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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

Featured e-Resources of the Month


Beyond the Great Gatsby: e-resources for book groups and literature classes

book cover of the great gatsbyThe Great Gatsby made headlines this summer when the movie was released in May. "Let's read The Great Gatsby for book group and then we can watch the movie" was heard at more than one book group. You may have read the title as an assignment at one time but a quick refresher is always great.

The State Library's online resources provide a wealth of information for The Great Gatsby and other titles. Here's what you can find: Ebooks on Ebsco (formerly NetLibrary) contains Cliff's Notes for many titles, including The Great Gatsby Notes: Including Introduction, Life of Fitzgerald, Brief Synopsis, List of Characters, Chapter Commentaries, Notes on Characters, Critical Review, Review Questions, Selected Bibliography and other literary criticism titles.

book cover of the book club cookbookTo keep your book club snacks aligned with your theme, use the Ebooks on Ebsco title The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors.

Gale Virtual Reference Library also has some great literature resources. The newest, Novels for Students, is a 16-volume set that has a 22-page article on The Great Gatsby that includes character overview, critical essay, work overview, biography and plot summary. In addition, Literary Themes for Students has articles including one with critical essays about how this novel fits the American Dream. Literature and Its Times has overviews on this and other titles. Gale Virtual Reference Library can be used by an unlimited number of users, and articles can be downloaded, saved, and even listened to.

ProQuest and SIRS contain magazine articles about books and authors, and World Book contains encyclopedia articles on literature for a variety of age groups..

These resources are available from the list of resources on the State Library website.



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