Librarian Marilyn Schweitzer reports, as evidence of the success of these incentives, 54 students showed up for the first week of summer reading activities, 57 during a subsequent week.

Timber Lake School Library

Other improvements were purchased program activities and snacks for students. The local Booster Club provided t-shirts for all students who met their six-week reading goal; those reading goal achievers were also eligible to win digital cameras purchased by the school district as prizes in a grand drawing held at the conclusion of the program.

Hats off to Timber Lake School Library on a successful summer reading program! Watch future Cornerstone issues for grant details from the other two school libraries that comprised the grant application consortium: Dupree and Eagle Butte Upper Elementary.

Task Force continues revision work on state standards

The School Library Standards Revision Task Force continues its work on bringing the voluntary state standards up-to-date. Further discussion of the project will take place during the School Section meeting at the SDLA Annual Conference on Thursday, September 23 at 5:00.

Everyone is encouraged to follow the process on the wiki at Please direct all comments and questions to Lee Crary or Joan Upell by email.

Top Web sites linked with AASL standards

AASL recently announced its 2010 Top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. Check out the AASL Web site for videos and resources on this year's recognized Web sites and find out how they align with the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.

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