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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

Grant Opportunities


Jan Stauber Grant for Sherlock Holmes Programs

Deadline: May 1

The Beacon Society, a nonprofit affiliate of the Baker Street Irregulars, invites librarians, teachers, and others in the U.S. and Canada to apply for a $250 Jan Stauber Grant. The grant will fund programs that introduce young people to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. For more information visit the website:


Books for Teens

Deadline: ongoing

Books for Teens' mission is to empower the nation's at-risk teens to achieve more by providing them with free, high quality, new, age-appropriate books. Funds raised through Books for Teens will be distributed to institutions in communities with a high level of poverty, where librarians and library workers will purchase and distribute new books, encourage teens to get library cards and provide teens with reading-focused events and activities. Visit Books for Teens on Facebook for additional news and updates or the website:


Kids Need to Read

Deadline: ongoing

Kids Need to Read provides books to under-funded schools, libraries and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children. For more information and the online application go to


Summer reading/learning grants available from Dollar General

Once again, YALSA is distributing twenty $1,000 summer reading resources grants. The grant is intended to boost collections for libraries targeting services for English Language Learners and struggling readers by providing funds to purchase reading materials. Twenty libraries will receive $1,000 each to recruit, train and compensate teen assistants to help with summer reading programs. Individual library branches within a larger system may apply. Applications are due January 1, 2015. Funding is provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Learn more or apply at


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