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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

Why Didn't I think of that?


The Christmas tree comes full circle

Christmas Tree at Siouxland Libraries

Christmas may be over, but the creative imaginations of librarians are alive and well. After the State Library's "Just Weed It" webinar (archive can be found at, great ideas of what to do with weeded books surfaced. Both Siouxland Libraries and the Sturgis Public Library created book trees during the holidays.

Christmas Tree at Sturgis Public Library

The Sturgis Public Library borrowed the idea from the White River Library. Most of the books on the Sturgis tree are donations, some are weeded from the collection, and all will be used in a book sale after the new year. Sturgis staff did not have a real pattern to work with, other than to use oversized books for a few layers on the bottom. Creating the tree took about two hours.


Book Tree builds collection at Armour Carnegie Library

Christmas Tree in Armour Carnegie Library

This year the Armour Carnegie Library hosted a Book Tree during the holiday season. Ornaments on the tree contain the book title and price of a book on the library's wish list. Citizens or local organizations were encouraged to select an ornament and donate the cost of the book so that it could become part of the library's collection. Each donated book contains a personalized book plate, allowing patrons to buy a book in memory or in honor of someone special.

The tree was displayed at the library during the holidays and stood on Main Street during the Nov. 24 "Christmas in Armour" event.

Library trustee Marian Biederstedt said she got the idea for the tree from Parkston Public Library.





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