Volume 2, Issue 11
Check Your Calendars!!
SD Library Snapshot Day
October 31-November 6, 2010
National Novel Writing Month
Native American Heritage Month
National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010
ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 7-11, 2011
South Dakota Student Media Fair
Entry Deadline February 2, 2011
In This Month's Issue
Six steps to Snapshot Day success!
Let your staff and patrons know about Snapshot Day and build up excitement.
Centerville and Beresford Public Libraries rank at the top
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce that seven South Dakota public libraries have been recognized, in two distinguished national rankings, for the excellence of their services to their communities.
State Library receives health literacy planning grant
The South Dakota State Library is the recent recipient of a Planning and Assessment proposal entitled, "Health Reference in South Dakota's Public Libraries: Assessment and Evaluation."
November Continuing Education Opportunities
Highlight: Help job seekers at your library — Project Compass SD
Children's & YA Services
Peter Brown accepts 2010 Prairie Bud Award at SDLA Conference
Seventy attendees comprised the Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque session audience when author/illustrator Peter Brown accepted the 2010 Prairie Bud Award during the September SDLA Conference in Sioux Falls.
Building children’s early literacy — It’s never too early to start
There are so many ways that adults can help children build their early literacy skills. Speaking, listening, knowing letters, looking at books, understanding text, and beginning to use writing materials are just a few of the fundamental skills that children need to succeed in school.
Letters About Literature contest invites readers to write
Letters About Literature is a national contest organized by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in association with the Target Corporation.
National STEM Video Game Challenge is underway
Fifth through eighth graders have the opportunity to design original video games or mobile games using free platforms.
Featured eResources of the Month
CAMIO offers art and artifacts images
From Picasso paintings to Paul Revere teaspoons, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online displays art and artifacts in many media.
South Dakota public libraries, staff recognized for accreditation efforts
Eight South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library this year, under a new system of tiered accreditation. In addition, 11 librarians earned their certifications.
Foundation and Friends fundraising with corporate sponsors
Your Foundation or Friends group can benefit from soliciting corporate sponsors, too.
Board Talk: Dr. Mary Bushing comments on public libraries
This month I’d like to focus on comments by Dr. Mary Bushing, a well known library consultant from Montana and no stranger to South Dakota librarians.
Task Force invites comments on revised school library guidelines
The School Library Task Force has completed a draft document of the school library guidelines.
School Library Data Digest is coming soon
Making its debut soon will be the 2010 School Library Data Digest, a snapshot of South Dakota school library statistical information.
Free Information Literacy Vodcast Series with Mike Eisenberg
Mike Eisenberg of Big6 fame is now being featured in a monthly vodcast series.
Trends & More
Library of Congress National Book Festival attracts 150,000
Setting a new attendance record, an estimated 150,000 book-lovers gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the 10th Annual National Book Festival.
Check out these titles to learn more about library policies and procedures
At the recent Library Policies and Procedures training session held during the SDLA Conference, SDSL staff brought several books from the collection along for participants to check out.
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Did you know that Freeman Public Library has a CD/DVD cleaner?
The Friends group of the Freeman Public Library purchased a used CD/DVD cleaner for about $3000.
Sturgis Public Library celebrates with new library cards and a royal tea party
Sturgis Public Library celebrated Library Card Sign-Up month on September 14 with our second annual sign-up event, combined with the unveiling of the new library cards.