Dec/ January 2010, Volume 2, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 14, 2010
Jan. 15-19, 2010
2010 National African American Read-In
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
Children's and YA Services
Young Adult Library Services Association offers news via Web 2.0
Want more news from the Young Adult Library Services Association? Check the YALSA blog or subscribe to YALSA's Twitter. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of YALSA's weekly news column, the YALSA Update, published on Thursdays on the YALSA blog. For more information go to YALSA’s News & Events page.
Winter weeding can eliminate those awful books
By Jasmine Rockwell
Many of us do spring cleaning but we know that spring can often be one of the busiest times in our libraries. In schools it’s the frantic end-of-school-time, which brings a rash of last minute assignments, the round-up of all those overdue books, graduation and reports. At the same time public libraries are gearing up for summer reading programs. As a follower of the Awful Library Books blog, I have noticed that an alarming number of young adult non-fiction titles that are beyond out-of-date have been featured recently. While the titles that are featured on that blog are mostly from libraries in Michigan, it makes me wonder just how many titles like that are sitting on shelves in other states – like South Dakota. So why not take a quick scan of your non-fiction sections now? Remember, just because a book is old does not make it “historical.” Sometimes old is just old!
Phillip Hoose wins 2009 National Book Award
The 2009 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature was awarded to Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Other nominees included Deborah Heiligman’s Charles and Emma: the Darwins’ Leap of Faith, David Small’s Stitches, Laini Taylor’s Lips Touch: Three Times, and Rita Williams-Garcia’s Jumped.
ALSC offers catchy marketing idea
Take a look at the Kids! @ your library tool kit. It includes a catchy new song for free downloading and other great ideas. Read more at ALSC: Marketing at You Library.