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March 2013, Volume 5, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Read Across America Day
March 2

World Read Aloud Day
March 6

Teen Tech Week
March 10-16

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 20

School Library Month

Month of the Military Child

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
April 30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
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Why Didn't I Think of That?


Faulkton County Library helps patrons book their escape from winter

To encourage adults and teens to read during the winter when days are short and cold, Faulkton County Library Head Librarian Billie Nelson developed the "Book Your Escape" program. The program ran from Jan. 2 through Feb. 28.

The rules were easy. Participants could read anything they liked, including books or e-books from the library or books they own. They completed an entry form with book title and author, their name and their phone number. They dropped the form into the appropriate bag labeled by genre. Eight genres were represented, with one general fiction and one nonfiction genre. At the end of the program, one winning entry form was drawn from each bag. Nelson hopes that this method will encourage people to try a genre that's new to them. Prizes include donated items such as scarves, mittens, gloves and handmade bookmarks. A Kindle was the grand prize, drawn from all entries.

The program was advertised in the local newspaper and on flyers in the library. The most effective advertising was word of mouth, with staff encouraging patrons to sign up.

Fifty people registered. Nelson said that some people who don't usually come in have signed up and been encouraged to read. Some people read all the time anyway, so the chance for prizes is a bonus. "We've had a lot of fun with it," Nelson said.


Public library card sign-up at school makes collaborative effort for reading

By Samantha Hensley, Library Director, Emil M. Larson Library, Clark, SD

There's never a month you can't deem as "Library Card Sign-up Month," so I decided it should be November 2012.

I contacted the teachers at Clark Middle and High School and scheduled a time to visit a few classes to spend time discussing what our library offers; for example, programs, computers and internet access, "SD Titles to Go" e-book downloading and, of course, books! Surprisingly enough, I got a very nice response from the kids. The classes I spoke to ranged from fifth to eighth grades. I signed up 44 new library card members that day, and I now have a much greater influx of youth into my small town library.

After I had the kids write down all their contact information on a note card, I made my own library cards thru Microsoft Publisher, printed them on cardstock, and Mary McGillivray, Dacotah Bank, laminated the library cards for me. They look so professional and so nice. I can't wait to see the look on their faces when they receive their library cards. I know they will appreciate it. I also thought after this whole project, that it might not be a bad idea to give a laminated library card to every new person who signs up and to everyone who is already a member. It makes them feel like they are a part of something and reminds them that the library is here for them. I plan on doing this sometime during 2013, or who knows…maybe next month?





Clark, Faulkton

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