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July 2010
Volume 2, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA BranchOut 2010
July 27, 2010. Augustana, Sioux Falls.

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

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

Festival of Books
September 22-24, 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

School Libraries

School Library Survey data available in late September

The district level data collected this spring through the School Library Survey will provide current information for the future planning and development of school libraries in the state. Every district entity listed under the DOE, public and nonpublic, was surveyed with a return rate of 95%. The extra time and effort given by those completing the survey was outstanding and is greatly appreciated. Watch for the publication of the School Library Statistical Data Digest in late September.

Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque team members work ahead on nominees

‘Tis the season – no, not the one that has us counting down shopping days, but the time of year when Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque committee members get serious about choosing the nominees for the next list, in this case, the 2011/2012 nominees. The committee’s four teams are currently reading, reviewing and critiquing approximately 200 recently-published books. Each team is responsible for about 50 of the titles compiled over the past year by committee chairperson Nancy Eckert, Children’s Services Librarian at Aberdeen’s Alexander Mitchell Public Library. Sources for those suggestions may include:

  • “Best of” lists in School Library Journal, Booklist, HornBook, and other recognized reviewing resources;
  • Caldecott and Newbery runners-up;
  • Other titles gathered from team members, teachers and librarians; and,
  • Copies of books sent by publishers for review by team members.

Committee members, who often consult independent reviews in conjunction with their own perusal of the books, arrive at the summer meeting ready to fight for inclusion of their favorites, their “must make the list” choices. Lively, impassioned discussion always results in consensus in the form of about 30 books, split evenly by age level between the Prairie Bud and the Prairie Pasque categories, for students’ reading pleasure. Ever-present in the discussion as committee members winnow the preliminary 200 to official nominees are considerations of genre, gender and age appeal and appropriateness; a sincere effort is made to include a broad variety of books, to ensure the inclusion of something that should appeal to every reader.

Current committee members in addition to Chairperson Nancy Eckert, are Sandy Andera, Joyce Moore, Rea Weyrich, Denise Fox, Joanna Jones, Angela Romero, Deb Hepper, Lola Hedstrom, Shelby Miles and Lee Crary. Committee membership is by appointment of the chair of the SDLA Public Library/Trustee Section at the behest of the PB & PP committee chair. Members serve for three years and may serve two consecutive terms.

For more information on contest guidelines go to Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque

Click here to see the 2010/2011 nominees

Books in the home increase level of education

A recent blog post “The Power of Reading” by author Barbara Kerley on INK: Interesting Nonfiction for Kids points to an interesting study from the University of Nevada, Reno. Looking at 27 countries over two decades, the study found that children who have books in the home reach a higher level of education regardless of the educational level of their parents.

To link to the study by Associate Professor Mariah Evans and her colleagues go to University of Nevada: Nevada News.

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