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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

Children's and Young Adult 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. Voting may be done online only. The coordinating teacher or librarian may use a nominee list to record vote tallies received for each title. Each coordinating teacher or librarian will be allowed to vote only once.

Access the voting survey - If that link doesn’t work for you, visit, where you’ll also find lists of this year's nominees and templates for bookmarks and posters.

The 2011/2012 list of nominees is available here.



Jump Start follow-up links are ready

We had another great round of Jump Start summer reading workshops this year – even though the workshop in Spearfish had to be postponed because of a blizzard! As promised, here are the pictures, ideas and games that were gathered during the week. Thanks everyone for your contributions!



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. How has this information been revealed? Were scientific studies done? No, simple observation was used during the Jump Start workshops. As teen librarian Ali Bruinsma led the groups in two games focusing on YA books many confused and blank faces were noted.

We all lead very busy lives, but each of us needs to consider reading young adult literature as part of our professional development. Yes, YA books are longer than children’s books, which means it takes more time to read them, but we must not let this hamper our resolve. Consider each of yourselves hereby challenged to read at least five YA novels this next year. If you don’t know where to start, here are some suggestions:



The Internet IS a toaster for teens

Frequent YALSA blog contributor and technophile Linda Braun sheds some light on why we don’t always see the excited response we hope to get out of teens and what we can do to get that response. Continue on to YALSA's The Internet IS a Toaster.






Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque, summer reading, YALSA

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