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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

In Focus


Things are hopping in libraryland

Centerville Community LibraryCenterville Community Library reported record attendance at the super summer reading program. One hundred ninety kids and adults attended the prize and donut party to celebrate their reading accomplishments. They had record-breaking attendance at all of their special events and activities this summer.

Hill City Community Library reported a 30 percent increase in library attendance (January through June) compared to 2014. There were 3,039 visits during June, 2015 compared to 1,946 in June, 2014. They had 120 kids register for the summer reading program and, as of July 13th, they had completed 30,000 minutes of reading. Over 500 individuals had attended the summer reading programs.

kids at counter in madison public library

Madison Public Library reported that one day recently, staff checked out four books every five minutes all day long, in addition to their other duties. The staff was definitely hopping.



Bowdle Public Library

The Reverend Martin Bieber Library in Bowdle moved to a new location on Main Street and changed their name. They are now officially the Bowdle Public Library and can be found at 3034 West Main Street.

Sherry Bauman, librarian at the Elkton Community Library reported that she was a little worried about moving from the school to a small space at the Elkton Community Center for the summer but she has managed to put a little something of everything in her cozy, though cramped, room that is her temporary home. The library was displaced because of the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at the school. Sherry is looking forward to moving back to the school and having climate controlled heating and cooling that is appropriate for the season.

The Willow Lake School Library will be moving to a new home as soon as renovations are completed. The renovations will provide three new classrooms, a computer server room and a new library. The old library will become the new secured front entrance for the school. The activities center is projected to be finished in February 2016.

Students returning to the Haakon School (Philip) will find the library moved to the old computer room. A new wrestling practice and part-time physical education room has been created in the old library space.



Armour Carnegie Library

The Armour Carnegie Library hosted an open house on August 1 to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Former patrons have graciously given donations that have made a difference for the library. One former patron is Dr. Andy Farke, a 1999 alumnus. Dr. Farke "credits the library having books on dinosaurs available locally, or through the state library, for research accumulating in his ascension to Curator of Paleontology at the Alf Museum in California." He has donated seven books for patrons interested in dinosaurs, fossils, and prehistory.



The Pierre Indian Learning Center (PILC) will receive a grant from famed writer James Patterson. The PILC was included in the first round of school library grants from an initiative Patterson and the Scholastic Reading Club launched in March. The PILC applied for this grant after receiving an email from the State Library inviting school libraries to apply. PILC will receive $2,000 to purchase new books and replace old, outdated materials. There were more than 28,000 requests received for the first round of funding.

The Webster Public Library was hoping to get about $450 when they applied for a LIBRI grant. The grant was approved for $1,050. "This is wonderful, wonderful," said library director Teri Ewalt. The donation is through the Books For Children grant for rural libraries. The new books will be appreciated by the kids. In the month of June, over 3,000 books were checked out by children signed up for summer reading program. There were 90 kids signed up for the program compared to 70 the previous year.



Hanson McCook County Regional Library

The Hanson McCook County Regional Library and Bookmobile has officially closed its doors. The rural library service began with a grant from the South Dakota State Library in the early 1960s. Many county patrons remember fondly the privilege of having the bookmobile come to their community or traveling to visit the library in Spencer.

The Colome Branch of the Tripp County Library was officially closed at the end of June. On June 1, Verlas Vavra resigned as the librarian in Colome, a position that she held for 26 years and eight months. Branch library patrons will now travel to Winner to use the main library.





Armour, Bowdle, Centerville, Colome, Elkton, Hill City, Madison, Native American, Philip, Pierre, PILC, Spencer, summer reading, Webster, Willow Lake, Winner

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