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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

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Huron Public opens new teen area

By Melinda Ellenson, Huron Public Library

Huron Public Library Ribbon Cutting ceremony

Huron Public Library Teen AreaOn May 27 Huron Public Library held a ribbon-cutting in our new teen area. Last year’s library building expansion project gave us some space to create a much-needed area just for teens. Many YA books were previously scattered among our adult non-fiction collection or the junior section. Library staff consolidated all YA books into the new area and updated catalog records for those titles. We were also able to purchase several new books with a $1,500 grant from Huron Area United Way. The area has become a popular place for our older summer reading program participants to hang out. We have also received positive comments from parents and teachers.

Storyteller Indiana Bones makes a stop at Faith

By Angela Ostrander, Faith Community Library

On July 6 about 100 attendees were awed by the stories told by Indiana Bones at the Faith Community Center as part of the library’s summer reading program. Indiana Bones, aka Mike McCartney, brings stories to life through telling with props of whips, crystal skulls, treasure boxes and of course Draco the puppet dragon. Mike is also a researcher and author who supports utilizing your local library. Mike and his manager wife reside in New Mexico but Mike used to live in Rapid City where you may have seen or heard his voice on television broadcasting the weather. Indiana Bones plans to come to South Dakota again in October. For more information check his Web site at

Reading, writing and thinking skills survive the summer

By LaDonne Moosman, Sinte Gleska Library

Sinte Gleska Summer Reading Activity Room

“Survivor Island” is a place where reading, writing, and thinking skills survive the summer. Fifty-six children registered for the program and we had only three no-shows. During our sessions we discussed water properties, weather, and conservation and I did a reading of The Great Kapok Tree using a Scholastic big book on an easel with a rainforest audio tape and a spritzing of Demeter “New Zealand” atmosphere spray in the room for all the groups. It smells like soil, rain, and sweet flowers.

We made a tornado in a bottle, wrote our secret wish or goal on rolled paper and put them into little glass bottles with corks, made “stained glass” sea life sun catchers, and did sand art in baby food jars with little plastic beach creatures added. We also opened fresh coconuts and sampled the milk and the meat. But we had the most fun with an “America's Next Top Model” photo shoot for a week. I am making a photo slide show in PowerPoint with ZZ Top's “Sharp Dressed Man” as the soundtrack.


This year kids earned points for book reports and we have a little store where they have redeemed them for books, games, posters, small toys and jewelry. We also had a movie every Friday afternoon. Part of the reading room is set up like a theatre.

For the last week of sessions, we are going into the Kid's Corner (youth section) to discuss library etiquette and book care, going on a treasure hunt to find books we really like, and end the program with a pizza party and awards.

Faith, Huron, Mission, storytelling, summer reading, teen

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