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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



Summer Reading Program Survey Is Released

Once again, it is time for the full summer reading program survey. We ask for any library - public or school - that did any kind of summer reading program to fill out the survey. For public libraries, this is a requirement to receive a copy of the 2016 CSLP summer reading manual for free.

These numbers are very important to us as we use them to help justify the costs of CSLP membership for our public libraries and the manuals, the materials and travel costs for the Jump Start workshops, and other summer reading-related projects.

Surveys are due September 18th.

Make sure that kids are still reading even if your summer program is over by having them sign up for the "20, 24/7" reading pledge.


Apply For Great Stories Club Programming Grants For At-Risk Teens

If your library is located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies, you qualify to apply for a grant. Up to 50 grants will be awarded.

Visit for full guidelines and to apply online. Applications are due September 15th.

Every year there is a theme programming. This year the theme is "Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution," and the featured books are Feed by M.T. Anderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and March: Books One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Each grantee will receive:

  • 11 paperback copies of each of the three book selections (10 to gift to participants; 1 for discussion leader/library collection);
  • travel and accommodation expenses paid for attendance at the project orientation workshop for the library project directors, on Nov. 16, 2015, in Chicago;
  • training through periodic project webinars, a program planning guide, and other online support materials;
  • online access to professionally designed, customizable and downloadable resources for use with program participants; and
  • technical and programming support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the grant term.


First Lady Linda Daugaard Is South Dakota's Reading Ambassador

Earlier this summer Scholastic announced that over 40 Governors and Governor's Spouses had signed on to help promote reading and literacy in their respective states. South Dakota First Lady, Linda Daugaard, shared a little about what her role is as Ambassador and answered some fun questions about reading.

  1. This year's statewide summer reading program slogan is "Every Hero Has a Story." Who are some of your heroes? Do you have any book heroes?

    My heroes are my parents and grandparents. My book hero was Nancy Drew.

  2. You and a group of other Governors and Governors' Spouses recently signed on to be "Reading Ambassadors" for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. What does your role as a Reading Ambassador involve?

    As a Reading Ambassador, I promote reading and give away 500 Scholastic books to South Dakota readers.

  3. Research has shown that there is a direct correlation in the reading scores of students who maintain good reading habits over the summer, even just reading 20 minutes every day. What else would you like parents to know about healthy reading habits for their kids?

    Every day should include a time for reading, just as there is a time for chores and for play.

    On Wednesday, August 12th, we will have a Book Walk in Pierre so be sure to attend at 6:30 by Capitol Lake.

  4. South Dakota has a "20, 24/7" reading pledge for kids of any age to take to encourage them to commit to reading at least 20 minutes every day of the year. Have your grandchildren signed up for the pledge?

    Our grandchildren surpass the 20 minutes daily, but will officially sign up when they are older. Right now the four children range from 6 months to 3 years old.

  5. Have you read any great books over the summer with your grandkids?

    Henry loves Buzz, the Hummingbird by South Dakota author Paula Blasius and illustrated by Justin Crawford, also a South Dakotan. Stella is hooked on The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. Elizabeth likes The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Greta enjoys animal books.





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