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September 2015, Volume 7, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month

National Children's Good Manners Month

Labor Day
September 7

International Literacy Day
September 8

Patriot Day
September 11

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
September 12

National Grandparents Day
September 13

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15- October 15

Lead the Change Maker Workshop
September 16, online

Constitution Day
September 17

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 18

Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 19

The International Day of Peace
September 21

SDLA Conference: Preparing for a Bright Future
September 23-25

School Library Journal Leadership Summit
September 26-27, Seattle

Banned Books Week
September 27- October 3

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 30

International School Library 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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Back to school, back to business



Breathe new life into your story times and displays

A group of librarians from around the country have pitched in and added their favorite books to a new website called Our Favorite Story Time Books. This is an ongoing project and you can add your favorite story time books to the list. If you are new to story time there is also a section on how to present one.

Little Brown Books also has one of the best Pinterest pages ever. Full of book discussion guides, display ideas, activity kits, and more — this publisher has you covered!


Read for the Record

Calling all public libraries! On Oct. 22nd, your library has a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible. This year the selection is Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett. The South Dakota State Library wants all of our public libraries to be a part of this national campaign and we will help you do it!

Public libraries � register by Sept. 25 and the State Library will provide you with a free copy of the book! Prove registration by sending a screen shot of your registration confirmation or by forwarding your confirmation email to Jasmine Rockwell.


National Fossil Day coming this October

South Dakota has a rich fossil history so why not participate the sixth annual celebration of National Fossil Day which will take place on Oct. 14th, 2015? Brought to you by the National Park Service, this special day encourages young people to learn more about fossils and where they come from. For more information about National Fossil Day, and to find ready-made activities visit their website.





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