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October 2015, Volume 7, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

International School Library Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Fossil Day
October 14

The Digital Shift
October 14, online

Teen Read Week
October 18-24

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 18-24

Give Me 20 Fall Challenge
October 19-December 11, 2015

Read for the Record
October 22, 2015

School Library Chats
October 28, 2015

American Diabetes Month

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 1

National Family Literacy Day
November 1

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Assessment Track
November 4-7, 2015

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Intentional Teaching Track
November 4-8, 2015

AASL 17th National Conference and Exhibition
November 5-8; Columbus, Ohio

YALSA's 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium
November 6-8, 2015; Portland, Oregon

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

International Games Day
November 21

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

Native American Heritage Day
November 27

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

Library Headlines


State of the State Library


Book Awards Voting is open!

Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque book awards opened their voting season on October 1. Elementary students from Kindergarten through 2nd grade (Prairie Bud) and 3rd through 5th grades (Prairie Pasque) can vote for any books they think are worthy of the award.

YARP voting begins during Teen Read Week (October 18 - 24) and runs through April 1. Teens can read from either the middle school or high school list and vote for any and every book they read.


Enid Hyde named inaugural member of 10² Club

The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library is honoring Enid Hyde of Pierre as South Dakota's first member of the 10² Club. The 10² Club was established by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (a division of the Library of Congress) to honor lifelong readers who are 100 or more years of age.

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Attention public librarians: Project Outcome can help you share the impact of library programs—and it's free!

Are you looking for an easy way to plan and evaluate your library's programs? More than just reporting "we did these programs and this many people attended," by surveying patrons directly you can learn about the impact of your library programs and collect success stories to share. This will work for even the smallest libraries that host children's, teens' or adults' programs.

Project Outcome is a suite of simple, short surveys developed by the Public Library Association. Surveys can be handed out to participants at the end of a library program (they can also be given online). The surveys have been tested and tailored for all kinds of library programs including summer reading programs, job skills workshops, tech skills trainings, and lifelong learning programs. Each survey consists of four Likert scale (agree/disagree) questions asking whether participants feel they have benefited from the program in terms of knowledge and confidence. Two open-ended questions ask what participants liked most and what improvements could be made.

Project Outcome comes with a portal where libraries enter the survey responses and can download and print survey results. Any public library may sign up right now to participate without obligation. This product is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The portal includes training resources for how to use and communicate the results.

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10² Club, awards, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, books, braille, Pierre, Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque, PLA, public libraries, SDLA, summer reading, survey, video, YARP

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