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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

Children's and Young Adult Services


Introducing the 2014 ALA Children's & Teen Book Awards

ALA Youth Media Awards Every February, librarians around the country anxiously anticipate the announcement of the ALA Divisional Youth Media Award winners, such as the Caldecott, the Newbery, and the Morris Award. This year winners were announced on Feb. 2 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. To see the complete lists go to


Teen Tech Week™ is this month!

Celebrating Teen Tech Week at your library March 8-12, 2015 with the theme "Libraries are for Making..." Visit for information, planning resources, free downloadable bookmarks and posters, free webinars, and online forums to help you plan and prepare for a great event. Teen Tech Week offers library staff the opportunity to throw open their physical and virtual doors and show teens and their families all of the great digital resources the library has to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and careers. You can showcase awesome resources such as Learning Express, SIRS Issue Researcher, and e-books if you are a member of South Dakota Titles to Go!


Free fact sheets & presentations to promote teen services

Last year YALSA released a report "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action." A taskforce has created free one page fact sheets tailored to specific audiences, such as community members and school administrators, to help you connect with stakeholders and decision makers to obtain funding for teen services in your library. Visit and click on "resources."


CLEL Bell Awards

The second annual CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards were recently announced in Colorado. Five titles are selected each year as outstanding examples of the Every Child Ready to Read foundational literacy skills for young children: Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play. Each book is also selected for the interaction that an adult can have with a young child to model these literacy skills. Activity sheets are created to expand learning opportunities for each title. To see the list of titles and for more information about the awards, go to





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