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Dec/ January 2010, Volume 2, Issue 1

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 14, 2010

ALA MidWinter
Jan. 15-19, 2010

2010 National African American Read-In
February, 2010

Read Across America Day
March 2, 2010

Teen Tech Week
March 7-13, 2010

PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010

Featured e-Resources of the Month
AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest answer family trivia questions

Library Headlines

De Smet and Centerville are named among America’s Star Libraries

South Dakota is honored to have two star-rated libraries in Library Journal’s second round of national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service, announced on Nov. 15. The Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library in De Smet is now recognized as a four star library and the Centerville Community Library is once again in the five star category.

Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library Director Mary Purintun cites the support of the entire De Smet community in making the library a “star.” It was a great surprise to Purintun and her colleague, Linda Reynhout, to learn the library had moved from three stars in February to four stars in November. Both feel programming and personal service are key factors in their small community. They always have great summer reading program participation, the teens love the computers, and they have recently started a small bookmobile service to local senior housing every two weeks during the winter months.

Star libraries were named based on statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use in relation to the library’s total operating expenditures. For the complete article announcing America’s Star Libraries go to

DeSmet Librarians Linda Reynhout and Mary Purintun.

Librarians Linda Reynhout and Mary Purintun beam about their four star-rated public library in De Smet.


Creating a Nation of Readers

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2010 through June 2011.

The deadline for grant applications is Feb. 2.

For more information on the grant and application process go to National Endowment for the Arts website.

Selected organizations receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support their Big Read projects as well as high-quality educational and promotional materials provided in large quantities at no cost to the organizations.

The State Library will also be able to provide additional educational and promotional materials on a limited basis. More information will be forthcoming.


Centerville, DeSmet, grants, IMLS, NEA, star libraries




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