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March 2011, Volume 3, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 6-12

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 30

Public Library Survey, closes March 31

ACRL Conference
March 30-April 2

School Library Month
April 1-30

National Poetry Month
April 1-30

School Library Survey, April 1- May 18

Money Smart Week®
April 2-9

South Dakota Library Week, April 10-16

National Library Week
April 10-16

National Preservation Week
April 24-30

El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
April 30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Resources to help you celebrate the holidays

Welcome to the Cornerstone Archives. Find the current newsletter at

In this month's issue


Library Headlines

South Dakota Library Week is coming April 10-16
Mark your calendars!

Public Library Survey deadline is March 31
The 2010 Public Library Survey launched on Feb. 1 and closes March 31.

Children programming at Beresford Public Library Beresford Public Library's survey data leads to national rating


March Continuing Education Opportunities

Continue on to more Continuing Education Listings.


Children's and YA Services

Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque and YARP votes pouring in
Great news! With five weeks left to vote, ten schools have already completed the 2011 online Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque Book Award Contest voting survey.

Battle bullying with books
Did you know that 30 percent of teens in the U.S. are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully or a target of bullying, or both?

Branding with library mascots
The world of advertising and advocacy is buzzing about “branding.”

E-content and accessibility
E-readers are making a big splash in libraries, but do they exclude readers with disabilities?


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Resources to help you celebrate the holidays
Whether you want information about leprechauns or famous women in history, turn to State Library electronic resources for answers to holiday and biography questions.


Grant Opportunities

Dream Library Makeover

"We Love Libraries" Lottery

Mazda Foundation


Library Development

Money Smart Week @ Your Library is April 2-9
Let your library cash in on participation in Money Smart Week.

Research services keep pace with legislative session
Have you ever wondered what happens during legislative session in the state documents department at the State Library?

Board Talk: Orientation benefits new board members
Do you remember the first library board meeting you attended?


School Libraries

“Create Your Own Story” for School Library Month
April is School Library Month and the perfect opportunity to share the story of your school library with your community.

School Library Survey opens April 1
Information for completing the survey will be e-mailed to every district superintendent by March 30.

What’s the buzz with Common Core Standards?
The American Association of School Librarians has recently posted an alignment of its Standards for the 21st-Century Learner with the Common Core Standards.


Trends & More

Helping genealogy researchers at your library
While Chase’s Calendar of Events denotes March 12 as Genealogy Day, family history seekers drop into your libraries any day of the year. What’s the best way to help them efficiently?

More resources in the news
Internet Safety, using free images, and global literacy

What is Library Development reading?
Reviews of Inside, Outside, and Online: Building Your Library Community by Chrystie Hill and No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries edited by Sue Polanka.


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Library ducks become a collection, a trademark and a theme ducks in the library
A few years ago, Jackie Aspelin, librarian and cheer coach for Agar-Blunt-Onida School District, received a yellow rubber duck sporting a purple bandana (school colors) as a gift from another staff member during homecoming week.

Teaching history with a Caldecott Honor Book and a cardboard box
Dakota Christian School Librarian, Lois Van Dusseldorp uses a simple cardboard box to help her elementary students understand history.

Students mind their mice manners at the Mouse Hole Library
When the library at St. Mary Elementary School in Sioux Falls moved to its new space in the basement, Librarian Coral Blickstead renamed it.




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