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February 2012, Volume 4, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 1

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

World Read Aloud Day
March 7

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 8-14

Preservation Week
April 22-28

Money Smart Week
April 22-28

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Gale Virtual Reference Library gets a facelift

Why Didn't I Think of That


Beresford Public Library wins $1,000 and a $500 community grant

In Beresford they have learned that even small things can add up to big benefits. The Beresford Public Library recently received notice from Findwaway World, LLC makers of Playaways that the library had been chosen to receive a $1,000.00 prize for completing a survey. The library was asked to fill out a survey about the Playaway device. The company is always looking at ways to improve their product and offered libraries that filled out the survey a chance to win the money.

Jane Norling, library director stated “It was so exciting to receive the call that we had won the $1,000.00, I just did not expect to win.” Norling completed a survey regarding the things that the library patrons liked about the Playaways and the survey also had areas that they wanted users to rate that might need improvement. “I certainly assumed it would be a slim chance that we would win the money but you never know!”

Norling added, “Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook. Each Playaway weighs only two ounces and comes pre-loaded and ready to use. Playaway is only available at the library and we’re constantly adding to our collection!”

The library received the check the day before Thanksgiving and will use the money to enhance programs. And this is what they will also be doing with a $500 Walmart community grant they received at about the same time. Some of the events this grant will help sponsor include their evening "Once Upon A Time" storytime, the "early out" teacher inservice movie days and snacks, craft supplies for storytime and any extra will go towards summer reading programming.


Tea Intermediate School students love their library

Tea Intermediate School featured

Tea Intermediate School Librarian, Serena Gutnik, recently started a library club at her school and ended up with 102 members. Read more about what’s going on in Tea at





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