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May 2014, Volume 6, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

National Inventors Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

National Bike Month

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 5-6

National Teacher Day
May 6

Children's Book Week
May 12-18

ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1, 2014

ALCTS Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Summer reading sizzles with online resources

School Libraries


Principals know

Check out this YouTube video showing how "Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School".

This video "was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University).


Harrisburg Elementary students take a journey with Mango Languages

by Beth Wells, Journey Elementary Teacher/Librarian

Girl in Harrisburg

Students at Journey Elementary in the Harrisburg School District in third, fourth, and fifth grades practice their research skills by completing a Mini-Report. They take notes from a print and an online source, organize their notes in a graphic organizer, write a paragraph in Microsoft Word, edit and proofread their work, and add a bibliography of the sources they used.

This year, the theme is languages. Students were assigned a foreign language to learn more about. They took notes from a book in the "Languages of the World" series from Heinemann Raintree publishers on one of fourteen different languages: Swahili, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, or Polish.

Mango Languages Logo

Next, they used one of South Dakota State Library's (SDSL) online resources: Mango Languages. They were able to find out how many people speak their language, what countries their language is spoken in, and even how to say a few basic words, phrases, and greetings in that language. I learned about this resource by taking the Electronic Resources Challenge, a ten week course offered by SDSL librarians Jane Healy and Julie Erickson.

Boy in Harrisburg classroom

I show the whole class how to access and use Mango Languages on the Interwrite Board, and then they try it out themselves with a MacPro laptop from our Mobile Lab cart. Support from our principal, Dr. Highstreet, and our computer integrationist, Marta Hoffman, help make these types of projects a success. The students are enjoying learning something new, and online resources like Mango Languages really make learning fun. Arrivederci!

For more information contact Beth Wells via [email].


Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading 20 minutes a day

twenty minutes 24 7 logo

to pledge to read at least 20 minutes
every day this summer and create book lists
on topics that are interesting to you
and at your reading level.

"I pledge to read at least 20 minutes a day,
every day this summer!
I am growing my mind!"

The South Dakota Department of Education is launching "20-24/7" as this summer's Read! SD reading challenge. Read! SD is aimed at curbing summer reading loss and promoting student achievement. The challenge encourages students to "Grab a Book, Grow a Mind" by reading engaging material for at least 20 minutes a day.

New to the challenge this year is a pledge for students to complete. Students can make their pledge anywhere – at home, school, or the public library – directly at They can print their own paper copy of the pledge to post somewhere in their home as a reminder to read every day. is also filled with information and resources for librarians, teachers, and parents. Through this website you can access the Find-a-Book South Dakota website where students can find books that are at their reading level and of interest as well as generate reading lists. We encourage school librarians to share this information with students and families as you share details about your local library’s summer reading program.The commitment to read every day is a research-based strategy for maintaining and growing literacy skills such as comprehension and vocabulary development. Research also indicates that students achieve more success and enjoyment in reading when they are reading topics that are of interest to them that are at their reading level. The commitment to read 20 minutes every day is an approach that's been recognized by many groups that support student success including the US Department of Education, the American Library Association, The Children's Reading Foundation, and Scholastic.

Read! SD is a strategy to decrease the likelihood of summer reading loss and promote overall student achievement in reading. Secretary Schopp has outlined the aspiration for all students in South Dakota to be College, Career and Life Ready. Within this aspiration, are four outcomes that are guiding the work of the Department of Education through research-based strategies. The first outcome is a focus on literacy; for all students who enter fourth grade to be proficient or advanced in reading. For more information on all four outcomes visit


Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Awards announced

South Dakota Children's Book Award Winners for 2014 were announced as a part of the National Library Week tradition in South Dakota.

Press Here, by Herve Tullet, is the winner of the 2014 Prairie Bud Award.

Harry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver is the winner of the 2014 Prairie Pasque Award.Sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Children's Book Awards encourage students in grades K-5 to read and vote for their favorite book of the year. The Prairie Bud Award is designed for students in grades K-2nd, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for 3rd through 5th grade. Children who read at least five titles from the list for their grade level qualify to vote. Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout South Dakota. Eighty-two schools across the state participated in voting for the awards. 10,582 students in grades K-2 voted for a book nominated for this year's Prairie Bud Award; 4,572 third through fifth grade students took part in the Prairie Pasque Award voting.

In order of votes received, the top five Prairie Bud books for 2014 are:

  1. book cover of Press Here by Herve TulletPress Here by Herve Tullet
  2. Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb
  3. The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
  4. Harry and Hopper by Margaret Wild
  5. Blackout by John Rocco

The top five Prairie Pasque books for 2014, in order of votes received, are:

  1. book cover of Harry Houdini by Janice WeaverHarry Houdini: The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist by Janice Weaver
  2. Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg
  3. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  4. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  5. Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars: Hothead by Cal Ripken

Click here to view the lists and bookmarks for 2015 South Dakota Children's Book Awards nominations. For more information on South Dakota Children's Book Awards including voting details and an archive of previous award winners, visit the South Dakota State Library website at


School Library Chats are moving to Twitter for 2014-2015

Brush up on your tweeting skills over the summer! The School Library Chats will be moving to Twitter for the 2014-2015 school year. We hope to make sharing and communicating among colleagues more timely and less cumbersome with this format. All you will need is a Twitter account and a device with the app or an internet connection. Watch for the hashtag and schedule in the fall.

Resources to get you started:


Harrisburg, language, research, school libraries, video,




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