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January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 7-11

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

School Library Month

School Library Survey
April 1-May 18

National Library Week
April 10-16

South Dakota Library Week
April 10-16

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

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Plunge into ProQuest's New Platform

Children's and YA services


“You Are Here” Teen Video Contest launches

You Are Here Teen Summer Reading PosterCSLP has launched the “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011, a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.

Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video using the 2011 teen slogan “You are Here” in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process and offering them a chance to be creative and have their ideas heard.

Each teen winner will receive a monetary award, as will the associated public library. Winners will be announced by CSLP in spring 2011. For more information visit the TeenCenter: “You Are Here” Teen Video Contest.


YALSA announces 2011 Nonfiction Shortlist and free ALA webcast

On January 10 YALSA will announce the winner of the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. This award honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2010. For the shortlist and more information see the YALSA blog. In addition, all ALA award winners will be announced via a free live webcast. Online visitors interested in following the announcements live can bookmark Youth Media Awards Webcast. Visitors can begin logging in to the webcast at 7:30 am PST; the Youth Media Awards will begin at 7:45 am PST.


YARP/Teen Choice Book Award Voting Reminder

Vote online Today! Young Adult Reading ProgramKeep on promoting this year’s Teen Choice Book Award nominees! We are well on our way to smashing last year’s voting total. Review the list of the nominees and don't forget to Vote for your YARP books!


Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting opens January 3

Let the voting begin: South Dakota’s Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque Book Award Contest voting survey opens January 3. All SD students in grades K-5 who’ve read or had read to them at least five of the titles on the list appropriate for their grade level are eligible to vote. Voting (online only) concludes March 31; winning titles will be announced during National Library Week in April.

Submit your the Prarie Bud/ Prairie Pasque Votes January 3!.


University and elementary students collaborate to help choose Prairie Bud

By Dr. Donna Johnson, Dakota Wesleyan University

Students reading

Students in two second grade classrooms at L.B. Williams Elementary School in Mitchell have already been working hard to help decide the winner of the Prairie Bud Award.

The LBW second graders have been assisted by college students enrolled in a children’s literature course at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. Dr. Donna Johnson, instructor of the DWU course, arranged the collaborative field experience. Her students were first introduced to the programs and resources of the State Library early in the semester during an instructional session at DWU’s McGovern Library led by Kevin Kenkel, Director of Learning Resources. Dr. Johnson contacted Mrs. Becky Roth, LBW principal, who then put her in touch with Mrs. Phyllis Toman and Mrs. Andrea Hart, teachers in two second grade classrooms.

Students reading Each Friday for three weeks, the university students shared books from the Prairie Bud list with a small group of second grade students. After reading and discussing a book second graders responded by writing a one-sentence summary and rating their reactions. Following the last book sharing session, each second grader voted for his/her favorite book. Their votes will be submitted to the State Library who tallies votes from participating students throughout the state.

The DWU students, all pre-service teachers, reacted positively to the books on this year’s list and especially to their experience sharing the books in a classroom setting. Reflecting on the experience, one of the university students wrote that “while reading, I would often watch to see the students’ reactions. They both share a love for reading. They had smiles on their faces the entire time, even while I was reading a book they did not really enjoy as much.”

On her second visit, another university student found that a second grader in her group had borrowed two of the previous week’s titles from the LBW library so that she could read them again and again!

Students reading

One of the young men learned that ”the key to keeping a kid interested… rests mostly on the book. If the book is well written for the age group they will pay attention because the book will intrigue them.” He continued: ”However, some of it has to do with the reader as well… Things like changing the tone and pitch of your voice can make a huge difference.”

After the final visit one of the DWU students noted that his ”three students all picked different books… This just proves that each student has a different idea of their ideal book to read.”

Books nominated for the Prairie Bud Award are available at many school and public libraries. The students from DWU and LBW shared books from the LBW Library and the Margaret Teufel Children's Collection which is housed in the McGovern Library on the DWU campus.




ALA, award, books, contest, Mitchell, Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque, reading list, summer reading, teen, video, YALSA, YARP

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