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February 2011, Volume 3, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31

2011 National African American Read-in
February 1-28

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 6-12

ACRL 2011 Conference
March 30-April 2

School Library Month

School Library Survey
April 1-May 18

National D.E.A.R. Day
April 12

National Library Week
April 10-16

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Electronic Resources help History Day research

School Libraries


Team up with a colleague to attend Using Literature to Teach Health on March 14-15

Coordinated School Health will be hosting a training on March 14-15 in Huron titled: Using Literature to Teach Health. The training is designed to help teachers make connections between the health knowledge and skills their students should achieve in order to become health literate and the books they integrate into their daily lessons on reading and writing. See the training flyer PDF Download for detailed information. Elementary, middle school and high school teachers, school counselors, nurses, curriculum directors, librarians and others responsible for health education in their school districts are encouraged to attend. Register for the training.


Revised school library standards and guidelines undergoing adoption process

The School Library Standards Revision Task Force completed its work in late December and submitted its final report in early January. Following the next steps in the adoption process, the draft documents were presented to the State Library Board for a first reading at their Jan. 14 meeting in Pierre. The Board will consider formal adoption of the standards and guidelines at their April meeting. The drafts were also presented to the South Dakota Library Association Executive Board and received their endorsement in mid-January. Plans are underway for a presentation to the SD State Board of Education in July.

By the fall of 2011 the focus will be on professional development for librarians across the state. This will include workshops, webinars and further use of the school library wiki. Librarians in the field will join State Library staff to co-present and share lesson plan examples, as well as discuss alignment with the national AASL and Common Core standards. If you are interested in co-presenting, hosting a workshop at your library, sharing lesson plans, or have further questions, please contact Joan Upell (email) or Lee Crary.

Copies of the drafts documents may be found on the State Library website, the SDLA website and on the South Dakota School Library wiki.


Hemminger receives honor and recognition as library teacher

Dianne Hemminger, Teacher of the YearIn the spring of 2010, about to complete her fourth year with Spearfish School District, elementary librarian Dianne Hemminger was honored to be named Teacher of the Year for Spearfish East Elementary School. The annual selection process starts with nominating forms sent to the school’s 25 certified staff members. Completed forms with names of nominees are then considered by a district selection committee. Dianne was both surprised and delighted to receive the congratulatory call from Superintendent Dave Peters informing her of the award.

Dianne reports library-sponsored activities like annual author visits, book fairs, participation in the Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque state book award contest, and the Sunrise Book Club, where staff members read aloud to 15-35 students each morning during winter months, keep the library buzzing. To kick off this year’s book fair, Dianne and her husband constructed a cardboard “car” where students could sit and read—until the car, inevitably, fell apart from use by many, many reading riders.

Car at Spearfish East Elementary

But her favorite aspect of elementary school librarianship? Teaching--working with the kids in the library to teach information literacy skills and foster a lifelong love of reading; Dianne sees each of the school’s 400 students at least once a week. Receiving her Teacher of the Year plaque at the annual awards banquet was certainly rewarding, but even better, she says, is knowing she’s recognized and respected as a teacher on the school staff.

Congratulations, Dianne! We applaud you for exemplifying librarians as valued teachers.


Leaders are Readers challenges students to read

By Jim Oliver, Youth Services Senior Librarian, Siouxland Libraries

Grow up Reading ProgramFor the last six years, the Mayor of Sioux Falls, Siouxland Libraries, and Sioux Falls Public Schools have worked together to jointly sponsor Leaders are Readers, an independent reading program that challenges elementary school students to read 20 minutes a day for at least 40 days between Oct. 1 and Dec. 8. Students that complete the challenge are recognized and rewarded at school, and each participating school receives an award book for their school library.

Mayor Mike Huether and School Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan posed for the 2010 reading challenge poster. Siouxland Libraries printed and distributed posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates to schools. School librarians administered the program at each school, encouraged students to log their daily reading, and reported their reading challenge results to DeeAnn Konrad, Community Relations Supervisor for Sioux Falls Public Schools.

On Dec. 17, Mayor Huether visited Cleveland, Eugene Field, and All City elementaries -- the three schools with the highest percentage of students completing the reading challenge -- to personally congratulate students and to present this year’s award book for each school’s library.

Twenty-four elementary schools participated in the 2010 Leaders are Readers challenge and each school recognized and rewarded its students in a variety of ways, such as lunch with the principal, a special family event, a pizza party, or even a puppet show performed by public library staff. Many schools created their own wall of fame with pictures of students that completed their reading logs.





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