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October 2010
Volume 2, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

National Reading Group month
October, 2010

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 17-23, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

Native American Heritage Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010

Children's and Young Adult Services

It’s time to encourage Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque reading

With the goal of encouraging children to become enthusiastic, discriminating readers, the South Dakota Children’s Book Awards challenge students in grades K-5 to read and vote for their favorite book of the year. The Prairie Bud Award is designed for students in grades K-2, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Children who read at least five titles from the list of nominees for their grade level qualify to vote.

You will find the 2010/2011 lists at Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout the state. Voting starts online in January and ends in March, with the winners announced during National Library Week. The Prairie Pasque Award was first given in 1987. The Prairie Bud Award was created by the Prairie Valley Reading Council and has been given annually since 1998.

Always working ahead, the committee of educators and librarians who select the candidates for Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque, met in Pierre on August 12. Their task was to winnow the nearly 200 suggested titles for the 2011/2012 contest down to lists of 16 for each award. Nominated books are chosen for their quality and potential popularity with children by these current committee members:

  • Chairperson Nancy Eckert, Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen;
  • Deb Hepper, Aberdeen School District;
  • Rea Weyrich, Whitewood Public Library;
  • Joyce Moore, Vermillion Public Library;
  • Lee Crary, South Dakota State Library;
  • Sandy Andera, Aberdeen Catholic Schools;
  • Lola Hedstrom, Bison School;
  • Shelby Miles, Bison School;
  • Denise Fox, Ethan School District;
  • Angela Romero, Sioux Falls School District; and
  • Joanna Jones, Meade School District, Sturgis

To view the 2011/2012 nominated titles and their authors, email Chairperson Nancy Eckert, email, or view the 2010-11 list at


YARP/Teen Choice Book Awards kicks off with Teen Read Week

South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week and to get things going right, promote the 2010/2011 Teen Choice Book Awards from YARP. There is a middle school and a high school list of titles. Teens can read from either list and then “vote” for the book they read by giving it a star rating from one to four, with four being the best. The voting form can be found here or by going to the YARP page, where you will also find a list of this year’s titles. For more information on Teen Read Week visit ALA's YALSA site.

Call for 2012 CSLP Summer Reading Program Manual Ideas

It's that time of year again! CSLP is the national organization that produces the summer reading program manuals you get each year. This is the call for ideas for the 2012 Children’s & Teen portion of the manual. Last year Patti, the manual editor, had a total of zero ideas come from South Dakota librarians. So let's perk up and contribute some great ideas for 2012! If you are interested in contributing, please contact Jasmine Rockwell by email for more information.

SDSL Collection Highlights: Sitting Bull

Did you know that the State Library’s non-fiction collection includes a wonderful section of juvenile titles on Sitting Bull? Titles are available for almost all ages and can be interlibrary loaned for your students or young patrons. The collection was recently weeded and is also being updated with some new titles. All of the titles can be found through the online catalog, so “check it out!”

awards, interlibrary loan, Native American, Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque, summer reading, teen, YARP

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