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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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Celebrate School Library Month with your community and colleagues

April 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Celebrate your library program and its role in preparing students to be college, career and life ready.

The first national observance of School Library Month began with a ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in April 1985. The theme was Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center. Honoring the anniversary, the 2015 theme is Your School Library Where Learning Never Ends.

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has organized contests, activity ideas, graphics and a series of webinars to help you share information with your local community and colleagues across the country. Participation is open to members and nonmembers. Check details at


Planning to grow your library collection?

Are you preparing the last book order for your library for this year? Whether you are ordering digital or paper, there are several options for that end of the year order. Here are a couple of ideas for you to consider:

The Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque and YARP awards are a great place to start. The new nomination lists for the 2015-2016 Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque are now available on the State Library website. The new YARP lists will be available in early summer. Titles from previous nomination lists and award winners are good additions to any collection too.

This also a great time of the year to find out what the needs of your students and classroom teachers are. There are several ways you can make it fun. One idea is to place Easter baskets in your library for students and teachers during the month of April. In a friendly competition they can see who can fill a basket with favorite authors, book series and topics the quickest. At the end of the month you will have a great list of ideas for your orders and to share with the rest of the school. You may want to use a digital tool such as Survey Monkey or a Google form to gather information and use the data as a friendly contest between grade levels or content areas.

The library automation system can also help you with your end of the year order. Most vendors offer free analysis of the library collection. This analysis can advise you on areas of the library collection that need further development. You can use this information as you order, as well as determine the direction the library collection should take to meet the needs of your school community. Use the School Library Collection Development Framework for further guidance.

If you are interested in learning about other ways to develop your library collection, contact Joan Upell, or Marta Stirling,


Deadlines to check before summer vacation

It's just the beginning of April but the end of the school year is approaching quickly. Before you move on to thoughts of summer vacation check this list for State Library deadlines:

  • May 1: 21st Century School Library Award 2015 applications are due. All details and the application form may be found at
  • May 13: School Library Surveys for 2014-2015 are due. Only one survey per district is required. You'll find the survey at
  • June 5: School Library Boot Camp 2015 pre-registration closes. Click here for more information





21st Century, AASL, automation, awards, collection, community, contests, Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque, school libraries, School Library Boot Camp, survey, YARP

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