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August 2014, Volume 6, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Teen Blogging Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2014

SDLA Branch Out
August 7, 2014

Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2014

ALSC National Institute
September 18-20, 2014

Banned Books Week
September 21-27, 2014

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 24, 2014

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New e-resources' features made available

Children's and YA Services


YARP/SD Teen Choice Award Booklist update

"Man Made Boy" by Jon Skovron has been moved to the high school list. The committee apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.


Iowa Librarian is breaking the craft ceiling

Kelly Stern of the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Public Libraries (IA) was tired of trying to find crafts that were appropriate for her toddler library group. So she devised a wonderful solution for post-story activities. Read all about it in her blog post.

At Library Institute this summer, which focused on children's services, one of the recurring themes was the importance of play in a young child's development. Libraries have a crucial role to play in this area. Here are some of the articles that were shared from School Library Journal and the Association for Library Service to Children [PDF]. Kelly's redesign of her activities for early learners is a timely and simple example of how libraries can be on the cutting edge of early childhood development.


Reading Is Fundamental study says summer reading is not priority

An alarming new study reveals that on average only 17% of parents think that reading is important for their child during summer months. Now more than ever, it is clear that school and public libraries must partner together and get this message out to parents: if your child is not reading over the summer, they are falling behind. Research has shown that reading an average of 20 minutes a day all year long, and especially in the summer, will keep a child's reading growth steady.

The South Dakota Department of Education is working hard to fight this summer slide and has created a campaign called "Read! SD." This is an opportunity for communities to come together and provide the best literacy experiences possible for their children. Please visit today to learn more about our efforts, what summer learning loss is, early literacy resources, and how to share this information.


SD Titles To Go makes participating in SD Children's & Teen Choice book awards easier

Looking for ways to freshen up Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque, and YARP contests at your library? OverDrive has a number of titles from the lists available if you are a member of South Dakota Titles to Go! Let patrons young and old know that there are alternative ways of reading the books even if they can't get to the library to check them all out. OverDrive also assists in helping to match the right reader with the right book by providing reading scores for text like ATOS (AR) and Lexile level scores to the book information. Matching a child with appropriately leveled texts helps to keep their reading comprehension growing. For more information about how to match children with their Lexile scores, visit

Prairie Bud

  • "Curious Critters" by Dave FitzSimmons

Prairie Pasque

  • "Go for the Goal!" by Fred Bowen
  • "Freaky Fast Frankie Joe" by Lutricia Clifton
  • "The Second Life of Abigail Walker" by Frances O'Roark Dowell
  • "Adventures of Beanboy" by Lisa Harkrader
  • "Tua and the Elephant" by R.P. Harris
  • "Island of Thieves" by Josh Lacey
  • "The Spindlers" by Lauren Oliver
  • "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio

YARP Middle School

  • "33 Minutes" by Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • "Defriended" by Ruth Baron
  • "The False Prince" by Jennifer Nielsen
  • "Finny and the Boy from Horse Mountain" by Andrea Young
  • "Record Breaker" by Robin Stevenson
  • "The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larson" by Susan Nielsen
  • "Skinny" by Donna Cooner
  • "Slated" by Teri Terry
  • "True Legend" by Mike Lupica
  • "Sylo" by D.J. MacHale
  • "Will in Scarlet" by Matthew Cody

YARP High School

  • "5th Wave" by Rick Yancey
  • "The Beginning of Everything" by Robin Schneider
  • "The Burning Sky" by Sherry Thomas
  • "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black
  • "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
  • "If You Find Me" by Emily Murdoch
  • "Proxy" by Alex London
  • "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry
  • "Second Chance Summer" by Morgan Matson
  • "Throne of Glass" by Sarah Maas
  • "The Twelve-Fingered Boy" by John Hornor Jacobs
  • "Man Made Boy" by Jon Skovron
  • "Winger" by Andrew Smith

For more information about the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque awards, visit the website, To learn more about the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Awards, go to


Summer Reading Program report time

Hopefully your summer reading program was a booming success! Some of you are still going strong with summer reading and some of you may not have started yet, but some of you are already done. When you finish your summer reading program, please complete the summer reading program report by Friday, September 19. The report is open to both public and school libraries. However, public libraries must complete this by the deadline to receive a free copy of the 2015 CSLP summer reading manual.





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