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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

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Grant Opportunities


YALSA’s Great Book Giveaway Competition

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

The purpose of this competition is to support libraries that serve young adults. One year’s worth of books that publishers send to ALA committees for review and possible award nominations will be contributed to a library in need through this application process. See YALSA’s website for more details and the guidelines for entering.


ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant

Deadline: Dec.1, 2011

The Association for Library Services to Children and Candlewick Press offer the “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” grant, created to honor Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. More information and the grant application are available at ALSC’s website.



Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

This annual program awards three libraries with collections of library materials to provide an opportunity for communities to use these new materials in creative ways.

Applicants must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA. More information is available at


Youth Services Grants

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2012

YALSA encourages innovative proposals that are inclusive of underserved teen populations, including but not limited to teens with disabilities and teens who speak English as a second language. The $1,000 grant, made possible by Dollar General, is to be used to support the program. A total of twenty grants are available. Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. Apply online at YALSA’s website


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

This annual grant award program offers funding to organizations that operate as a program for children and youth outside of the school day. Twelve programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. For more information see





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