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August 2015, Volume 7, Issue 7

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

National Inventor's Month

National Back to School Month

Women's History Month

ACRL: Immersion Program Teacher Track
August 2-7

Bad Poetry Day
August 18

Senior Citizen's Day
August 21

Women's Equality Day
August 26

Library Card Sign-up Month

International Literacy Day
September 8

SDLA Conference: Preparing for a Bright Future
September 23-25, 2015

Banned Books Week
September 27- October 3

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Computer Skills Center and More Added To Learning Express Library



Fourth annual School Library Boot Camp held at Black Hills State University

Boot Camp 2015 students represented schools in 18 districts/school systems across the state

Teacher librarians, tech integrationists, and paraprofessionals from across the state investigated "STEM in the 21st Century School Library" at the fourth annual School Library Boot Camp. The camp was held on the campus of Black Hills State University from July 19-22.

In looking at STEM, attendees explored social media, genius hour, digital resources and curating tools, reading and researching like a scientist, plus participated in a field trip to the Sanford Research Facility in Lead.

Boot Camp attendees represented schools in 18 different districts/school systems, including the communities of Aberdeen, Bison, Box Elder, Castlewood, Harrisburg, Howes, Lennox, McIntosh, Mitchell, Mobridge, New Underwood, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, St. Francis and Sturgis. Added together they return to libraries and classrooms that reach 43% of the student population in South Dakota with resources and activities to start the new school year.

Coordinated by the State Library in conjunction with BHSU, Boot Camp is a two credit course for undergraduate and graduate students. Plans are already underway for the class to be held in Pierre for 2016.


SD Braille and Talking Book Library Summer Reading A Success

Every Hero has a story logoThe South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library just ended the most successful summer reading program that we have ever sponsored. A record 42 young readers registered and pledged to read 20 minutes every day, 7 days a week, from June 8th through July 17th. If it truly takes 21 days to establish a new habit, these young readers should be on their way to a lifetime of reading.

Several notable facts about this year's group of readers:

  • For the first time ever, there were 10 braille readers registered. The previous high was 4. A huge thank you is owed to the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired for helping to enroll their summer students and for assisting them with their reading.
  • The youngest reader who registered was 1 year old and the oldest eligible readers were 20 years old. A special thank you is owed to the staff at Lifescape for helping to enroll their students and assisting them with their reading.

On July 20th the winners of the $50 gift cards were determined by drawing. The winner in the 1-6 age category was Jeren Scheff from Montrose, SD. Jaren is two-years-old and is an audio reader. The winner in the 7-11 age group was Sarah Huston from Midland, SD. Sarah is nine-years-old and is an audio reader. The winner in the 12-16 age group was Michael Wingen of Vermillion, SD. Michael is 13-years-old and is a braille reader. The winner in the 17-21 age category was Lynae Wollman of Westport, SD. Lynae is 17-years-old and is an audio reader.

The success of programs like the Summer Reading Program depends on the generosity of individuals and groups like the Evening Star Lions Club of Rapid City for support. The $200 donation that Evening Star Lions Club provided allowed the SD Braille and Talking Book Library to provide each winner with a $50 gift card from





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