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November 2009, Volume 1, Issue 11

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Teen Read Week at Brookings High School

By Jean Kirschenman, Librarian

For Teen Read Week at Brookings High School Library, Chelsea Rief, a senior, created a DVD about reading for her Business Media Productions class, taught by Barb Walder. For the video, she interviewed students and teachers about what they were reading. Some also gave a quick promo for the library. The books ranged from Les Miserables to Brisingr. It turned out great—a real upbeat, fun advertisement for the library that was shown on TV's in the hallways during lunch the whole week. We also used this week to spotlight the YARP books with posters and bookmarks.


Senior citizen programming ideas from across the state

The State Library recently posted a question to the Public Library Listserv soliciting ideas for senior citizen programming. Here is what librarians across the state suggested. If you have other ideas to share, please contact Brenda Hemmelman (email).

"Host a rural school presentation/program"

"Senior centers are always asking for programs, so they might be a good place to ask for advice. Maybe even bring the first program to the center. For example: quilting"

"A few years back I contacted our local nutrition center and asked if they would bus the senior citizens to the library for an hour. It worked out well. We set aside a time for just their use and they enjoyed the quiet and time to just browse the book stacks."

"Host a storytelling event. One example was from a librarian who featured the Black Hills Storytellers with music by the French Creek Folk."

"Have spring and fall book discussions and history groups meet in the meeting room."

"Lunch & Learn Lectures: the library provides lunch and brings in a speaker of interest"

"Healthcare/Medicare Issues: there are agencies sponsored by some counties that actually teach people how to register for Medicare and walk them through the online setup."

"Host a program on some sort of health issue, flu shots, diet planning, or anything related to aging would be good. If a community has a community health nurse, they are usually willing to talk about things without charging."

"Offer medical information classes. Bring in a nurse, doctor, physical therapist, or nutritionist who can talk about diabetes, arthritis, being fit and retired… something to that nature."

"Host a quilting group that meets regularly at the library"

"Movie Time: show National Geographic videos/DVDs, South Dakota tourism type videos/DVD’s, any travel video/DVD, or movie classics."

"Ask library trustees to offer suggestions for programs."

"Offer a china painting class, computer skills class, knitting class and incorporate Debbie Macomber type of reading books."

"We hosted an ethnic cooking series, co-sponsored with a local museum and natural food store."

"Offer basic Internet communications classes from setting up and checking e-mail to possibly starting Facebook accounts so that they can see pictures of family, etc."

"Host genealogy workshops using, Heritage Quest and setting up social accounts on"

"For additional suggestions, see the Program Workbook handout at College of DuPage Press."

Here are some other idea books for all ages from the SDSL collection:

  • 5-Star Programming and Services for Your 55+ Library Customers by Barbara T. Mates
  • Adult Programs in the Library by Brett W. Lear.
  • Beginning with Books: Library Programming for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers by Nancy N. DeSalvo
  • Library Programming for Families with Young Children by Sue McCleaf Nespeca


READ poster

Positive reading messages for students in Aberdeen

When Dr. Lila Morris, librarian for Aberdeen’s public elementary schools, sought a method for conveying a positive reading message to students, she prevailed upon the various schools’ principals to demonstrate their participation in that message by posing for pictures with favorite books in their hands. After having a local photo shop produce 20 x 30-inch posters from the resulting pictures, Morris displayed each principal’s poster prominently in his or her school building. She says the project wasn’t all that expensive, at only about $30.00 per poster.


North Middle School Library hosts holiday gift giveaway

According to school librarian Arlette Schweitzer, Rapid City’s North Middle School Library will hold the Fourth Annual Gift Giveaway during the 2009 holiday season. New and used items for all ages are gathered throughout the year, everything from toys to coffee pots. The program provides a great opening for people to hunt up those items in their homes that they never use or don’t need—bath soaps, perfume, aftershave, pictures, dishes—anything and everything that could make a gift for someone. The new or gently-used items are placed under a Christmas tree and many names are drawn each day for students to choose a gift. Small, decorated Christmas trees are very popular and tend to go first. The library’s goal is to have enough gifts for each student to have the opportunity to choose something. Schweitzer says students, many of them from economically-disadvantaged environments, almost always choose something to wrap and take home as a gift for a family member.


Aberdeen, Brookings, Rapid City, senior, teen

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