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September 2010
Volume 2, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month 2010
September, 2010

SDLA Annual Conference
September 22-24, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Festival of Books
September 24-26, 2010. Sioux Falls.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
September 25 - October 2, 2010.

2010 Indian Education Summit
September 26-28, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010


Children's and Young Adult Services

Hau Kola Teen Camp 2010

By Jasmine Rockwell, Children’s and Youth Services Coordinator

Jasmine Rockwell and a camper at Hau Kola Camp

Each July I spend a week just outside Oglala at Hau Kola Learning Camp. Hau Kola is a dedicated group of educators and teen volunteers from the Baltimore area that travels to South Dakota every summer to put on a series of learning camps. The original camp is the Oglala camp, but it has expanded over the years to include camps in Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Sisseton and Yankton. For more information on the history and mission of Hau Kola, visit their Web site.

Teen campers have a choice of three groups to work with for the week: work crew, which does small projects around the Oglala area; the GIS or Global Imaging Systems crew, which works with satellite imagery and research data to create new maps; and the leadership crew, which works to create a puppet show for the subsequent elementary and preschool camps, and also works on journaling and leadership skills. I work primarily with the leadership crew, but this year I also had the responsibility of co-leading a discussion each morning with all the campers on the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and journaling after lunch on questions to “dig deeper” from the morning discussion.

Leadership Crew at Hau Kola Camp

Each year at the end of camp, I find it harder to leave. Many of these teens have been coming to camp since they were elementary students. Two years ago one of the Hau Kola teens and Red Cloud graduate received a Gates Millennium scholarship. Several of the seniors this year are working on college scholarship applications. One of the boys, who typically is a mischief maker, asked every day if he could read aloud the sections for our book discussions. This may seem like a small thing, but all of us who are repeat camp staff almost fell out of our chairs on the first day when he asked. These, and other reasons too numerous to mention, are why I go back every year.

I must mention one other success story. Co-founder Doug Adams took a group of nine high school students, five from the Pine Ridge Reservation, to the University of Minnesota, Morris as a part of the Wind-STEP program. STEP encourages American Indian students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This particular group spent two weeks in June conducting a wind turbine sitting analysis or feasibility study. Using historical weather data, current satellite imagery, ground soil studies, and many other kinds of data the students created both a series of maps and a composite map to present their findings to the Upper Sioux Agency Tribal Council. Two of the students presented the finding to the Hau Kola camp staff and a tribal elder one evening at our camp in July. Doug and I will also be working together to bring as many of the original nine students as possible to Pierre this fall to present the study findings to representatives of South Dakota DENR and the DOE Indian Education staff. As a result of this opportunity, these students have been exposed to the possibility of pursing a college degree.

Shampoo bottles make easy teen craft

Once again the YALSA blog comes through with another great idea. I have not tried this yet myself because I will have to wait until my current shampoo runs out, but this is awesome. Make a cell phone docking station out of a shampoo bottle. Try this out with your teen group or file it away for next summer’s teen program.

Songs and rhymes that build readers

Story Blocks is a new Web site of one-minute videos of fingerplays with an early literacy tip integrated into each one. This has been an LSTA project by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) and the Colorado State Library, with their Rocky Mountain PBS station as an active partner. Because this was funded with LSTA dollars, they ask that you fill out a feedback form after watching any of the videos. The feedback forms are linked from each video.

Hau Kola, Native American, videos, YALSA

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