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April 2011, Volume 3, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

School Library Month
April 1-30

National Poetry Month
April 1-30

School Library Survey
April 1- May 18

Money Smart Week
April 2-9

South Dakota Library Week

April 10-16

National Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

El día de los niños / El día de los libros
Children's Day/ Book Day
April 30

Children's Book Week
May 2-8

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Ancestry releases new interface and other genealogy news

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Welcome to the Cornerstone Archives. Find the current newsletter at

In this month's issue


Library Headlines

Celebrate SD Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2011
Governor Daugaard has declared the week of April 10 – 16 as South Dakota Library Week, in recognition of the invaluable services provided to South Dakotans by their public and school libraries.

It Begins With A Book poster campaignIt begins with a book
During South Dakota Library Week 2011, First Lady Linda Daugaard will announce her campaign to promote libraries and literacy across South Dakota.

SD Dakota Titles to Go launches
Twenty-one public libraries are collaborating to make Titles to Go a reality.

One Book South Dakota mini-grants available
The South Dakota State Library, in collaboration with the South Dakota Humanities Council, has 20 mini-grants for free registrations for the One Book South Dakota program this year.


April Continuing Education Opportunities

Help job seekers at your library with Project Compass SD. How can you and other community agencies work together to meet patrons’ employment needs?

Continue on to this and more CE Listings.


Children's and YA Services

Prairie Bud & Pasque final four—four days to vote, that is
The deadline for voting for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque awards is Thursday, March 31.

Jump Start follow-up links are ready
We had another great round of Jump Start summer reading workshops this year!

A steady diet of YA books is professional development
Recently a shocking revelation has come to light: many South Dakota librarians do not read enough young adult literature.

The Internet IS a toaster for teens
A review of an article from YALSA's blog.


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Ancestry releases new interface and other genealogy news
Click into AncestryLibrary on April 13 and try its new interface!


Library Development

How accessible is your library?
Most of us are aware that our library needs to have an entrance and a bathroom that are accessible to someone in a wheelchair. But is that enough?

Danger: your reference collection could be outdated
An effective reference collection should follow one of Ranganathan’s laws of library science, “save the time of the reader.”

What They Don't Teach You at Library School
Reviewed by Jane Healy

Additional resources in the news
FDIC's top 10 list of Online Resources for Consumers, digital copyright guidance, and Children's Book Week poster by Peter Brown.


School Libraries

School Library Survey open April 1 to May 18
Are you ready for the School Library Survey?

High school Library Science course offers career exploration
As everyone is thinking about which high school courses will be offered for 2011-2012, several questions have come up about the Library Science course.

Teacher of the Year integrates library resources and technology
Feature by Sue Turnipseed, 2010 SD Teacher of the Year.

Tammy Van Dam, Jones County Elementary School"A Jill of All Trades" or the true life of a school librarian
The label surely suits Jones County Elementary School's Tammy Van Dam who staffs the school library, and also is the school secretary.


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Lunch 'n' Learn serves up topics of interest in Huron
Huron started this program series at the end of January.

PAK program allows students to eat, sleep and play with reading
Primary students at St. Michael Elementary School Library in Sioux Falls are really excited about reading, especially when they get to take home a PAK.

St. Lambert Elementary School's Reaching ChallengeRead Across America motivates readers by the minutes
It's a growing trend from one side of the state to the other. From Sioux Falls to Rapid City, students are amazing their parents, librarians and teachers by reading for thousands of minutes.





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