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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

School Libraries


Welcome Marta Stirling, new School Library Coordinator

marta stirling new school library coordinatorMarta Stirling began her position as the new State Library School Library Coordinator on August 26. Marta's primary responsibility will be contacting and consulting with school librarians in the eastern portion of the state. Marta, like her West River counterpart, Joan Upell, will be communicating with librarians, technology coordinators, superintendents and principals sharing with them "best practices" and 21st century skills and standards in the field of school libraries.

Marta comes to the State Library with a wealth of experience in education that includes a diverse group of learners of all ages. She has her Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northern State University and Masters of Education Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction from South Dakota State University. She will continue her studies at Black Hills State University in the library media program.

Marta formerly worked as the Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for the Department of Education. In that position, she partnered with the SDSL Library Development staff to provide professional development opportunities for librarians and teachers on the Lexile® Framework for Reading and Common Core State Standards as well as support for parents on the importance of summer reading.

Marta is excited to be with the State Library and is ready to continue working with the development team on projects that help build partnerships between librarians and classroom teachers, including the Common Core and School Library standards and text complexity.

Marta works remotely from her home near Freeman. Her husband is a biologist for the US Army Corps of Engineers. They have two children, a two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.



Boot Camp students team up to create Prairie Pasque and Prairie Bud website

The 27 librarians, teachers and paraprofessionals attending School Library Boot Camp 2013 teamed up to create projects to use in their programs during the 2013-2014 school year. Two groups combined their ideas to develop a website for everyone in the entire state to use to promote the Prairie Pasque and Prairie Bud reading award programs.

The Prairie Pasque group members Ginny Sannes, Tina Eisenbraun, Dawna Ofstehage and Joyce Waddell explained, "We plan to use this website,, to showcase each Prairie Pasque Book Nominee for 2013-14. We will start showing it to our students in the fall to get them excited about the books and the program, so they will have enough time to read the books and be able to vote by March 31, 2014. The CCSS (Common Core State Standards) that we covered are located on the website on the Prairie Pasque Award Information page."

As the Prairie Pasque group worked on the website another group created a Prairie Bud addition. Sharlene Lien, Nicole Ulvestad, Stephanie Bawdon and Kaia Jans created Prezis for the Prairie Bud nominees. Scroll down the homepage of the Prairie Pasque website to see their work.

The Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque reading awards are programs of the SD Library Association. Find further information about participating on their website, and on the State Library's website.

To learn more about School Library Boot Camp contact Joan Upell [email] or Kathleen Slocum [email].



DOE launches new Common Core website

Does your school community - parents, grandparents, school board members and others- have questions about the Common Core State Standards? The SD Department of Education has launched a new website,, full of resources to address anything and everything about the Common Core. Partner organizations include the Associated School Boards of SD, School Administrators of SD, SD Board of Regents and the SD Education Association. Take a look and share widely.



School Library Chats for 2013-2014 begin on Sept. 10

School Library Chats are back for the 2013-2014 school year beginning on Sept. 10 at 4:00 CT and again at 4:00 MT. Join the chats for one or both hours with School Library Coordinators Marta Stirling and Joan Upell. Come and go as your schedule allows.

School librarians and library paraprofessionals often report they have no time for travel to meetings or to attend webinars, but they would appreciate a chance to talk with others, share ideas and ask questions. The School Library Chat is a chance to do just that. Other dates are Nov. 5, Feb. 4 and April 8.

Participants must have a phone and a computer with Internet access. Registration is not required and credit is not offered. Watch the school listserv for more information and directions as we get closer to the dates.



21st century, Boot Camp, Common Core, Freeman, Lexile, school library, staff, webinars




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