April 2012, Volume 4, Issue 4
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School Library Month
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Children's Book Week
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Why Didn't I Think of That?
Douglas High School Library takes Cinderella to the Culture Fair
Douglas High School Librarian Kim Darata and her library assistants created a display for the school’s recent Culture Fair. Versions of the Cinderella story from around the world were gathered, mapped and presented with activities at the library’s booth. Student library assistants managed the event and a prize drawing for the library.
Bennett County Library draws old and young with shared activities
Bennet County Library in Martin serves as both the community’s public library and the high school library. Two collections that catch everyone’s eye near the front of the library are the puzzles and the yearbooks. Librarian Marsha Fyler and library assistant Carol Yoher report that both young and old share equally in pouring over the yearbooks and putting the puzzles together. Students enjoy finding their parents and themselves in the yearbooks and the senior citizens like to reminisce.
Pictured here working on the current puzzle are sisters Norma Good and Dorothy Petrik who stop by and finish a few pieces before they go on to their volunteer job. They also happen to be Carol’s aunt and mother respectively and are avid library supporters. Once a puzzle is complete a picture is taken and added to the digital photo frame on the library’s circulation desk for all to enjoy.
Famous faces come alive at Jones County Elementary
Every fourth grade student in Teri Kinsley’s class at Jones County Elementary School has a “claim to fame” as a part of their South Dakota Famous Faces Living Museum project. Students study South Dakota history from August to November and then select one South Dakotan they would like to research and represent.
In December they head to the library to search for resources with librarian Tammy Van Dam. Over the next few months they take notes, write, revise, edit, find pictures and create a poster to be ready to answer the question “Why is this person important to South Dakota history?”
All parents and elementary classes are invited to attend their final open house-style living museum event. Students are dressed in full costume and stationed around the gym. Groups of listeners walk up to the speaker, push their button (a sticker on their hand) and the fourth grader comes to life telling the story as their South Dakotan.
Kinsley further explains, “This is the fourth year of the museum. We have added new faces every year, always based on the students' interests. It is fun for the older students who have done the presentations in years past to check up on "their" person, and to see if they have their facts straight. It is such a good feeling when the whole project comes together and to see the ownership the kids take in their person and research makes it worthwhile every year. They learn so much from each other.”