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October 2012, Volume 4, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

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One Book South Dakota 2012

Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Oct. 3

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 3-5

Teen Read Week
Oct. 14-20

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 21-27

National Novel Writing Month

International Games Day
Nov. 3

American Education Week
Nov. 11-17

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School Libraries


Standards focus on research at all grade levels

Research is being called the fourth "R" of the Common Core State Standards. It is included in at least 56 different standards throughout the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in Social Studies/History, Science, and Technical Subjects document (PDF).

So, how does this align with what's happening in classrooms and school libraries in South Dakota? Perfectly! Research is essentially the entire first strand of the SD School Library Content Standards (PDF).

The ELA Common Core document states, "Because of the centrality of writing to most forms of inquiry, research standards are prominently included in this strand, though skills important to research are infused throughout the document." (p.8) To get you started we’ve created four grade level handouts using the Inquiry and Problem Solving strand of the SD standards and the Research to Build and Present Knowledge strand of the Common Core. (Files available in PDF format on You'll also want to make sure you take a look at the reading strand for standards relating to informational text and the speaking/listening strand for those dealing with presentations.

Plus, there are many additional resources available to guide you along the way. Here are a few articles and books you may want to begin with:

  • Common Core: It's Not Happening Without the Librarian
  • Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role
  • Are Librarians Still Important?
  • Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

All of the following titles are available through the State Library:

  • Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards - Joe Crawford
  • Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades K-5 - Common Core, Inc.
  • Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 6-8 - Common Core, Inc.
  • Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts, Grades 9-12 - Common Core, Inc.
  • Common Core ELA Activities - Darcy Pattison
  • Common Core State Standards: Building a Solid Foundation - Janet McCoid
  • Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement - Lucy Calkins
  • Understanding Common Core Standards - John Kendall
  • With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature - Carol Jago


School and public libraries merge in Tripp

While summer may seem like a slow time in most schools, school librarian Joyce Mann and public librarian Carol Bietz kept very busy preparing for an open house, which was held on July 28, celebrating the combining of the Tripp-Delmont school and public libraries. The open house was hosted by the Tripp Women’s Civic Club and included a writer and storyteller, Peggy Friederich, and musician Arlis VanGerpen, as part of the afternoon entertainment. Many local residents as well as librarians from other areas attended the open house.

Storytelling at the Library

The major portion of the funding for the Tripp-Delmont school addition to house the newly combined libraries was bequeathed to the school by Dr. Helmuth Hoff, a graduate of Tripp High School. Dr. Hoff always said that people at the school and in the community convinced him to stay in school and graduate from high school at a time when he was considering dropping out. Most of the time spent in his medical career was in California. One of the stipulations for the funding was that part of the project should be to benefit the community as well as the school. It was decided that the best way to accomplish that mission was to combine the public library with the school library. The planning and building process took about two years.

Librarians Joyce Mann and Carol Bietz

When school ended in May, school librarian Joyce Mann began moving books and materials to the addition, with public librarian Carol Bietz following with the city collection in June. The library reopened in July. While the process of placing the collections and automating will continue, the community and students are enjoying the new space.





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