May 2013, Volume 5, Issue 5
Check Your Calendars!!
Choose Privacy Week
National Library Legislative Day
Children's Book Week
May 30– June 1, Javits Center, New York City
ALA 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 27– July 2, Chicago, Illinois
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Genealogy eResources—where history is new
Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Bring your own device night
by Jeff Cosier, Horace Mann Elementary Library
Horace Mann Elementary in Rapid City offered two special Friday nights for students and parents during March. Friday, March 1, was the school’s Math and Literacy Night, and March 22 was the spring carnival. For both of these events, students, parents and staff were invited to visit the library with their mobile electronic devices to get them set up to use the library's electronic resources. The district's IT department was very helpful in disabling the school's Wi-Fi password for the evening, and the library was able to work with people and get access on laptops, tablets, smart phones and even a few iPods.
Students and parents were all excited to see that they would be able to access the school’s growing collection of e-books and downloadable audio books 24 hours a day all year. It was also fun for the librarian who had the opportunity to play with many different types of devices during the two nights. For those who did not have a device, the library’s computers were available so that students could show their parents the electronic selections.
Despite a near blizzard on carnival night, both events were very well attended, and the library saw steady traffic both evenings. About 30 different devices passed through the library, and the circulation numbers for electronic material have seen a nice jump in the past few weeks. As a result of this success, there will be more “Bring Your Own Device” nights in Horace Mann’s future.
Community collaboration: Brookings Public Library and the Brookings Area Genealogical Society
by Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library
Our library has had a great relationship with the Brookings Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) for many years. BAGS considers the library its headquarters, using our meeting rooms and historical room and housing their technical equipment here. They have done and continue to do great projects that very much benefit our patrons. This includes indexing the obituaries in the local paper, the Brookings Register, going back to the late 1800s and mapping the cemeteries. These get used all the time by our patrons and visitors from all over doing their own research.
For the past couple years BAGS has offered genealogical help to patrons. One Saturday morning a month, a member meets with patrons in our Historical Room and gives suggestions and help on family history research. It's wonderful being able to refer patrons to such a helpful group.
Book Portraits and Book Spine Poetry celebrate reading and learning at Douglas High School
Kim Darata, Douglas High School Librarian, and Vicke Vogel, art teacher, collaborated for a Teen Tech Week (March 10-16) project. Vogel’s photography students chose books to incorporate into portraits of themselves. The gallery was displayed in the library during March and is now posted on the school website to promote reading and technology. The student body voted to choose a favorite. The winner was image 25, The Survivor.
In celebration of National School Library Month and National Poetry Month, the high school library staff collaborated with English teachers Joelle Rose and Mary Kron to create book spine poetry. Approximately 70 poems were created by English teachers and students and library staff and student aides. View a sampling on the school website. The entire collection is on display at the library.
Teen Tech Week maker space success at the Alexander Mitchell Public Library
by Cara Romeo, Alexander Mitchell Public Library
During Teen Tech Week, March 11-15, the Alexander Mitchell Public Library in Aberdeen hosted an open technology lab for area teens. In this space they were encouraged to make their own video games and digital art work, take and edit photos, create music using Garage Band, play Wii games and participate in the Book Trailer Contest with a Kindle Fire as the grand prize. Teens could also play Technology Bingo and win prizes such as ear buds, iTunes cards, books and USBs.
Every day from 3:30-6:00 pm throughout the week, teens used the library's iPads, laptops, USB drawing pads, etc., with library staff on hand the entire week to teach the teens the new technology.
This program was funded by a grant from our local 3M group and enabled the library to purchase equipment and software for the lab. The library temporarily converted two meeting rooms into the "maker space" for the week. An average of 20 to 30 teens a day participated in the lab and created wonderful trailers, art work and other products.
This program was so successful that area teens are asking for an open lab for the summer months. The library will be hosting open labs every Monday and Thursday, June through July this summer. When teens complete a Technology Bingo card, they are eligible for a prize from the summer reading program.
This program was publicized through the area middle and high schools as well as traditional and social media avenues. For more information please contact Cara Romeo, Community Services Librarian/Assistant Director, Alexander Mitchell Public Library, at 605-626-7097, or by email.
Box Project helps patrons find series fast
Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre started a “box project,” not only to help with space issues, but also to assist patrons in finding favorite authors and series books quickly. Donated shoe boxes are covered, labeled and filled with books. Patrons love it, especially if they are in a hurry.