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January 2015, Volume 7, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

New Year's Day

Copyright Law Day
Jan. 1

Science Fiction Day
Jan. 2

World Braille Day
Jan. 4

Poetry at Work Day
Jan. 13

Kid Inventors Day
Jan. 17

Thesaurus Day
Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 19

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 22

Handwriting Day
Jan. 23

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan. 27

Puzzle Day
Jan. 29

Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Jan. 29-30, Chicago

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 30- Feb. 3, Chicago

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Mar. 13

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Save patrons time – add the State Library's subscription e-resources links to your school or library website

Children's & YA Services


Don't give up on Skype

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With all of the various types of video conferencing software that is coming out at lightning speed, it can be easy to forget that where we work has a harder time jumping on board with technology. In a recent article from "School Library Journal", author Kate Messner highlights some of what Skype can do for connecting children to literacy through virtual author visits and so much more! Expand the walls of your library and connect students to your non-fiction section by Skyping in a subject area expert or have an author visit for pennies on the dollar! Check out the Skype An Author website to see who is available to virtually visit your library today.


Teen Librarian Toolbox

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Want to do more for your teens? Most South Dakota libraries do not have a dedicated, full-time or even part-time teen librarian but that does not have to stop anyone from providing services and programming for teens.

Bookmark this website right now: Teen Librarian Toolbox from "School Library Journal". While the website is not intended to be everything you would ever need to know about serving teens, there are timely book reviews, programming ideas, and much more. Whether you are already serving teens and want some fresh ideas, or you want to get your feet wet for the first time the Teen Librarian Toolbox is a great place to start!


Free foreign language e-books for kids

Unite for Literacy

Needing books for young immigrant populations is not something that only big cities have to contend with any more. A number of South Dakota communities are seeing immigrants from African and South East Asian countries as well as growing Hispanic populations. With children's books in these languages hard to find in the U.S. it can be challenge for small local libraries to fill this need and help the families feel welcome in their communities. Enter Unite for Literacy online library. This completely online and free resource has children's books that have been translated into over 25 languages including Somali, Hindi and Karen. When you first use the site, you can set your location to help the program narrow down what languages are recommended for your area, but since many of the South Dakota immigrant populations are small they do not tend to show up on national census data. We recommend not setting your location and clicking on the "Narration" tab in the top left corner of the screen to see what languages are available and then choosing that to see which books have been translated into that language.


Children's Day/Book Day/Día de los Niño's is coming

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Every April 30, libraries and families across the country celebrate Children's Book Day/Día de los Niño's commonly known as just "Día." This celebration emphasizes the importance of children's literacy for all cultures and backgrounds. We encourage you to hold your own local celebration and register your program on the Día website. On the website you will also find free event materials and examples of past library celebrations. No programs have been registered for South Dakota yet, so let yours be the first!


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards applications now open!

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Out-of-school time arts programs and libraries are encouraged to apply.

This year's twelve award winners will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at the White House from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 5 p.m. PST is the application deadline.





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