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February 2015, Volume 7, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 4

World Cancer Day
Feb. 4

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 7

Clean out your Computer Day
Feb. 9

Valentine's Day
Feb. 14

President's Day
Feb. 16

Random Acts of Kindness Day
Feb. 17

Read Across America
Mar. 2

World Wildlife Day
Mar. 3

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Get down to business with SDSL e-resources

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

Oscar Howe Night Summary christmas tree displays
Families of Oscar Howe Elementary School and Prairie West Branch were invited to sign up for library cards, made scrapbook pages and spent time browsing the library's collection.

2014 Data Digests are here!
Recently published, the 2014 South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest and the 2014 South Dakota School Libraries Data Digest

Accreditation ceremony recognizes public libraries
Twelve South Dakota public libraries were recognized during a ceremony before lawmakers, peers and local community members in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.


February Continuing Education Opportunities

"Digging Deeper into Primary Sources" aids teachers, librarians, historians, genealogists Digging Deeper into Primary Sources logo

February 2015 Continuing Education Opportunities


Children's and YA Services

Kate DiCamillo named CSLP National Summer Reading Champion
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announces its partnership with award-winning children's book author, Kate DiCamillo, as its first ever National Summer Reading Champion.

Are you ready for summer reading? Building Jumpstart Kits
Join librarians from your area as we gear up for "Every Hero Has a Story"!

Native American diversity in children's books
A recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed that only 1% featured Native American characters. Why does this matter to you?


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Get down to business with SDSL e-resources
How can your library help businesses in your community?


Grant Opportunities

Snapdragon Book Foundation

Preservation Assistance Grants for smaller institutions

Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grants


Board Talk

The true value of your local library data digest cover
By Daria Bossman, State Librarian


Library Development

Interlibrary Loan - questions and answers
Over the past few months we have been receiving questions about the South Dakota Library Network and interlibrary loan. We thought we would share some of the questions we have received and our answers.

Make plans to upgrade library Wi-Fi and broadband services: E-rate filing window is now open!
The E-rate filing window is open from Jan. 14, 2015 through March 26, 2015. There has never been a better time to apply for E-rate funding.

"American Libraries" January/February issue shares great tips
Have you ever had questions about film programming and public performance rights for libraries?


What are we reading?

"The Neal-Schuman Directory of Public Library Job Descriptions" by Rebecca Brumley


School Libraries

girls reading at Jolley elementaryJolley Elementary: one team, one dream
Using Read! SD's 20 - 24/7 pledge, Jolley Elementary in Vermillion has developed a school-wide model to motivate students to read.

Interested in knowing more about grants?
The first step is to build some background knowledge about the basics.


Why Didn't I Think of That?

A sign encourages reading
Melissa Godber, librarian at Tea Intermediate School, keeps a sign on her desk so that students can see what she's reading.

Whitewood Public Library cooks up Waffle Wednesday
Children line up to get one of 'Oma's' waffles with peanut butter -- in the library?!

Fast Facts about your library
Angela Ostrander, director of Faith Public/School Library, keeps a "Fast Facts" page on her library's wiki.





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