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March 2012, Volume 4, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

World Read Aloud Day
March 7

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

Month of the Military Child

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
Support Common Core literacy with electronic resources

Children's and YA Services


Get YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award votes in soon

YARP book awardsMarch is the last month for South Dakota teens to vote for their favorite YARP book. For the list of books and the link to the voting form go to Voting ends April 1.


Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting ends March 31

Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque book awardsThe votes are starting to add up, but the March 31 deadline will be here before you know it. Don’t be late. As of mid-February, 926 students in grades K-2 already voted for their favorite Prairie Bud title and 720 voted for their 3-5 grade Prairie Pasque favorite. For more information and the link for voting go to


Kick-off March with Teen Tech Week!

YALSA’s Teen Tech Week is March 4-10 with the theme “Geek Out @ your library.” So throw open the physical and virtual doors to the young adults in your community and showcase what kinds of fun and useful technology offerings you have for them! Stumped for ideas? Think about services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more. For further ideas and information see


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology summer learning camps

SDSM&T offers several different programs during the months of June through August for elementary, middle school and high school ages. Scholarships are also available. For a complete list of program offerings for the various age groups visit


Brighten up your March with SLJ’s Battle of the Books!

March can feel like the longest month of the whole year because there are no get-a-day-off-work holidays and it’s still really cold in South Dakota. Never fear because starting March 13, School Library Journal will kick off its fourth annual Battle of the Kids Books. They use the term “kids” loosely because there are YA books as well as books for late elementary and middle school ages in the battle. Sixteen titles are pitted against each other with children’s or YA authors acting as the judges for each round. One winner for each round is declared and the judging moves on to round two and three as winners from the previous rounds are pitted against each other until only two are left for the Big Kahuna Round, where one final winner is chosen. You can check in each day March 13 - April 2 or you can RSS the updates. Check out for all the latest news.




books, Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque, technology, teens, YALSA, YARP

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