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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

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.

Did you know that South Dakotans checked out almost six million items from their public libraries in 2009? Did you know that, at the same time, South Dakota’s public libraries provided more than 912,000 public access computer sessions?

Did you know that almost 60,000 South Dakota students visit their school libraries every week? And that those students checked out more than two million items in the 2009-2010 school year?

Our public and school libraries are key resources for the life-long education of South Dakota’s citizens.

The State Library encourages you to celebrate South Dakota Library Week in your community. Use this opportunity to remind community leaders, school leaders, and other citizens of the valuable services your library provides. To help you get the word out, we recommend that you focus on three key messages:

  • South Dakota’s libraries help build a literate society by encouraging and enabling a love of reading and by providing easy access to quality books.
  • South Dakota’s libraries are multi-faceted resources for the communities they serve.
  • South Dakota’s libraries are 21st Century survival kits.

First Lady Linda Daugaard is spearheading this year’s SDLW efforts, keying into the theme, It Begins with a Book (see next article). Posters and bookmarks featuring Mrs. Daugaard and her message will be distributed to all SD public and school libraries by the beginning of April. We urge librarians to display these materials during SDLW and beyond.



It begins with a book

It Begins With A Book poster campaignBooks are where we first discover our dreams, and with imagination and perseverance, we can achieve almost anything! During South Dakota Library Week 2011, First Lady Linda Daugaard will announce her It Begins with a Book campaign to promote libraries and literacy across South Dakota. A former teacher and librarian herself, Mrs. Daugaard has always supported the important role that libraries play in building literacy for all.

To celebrate South Dakota Library Week 2011, the First Lady, in partnership with the South Dakota State Library, will distribute posters and bookmarks bearing the slogan: It Begins with a Book to local and school libraries across the state. Librarians, teachers, and other educators can download and print additional copies of the materials for use in their schools and libraries by visiting

Mrs. Daugaard will also be visiting libraries across the state during South Dakota Library Week to share with children the joy of reading and the importance of books and libraries.

First Lady's Reading Tour

Monday, April 11
— Dell Rapids Carnegie Library
— Oak View Branch, Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls

Wednesday, April 13
— Rapid City Public Library North

Thursday, April 14
— Buchanan Elementary School Library, Pierre



SD Dakota Titles to Go launches

Twenty-one public libraries are collaborating to make Titles to Go a reality. This downloadable e-book and audiobook collaboration will be launched by the time this issue is published, offering patrons the latest titles in electronic format from their computers.

South Dakota Titles to Go, was negotiated by the State Library with public libraries and the vendor, OverDrive, a digital distributor of e-books, audiobooks, music and video. The participating libraries provide the funding for the downloadables.

Downloadable titles are available in a variety of popular genres, including bestsellers, fiction, romance, suspense, children’s and young adult, business, self-help and language learning. Downloadable audiobooks and e-books may be checked out, placed on the patron’s computer, burned to a CD or transferred to a portable device such as a Nook. (Notice: Kindles are not compatible with OverDrive materials.) Items are automatically returned when due. Music and video formats may be added later.

“South Dakota’s public libraries are key community resources for the digital age, and through the Titles to Go program, local libraries across the state will be able to make even more digital resources available to their users,” State Librarian Dan Siebersma said. “By pooling resources, participating libraries are able to provide these new resources at no cost to their patrons.”

Participating libraries are:

  • Alexander Mitchell Library (Aberdeen)
  • Beresford Public Library
  • Brookings Public Library
  • Canton Public Library
  • Cozard Memorial Library (Chamberlain)
  • Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library
  • Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston)
  • Edgemont Public Library
  • Freeman Public Library
  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library (Spearfish)
  • Huron Public Library
  • Madison Public Library
  • North Sioux City Community Library
  • Northwest Regional Library (Buffalo)
  • Potter County Library (Gettysburg)
  • RE Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre)
  • Sisseton Memorial Library
  • Sully Area Library (Onida)
  • Sturgis Public Library
  • Watertown Regional Library
  • Yankton Community Library

Other public libraries can still join the collaborative effort. Contact the State Library at 800-423-6665 for details.



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. These mini-grants are available for public libraries who wish to have a One Book Program and have a financial need which would make the $35.00 registration fee a hardship.

  • Only South Dakota Public Libraries under 10,000 population are eligible to apply for these mini-grants.
  • To apply, please respond to Daria Bossman, Asst. State Librarian, Development Services, SD State Library, via email or mail to 800 Governors Dr. Pierre, SD 57501
  • In two paragraphs or less, state your program idea and library budget situation. (This program can be given any time, any month during the year.)
  • Be sure to include full name of the public library, town, address and the library director’s name, phone and e-mail address.
  • Application deadline is May 2.

From the applications submitted, 20 recipients will be selected. Recipients of these grants will be notified by May 9. You may familiarize yourself and your board with the South Dakota One Book Program by going to South Dakota Humanities Council: One Book South Dakota.






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