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September 2013, Volume 5, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Library Card Sign-up Month

International Literacy Day
September 8

SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood

Banned Books Week
Sept. 22-28

Banned Websites Awareness Day
Sept. 25

Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls

Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha

Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

Teen Read Week
Oct. 13-19

National Friends of Libraries Week
Oct. 20-26

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Beyond the Great Gatsby: e-resources for book groups and literature

Library Headlines


School libraries recognized for efforts to support 21st century learning

Twenty school libraries have been recognized by the South Dakota State Library as 21st Century School Libraries.

The recognition program identifies school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment, both physical and online; programming and professionalism.

This is the first year of the recognition program for school libraries. Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a two-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 16-18, 2013, in Chamberlain.

Effective Award recipients:

  • Agar-Blunt-Onida School, Onida, Librarian Jackie Aspelin, Administrator Kevin Pickner
  • Sturgis Brown High School, Sturgis, Librarian Alissa Adams, Administrator Jeff Simmons
  • South Park Elementary School, Rapid City, Librarian Melissa Thibault, Administrator Rod Haugen
  • St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School, Rapid City, Librarian Melissa Hubbell, Administrator Barb Honeycutt

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Discovery Elementary School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Sharlene Lien, Administrator Lois Running
  • Douglas Middle School, Box Elder, Librarian Mavis Schipman, Administrator Dan Baldwin
  • Explorer Elementary School, Harrisburg, Librarian Amy DeNomme, Administrator Mike Munzke
  • Huron High School, Huron, Librarian Dawn Coughlin, Administrator Demitria Moon
  • Mickelson Middle School, Brookings, Librarian Kristen Leite, Administrator Melinda Jensen
  • Newell School, Newell, Librarian Gwendolyn Kitzan, Administrator Blake Dahlberg
  • Patrick Henry Middle School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Wendy Nelson, Administrator Darryl Walker

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Brookings High School, Brookings, Librarian Jean Kirschenman, Administrator Paul vonFischer
  • Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg, Librarian Emily Olson, Administrator Dr. Kevin Lein
  • Horace Mann Elementary School, Rapid City, Librarian Jeffrey Cosier, Administrator Scott Phares
  • Journey Elementary School, Harrisburg, Librarian Kristi Jones, Administrator Dr. Marice Highstreet
  • Lincoln High School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Mary Peters, Administrator Val Fox
  • Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Laura Allard, Administrator Carrie Aaron
  • Roosevelt High School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Jeanne Conner, Administrator Tim Hazlett
  • Washington High School, Sioux Falls, Librarian Kerri Smith, Administrator James Nold
  • Watertown High School, Watertown, Librarian Jean Moulton, Administrator Dr. Michael Butts

To learn more about the recognition program, review 21st Century School Library Award from the State Library's website.



North Sioux City breaks ground for new building

Groundbreaking at North Sioux City

North Sioux City Public Library combined groundbreaking for its new building and its Summer Reading Program party to create a city-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 13.

People at Groundbreaking celebrationSummer Reading themes this year fit the new library groundbreaking perfectly—Dig Into Reading and Groundbreaking Reads. In addition to the groundbreaking, the fire department cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the crowd. The library sponsored tattoos, face painting, coloring, storytelling and games.

Construction is scheduled to be finished by March 1, 2014.



Prairie West Branch grand opening

Grand Opening at Prairie West

Siouxland Libraries' newest branch, Prairie West, celebrated its grand opening on August 6. A storybook walk, Phil Baker concert in the adjacent park, ribbon cutting, tours and refreshments excited the large crowd of adults and children. Special features include a toddler room containing board books, a meeting room with Media:Scape technology and self-checkout machines. Prairie West, located close to Discovery Elementary and Memorial Middle School, serves the northwest side of Sioux Falls.



Lower Brule welcomes new library

by Mary Richey, Lower Brule Community College library director

Lower Brule Community College (LBCC) recently opened the only public library in the community of Lower Brule. Located about 60 miles south of Pierre, Lower Brule is home to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe or the Kul Wicasa Oyate. Approximately 1,500 people live on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation. The college just celebrated its 20th anniversary this June; however, they did not have a library for the college students until this summer. The library is a college library but also serves the public and the surrounding areas.

Creating a library was daunting and often seemed insurmountable, but progress was accelerated in the past year after nearly four years of work. Within one year, the college's collection went from 175 books to nearly 2,200 books, primarily through private donations. The building has been transformed with new paint, lights and handicapped ramps. Library Director Mary Richey had little library experience in her background, but she tackled the project when she joined LBCC staff last August as Student Services Director. "It was shocking to me as a recent college graduate that students were attending college without a library," she said. "I grew up going to the library as a child and have used libraries as a resource my whole life. To me a library is an essential part of every community."Opening a library was not an easy process and many problems arose as the project progressed. "It seemed like every time we took one step forward, we took three back," said Richey, adding, "With every accomplishment we'd realize something else needed to be done."

Many improvements still need to be completed, but the library is open and running. The summer reading program, "Dig into Reading," began in June. More than 80 people attended the library's grand opening. The library has already hosted a local author, several story times and craft events. Grants from First Book enabled hundreds of books to be given away to community children so that they could have their own books at home.

Child reading at Lower BruleThe library hopes to be a place for community members to learn and read and also be a place for cultural activities and education. Eventually, story times in Lakota will be implemented, as well as other language and educational opportunities.

The community of Lower Brule has been very supportive and is excited to have a library at their disposal. Now those without transportation will have access to a library and the resources available. Richey said, "The State Library, as well as many librarians from all over the state, have been very helpful in accelerating the completion of the library during the past year. There are so many facets to opening a library, and we had so many questions that their help was invaluable. We are very grateful to everyone for the assistance and support we received. Opening the doors to this library in such a beautiful community for those who deserve this facility has been an incredibly rewarding experience."



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