January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31
2011 National African American Read-in
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
School Library Month
School Library Survey
April 1-May 18
National Library Week
South Dakota Library Week
National D.E.A.R. Day
National Preservation Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Plunge into ProQuest's New Platform
Why Didn’t I Think of That?
A skeleton for every occasion at Stevens High School
Got an unused plastic skeleton hanging around that you don’t know what to do with? Rapid City Stevens High School librarian Shari O’Keefe reports “Yorick” pops up in all sorts of intriguing places around the library, lending his presence to library programming activities. Pictured here just before Halloween, Yorick displayed a scary books sign at a podium near an array of similarly-themed books.
During September’s Banned Books week, blind-folded and surrounded by books that have been challenged or banned across the nation, Yorick’s sign proclaimed, “Banning Books is Blindness—not Blind Justice.” November saw Yorick poised on a funeral bier, keeping company with Shakespeare titles, holding the quote from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, where Hamlet discovers the remains of his unfortunate jester: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy…” As Yorick haunts the library, he has everyone guessing where he’ll turn up next and what he’ll be up to.
Making connections between college and middle school
Brenda Paulsen’s Marionette and Movement class from the Communications Studies program at the University of Sioux Falls recently performed at the Axtell Park Middle School Library. Connections made through the language arts staff and school librarian, Karen Medema, brought this free program to the school’s eighth graders. Karen reports that the performance was about genres and what can be found in the library and kept everyone’s attention!
Mount Readmore created at Webster Elementary in Yankton
Staff members at Webster Elementary School in Yankton were inspired to “Primp” their book cart last fall. Unshelved, an online comic set in a library, hosts an annual contest, with brand new book trucks as the top prizes. In its final year the contest drew 71 entries from the United States and Canada.
Library aid Lilah Gillis and Junior Kindergarten teacher Amy Bruening brainstormed to produce a “Mount Readmore” theme for the contest. Webster paraprofessionals Suzanne Brown, Kerrin Larsen and Michelle Zentmire helped make the female mannequin heads look a little more masculine and decided which would best match a president. Several friends donated clothes to form the back side of the book cart.
Winners were unveiled December 7, and while Mount Readmore wasn’t among the place-winners, the staff enjoyed the process, and students enjoyed the suspense of waiting to see which carts would win.