Childrens and Y A Services


YALSA & ALSC New Book Award winners announced

The newest selection of YALSA and ALSC award winners were announced in late January. Check out both websites and make sure you stock your shelves with these soon to be classics.


Time is running out to vote for YARP/ SD Teen Choice Book Award

There's only one more month for teens to vote! Votes are down from this time last year so spread the word wherever you can. Have your teens go online and vote right away at


Celebrating Diversity with Día De Los Niños

ALA's Día De Los Niños, commonly just called Día!, is a daily commitment to linking children from all backgrounds and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The celebration is intended to be year-round and culminates with a big celebration on April 30th in conjunction with Children's Book Day. Learn more about Día! at Then register your own Día! program at and receive free bookmarks, stickers, and buttons! You can also download the free bilingual Día booklist, book club lesson plans, activity sheets, poster and resource guide to help make your program a success!


APRIL - Month of the Military Child

April marks the nation's "Month of the Military Child," a time to honor our community youth impacted by deployments and the challenges they face as the family strives to reintegrate after long separations. Established by Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the important role military children play in our communities. We pause each year to honor the millions of military children for their contributions to their families. In honor of South Dakota's 7500 military children, Operation Military Kids (OMK) invites you to show your support by wearing something purple on Tuesday, April 15.

This will be a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. OMK hopes everyone will take this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate these young heroes.

We hope everyone will take this opportunity to celebrate these young heroes! Be creative... the goal is for military youth to actually see the support of their community! Need some ideas to get you started?

  • Invite news and media outlets to write a story about Purple Up! For Military Kids
  • Post a Purple Up! message on your signs
  • Have a pizza party and have your students celebrate and honor the military kids
  • Sell Purple Ice Cream or other purple food on April 15
  • Make Purple Up! stickers for kids to wear on April 15
  • Have children tell about their family members who are or who have been in the military
  • Have everyone wear purple ribbons on April 15
  • Have a soldier or other military member read a military story for community children
  • Make purple bubbles and celebrate with the bubbles

Get thinking... Be creative... many more ideas will work and make it a special day!

OMK will have T-shirts available for purchase as well. If you would like to order T-shirts, contact Karen Rickert at or 605-773-5071 for an order form.


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