children's and Young adult services


Join the 100 Days until summer countdown!

Every 25 days YALSA will be hosting an online forum and giving away prizes during its count down of the 100 days until summer. Dates and topics include:

  • April 8 - Effective school outreach
  • May 2 - Building summer learning into existing reading programs
  • May 27 - Tips for marketing to teens

Learn more or participate at


AWE Early Literacy announces Video Contest

AWE has announced its 2014 Video Contest for Public Libraries! Three libraries from around the U.S. will be chosen with the winners announced at the ALA Annual Conference this June. Visit for contest rules, FAQs, minor release forms, and an overview video of the contest.

Submissions are welcome from now through - June 1, 2014.

Early literacy efforts by libraries, parents, and caregivers are crucial to a child growing up to being a literate and committed community citizen.

*Notification of this contest does not constitute endorsement of AWE or its products by the South Dakota State Library.


y a r p voting buttonYARP/SD Teen Choice Award Winners Announced Soon!

Teen Literature Day will be April 17, so keep an eye on your email and the YARP/SD Teen Choice Award webpage for the winner's announcement. Winners are announced during National Library Week, April 13 - 19.

You can also celebrate Teen Literature Day by visiting the YALSA website to check out their announcement of the new Teens' Top Ten nominees and the launch of the 2014 Teen Read Week products.


Collaborative Summer Library Program Updates

This month, librarians from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the Federated States of Micronesia will be meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi to work on slogans for the 2016 summer reading theme (which is games/sports/fitness/healthy living) and the 2017 general concept/theme. The state representative for South Dakota is Jasmine Rockwell and she will announce the selections in mid-April.

Did you know that CSLP has a Facebook page? Like them at! You'll find great extra ideas for your summer reading program and the ability to get feedback from thousands of other librarians.


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