September 2011, Volume 3, Issue 8
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign Up Month
Banned Books Week
Sept. 24 - Oct. 1
Indian Education Summit
Banned Websites Awareness Day
SDLA Annual Conference
SD Festival of Books
National Friends of Libraries Week
Teen Read Week
AASL National Conference
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Back to learning for all ages
Children's and YA Services
Summer Reading Program Evaluation due Sept. 24
Please complete the Summer Reading Program Evaluation by Sept. 24 so you can receive your free 2012 summer reading program manual! The summer reading program evaluation is available now.
You might notice a few new questions — mostly participation numbers broken down by age groups. If you did programs for children, teens and adults please do not lump all those numbers together. Separating them is very important at both a state and a national level. You may guesstimate if you have to. These numbers are used to justify the funding for the manuals, South Dakota’s membership in CSLP and the Jump Start workshops.
Children’s books exempted from lead testing
A Publisher’s Weekly Aug. 2, 2011 article reports that the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) now exempts children’s books from testing and safety certification. Get details here: publishersweekly.com. For complete information, see the U.S. Government’s website for CPSIA.
YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth set the standards
Originally developed in 1981 and now in its fourth revision, this document (YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth) sets the standards for anyone working with teens. No matter if you are the teen librarian or the only library employee at your library, these competencies are applicable. There are seven competency areas: Leadership and Professionalism; Knowledge of the Client Group; Communication, Marketing & Outreach; Administration; Knowledge of Materials; Access to Information; and Services.
The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction
The brain of a teenager is a crazy place. As adults it’s often hard for us to remember how teenagers think and to not go ballistic when they do the ridiculous stuff they do. A new publication from the National Institute of Mental Health is available for parents and people who work with teenagers. You can view the entire publication online at nimh.nih.gov or print off free copies of the PDF version.
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