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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

Children's and YA Services


Kate DiCamillo named CSLP National Summer Reading Champion

Kate DiCamillo is CSLP's 2015 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.

DiCamillo, who received a 2014 Newbery Award for her latest novel, "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," will shoot a series of public service announcements, participate in a national media campaign, and appear at events coast-to-coast. Her goal is to encourage families to sign up for and participate in summer reading programs at their local libraries and to raise awareness of the importance of summer reading for children, teens, and adults across the country.

"I am hopeful that in my role as National Summer Reading Champion with CSLP I can encourage young readers to go and find themselves at the library," DiCamillo said. "To find books that capture their imaginations and to spend time with others who love good stories."

DiCamillo, who currently serves as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for the Library of Congress, received her first Newbery Award in 2004 for "The Tale of Despereaux."

"We are overjoyed to have Kate join us as our first ever National Summer Reading Champion," said Karen Yother, CSLP President. "Her dedication to lifelong learning through literacy from childhood to adulthood represents everything our organization stands for."

To learn more about CSLP and the summer reading program materials that it develops for children, teens, and adults please visit


Are you ready for summer reading?

Building Jumpstart Kits

Join librarians from your area as we gear up for "Every Hero Has a Story" - the 2015 summer reading program from CSLP. Choose from one of eight workshops that will be hosted and lead by local librarians! Each library will receive one kit of sample activities that will be demonstrated by your workshop leader. You are also required to bring a sample activity of your own to show at your workshop (you do not need to bring materials for everyone).

Each workshop will be from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. local time with a break for lunch.

The deadline of Friday, Feb. 13 is swiftly approaching so register now!

Workshop choices:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 - Beresford Public Library
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 - Pierre, South Dakota State Library

  • Thursday, Feb. 26 - Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 - Custer County Library
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 - Huron Public Library

  • Friday, Feb. 27 - Grace Balloch Public Library, Spearfish
  • Friday, Feb. 27 - Watertown Regional Library
  • Friday, Feb. 27 - Yankton Community Library


Native American diversity in children's books

A recent study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed that 92.1% of the 5,000 books published in 2013 featured Caucasian characters, while only 1% featured Native American characters. According to an article published earlier this month in the "Tribal College Journal," publishing officials blame this on the lack of demand by parents for books featuring Native American characters.

So why does this matter to you? As librarians you are both formal and informal educators, you have a unique opportunity to let your voice be heard in this debate. By purchasing and highlighting books children's books featuring Native characters that are culturally sensitive and appropriate, you can help show that there is a demand for these books while spreading this knowledge to future generations.

For more information and to read the rest of the article visit





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