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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

School Libraries


School Library Summit generates two year-long goals

The annual School Library Summit was held on July 22 on the campus of BHSU. Using the lens of the "Year of the Learning Commons" 35 attendees brainstormed the following goals for the school library community to work on during the 2015-2016 year:

  1. Goal One: Inclusion of additional stakeholders in regional meetings
  2. Goal Two: Expansion of school library communication through social media

Anyone interested in assisting with further planning related to the goals may contact Laura Allard,, Marta Stirling,, or Joan Upell,

The School Library Summit is a collaborative effort sponsored by the SD Library Association and the State Library. Its purpose is to come together as library professionals with the express purpose of dialoging about the current situation within our South Dakota school libraries, gathering data and writing goals and an action plan for addressing the needs. Visit the wiki for more information at


Gear up for 2015-16 Prairie Bud and Pasque Awards

Prairie Bud Prairie Pasque book awards

Each year, Kindergarten through fifth grade students across South Dakota vote for the state's two children's book awards, the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque. The 2015-2016 nominee lists are now ready. As soon as the school year begins children can start reading and then vote for any book they have read or had read to them at school, home or in the public library. There is no longer a minimum number of books required to be eligible to vote.

The Prairie Bud Award is designed for students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd, while the Prairie Pasque Award is for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Prairie Bud votes are based on whether the child feels the books are deserving of the award. Students voting for Prairie Pasque assign a 1, 2 or 3-star ranking for the books which they have read. Each award is given to the book receiving the most votes from students throughout South Dakota. Award winners are announced annually during National Library Week. A complete description of voting procedures can be found on the Children's Book Awards webpage.

The webpage encourages teachers and librarians to use the nominated titles in their classrooms by providing several resources. Arrangements for a school or community-wide event can be made using a collaborative planning sheet and list of ideas. Author and book website links are available for extension activities. Facebook pages, Twitter handles and YouTube channels provide students the opportunity to connect with the authors of the nominated titles. Complete lists of readability scores including Common Core grade bands and Lexile measures are provided to match students with Prairie Bud and Pasque nominees that are at the individual student's reading level.

If you are interested in learning more about voting for the South Dakota's Children's Book Awards and activities you can do in your classroom and library, contact Marta Stirling at





activities, awards, BHSU, books, Common Core, event, Lexile, National Library Week, Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque, school libraries, SDLA, social media

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