February 2014, Volume 6, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
Digital Learning Day
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
School Library Month
National Library Week
World Book Night
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Welcome, Learning Express Library 3.0
children and young adult
2014 WrestleMania Reading Challenge from YALSA
Once again YALSA is joining with WWE and We Give Books to present the 2014 WestleMania Reading Challenge. The contest has been totally overhauled this year. Register today at wwereadingsuperstar.com and start your kids and teens reading today! The contest is open now and runs through March 7th. Oh, and your young readers can win great prizes from WWE & We Give Books like a trip for two to WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans!
Teaching Kids and Teens to Be Good Cybercitizens
There are many resources available today about how to teach kids and teens to be web savvy and web safe, but here are some brand new ones you might not have heard of.
First is ThinkB4U.com, which is a series of videos and tutorials from Google and various partners such as Connect Safely and Common Sense Media. Sections for student, parent, and educators address topics like knowing what to share with your cell phone and what digital right are.
Second is admongo.gov, which is targeted to educating pre-teens on today's methods of advertising and how retailers use online ads. You even get to customize your own avatar for a game adventure!
Finally there is Choose What Happens Next, in a series of Choose Your Own Adventure style interactive YouTube videos. Find a way to share these with your library patrons of any age today either by doing a short in-house training or pairing with some local law enforcement as part of large safety workshop.
You only have a few days left to register for a Jump Start workshop! Make sure you are doing your part for the children of your community and helping to prevent summer slide (learning loss over summer months). Summer reading is essential and a Jump Start workshop will help you get started, better than anything else!
New this year: workshops will be hosted and lead by local librarians! Each library will receive one kit of sample activities that will be demonstrated by your workshop leader. You are also encouraged to bring a sample activity of your own to show at your workshop (you do not need to bring materials for everyone).
Each morning workshop will be from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. local time.
Five of the workshops will also have an optional afternoon program from the South Dakota Discovery Center focusing on STEM concepts in children's programming. Each library that attends one of the afternoon workshops will also receive a GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science) guide of activities. The afternoon workshops will be from 1 - 3:30 p.m. local time.
If you would like to attend a Jump Start workshop that does not have an afternoon option, you may choose to also register to attend an afternoon workshop at another location.
Choose from the following workshop options:
- February 20: Beresford Public Library, afternoon workshop available
- February 21: Yankton Public Library, afternoon workshop available
- February 26: Kneip Building (700 Governors Drive) Conference Room #2, Pierre, afternoon workshop available
- February 28: Brookings Public Library, afternoon workshop available
- March 6: Lead Public Library, afternoon workshop available
- March 7: Northern State Library, Aberdeen
- March 13: Custer County Library
Registration will close February 3rd.
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