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December-January 2014, Volume 5, Issue 11

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

School Library Regional Meetings
- December 3, Aberdeen;
- December 10, Sioux Falls

Electronic Resources Challenge
January 13-March 31, online

SDLA Legislative Day
January 23, Pierre

2014 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 24-28, 2014

ALA Youth Media Awards, Philadelphia, PA
January 27, 2014

Digital Learning Day
February 5, 2014

Teen Tech Week
March 9-15, 2014

One Book SD

Featured e-Resources of the Month
ChiltonLibrary, Mango Languages now part of State Library e-resources

Children and young adult services


Teen Literacy Contest

Teen Literacy is so important to author, philanthropist, & literacy advocate Donna Labermeier that she is sponsoring a contest for 6th - 12th graders in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week™! The contest has something for every talent and interest - whether you like acting, writing, public speaking, art, film‐making, music and more.

You can enter under one of these two categories:

  • 6th - 8th Graders
  • 9th - 12th Graders

The entry deadline is February 16.

Prizes total over $25,000 and will be split evenly between the winning teen and their library, school or program. Books to read for the contest will be shipped to libraries, schools and teens for FREE. For more information and to enter the contest, go to www.healerstrilogy.



ALA/Association for library service to children's "Día" Programs

Do you have Spanish-speaking populations in your community? More than likely you do, but they may not use your library because they do not understand what the purpose of the library is. However, they need library services just the same as everyone else. So take a chance and reach out by doing a Día Family Book Club programs. You can even apply for a grant to help you get started. Fifteen grantees will be awarded $2,000 to initiate a Día Family Book Club Program at their library.

The deadline to apply for a Día Family Book Club Mini-Grant is Nov. 30, 2013. For more information, and the application form, please visit



Encourage YARP/SD Teen Choice Award voting

Vote Y A R P book Awards With voting being open for almost two months, there are already over 700 votes! Partner with your local school or public library to hold a Christmas break contest or challenge to help promote more reading and voting. Make sure your teens know where to go to vote!



Jump Start information coming soon!

Details for the 2014 Jump Start workshops will be coming soon! Keep your eye on our website at in the next few weeks for more information. Hopefully you had a chance to attend the Story Time Slime pre-conference at SDLA 2013 in Sioux Falls to get your brain sparking with ideas. With all the potential for things to Fizz and Boom this next summer, Jump Start 2014 promises to be the most fun it's ever been!






ALA, books, contest, languages, literacy, summer reading, teens, YALSA, YARP

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