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May 2011, Volume 3, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book SD

2011 Authors on the Road

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

Children's Book Week
May 2-8

National Library Legislative Day
May 9-10

ALA Annual Conference
June 23-28

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
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School Libraries


Deadline fast approaching - School Library Survey closes May 18

The 2010-2011 School Library Survey closes on May 18. Thank you to the many who have already submitted surveys. If it's still on your "to do" list you'll find the survey at Data is again being collected in one survey per district. Contact School Library Coordinators Lee Crary, and Joan Upell, email, for any questions.



Project Guy, Gary Linn, mixes recipes, history and digital preservation

Kenette Carlson with Gary Linn, Project Guy

Really? A cookbook that informs users the first school in Lead, private and tuition-based, was in a log cabin? Or that Lead's first murder occurred in 1897, resulted from a dispute over land, and took place not far from the current school complex? A collection of recipes that displays an 1895 teacher's contract signed by one Edna Ford who agreed to teach for four months at $35.00/month. This unique, cookbook is the current project for Lead-Deadwood school librarian Gary Linn and features not only favorite recipes of current and former school staff members, but also tidbits of local historical interest. Gary believes the book, self-published with the school's copying, binding, and laminating equipment, will be ready for sale just in time for holiday shopping. He brainstormed the project last year as a means to raise funds for a much-needed library software update. Fund-raising proved unnecessary, but Gary, the Project Guy, opted to forge ahead anyway, turning to his idea bank for a means of making the cookbook not just a collection of recipes, but something more, with a unique local flavor. Gary found his more in past issues of The Nugget, Lead-Deadwood High School's nationally recognized school newspaper. Published continuously since 1905 and known as the longest-running school newspaper in South Dakota, The Nugget featured the usual school lore about teachers, administrators, students, and athletic championships; equally important, the paper documented items of local historical significance from an area with an intriguing past.

This year, the cookbook well under way, Gary approached school superintendent Dr. Dan Leikvold with concern that the valuable newspapers were just lying on library shelves. As head of the local historical preservation committee, Dr. Leikvold urged Gary to write a grant requesting funds to digitally preserve the papers for future generations. And thus was born Gary's next project. Armed with a new digital camera, tripod, and solid advice from South Dakota State Library digital expert Stacia McGourty, Gary intends next year to undertake digitization of back copies of both the newspaper and the school's yearbook, The Golden Lode, with two goals in mind: preserve the publications and provide online access to their content. He looks forward to able assistance from library paraprofessionals like Kenette Carlson (pictured here with Gary), always an eager project participant, and from recruited ninth-graders who can use hours expended on the endeavor to satisfy a local community service graduation requirement. In the future some Florida resident curious about a grandparent who graduated from Lead HS in 1935 will be able to go online and learn more about what shaped life in Lead during the 1930's.



School Library Month celebration highlights from across the state

School libraries across the state celebrated School Library Month in April. Here are a few of the highlights shared so far:

Sioux Falls Public School Libraries released a newly created video about school libraries in the 21st Century. It's online for viewing at

Stewart Elementary Library students in Yankton read books about books and libraries and used Bill Thomson's Chalk to Create your own story @ your library! Dewey Decimal egg hunts and poetry readings were part of the fun as well. The big excitement is the challenge to read 1,000 books by Children’s Book Week. If the Stewart students "Stick with Reading" they get to stick their librarian, Kathleen Bergeson, to the wall.

Student's Wax Museum, Wizard of Oz

Student's Wax Museum, Peter RabbitChrist the King Elementary Library in Sioux Falls had third and fourth grade students put on a book character wax museum for the rest of the school. Librarian Katie Dow organized the event. Some of the characters included Harry Potter, Mrs. Rabbit and Peter, Dorothy and the Scarecrow, as well as Jack from the Magic Tree House series.

Lincoln Elementary Library in Yankton observed the beginning of School Library Month by paying tribute to their wildly favorite books. Students in grades two through five were asked to create a poster related to their favorite book or to anything having to do with reading. Kindergarten and first grade heard the book Wild About Books. After reading the story each first grader told librarian Sylvia Fedde why they were wild about books while she created a poster for each class stating each child's tale. Each kindergarten class had a poster that stated "Mrs. So & So's Class is WILD About Books!!" and each student then signed their name to the poster. The kids were so excited to come in and find their artwork on the wall, and to see what all the other classes did. The celebration continued with Cookie Week. Students listened to stories about cookies and ate cookies too. The kindergarteners made sure their hands were clean and free of crumbs before they started looking for their new book that week. The final week of the month was SkippyJon Jones Week. Each class voted to decide which one Mrs. Fedde would read and there were prize and book drawings for each class.

Booksale at Dakota Christian School Library

Dakota Christian School Library in Corsica had their annual school used book sale a bit early to coordinate with the school rummage sale. The students each received a coupon from librarian Lois VanDusseldorp for one free book. Books were sold for a quarter. The free coupon was a big hit. They sold books that were weeded out of the library, duplicate copies and also books that families donated to the sale. This year the books that were left over were donated to a new Christian School in Minnesota.



Resources in the news

Free AASL Lesson Plan Database
A tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

School libraries and privacy
What do librarians and other educators need to know about students' privacy rights in school libraries?






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