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October 2011, Volume 3, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

2011 Authors on the Road

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 5-7

SD Festival of Books
Oct. 7-9

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 16-22

Teen Read Week
Oct. 16-22

AASL National Conference
Oct. 27-30

National Gaming Day
Nov. 12

Featured e-Resources of the Month
What’s new in State Library eResources

Children's and YA Services


Technology helps kids connect with their military family members

The Mobile Technology Lab supports Operation: Military Kids by helping to facilitate connections between deployed soldiers and their kids. The MTL laptops contain software and programs for children and youth to send personal messages and pictures to their deployed family members. The MTL is available to any OMK partner organization, such as the American Legion, Boys and Girls Club of America, 4-H Clubs, After-School Programs and other organizations that support or involve military kids — including libraries!

The MTL can be used for events that have a combination of military and non-military kids. If you would like more information please contact Stacia McGourty: email, 605-773-6391, or Sheila Snyder: email, 605-394-2236.


YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award voting begins Oct. 16

Voting for this year’s South Dakota Teen Choice Award begins during Teen Read Week so make sure you have all of the titles available for your teens to read. The complete list with summaries and publisher information is available on the State Library’s website. Voting will open on Oct.16. Your teens can access the voting form from the State Library’s website or you can put the link on your own website by using the URL []. There is a middle school list and a high school list, but any teen can read any book and vote on it. Voting will continue through April 1, 2012.


It’s a great day to read Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque nominees

Every year since 1987, elementary students in South Dakota have gathered to vote for their favorite book of the year. The South Dakota Children’s Book Awards, sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, challenge students in grades K-5 to read from a variety of interesting books from many genres and vote for their favorite. The Prairie Bud Award, is designed for students in grades K-2, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for those in grades 3-5. Children who read at least five titles from the list of nominees for their grade level qualify to vote.

You will find the 2011-2012 lists at Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout the state. Voting starts online in January and ends in March, with the winners announced during National Library Week in April.

For questions and further information on 2012-2013 titles, email Chairperson Nancy Eckert, email, or State Library committee representative Mary G. Johnson, email.


2012 Summer Reading Program manuals now available

October 1 officially marks the beginning of the CSLP program year and with that the next round of manuals: Dream Big — Read, Own the Night, and Between the Covers. Many of you will receive your manuals at the SDLA Annual Conference in Spearfish. If you aren’t able to make it there and you’ve met both of your requirements to receive your free copy, yours will be mailed to your library.

If you did not complete your 2010 Public Library Annual Survey or your summer reading program evaluation (online only) by their respective deadlines you can still obtain a copy from the State Library at cost ($10). If you do not have your manual by the end of the month, please contact Jasmine Rockwell, email.

Also remember to check out the CSLP website for lots of extras like the Rules of Use (what you can and can’t do with the proprietary artwork), the forums (ask questions of libraries around the United States doing the same program as you), and more!





OMK, Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque, summer reading, technology, YARP

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