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February 2014, Volume 6, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 6

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 10-16

PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
March 20

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 14-20

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Welcome, Learning Express Library 3.0

Grant Opportunities


One Book Mini Grants Still Available

The South Dakota State Library, in collaboration with the South Dakota Humanities Council, is offering 20 mini-grants for free registrations for the One Book South Dakota program for 2014. These mini-grants are available for public libraries who wish to have a One Book Program and have a financial need that would make the $35.00 registration fee a hardship.

Public libraries selected would receive 5 free books with the option to borrow an additional 20 books directly from the Humanities Council. A special study guide to celebrate South Dakota's 125th anniversary is also being produced and will be available with a special section on early statehood issues and their relevance today. Public libraries selected can lead their own discussion, select someone from their community OR they will be able (soon) to apply for a Humanities Scholar to come free of charge to their public library to lead the discussion and book talk.

Only South Dakota public libraries serving populations under 10,000 are eligible to apply for these mini-grants.

Send completed applications via mail, fax, or email to:

Jasmine Rockwell
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Fax: 605-773-6962

In two paragraphs or less, state your program idea and library budget situation. Programs should be held between April 2014 and September 2014.

Be sure to include full name of the public library, town, address and the library director's name, phone and email address.

Application deadline is March 7.

From the applications submitted, 20 recipients will be selected. Recipients of these grants will be notified by March 21.

book cover of dakota by kathleen norris, cover used with permission from bn.comThe 2014 title, chosen in honor of South Dakota's 125th is "Dakota" by Kathleen Norris. Norris describes the book as a "spiritual geography" set in and around Lemmon, SD, where Norris inherits and moves into her grandparents' place.

You may familiarize yourself and your board with the South Dakota One Book Program by going to South Dakota Humanities Council: One Book South Dakota.


Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program

Deadline: March 15

Public school libraries and public libraries that host programs encouraging literacy and creativity in children can apply for an Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant of $500. Programs focusing on the work of Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. For more information go to


ING Unsung Heroes Program offers grants for K-12 educational projects

Deadline: April 30

"The ING Unsung Heroes program annually provides grants to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for an ING Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity and ability to positively influence students. One hundred finalists will be selected to receive a grant of $2,000 each, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant will be awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application is received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards - $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place. All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning."

For more information:


Kids Need to Read

Deadline: ongoing

Kids Need to Read provides books to under-funded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. For more information and the online application go to


W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Deadline: none

W.H. Kellogg Foundation grants are provided for programs which follow their framework for educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and/or civic engagement.

For more information:


The Lisa Libraries

Deadline: none

This foundation provides new children's books to organizations that work with children in poor and under-served areas. 350,000 books have been donated to non-profits since the founding of Lisa Libraries in 1990. For further details go to




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