April 2011, Volume 3, Issue 4
Check Your Calendars!!
School Library Month
National Poetry Month
School Library Survey
April 1- May 18
Money Smart Week
South Dakota Library Week
National Library Week
National Preservation Week
El día de los niños / El día de los libros
Children's Day/ Book Day
Children's Book Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Ancestry releases new interface and other genealogy news
Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Lunch 'n' Learn serves up topics of interest in Huron
By Jan Cederquist, Director, Huron Public Library
The Lunch 'n' Learn program series started at the end of January in Huron. The library is located on the last block of the main street in downtown Huron. I wanted something that would bring in business people on lunch break as well as noon-time shoppers. The speaker has 30 minutes to present the topic between 12:15 and 12:45. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch with them. Topics have ranged from library topics on eTools; Books for Babies and Toddlers; and upcoming Overdrive Downloadables — as well as included other topics such as Native Pollinators; Protecting Your Identity from Theft; and Preparing a 72-Hour Emergency Kit (see photo above).
The attendance started out with about six people (including library employees) and has expanded between nine and twelve people. We will continue the series into the summer and have added new topics such as Shop & Save Online; My Trip to Syria; and YMCA Serving Huron Families since 1919.
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. In addition to their weekly book check out, students who are awarded a PAK for the week select a themed bag containing a fiction book, a nonfiction book, a stuffed character and a movie. They literally get to eat, sleep and play with their reading.
Librarian, Jacqueline Humke developed and uses the PAKS as a reward for good library behavior. She always has her eye out for students who are returning books in a timely manner, taking care of books checked out, speaking quietly in the library, and being respectful to staff and others while in the library, among other things.
Humke explains, "When students follow these guidelines, they receive their choice of one out of 30 PAKS. Sometimes there are one or two students each week and sometimes as many as eight. I do keep track of who is awarded a PAK as my goal is that eventually each student will receive the privilege of a PAK at least a couple of times each quarter."
PAK bags cover a wide variety of themes such as turtles, Hawaii, owls, Walt Disney, hockey, bees, family, angels, prairie, and yes, dinosaurs. For example, the dinosaur PAK contains a stuffed stegosaurus, Danny & the Dinosaur, Dinosaurs and a Land Before Time video.
"The students are thrilled to receive something special of their choice, and I get items that may not normally circulate into the hands of children who DO read them when they take them home. It is a win/win," Humke concludes.
Read Across America motivates readers by the minutes
It's a growing trend from one side of the state to the other. From St. Lambert Elementary School in Sioux Falls to Pinedale Elementary School in Rapid City students are amazing their parents, librarians and teachers by reading for thousands of minutes.
Students at Pinedale increased their average minutes read per day by 5,000 minutes during four days of Read Across America Week this year. They read for a total of 78,065 minutes with an average of 19,516 minutes read per day. The teachers put the total minutes read up on the map each day (see photo) and it really helped to motivate the reading. In addition to counting minutes, the PTA sponsored a full schedule of activities. There was an all-school assembly with guest readers Superintendent Mitchell and Rapid City Library's Jolene Smith, dress up days such as Grinchy Green Day, a Dr. Seuss Quote Contest, and more.
At St. Lambert students and staff were challenged to read 100,000 minutes over a period of six weeks leading up to Read Across America Week. By the fourth week (see photo) the school total had already reached 131,967. The grand total ended up at more than doubling their goal with 200,289 minutes. Librarian Barb Hennies reports, "The school did great! Our school prize was each student's choice of movies based on books. They enjoyed the movies with popcorn. We had a great week celebrating!"