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For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 5, 2018 Web Link to South Dakota Department of Education
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, mary.stadicksmith@state.sd.us Email Link or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-2593, ruth.raveling@state.sd.usEmail Link

South Dakota celebrating National Library Week April 8-14

PIERRE, S.D. — April 8-14 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways libraries lead their communities through services, programs and expertise.

"The library helps lead local communities by advocating for widespread access to crucial services and lifelong learning," said state librarian Daria Bossman. "Libraries level the playing field for people of any age or economic class who seek information and access to improve their quality of life."

There are more than 500 academic, school, public and special (medical/law/business) libraries in South Dakota. From elected officials to small business owners to students of all ages, many individuals rely on libraries and the wide variety of resources they offer, like e-books, technology classes, programs for job seekers and materials for English learners.

According to the 2017 South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest Acrobat PDF Link, the state's public libraries daily welcomed 10,196 visitors, circulated 16,202 items and supported 1,772 Wi-Fi users. On any given day, public libraries hosted 823 attendees at programs and provided 1,413 hours on library computers.

The 2017 South Dakota School Libraries Data Digest Acrobat PDF Link indicates that during the 2016-17 school year, 9,800 students independently visited the state’s 379 school libraries on a daily basis. More than 5,600 classes visited their school libraries each week, and students checked out 180,000 e-books over the course of the year.

Editor's Note: Please consider contacting your local public and/or school libraries for potential stories about Library Week activities in your community. April is also School Library Month.

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Media Release
South Dakota Celebrating National Library Week April 8-14
April 5, 2018


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