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May 2010
Volume 2, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota
throughout 2010

Choose Privacy Week
May 2-8, 2010

Preservation Week
May 9-15, 2010

Children’s Book Week
May 10-16, 2010

SD School Library Survey
Deadline May 31, 2010

ALA Annual Conference
June 24-29, 2010

Summer Boredom Buster

World Book Logo

School Libraries

School Library Survey deadline is May 31

The 2009-2010 School Library Survey results will provide updated information about every school library in the state. Make sure your district's data is included by submitting your survey by May 31. Contact the State Library at 800-423-6665, Joan Upell at 605-295-3152 for your survey login information and any questions.


Follow the Festival of Books and Authors in Schools programs

The South Dakota Humanities Council is now on Facebook. Become a fan and follow the updates and announcements about the 2010 Festival of Books and Authors in the Schools programs. For inquires about author visits to your school or library contact Joan Upell at


Wondering what to do with all of that summer vacation time?

Before summer vacation even begins try out these few tips. First, think of one task that you currently perform "just because we've always done it that way." Experiment a bit and stop doing it or do it differently. For example, create more time for your library program by selecting just one section of your collection to inventory each year. Best practices in the field say that libraries that are weeded and inventoried by section over a three or even five-year cycle are following sound collection development policy. Your automated database or shelf list is your ultimate inventory.

Once all of the reports, surveys, and inventories are completed, take time this summer to work on keeping your library moving forward in the 21st century. With a computer and an Internet connection you can do this from just about any location. Take advantage of the webinars listed in the State Library’s CE Opportunities list. Expand your Web 2.0, e-resources and other virtual skills online. You can update your skills and add to your required renewal credits with absolutely no travel and no cost. Remember, 15 hours of approved CE equals one credit. Watch the Cornerstone throughout the summer for updated information.


Andes Central Teens Participate in National Reading Event, Operation Teen Book Drop

Operation Teen Book Drop

By Brenda DeHaan, K-12 librarian at Andes Central School, and Martha Brockenbrough, publicist for readergirlz

As part of a national effort to promote teen reading, Andes Central teens dropped off approximately 150 copies of The Sky Village by Monk and Nigel Ashland and 10 copies of A Passion for Blue & White by Carolyn Roehm as part of Operation Teen Book Drop on April 15.

Jeannine VanderPol’s English 9 students assisted with the Operation Teen Book Drop

Jeannine VanderPol’s English 9 students assisted with putting book plates in the donated books and with getting the books to the high school English classrooms for interested students to distribute, to the alternative school, and to other locations. Teens were excited to receive their own books to read and keep. Since April 15, teachers have seen many students reading The Sky Village.

Operation Teen Book Drop coincided with Support Teen Literature Day, and over 10,000 new books were donated nation-wide. Andes Central received books to distribute because of the school’s membership with If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything, a national reading club for Native Americans founded and led by Dr. Loriene Roy, the first Native president of the American Library Association and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The participating publishers donated $175,000 worth of new books, over 100 young adult authors donated books, and individuals also contributed to the cause of teen reading.

Books donated from Operation Teen Book Drop

Candlewick (distributed through Random House) supplied Andes Central with their books for the event. Participating publishers this year included Abrams Books; Bloomsbury/Walker Books/Candlewick Press; Chronicle Books; Hachette Book Group; Boyds Mills Press; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Milkweed; Mirrorstone Books; Orca Book Publishers; Scholastic; Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Tor/Forge/Starscape/Tor Teen/Roaring Brook Press, an Imprint of the Macmillans Children's Publishing Group; and Better World Books.

“These publishers have shown astounding vision and generosity by supporting Operation Teen Book Drop,” said readergirlz cofounder Dia Calhoun, an award-winning novelist herself. “Now underserved teens can benefit from the current explosion of high quality YA books. These teens can see their own experience, their tragedies and their triumphs in these books, books that become shining doorways to the young human spirit.”

“Operation TBD was originally conceived with the hope of reaching a number of teen groups,” rgz co-founder Lorie Ann Grover said. “While we donated books to hospitalized teens for two years, I was personally compelled to donate books to the local Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. We were thrilled to discover we could broaden this effort with If I Can Read and gift TBD to our second targeted group, Native teens.”

For more information check out these sites:

  • Guys Lit Wire brings literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. Working to combat the perception that teen boys aren’t as well read as teen girls, the organization seeks out literature uniquely targeted toward teen male readers in hopes of bringing attention of good books to guys who might have missed them.

  • If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything is a national reading club for Native children directed by Dr. Loriene Roy. The program works to encourage reading among Native children by offering incentives, sending books to schools, and sponsoring activities. For more information, visit the If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything home page at

  • To promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month, and offers chats with authors and an author-in-residency program for aspiring writers. For more information about readergirlz, visit and, or contact


21st century, authors, books, continuing education, Lake Andes, Native American, school libraries, South Dakota Humanities Council, survey, teens

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