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May 2015, Volume 7, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May, 2015

Jewish American Heritage Month
May, 2015

National Inventors Month
May, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 2015

National Bike Month
May, 2015

May Day
May 1

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 4-5

Children's Book Week
May 4-10

Cinco de Mayo
May 5

National Teacher Day
May 5

Mother's Day
May 10

National Bike to Work Week
May 11-15

Memorial Day
May 25

Flag Day
June 14

Father's Day
June 21

ALA Annual Conference: San Francisco
June 25-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
State Library e-resources are every hero's secret weapon

Children's and Young Adult Services


Celebrate "Cinderella" at your library

"Cinderella" is one of the most beloved fairy tale stories. Last month saw the release of a new movie version of the story and you can help celebrate this classic tale at your library by showcasing various versions for all ages and cultures. Some of the more recent versions are for young adults and showcase strong lead characters as "Cinderella." In your area, this might also be time for prom, so another great tie-in might be to see if there are teen girls who don't plan on wearing their dresses again. If you can gather a few, it would be fun to have a "dress up ball" for your smaller girls with those repurposed dresses.


Announcing the 2015 SD Children's & Teen Choice Book Award winners

Every year it is so exciting to see what book titles will capture the imagination of children across the state and have teens furiously voting for their favorite. This year was no exception so without further ado… your 2015 SD Children's and Teen Choice Book Award Winners:

book cover for A is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan   book cover for Wonder by R J Palacio

  • "A is for Musk Ox" by Erin Cabatingan, is the winner of the 2015 Prairie Bud Award
  • "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio is the winner of the 2015 Prairie Pasque Award.

Teen Choice: Middle School

book cover for The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen   book cover for The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance

  • Winner: "The False Prince" by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Runner Up: "The Heartbreak Messenger" by Alexander Vance

Teen Choice: High School

book cover for Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry   book cover for Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

  • Winner: "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry
  • Runner Up: "Throne of Glass" by Sarah Maas

The 2015-2016 Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque nominees are already available at The new list for teens to vote on will be selected this June by the YARP Committee and posted to our website at shortly thereafter.


Apply for the 2015 Teen Read Week™ Grant

The application period for the 2015 Teen Read Week Activity Grant is open! Ten grants worth $1000 each are available to fund Teen Read Week activities. Apply at by June 1, 2015. The new Teen Read Week site is officially up, so be sure to join at for the latest updates! Teen Read Week takes place October 18-24, 2015 with the theme of "Get Away @ your library." In South Dakota, Teen Read Week is also when voting opens for the YARP/SD Teen Choice Book Awards.





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