Dec/January 2010, Volume 2, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 14, 2010
Jan. 15-19, 2010
2010 National African American Read-In
Read Across America Day
March 2, 2010
Teen Tech Week
March 7-13, 2010
PLA National Conference
March 23-27, 2010
Featured e-Resources of the Month
AncestryLibrary and HeritageQuest answer family trivia questions
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Lead-Deadwood re-purposes the old card catalog
Lead-Deadwood’s school librarian, Gary Linn, knows the value of good wood and thus couldn’t bear to part with his library’s solid wood card catalog. Rather than relegate it to the world of junk, he kept the catalog and uses its partially-opened drawers to display library books.
Green Thumb Gala raises funds and involvement at the Sturgis Public Library
By Marjorie DeJong, Assistant Director Sturgis Public Library
It might be winter outside now, but spring is just around the corner. We should welcome a little green into our libraries whenever we can. The Sturgis Friends of the Library have done just that at the Sturgis Public Library for the past two years. The Friends host a Green Thumb Gala as a fundraiser at the library in May. The event gives anyone the opportunity to decorate a pot, put a plant in it and donate it for the silent auction. Different works of plant related artistry and magnificent examples of botany are donated to the event, and members of the community come to the library all week long to place bids on their favorite items. Sometimes the bidding gets heated with telephone bids and rival bidding. Community members can also vote on their favorite item to be the People’s Choice Award. It all culminates in a celebration at the end of the week with refreshments and the opportunity to bid until the last minute before the mayor of Sturgis announces the winners. The event is great fun and it brings wonderful community involvement. In addition, the library gets to enjoy beautiful plants that also bring in various plant gazers from the community. If your library is looking for a fundraiser, this is a fun idea.