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November/December 2015, Volume 7, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

American Diabetes Month

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month

SD Birthday: Dr. Anita Marie Caspary
Nov 4, 1915; born in Herrick, SD; wrote 2003 memoir "Witness to Integrity" and collection of poems "From The Heart"

SD Birthday: Mary Ann Clark Longley Riggs
Nov 10, 1813; Teacher, Missionary in Dakota Territory and Author of "A Small Bit of Bread and Butter" (posthumously)

SD Birthday: Russell Means
Nov 10, 1939; born in Shannon, SD; activist, actor, writer

Veterans Day
November 11

National Young Readers Week
November 9-13

National Philanthropy Day
November 12

Lita Forum
November 12-15; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Random Acts of Kindness Day
November 13

America Recycles Day
November 15

Geography Awareness Week
November 15-21

American Education Week
November 16-20
•17: Parents Day
•18: Education Support Professionals Day
•17: Substitute Educators Day

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources 2
November 20

International Games Day
November 21

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

SD Birthday: Dan O'Brien
Nov 23, 1947; Rancher, conservationist and author of "Spirit of the Hills"

Native American Heritage Day
November 27

SD Birthday: Kathy Lou Schultz
Nov 30, 1966; From Burke, SD; award winning poet; works include "Re dress", "Some Vague Wife", and "Biting Midge: Works in Prose"

SD Birthday: Frank Joslyn Baum
Dec. 3, 1883; lived in Aberdeen, SD; son of L. Frank Baum; author of “To Please a Child”

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3

National Cookie Day
December 4, 2015

SD Birthday: Rose Wilder Lane
Dec. 5, 1886; born in DeSmet, SD; famed journalist, author of "Let the Hurricane Roar" and "Free Land"

International Volunteer Day
December 5

Day of the Ninja
December 5

Women's Leadership Institute
December 6-9

December 6-14

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7

International Human Rights Day
December 10

National Poinsetta Day
December 12

SD Birthday: Helen Rezatto
Dec. 13, 1919; lived in Aberdeen; author of "The Making of the Two Dakotas" and "Tales of the Black Hills"

Bill of Rights Day
December 15

Wright Brothers Day
December 17

SD Birthday: Harry Neal Baum
Dec. 18, 1889; born in Aberdeen, SD; wrote history books for children

International Human Solidarity Day
December 20

Christmas Eve
December 24

December 25

December 26-January 1

New Years Eve
December 31

Brainteaser Month

Creativity Month

Get Organized Month

New Years Day
January 1

ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 8-12, Boston MA

ALA Youth Media Awards
January 11

SD Legislative Day: Libraries
January 22

Featured e-Resources of the Month
E-resources provide holiday fun and information

Children and YA services


New PSA helps build parent toddler relationships

In September, Project ABC launched the new "Toddlers Know What They Want" PSA to expand conversations that help strengthen relationships between young children and their adults.

Relationships matter, even before they have words. This is one of the key messages for parents and caregivers of young children ages 12-24 months in this new Public Service Announcement at Help get the message out by posting on websites, sharing through social media, at conferences and trainings, and with parents and other caregivers. The PSA is available in English, Khmer and Spanish. More information and a toolkit is available upon request at


Storytime Undergrounds gives you a literacy leg up

Storytime Underground has a new Literacy Fast Facts series. You can use short facts and quotations to whip out when you have a few moments with stakeholders, administration, board members, etc. Each post has text and a graphic meme that you can save use or share on social media.


Groundbreaking New Books for Children with Special Needs

For many people the term "special needs" children brings to mind people in wheelchairs or someone who is blind. There are so many other types of children with special needs, like anyone on the autism spectrum or a child suffering from a traumatic experience. It can be hard to find quality books that can speak to children with these types of special needs and help other children learn more about them. One publisher has made the search a little easier. Consider adding some of these titles to your collection to make it more robust and to help educated children in your community about different types of special needs.


Read for the Record a Big Success in South Dakota

On October 22nd, 93 locations in 70 different South Dakota Communities reported participating in the national Read for the Record Day. Librarians, teachers, and South Dakota's own First Lady, Linda Daugaard read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett to approximately 11,000 children! School librarians read to various classrooms, public librarians incorporated the book into existing storytimes and had other special events.

South Central Elementary School, Bonesteel SD

At South Central Elementary School in Bonesteel, librarian Kathy Hausmann had the free copy of the book from the Jumpstart website projected on the wall using a smartboard so that all the students could see and read along.

Haakon School District classroom, Philip SD

Linette Donnelly, librarian at Haakon School District, read to all grades and reported that all the students had a great time listening to the story.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this special day!





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