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November 2013, Volume 5, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Picture Book Month

National Young Readers Week
Nov. 11-15

AASL National Conference & Exhibition
Nov. 14-17

International Games Day
Nov. 16

American Education Week
Nov. 18-22

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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Features in our old favorites!

Children's and YA Services


Authors for Earth Day

Founded in 2010, Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) has already mentored tens of thousands of students and contributed $25,000 to over 30 conservation organizations.

How does it work? There are over 100 available authors and illustrators that participate in this program. You schedule the visit for April and pay the regular author fees. The participating author or illustrator then donates 30% - 100% of the fee to a conservation group of your student's choosing. The A4ED website also provides additional resources, including an extensive suggested reading list and author visit funding ideas. For more information and detail visit

And don't miss this free year-round resource: The A4ED Blog is a growing collection of original personal essays for librarians, teachers, students and parents, who are seeking insight into the lives (and minds) of the authors that their young readers love like the beloved Tony Abbott, Jane Yolen and Lurlene McDaniel with upcoming contributors like Jeff Kinney, Margarita Engle and Tish Rabe!



Your Teen Read Week Stories Wanted

Did your library celebrate Seeking the Unknown @ Your Library for Teen Read Week last month?

If so, we want to see and hear about what you did for the teens in your community. Send your stories and pictures to Jasmine Rockwell at



Fresh Teen Space Decorating Ideas

Needing to spruce up your teen space? Librarians are biologically engineered to not throw anything away, so why not put those hoarding tendencies to good use?

  • What about using book covers from weeded books as art?
  • Did you know there were so many things you could do with old wooden pallets?
  • Throw pillows or bean bags looking a little tired? Check out these great ways to re-use unwanted t-shirts!

If you've got a collection of something, you can use the Internet to find a way to make something of it.



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