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May 2012, Volume 4, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book South Dakota 2012

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

Children's Book Week
May 7-13

SDLA 2012: Branch Out
May 16

ALA 2012 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 21-26

South Dakota Festival of Books
Sept. 28-30

SDLA 2012
Libraries: Crossroads to Discovery

Oct. 3-5

Ancestry LibraryFeatured e-Resources of the Month
New tools to dig for your roots and grow your family tree

Children's and YA Services


Announcing the 2011-2012 YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award winners!

High School

  • Winner: Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
  • Runner-up: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Middle School

  • Winner: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Runner-up: Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser

Since 1989, the Young Adult Reading Program Teen Reads Committee of the South Dakota Library Association has annually published a list of books to promote quality literature and to help South Dakota teachers and librarians in selecting and promoting books for adolescents. The books are selected from among the many young adult and adult books that have received positive reviews by national reviewing periodicals. To qualify to vote, teens read books from the list and give them a star rating of one to four, four being best. The book receiving the highest star average on each list receives the award. Teenagers may vote for as many books as they would like. One winner is selected from the Middle School list and another winner from the High School list. For more information, please visit the YARP/SD Teen Reads webpage at


2011-2012 Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque votes are in

Students from grades K-5 recently voted for their favorite books during the 2011-2012 South Dakota Children’s Book Awards competition. Of the 32 books that were chosen by the committee, half represented the Prairie Bud Award, and the other half represented the Prairie Pasque Award.

Following are the results of the Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque voting:

  • Prairie Bud winner: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  • Prairie Pasque winner: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Ninety-four schools across the state participated in voting for the awards. At least 11,178 students in grades K-2 voted for a book nominated for this year's Prairie Bud Award, while 5,252 students in grades 3-5 took part in the Prairie Pasque Award voting.

Book Cover used with permission from bn.comIn order of votes received, the top five Prairie Bud books for 2011-12 were:

  1. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
  2. Dinotrux by Chris Gall
  3. I Need my Monster by Amanda Noll
  4. Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile
  5. Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggery Shields

Book Cover used with permission from bn.comThe top five Prairie Pasque books for 2011-12, in order of votes received, were:

  1. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  2. Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
  3. Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus by Kristen Tracy
  4. You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! by Jonah Winter
  5. Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming

Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Children's Book Awards encourage students in the elementary grades to read and vote for their favorite book of the year. The Prairie Bud Award is designed for students in grades K-2, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for grades 3-5. Both awards challenge students to read and vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. Children who read at least five titles from the list for their grade level qualify to vote. Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout the state.

Nominees for the 2012-13 South Dakota Children’s Book Awards have been selected and listed on the school library listserv. A list will also appear on the SD State Library website,


News from the Collaborative Summer Library Program Annual Meeting

The CSLP Annual Meeting was held in Hershey, PA, April 10-12 and a great deal was accomplished! What you are all anxiously awaiting is the announcement of the future slogans and themes. So without further ado… the 2014 slogans (Science theme): “Fizz, Boom, Read!” (early literacy & children’s), “Spark a Reaction” (teens), and “Literary Elements” (adults). The 2015 general theme is Heroes.

As always, if you are interested in serving on a CSLP committee, please take a look at the different responsibilities listed in the CSLP Organizational Handbook at None of the committees require face-to-face meetings – work is done by email or possibly one conference call. As the outgoing Teen Manual Committee Chair and the incoming CSLP Vice President/President-Elect I encourage everyone to sign up for one committee. However, you will be expected to participate in the committee. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email me at email and I will pass your contact information along to the appropriate committee chair.


Enhance summer reading with

South Dakota public libraries participating in the CSLP Summer Reading Program once again have the added bonus of using for free to enhance their summer reading programs. See page 15 of your Highsmith summer reading catalog or this PDF. Only CSLP libraries may access these free resources.


Operation: Military Kids! - The Welcome Home Garden Project

In honor of our military families, The Burpee Seed Company has begun an initiative called “Welcome Home Garden.” The project consists of 10 packets of seeds (8 vegetable packets and 2 flower packets) that they would like to see distributed to veterans, service members, and their families. The physical packets include Zinnia, Marigold, lettuce, tomato, spinach, sweet pepper, radish, cucumber, carrot, and squash and growing seasons for the regions. The packets are already assembled and recipes are included. Another way to honor the military families would be to grow these flowers and vegetables and when harvested, give them to a veteran or military family that you know in your church, neighborhood, or your friends that have served our country.

The Burpee Company does have a few requirements:

  1. If you take the seeds you must agree to PLANT them
  2. That credit be given to the Burpee Company

Any photos would be greatly appreciated along with a brief description of the planting project.

If you are interested in receiving seeds for this project, please contact Sheila Snyder via email or call 605-394-2236.





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