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August 2013, Volume 5, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Library Card Sign-up Month

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

Banned Books Week
Sept. 22-28

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 25

Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls

Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

Teen Read Week
Oct. 13-19

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 20-26

Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners

Why didn't I think of that?


Antiques Roadshow at Freeman Public Library—priceless

by LeAnn Kaufman, Freeman Public Library director

antique roadshow event in Freeman

Freeman Public Library held its own version of the Antiques Roadshow. This was a fun program for community participation. We had three local auctioneers volunteer their time to appraise items that were brought in. We limited people to one carryable item. The appraisers then discussed the item a little, told a little about it if they knew anything and then gave an appraisal price. The appraisers did a great job of tying in stories and history and made the evening more than just finding out the price of an item. We had items brought in that ranged anywhere from $5.00 to priceless.



Have you ever thought of circulating cake pans?

by Ashley Cortney, Edgemont Public Library director

check out cake pans in Edgemont

In 1994 the Edgemont Public Library started receiving donations of—yes, you guessed it—cake pans. Our first thought was, "What are we going to do with cake pans?" We decided to just store them away. The next thing we knew, more donations were coming in, and we had 40 pans. This is how our collection started. Today we have over a hundred cake pans! They are quite popular in our community—even the local baker uses them.

Cake pans can be checked out for two weeks and are stored in the hang-up library bags with decorating instructions and pictures included. We have a wide variety of characters, shapes and objects. From the American flag to horseshoes to ALF, there is one for any occasion.



Jumping to new heights at Elkton Community Library

by Sherry Bauman, Elkton Community Library director

The Elkton Community Library's 2013 Jumpathon Fundraiser was its most successful ever. Students in first through sixth grades collected pledges to raise money for books, audio books, DVDs and more for the library. This year, 84 students raised an amazing $3300!

Since we are a combined school/community library, we can take advantage of one of the gymnasiums, sound system and basketballs. We hold our event at the end of a school day so students are able to go home as usual. Students are divided into groups by grade. Half of the students jump rope while the others shoot basketballs. After about 15-20 minutes, the groups switch. At the end of the event, all students receive a small participation prize, snack and bottled water, which are mostly donated. Students collecting $35 or more in pledges receive a Jumpathon t-shirt, with 46 students winning t-shirts this year. The top three students collecting the most in pledges receive prizes such as a Nook, iPod Shuffle and Wal-Mart gift card.

This fundraiser would not be possible without the help of our library board. They distribute snacks and water, supervise the hoop shoot and fill in wherever needed. Our superintendent even serves as emcee for the event!

See more about the Jumpathon in this previous Cornerstone issue.



board, community, Edgemont, Elkton, Freeman, funding, programming, school libraries




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