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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

Why Didn’t I Think of That?


Audio series connects with your business community

“Think of it as ‘Car Talk’… for the human engine,” says Daniel Pink, speechwriter, entrepreneur and author of Drive and A Whole New Mind. Pink is sponsoring a series of free hour-long audiocasts focusing on aspects of business success. They are archived on iTunes if the live time is not convenient.

Your library could host this series and facilitate discussion afterward or make your business community aware of them for their own use. Guests for upcoming programs include Harvey MacKay, sales expert, and Tom Peters, corporate expert. See information here:


Series titles are big business at North Middle School

Book series in baskets at the library

Students at North Middle School in Rapid City are avid fans of reading and especially of reading books in a series. Librarian Arlette Schweitzer has found a solution to locating, shelving and circulating those titles in demand. She places series titles in baskets on top of the library shelves. She finds that it takes less time to shelve and locate the books students are looking for and students enjoy seeing the entire cover as they flip through books in the baskets. It all adds to the welcoming “bookstore” look of the library.


Holgate Middle School finds another use for old magazine boxes

New ideas for magazine boxes

What do you do with all of those old magazine boxes now that it’s not necessary to keep the print copies for years and years? Students at Holgate Middle School Library in Aberdeen are re-using them for book report projects. Collaborating with classroom teachers, Librarian Sue Rose helps students turn the boxes into great display items.

Each box is covered with original student art with a blurb on the back and library location information on the spine. It’s also a great way to share and advertise favorite books.




Aberdeen, community, Rapid City

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