Library Institute 2023 is June 4 through 9 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

library institute 2023 childrens programming

2023 Faculty

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Amanda Thronson

Dive into a STEMventure! From DIY kits that put Pinterest to shame to Museum Educator-led programs, the Center has many library resources to bring hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to your community.

sd-discovery.org |

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Tammy Knudtson

"A COVID Transformation Story: How a Corgi Lover Became a Children's Book Author"

SD Author shares her story of the writing, publishing, and marketing of her first two children's books.

corgiloverstales.com |

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Jean Patrick

Jean L.S. Patrick is the author of twelve traditionally published books, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics. She lives near Mitchell, SD and is the Children's Services Librarian at the Mitchell Public Library.

www.jeanpatrick.com |

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Pamela Diaz Martin

An early childhood literacy consultant whose workshops are shaped by experience as a children's librarian and branch manager.

earlychildliteracy.com |

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Beth Berg

Beth Berg has worked in libraries for close to 14 years and currently serves as the Collection Development and Cataloging Librarian for Siouxland Libraries. She will be sharing information about the library's Reading Kit collection, which helps new readers practice and develop core reading skills.

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Lisa Sanderson

Lisa has served as Project Director for the statewide Family to Family Health Information Center at South Dakota Parent Connection since 2008, also home to the state's Parent Training Information Center. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree, maintains licensure by the SD Board of Social Work Examiners, and was a certified educator for many years.

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Kim Bonen

Sharing about database access, troubleshooting technical issues, plus learning about children's databases: Miss Humblebee's Academy, BookFlix, Explora Kids, SIRS Discoverer, CultureGrams and the World Book suite.

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Kathleen Slocum

Institute Coordinator

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Amanda Raiche


Developed with

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Funding for this program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the South Dakota State Library.

If you have any questions contact:

Continuing Education Coordinator