SDSL's Literacy Workshop is being postponed to a future date

Literacy Workshop October 12 2023

The South Dakota State Library is facilitating a literacy workshop for school and public librarians. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about foundational reading skills, family literacy training and tips, and how to incorporate preliteracy skills into library activities. All sessions are 10 am - 3 pm local time. Participants will earn 6 CE hours. In-person participation is required.

Thursday, October 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM — 3:00 PM CT

Library Commons, South Dakota State Library, MacKay Building


The Department of Education, of which the SD State Library is a division, is excited to present a new professional learning platform. Instructure Canvas will allow users to register for offerings, participate in learning experiences, and access records of training completed through this system. All items are considered "courses" within the platform even if they are webinars, workshops, conferences, or in-person events.


10:00 - 10:45 Session 1:
Literacy Skills 0-18
Brandi Gerry, DOE Office of Special Education Programs

Do you ever wonder why learning to read comes so easily for some students while it is extremely challenging for others? This presentation will shed some light on that question and provide some tips, tools, and resources to support all students.

10:45 - 11:30 Session 2:
Literacy Skills in the Library / Teaching Literacy to Parents
Amanda Raiche, SDSL Youth Services Coordinator

How do we incorporate preliteracy skills into library activities? How do we encourage literacy skills in school age children in the library? How do we teach parents preliteracy skills through library programming?

11:30 - 12:30 Working Lunch
Networking and Discussion
12:30 - 1:00 Keynote Address
Lawrence Diggs, Author and Literacy Advocate

Why Literacy? What is literacy? Why is literacy important in child development? What is the impact of literacy growing from children to adults?

1:00 - 1:30 Session 3:
ReadSquared Program Rollout
Amanda Raiche, SDSL Youth Services Coordinator

ReadSquared – a turnkey program for year-round reading programs.

1:45 - 2:00 Session 4:
2:00 - 2:15 Session 5:
Literacy Council of the Black Hills
2:15 - 2:30 Session 6:
Toy Lending Library of SD
2:30 - 2:45 Session 7:
South Dakota Literacy Association
Diane Beastrom, Gary Weismantel, Sandy Weismantel, Janice Perrion, and Sharon Osborne
2:45 - 3:00 Session 8:
The Family Engagement Center
*Bonus Recorded Session: "From Classroom to Library: Fostering the Journey from Learning to Read to Loving to Read"
SDSL School Library Coordinator, Scottie Bruch