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January 2013, Volume 5, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 10

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 25-29

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 6

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 10-16

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 20

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Find Your "A-ha!" Moment

Children's and Young Adult Services


Dig Into Reading with the 2013 Jump Start Summer Reading Workshops

The State Library's Jump Start Summer Reading Workshops are coming to a location near you! Ali Bruinsma, Becky Pittenger, Karen Duenwald and Jasmine Rockwell will be bringing ideas for programming, activities and more. We are extending the invitation to school librarians this year as partners with their local public library to help foster a broader community of reading. Marta Stirling (DOE) and Jasmine will also be discussing the basics of Common Core and what public libraries can do as partners for school libraries.

Locations and dates:

  • Rapid City Public Library – Feb. 25
  • Chamberlain (Oacoma Community Center) – Feb. 26
  • Aberdeen (Alexander Mitchell Public Library) – Feb. 27
  • Brookings Public Library – Feb. 28
  • Yankton Community Library – March 1
All workshops are 9:00 am - 2:00 pm local time. Please bring up to $9 per person to cover the cost of lunch (cash payment preferred). Contact Jasmine Rockwell for alternative payment methods and for special dietary needs.

Seating is limited at all locations so register today to reserve your seat at Each participant must register separately. The registration deadline is Feb. 13. No verbal, email or mail-in registrations will be accepted.


Keeping up with Common Core

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by South Dakota, and many teachers and school librarians are learning what they are all about. However, many public librarians are still left wondering what is going on. Not only will you get a chance to learn more about Common Core at the 2013 Jump Start Workshops, you can also learn more about them in several publications that you likely already subscribe to, that the State Library subscribes to or that are available in the State Library databases such as ProQuest.

Common Core feels like a big shift, but more than likely you've already been doing some things that align with Common Core and you just don't know it. So take a few deep breaths — you can do this. You may want to begin by looking at the original documents at Common Core: State Standards Initiative and then follow up with this article from ASCD: Educational Leadership.


Authors for Earth Day

Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) is a grassroots coalition of award-winning children's authors and illustrators who are helping young readers shape the world around them. During the month of April, each participating author or illustrator does one school visit with a wonderful twist: the author donates at least 30 percent of that day's speaking fee to a non-profit conservation organization as directed by a student vote. Students vote for their favorite, and the author writes a check to the winning organization. Authors and illustrators are already scheduling their A4ED school visits for April — recognized names like Dan Gutman, Suzy Kline, Bruce Hale and Debbie Dadey, to popular regional authors to newly acclaimed talents. To learn more about how Authors for Earth Day works or to participate, go to





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