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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

children's and young adult services


Public Librarians can help students vote for Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Awards

Voting for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards has changed this year. Students will now be able to cast their votes at home, school or the public library. Students can cast the votes themselves, or a parent, teacher or librarian can submit votes on behalf of the student or a group of students. Public librarians can help students who participate in the annual awards by hosting events and helping students vote for their favorite books. Each book award has an online voting ballot that can be used by the student, parent, teacher or either school or public librarians.

Unlike voting in the past, they will be able to vote for any/all of the books they have read. Voting is starting on Nov. 1 and will conclude on March 31. Winners will be announced in April during National Library Week. Visit the voting pages to learn more about the new voting options for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque awards. If you have any questions, contact Marta Stirling at


YARP voting is open

Voting for the 2014-2015 YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award is open! Promote all the excellent books to your students and encourage them help choose the favorite for the entire state. All the books, promotion tools - Prezis and book trailers, the contest rules, and most importantly, the voting form can all be found at

Please remind your teens of the following:

  • For their vote to count teens must select a title and more importantly give it a star rating.
  • Students should only select one title per entry. If they are reading and voting off of both lists they need to do separate entries for every title.
  • Five stars is the best.
  • Teens need to spell out the full name of their school. There are schools in several cities with the same names, especially schools named after former presidents. It is very difficult to sort by school or location to measure participation if there are abbreviations.


YALSA's Teen's Top Ten list chosen

Every year, teens from around the country vote in late summer and early fall for their favorite books chosen by other teens. Use this list as a supplement to our own state's YARP list and help promote great books! A couple of the titles from South Dakota's list and the national list even overlap this year. For promotional ideas, information about the teens that chose the list, and how to participate in the future please visit


2015 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Open to all U.S. high school students, the Profile in Courage Essay Contest asks entrants to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has been in office since John F. Kennedy and "who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient." For more detailed information visit

One first place winner is awarded a $10,000 prize and is invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The student's nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 and is also invited to attend the Profile in Courage Award ceremony. A second place winner receives $1,000 and up to five finalists each receive $500.

Submission deadline is January 5, 2015.


Apply now to receive a free 3D printer from 3DSystems

3D Systems will donate up to 4,000 new 3D printers to museums and libraries across the country that join a new MakerLab Club and establish access to 3D printing and design opportunities for their communities. Online applications accepted until November 17, 2014 at Learn more at


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