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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

Children's and YA Services


Find the right performer for your program

Are you looking for a performer for your next program or an event? Look no further than the South Dakota Performer's Database. Most of the performers are from the Midwest/Plains area and are willing to book multiple shows in a smaller area to help keep costs down. Performers based farther away still travel often enough that they are willing to help find price breaks by booking shows with multiple libraries. Specialties include, but are not limited to, puppetry, storytelling, magic, and music shows - most performers do a little bit of each of those things. When scheduling a performer, please make sure all of their information is correct as rates may have changed since the last time the site was updated.


Having a diverse YA collection

With the sheer number of young adult books being published these days, it can feel overwhelming to try and pick the best ones. A lot of what is being written these days feels "edgy" to us as grown adults, but try to harken back to your teenage years - most of us wanted to push boundaries. Having books that reflect those desires does help attract readers to books. However, it is just as important to keep in mind that some teens are more conservative. And let's face it: South Dakota is a pretty conservative state. Last month, School Library Journal came out with a great article about serving conservative teens that can help you focus on diversity in a different way. Having a well-balanced collection and programming is important for the success of your library overall, which includes serving teens.


New teen programming guidelines from YALSA

YALSA has recently released an updated version of their National Teen Space Guidelines. This is an excellent tool for self-evaluation of your teen services, as well as both physical and virtual teen space. Since many South Dakota public libraries are very small, achieving just a few of the criteria in each area is a positive step forward! Take a look at the guidelines today to see how your library measures up.

yarp s d teen choice book awards


YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award winners announced soon

Stay tuned to the State Library's website and listservs for the announcement of the 2015 YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Award winners in just a few days!


Remind and Common Sense Media release Digital Citizenship Kit

Remind, an easy and safe chat tool for teachers to keep in touch with parents, and Common Sense Media have teamed up to create a free digital citizenship starter kitdigital citizenship kit for educators to use with students in grades K-12. The kit includes a week's worth of lesson ideas for in the classroom or library, take-home activities, and messages for parents. These can be split up and done over a longer period of time or all in one week. Helping students, especially from a young age, how to be responsible digital citizens is just as critical today as it was 15 years ago when the Internet was just starting to permeate more aspects of our lives. These lessons can also easily be incorporated into your summer reading programs by talking about being a "digital super hero citizen!"





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