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March 2015, Volume 7, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America
Mar. 2

World Wildlife Day
Mar. 3

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources
Mar. 6

Daylight Savings Time begins
Mar. 8

Teen Tech Week
Mar. 8-14

Digital Learning Day
Mar. 13

Freedom of Information Day
Mar. 16

D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read
Apr. 2015

School Library Month
Apr. 2015

National Library Week
Apr. 12-18

National Library Workers Day
Apr. 14

National Bookmobile Day
Apr. 15

Celebrate Teen Literature Day
Apr. 16

Money Smart Week®
Apr. 18-25

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Heritage Quest and World Book offer new look and functionality

Library Headlines


There's still time to register for "Digging Deeper into Primary Sources"

Digging Deeper into Primary Resources
"Digging Deeper into Primary Sources," a free online learning opportunity available on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT, focuses on finding and using primary sources in the classroom. Though the primary audience is K-12 teachers, librarians, trustees, historians and genealogists are encouraged to attend. Participants may attend the entire day or a session or two as their schedules and interest allow.

Libraries, why not host a viewing party? Set the session up in your meeting room and invite your community in! Register your library as an attendee and have a sign-in sheet for participants.

Get full details here:

This program is sponsored by the SD State Library with a grant from Teaching Primary Sources, Library of Congress.


Join the South Dakota Mango Challenge: win prizes for your library

Mango Languages, an online language-learning resource available through the State Library offering training in over 60 languages, is hosting an exclusive promotion for South Dakota libraries.

Taking the South Dakota Mango Challenge is as easy as uno, dos, tres. All you have to do is download the challenge checklist, pick four tasks to complete, and submit your proof of completion to between March 10, 2015 and April 10, 2015. In exchange for your participation, Mango will send you a complimentary gift pack full of Mango swag*!

Learn more about the South Dakota Mango Challenge in webinars on March 10 at 4:30 CT (3:30 MT) or March 11 at 10:00 CT (9:00 MT). All South Dakota libraries are invited to participate in the South Dakota Mango Challenge!

If you have any questions about the challenge, please contact Julie Erickson ( or Jane Healy (

*Swag includes t-shirts, water bottles, coffee mugs, tote bags, window clings and bracelets.


Attention public library directors: Public Libraries Survey FY2014 closes on March 31!

Yes, it's that time again. The annual Public Libraries Survey will close March 31. Once again, the Survey is hosted at The login information for your library's account is the same as last year. Contact the SD State Library if you've forgotten yours.

If you'd like to know more about this year's survey, a recorded webinar is available on the State Library's website. If you have questions about completing the Public Libraries Survey this year contact Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends,





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