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October 2014, Volume 6, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

Teen Read Week
October 12-18, 2014

AASL Fall Forum
October 17-18, 2014

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 19-25, 2013

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS Discoverer enhances elementary research

Children's and YA Services


Join Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign

jumpstart read for the record campaign logoOn Oct. 21, join thousands of other people in celebrating literacy by reading the same book on the same day. This year the featured book will be "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells. Last year over 2 million people participated and broke the record from the previous year. Your library can be involved in setting the new record this year. Simply go to and register your site so that you can be counted and report your numbers after you have read! There are also flyers you can print off to help you advertise and stickers to give to the people who came to read with you.


Learn more about your community with the "KIDS COUNT Data Book"

The "KIDS COUNT Data Book" is an annual publication put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. The full national report and an infographic summary of South Dakota versus the Nation can be found at

You can also drill down to county, school district, and congressional district stats at This information coupled with the data that you can pull from the annual Public Library Survey can be a powerful tool in helping to lobby for more funding and increased services for young people at a critical time in their lives.


National Fossil Day

national fossil daySouth Dakota has a unique place in the history of fossil discoveries, so why not celebrate National Fossil Day on Oct. 15 with a special program? Coordinated by the National Park Service, the National Fossil Day website has lots of great activity and programing ideas for kids of all ages. Check it out right away!


Gear up for summer reading in 2015 with the CSLP Pinterest pages

Many of you will pick up your 2015 CSLP summer reading manuals at the SDLA Conference, but for those of you who cannot make it this year, your manuals will be mailed out to you shortly. No matter what, you can start checking out the CSLP Pinterest pages for craft, display, and program ideas for any ages right now!

For the early literacy and children's program -- Every Hero Has a Story

For the teen program -- Unmask

For the adult program -- Escape the Ordinary

More items are added all of the time so check back frequently!


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