February 2012, Volume 4, Issue 2
Check Your Calendars!!
Digital Learning Day
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
World Read Aloud Day
PLA Annual Conference
School Library Month
National Library Week
Money Smart Week
World Book Night
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Gale Virtual Reference Library gets a facelift
Children's and YA Services
Keep YARP votes coming
Banish winter blahs with hot reads from the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award list! Don’t be shy about doing a second round of book talks or another display of the titles. Voting is open until April, but we’re behind last year’s pace so stoke that reading fire again. For the list of titles or to vote, visit the State Library’s website.
Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting is open
South Dakota’s Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque Book Award Contest voting survey is now open. All SD students in grades K-5 who’ve read or had read to them at least five of the titles on the list appropriate for their grade level are eligible to vote. Voting (online only) concludes March 31; winning titles will be announced during National Library Week in April.
What do teens really want to read?
Librarian Karen McCoy did an informal survey of librarians on several different listservs to see what was actually being checked out and what librarians were recommending to their teens. This short article published in the January 2012 issue of School Library Journal will give you a clue on how to spend your dollars building your popular YA fiction collection and what you might want to start weeding. Read the full article at www.schoollibraryhournal.com.
SDSL will “lend” you a helping hand
Do you need a new idea for a program? Would you like to breathe new life into what you’re already doing? Are you thinking about trying something you’ve never done before? The State Library can help! Our professional collection is built with your needs in mind. Here is a sampling of some of our newest titles available for you to check out.
- Encouraging Your Child’s Imagination: a Guide and Stories for Play Acting
by Carol E. Bouzoukis (2012)
Taking nine familiar folktales or traditional children’s stories, such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel,” Bouzoukis presents each story to be read aloud in a way that today’s children will relate to and gives ideas about how to get the kids to act out the story. Not only does this method get kids up, moving, and interacting, there are also questions to get them thinking.
- Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program
by Sarah Ludwig (2011)
Whether you are really starting from the beginning of teen services, or if you already have a teen collection but want to beef up what you are providing for this demographic of your service area, Ludwig covers everything you will ever need to know. Policies, outreach, collections, teen spaces, texting, gaming – you name it and it’s in the book.
- Fairy Tale Fun!
by Nancy Polette (2012)
Each of the 21 fairy or folk tales in this book comes with an array of fun games to expand upon the story itself (word searches) and to expose children to sections of your library they may not have ever been to – like your nonfiction collection (library treasure hunt). Spice up old stories with Polette’s great ideas.
Operation: Military Kids wants you to celebrate Month of the Military Child
April 2012 will mark Operation: Military Kids’ third celebration of Month of the Military Child. We will be inviting schools, libraries, and other organizations to celebrate the military children in their communities with programs and other community events. Operation: Military Kids will send each participating group two books (titles to be determined at a later date.)
Stuck for program ideas? Here’s a few to get you started!
- Have a military child speak at your next event
- Create a display celebrating military families
- MRE Taste Test