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June 2011, Volume 3, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

ALA Annual Conference
June 23-28

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 25-27

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 5-7

SD Festival of Books
Oct. 7-9

AASL National Conference
Oct. 27-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Learning Express Library helps summer job seekers

Children's and YA Services


2011 Teen Read Week™ is coming!

Registration for Teen Read Week is now open at Registration is free and the website also provides great tips for planning your own event. The 2011-2012 YARP/ SD Teen Choice Awards will also kick-off during Teen Read Week so start planning today!


WrestleMania Reading Challenge is back

Need more ideas to help reluctant readers tackle reading? The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is back for another year! Participation is for youth in grades 5-12. Youth who wish to compete for tickets and a trip to WrestleMania 28 will complete and submit a special project during Teen Read Week, Oct. 16-22, 2011.

Twenty-one finalists will be chosen in January 2012 and will win transportation, hotel, tickets and spending money to attend WrestleMania 28 in Miami. Their sponsoring library will win $2,000. Finalists will compete in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge Championships, where they can win ringside tickets to WrestleMania 28 and other prizes.

Registration is now open at Registration ends July 31, 2011.


Happy Summer Reading!

As many of you enter into one of the busiest times of the year I wish you all the energy and success in the world! Here are a few things to remember as you go through your summer reading program:

  • No matter how you count participation at your library, every child, teen, and adult in your community should have the opportunity to be a part of summer reading.
  • Summer reading helps combat the “summer slump” children often experience while not in school. This means you are actively engaging children in learning!
  • The Collaborative Summer Library Program website has even more resources to offer than what is in your manual. There are downloadable videos for advertisement, sign language, and forums for you to dialog with other librarians around the country.

As always, if you have questions about summer reading please contact Jasmine Rockwell, email!





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