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November-December 2014, Volume 6, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

National Novel Writing Month

Picture Book Month

South Dakota Statehood: 1889
November 2

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 2, 2014

Election Day
November 4, 2014

World Science Day
November, 10, 2014

National Young Readers Week
November 10-14, 2014

Veterans Day
November 11, 2014

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

International Games Day
November 15, 2014

National Geography Awareness Week
November 16-22, 2014

American Education Week
November 17-21, 2014

Education Support Professionals Day
November 19, 2014

Educator for a Day
November 20, 2014

Substitute Educators Day
November 21, 2014

National Games and Puzzle Week
November 23-29, 2014

Women's Leadership Institute
December 2-4, 2014

International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2014

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2014

Christmas Day
December 25, 2014

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New feature lets you take AncestryLibrary research home

Library Headlines


South Dakota librarians awarded certification

The State Library awarded certification to librarians from 14 communities at the annual South Dakota Library Association conference on Oct. 2 in Pierre, South Dakota. The program's goals are to help library directors and staff acquire, maintain and develop skills through continuing education in order to provide better library service to their communities. The voluntary certification program recognizes library directors and staff members who have met the certification standards. Through this program, the State Library acknowledges public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Further information about the certification process can be found on the State Library website.

librarians awarded certification at SDLA, October 2, in Pierre
Pictured for celebration from left to right: DeeAnn Cole, Alcester Public Library; Nancy Sabbe, Madison Public Library; Amber Wilde, Grace Balloch Memorial, Spearfish; Laura Olson, Canton Public Library; Syrena Maranell, Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen; Vicki Anderson, Northwest Regional Library, Buffalo; Kathleen Wibbels, Yankton Community Library; Mary Jo Parker, Lake Andes Carnegie Public Library; Edith Nelson, Canton Public Library; Jody Carlson, Grant County Public Library; Diane Althoff, Gregory Public Library; and, State Librarian Daria Bossman.

Unable to attend the ceremony were Kim Taylor, Emil M. Larson Public Library, Clark; Wendy Brunnemann, Wall Community Library; Jeri Light, Siouxland Libraries; Michelle Koller, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library; and, Stephanie Brewer, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish.


Colton Library: A dream and determination create a reality

In the summer of 2012, Colton Library hosted a puppet show; 88 children and parents showed up. However, in the 24'x30' library space, there was only floor space for half of the attendees. Thus began the dream of a new library.

Roxie Ellis, librarian in Colton, approached the Colton City Council in May 2013 to discuss the possibility of a new or different library. The Council approved a feasibility study to show need vs practicality. A committee of seven private citizens was organized to gather facts; the committee came up with three options:

  1. Expand or remodel the current space
  2. Procure an existing building, move it to a new lot and remodel it
  3. Build a new library on a new lot

Fact gathering during the month of June 2013 yielded the following results: expansion of the current building was not feasible due to structural issues and building new was cost prohibitive with bids from $175,000 to $225,000. The only option was a remodel of an existing building. The Colton Farmers' Elevator board president entered in July 2013 with an offer to donate their current 30' x 60' building to the city to be used as a new library. We had our building, but our work was just beginning.

new building for Colton Library

The Colton City Council approved a new library and purchased a lot on the business street for use, but left all fundraising for the new library to the library committee. The donated building had to be moved by the spring of 2014 so the elevator could use the land it currently occupied for a new office. The committee wanted to use local contractors, so a general contractor was chosen. Both he and all subsequent subcontractors agreed to get the library remodeled and wait for payment until monies were available. Bids were solicited for moving the building to its new location and in Sept. 2013 the fundraising began.

Colton's new library building being set on new foundationContacts with the federal government yielded the fact that we were not eligible for a community block grant or any other federal monies, due to the fact that we had already started our project and federal grants require 2-3 years of applications and processing. State monies were also unavailable to us due to federal lack of approval of our project and state funds already allocated to other projects. With a starting goal of $55,000 for the building move and remodel, we were on our own to raise the money to make this happen.

Mayor helping paint the new library

more volunteers helping with library renovationLocal business and private citizens' donations, along with income from community fundraisers and utility company corporate donations comprised our funds. Due to weather conditions last winter the building was not moved until March 2014. Residents of Colton donated their time to get the complete renovation done during the month of April 2014 and our new library opened on May 1 of this year. Our total costs for the move and renovation ended up to be just under $76,000. To date, we have just under $10,000 remaining to be paid. We have not only doubled our library size, but have a wonderful community room attached to the library for those puppet shows! Hundreds of hours, a lot of hard work, some tears and a lot of prayers, and the new Colton Library is a reality!


No waiting, for patrons using BARD mobile

For the past year, patrons of the South Dakota State Library's Braille and Talking Book Program have been able to download audio and braille books and magazines to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Braille and Audio Reading Download, known as BARD, allows readers to download audio and Braille books from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's collection. More than 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores are available. In 2013, NLS added the mobile app to BARD. BARD Mobile by Library of Congress is available free of charge through the Apple App Store.

With BARD Mobile, patrons can play talking books and magazines on their iOS devices. Patrons may also read electronic braille books, magazines and music scores using a refreshable braille display connected to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through Bluetooth. Patrons are able to receive their reading materials faster and don't have to be weighted down with bulky volumes or playback equipment.

According to Karen Keninger, NLS Director, "BARD Mobile is another benchmark in our use of technology to enhance the delivery and reading experience of NLS patrons. NLS developed the BARD Mobile app in response to demand from our borrowers. Blind and disabled Americans are as keen as everyone else to use mobile devices. Our younger patrons are particularly eager to use the same gadgets as their peers."

NLS plans to release the Mobile app for Android devices in early 2015. If you would like to learn more about BARD Mobile, please contact Marcia Kaup at 605-773-6609 or


Faith Library receives gifts!

On Sept. 26, the Faith Public/School Library hosted an open house to thank the families who generously memorialized their loved ones with a gift to the library. Those honored were families of Ernest and Viola Delbridge, Francis Morgan/Naslund, Carol Johnson and Dorothy Ulrich.

In the past year, many individuals have given to the Faith Library for the following projects:

new sign at Faith
Exterior sign, built by Fred Hulm, in memory of Carol Johnson and Dorothy Ulrich

new book drop at Faith
Exterior book drop box in memory of Francis Morgan/Naslund

computers area at Faith
Custom computer shelf by CR Dreamworks, Union Center;
$200 worth of books for elementary and middle school;
and three round tables in memory of Ernest and Viola Delbridge

At the open house, Library Supervisor Angela Ostrander honored the families with recognition certificates and cake. There were over forty individuals that attended the event. The total memorials donated to the library exceeded $7,000.

celebration cake

The Faith Public/School Library staff and Faith Public Library Board would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who graciously donated in honor of these individuals and the continued support of the library.

If you would like to donate, please contact Angela Ostrander, Faith Public/School Library Supervisor @ 605-967-2262 or send to: PO Box 172, Faith, SD 57626.


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