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September 2014, Volume 6, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2014

ALSC National Institute
September 18-20, 2014

Banned Books Week
September 21-27, 2014

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 24, 2014

South Dakota Festival of Books
September 26-28, 2014

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
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children and young adult services


SD libraries receive educational LEGO kits

LEGO systems in libraries

Fifteen public libraries in South Dakota will be receiving education LEGO Systems kits, which include 10,000 LEGO blocks, an inspirational poster, and librarian activity guide. Libraries were chosen on a first respond, first serve basis. Each library is being asked to hold Junior Maker Spaces programs highlighting the LEGO kits and activities. The following libraries will be receiving kits:

  • Yankton Community Library
  • Deadwood Public Library
  • Sherwood Memorial Library (Doland)
  • Northwest Regional Library (Buffalo)
  • Watertown Regional Library
  • Platte Public Library
  • Bison Public Library
  • Cozard Memorial Library (Chamberlain)
  • Sisseton Memorial Library
  • Parkston Public Library
  • Hill City Public Library
  • Grant County Library (Milbank)
  • Custer County Library
  • Hot Springs Public Library
  • Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre)

The hands-on activity of LEGOs can teach "segmenting and sequencing" in children, as well as introduce early learners to STEM concepts through interactive play. Inspiration for this program originated with the White House Maker Faire on June 18 prompting President Obama to declare the day the National Day of Making. The Junior Maker programs and LEGO kit distribution has been made possible through a partnership between LEGO Systems, Inc. and the Association for Library Service to Children.


Start STEAMing with NASA

NASA recently launched an online catalog for reviewed activities, books, and other resources for programming (and developing school lessons) at Activities include "Rover Races" where kids become rovers navigating on "Mars" by designing and executing a series of commands to guide a rover (made of people) through an obstacle course simulating the Martian surface and "Saturn's Fascinating Features" that teaches scientific writing and allows kids to create layered 3-D books about Saturn.

Lessons and activities are free, searchable by grade ranges or by topics, and come with a detailed breakdown of the time involved for each projects, lists of possible materials needed, and any a potential cost range for the materials per child.


Get your YARP on!

young adult reading program logoMake sure you start your fall with a bang by promoting the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Awards. Starting next month any middle school or high school student can read and vote for their favorite book from the 2014/2015 YARP lists. Voting begins during Teen Read Week (October 12 -- 18) and runs through April 1. For more information on the voting process or to print off some promotional graphics visit the official YARP website.

Check out these exciting titles to your teens today!


Summer reading reporting still open

In case you missed it last month, please complete your summer reading report by September 19! The report is open to both public and school libraries. However, public libraries must complete this by the deadline to receive a free copy of the 2015 CSLP summer reading manual.





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