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June 2010
Volume 2, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

ALA Annual Conference
June 24-29, 2010. Washington D.C.

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

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

Festival of Books
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Summer Edition of the State Library Electronic Resources Challenge!

SDSL Electronic Resources Challenge: Summer Edition

Summer Reading Program offers free extras

Collaborative Summer Library Programs

Enhance your summer reading program with these extras provided free from CSLP. You can download these from the CSLP Web site with your login and password.

  • Early Literacy Manual (under Learning Tools – Family Literacy)
  • Signing Video – this is a 20 minute video created to teach librarians basic sign language for finger plays and nursery rhymes. (under Downloads)
  • Web Banners – graphics for your library’s Web site. (under Downloads)
  • Slogan Logos – approved logos that are available for member libraries to share with sponsors to show their support of the programs. (under Downloads)
  • Serving Children with Disabilities – helping you reach disabled children in your community during the summer reading program. (under Learning Tools – Diversity)

Helpful research and standards from the East Coast

Recently both the Massachusetts Library Association and the New York State Library released documents that you might find helpful in your library. Massachusetts released the 2010 revision “Standards for Public Library Service to Young Adults” (PDF) and New York released a summary of pre-existing research called The Importance of Summer Reading (PDF). A big thank you goes out to the youth services consultants from both of those states for sharing these helpful documents with others across the country!

New guide for youth explains intellectual freedom

The Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association created a four page document, Kids, Know Your Rights: A Young Person's Guide to Intellectual Freedom (PDF), to help young people understand what their rights are as library users. This is also a helpful guide for parents to read so that they will know what role they play in helping their children to become effective library users.

Month of the Military Child celebrated across the state

During April’s Month of the Military Child, Operation: Military Kids! sponsored story times in Aberdeen, Brookings, Madison, Mitchell, Pierre, Sioux Falls, Sisseton, Vermillion and Watertown. The librarians, as well as other members of the community, in those towns came together with the state OMK team to plan and execute an hour of stories and crafts. Each event was unique to the community that planned it.

Alexander A. Mitchell Library in Aberdeen held the record for attendance with 45 participants coming to hear author Barbara Ehrmantraut read her book Night Catch.

Authors weren’t the only people invited to read. Jones County School had 20- year veteran Deb Willert read to their elementary students. Siouxland’s Oak View Branch Library hosted Dan Couch, a veteran of the Vietnam War and a local speaker. The children of Pierre heard Mayor Laurie Gill read, and Jenny and Corey Briest were able to participate in Vermillion.

Event pictures can be found in the South Dakota section of the Operation: Military Kids! Web site: If you participated in a Month of the Military Child event, there’s still time to submit your pictures. Send them to Stacia McGourty via email.

We’d like to thank everyone that helped make this year’s Month of the Military Child a success. We had a lot of fun planning this year’s events and can’t wait to do it again next year!

ALA, ALSC, author, OMK, public libraries, research, summer reading

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