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Two library bills introduced this legislative session

south dakota state sealTwo bills of interest to libraries have been introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session.

Senate Bill 125 adds public libraries to the list of areas where registered sex offenders are prohibited from loitering. As of Feb. 20, the bill has passed the Senate and will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 173 provides authority to establish special purpose districts for libraries. This bill failed on the Senate floor.


south dakota 125 logoSD Department of Education launches site commemorating SD's 125th Anniversary

Four sections of the site include:

  • Classroom activities and projects:
    Teachers, help your students celebrate the 125th with this list of suggested activities, from researching with online databases to recording oral histories.
  • Historical snapshot:
    The South Dakota State Library has digitized historical reports and educational activities, including the list of suggested activities teachers received during the South Dakota Centennial in 1989
  • South Dakota authors:
    From Laura Ingalls Wilder and L. Frank Baum to Tom Brokaw and Joseph M. Marshall III, a plethora of writers have called South Dakota home over the years. South Dakota Authors Pinterest page Pick up one of their books at your school library, local public library, or check out an e-book from the comfort of your own home.
  • WoLakota and Oceti Sakowin projects:
    • "WoLakota" implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the "hearts" of each.
    • Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing the Common Core. The OSEU address the achievement gap of American Indian students by embracing their identity, and promote cultural understanding among non-native students and teachers.


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