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April 2015, Volume 7, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

School Library Month
Apr. 2015

National Poetry Month
Apr. 2015

"Drop Everything and Read" Month
Apr. 2015

Apr. 5

National Library Week
Apr. 12-18

National Library Workers Day
Apr. 14

National Bookmobile Day
Apr. 15

Celebrate Teen Literature Day
Apr. 16

Money Smart Week®
Apr. 18-25

Preservation Week
Apr. 26- May 2

Children's Day/ Book Day - El día de los niños/ El día de los lobros (Día)Día! Diversity in Action
Apr. 30

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May, 2015

Jewish American Heritage Month
May, 2015

National Inventors Month
May, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 2015

National Bike Month
May, 2015

May Day
May 1

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 4-5

Children's Book Week
May 4-10

Cinco de Mayo
May 5

National Teacher Day
May 5

Mother's Day
May 10

National Bike to Work Week
May 11-15

Memorial Day
May 25

Featured e-Resources of the Month
State Library introduces SAGE Knowledge eBooks

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In this month's issue


April is Month of the Military Child

purple up for military kids

Once again, communities throughout South Dakota are reaching out to help raise awareness of our military families and kids, during April, which has been designated as Month of the Military Child. This month-long celebration of our brave military kids began in the early 1980's by then Secretary of State Casper Weinberger, as a way to thank, honor, and recognize their contributions to our country as a member of a military family.

purple up for military kids april 15 Show your support, wear purple!

Please encourage all residents of South Dakota to wear something purple on April 15th, in observance of Purple Up! for Military Kids Day! Why purple you ask? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military. Purple is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. The goal is to have a sea of purple all across our state on April 15th, as a tangible salute to these remarkable kids.

Governor Daugaard signed the Executive Proclamation again this year, making April the Month of the Military Child in South Dakota in 2015.

South Dakota has a tremendous presence of Air Force, Air Guard, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, and even active component Service Members from each of the Armed Forces Components. With Service Members also come their families - spouse and children, moms and dads, brothers and sisters - that make up our community. In fact, there are approximately 7500 military kids in our state.

So please, be part of this celebration, and wear the Purple! After all, it is a great color on you!

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program ended March 31, 2015.

For continued support, please be advised:
For Army National Guard Families: Get your youth involved with the State Child & Youth Program! Contact a Child & Youth Program Coordinator (or the State Family Program Director) near you to check out the program offerings and activities they can participate in.

Visit: and click on "Contact your local State Family Program Director, Airman & Family Readiness Program Manager, Family Readiness Support Assistant, Family Assistance Specialist or Child & Youth Program Coordinator" at the bottom of the page, then choose your state, for assistance in connecting with your Child & Youth Program Coordinator.


Primary sources are focus of "Digging Deeper"

On March 6, nearly 100 "Digging Deeper into Primary Sources" attendees learned where to find primary sources and how to use them. Featured sessions of the online conference were led by Dr. Peggy O'Neill-Jones and Keith Patterson, Library of Congress/Teaching Primary Sources; Glenn Wiebe, social studies educator and consultant, and Jean Patrick, author. Representatives from various state agencies showed what they have available across the school curriculum. The event was sponsored by the State Library and the Library of Congress/Teaching Primary Sources.

Archives containing session recordings, PowerPoints, websites, Twitter archives and supplemental material are available at digging deeper for primary

The following attendees were selected as door prize winners. They will receive a copy of either "Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises" edited by Anne Bahde, Heather Smedberg and Mattie Taormina or "Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources" by Katharine Lehman.

  • Mary Schwartz, Spink County Historical Society & Chicago NW RR Depot Museum
  • Freya Simpson, Tripp County Library Grossenburg Memorial
  • Teri Ewalt, Webster Public Library
  • Steve Miller, STM High School
  • Deb Hagemeier, Augustana College
  • Christy Lickei, Codington County Heritage Museum
  • Stephanie Lorenz, Huron Public Library
  • Angela Ostrander, Faith Public/School Library
  • Vicki Anderson, Northwest Regional Library
  • Mary G Johnson, O'Gorman High School
  • Marcia Schuldt, White Lake School
  • Jean Maher, Tri-State Museum
  • Doug Schauer, Faith High School
  • Donna Neuman, Beresford Middle School
  • Kristie Maher, South Dakota Discovery Center
  • Renee Foss, Aberdeen Public Schools, Simmons Elementary
  • Dana Neu, Madison Public Library
  • Robert Behlke, Huron Middle School
  • Jenelle Kirchoff, Rapid City Catholic School System
  • Jenny Rice, Gayville Volin School
  • Darcey Mollman, Faith School District
  • Scott Georgson, Good Shepherd Lutheran School
  • Jeanette Remily, St. Mary's School
  • Marilyn Mendenhall, Meade School District


Win prizes for your library: Join the South Dakota Proquest, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher challenge

pro quest logoProQuest, provider of ProQuest Research Library and ProQuest Discovery, SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Issues Researcher, an online journals and homework resource available through the South Dakota State Library is hosting an exclusive promotion for South Dakota libraries.

Taking the South Dakota Proquest Challenge is as easy as articles, study guides and ebooks. All you have to do is:

  • Download the challenge checklist here
  • Pick four tasks to complete.
  • Submit your proof of completion to between April 10, 2015 and May 10, 2015.
  • In exchange for your participation, Proquest will send you a complimentary gift pack full of Proquest swag!

Learn more about the South Dakota Proquest Challenge in webinars on April 8 at 4 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. MT; or April 9 at 9 a.m. CT, 8 a.m. MT. All South Dakota libraries are invited to participate in the South Dakota Proquest Challenge!


Head west for STEM learning at Boot Camp 2015

Check your summer calendars, school librarians! The fourth annual School Library Boot Camp will be held July 19-22 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Bring a classroom teacher along to partner with you on a project you can co-teach in the 2015-16 school year.

Boot Camp instructors will present on the theme, "STEM in the 21st Century School Library." Students will explore genius hour, digital resources and curating tools, reading and researching like a scientist, plus participate in a field trip to the Sanford Underground Lab and more.

Registration deadline is June 5. Boot Camp is a BHSU course. Students must register for two credits at either the undergraduate or graduate level. On the final day of the course the last activity will be the fourth School Library Summit, co-hosted by State Librarian, Daria Bossman and South Dakota Library Association Past President, Scott Ahola.

The dorm is new and will be air conditioned and the food is great! Class time will include evening hours.

Please pre-register with the State Library at Information on credits, housing and meals will be sent to you directly once pre-registration is complete.

If you have any questions, contact Kathleen Slocum, or call 800-423-6665.





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