February 2011, Volume 3, Issue 2
Check Your Calendars!!
Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31
2011 National African American Read-in
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
ACRL 2011 Conference
March 30-April 2
School Library Month
School Library Survey
April 1-May 18
National D.E.A.R. Day
National Library Week
South Dakota Library Week
National Preservation Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Electronic Resources help History Day research
Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Community Common Read inspires all ages in Brookings
By Elvita Landau, Director, Brookings Public Library
The Brookings Public Library, the City of Brookings Human Rights Committee, South Dakota State University and the Brookings School District joined forces to sponsor the first Brookings Community Common Read program. The book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson was selected and SDSU was able to commit funds to bring Mortenson to speak in Brookings on Nov. 3.
To involve the whole community including students at all levels in reading, the committee applied to the Larson Foundation and 1st Bank & Trust for funds to provide an age-appropriate copy of Three Cups of Tea to be purchased for every student in the Brookings School District. University Honors classes included the book as required reading for the fall semester. The Library sponsored book discussions and encouraged local book clubs to use the title for one of their fall meetings by providing multiple copies for check out.
Numerous organizations participated in a Pennies-for-Peace fund drive. Representatives of these organizations, including 12 elementary and middle school students, were invited to a special reception with Mortenson prior to his public presentation. As the children were introduced, he made a point of shaking each hand, chatting with each of them for a moment and posing for pictures.
The 5,000 people attending the public presentation filled Frost Arena on the SDSU campus to hear Mortenson tell us why and how he has dedicated his life to promote peach through education especially for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was a very inspirational speech.
Industrial arts students construct new library benches in Lead
By Cyndie Harlan, Director, Phoebe A. Hearst Library, Lead
Mr. James Studioso's industrial arts class at Lead-Deadwood High School recently constructed new benches for the children’s area of the Phoebe A. Hearst Library in Lead. The library approached the school with the initial idea, but Mr. Studioso really took the ball and ran with it. Each student made a bench and he had them figure the angles to incorporate some geometry into the project. The library bought the supplies for 12 benches -- three different heights and they are beautiful and incredibly sturdy. They can be arranged to suit any activity and number of kids in attendance and, yes, we can use them for extra seating at the activity tables as well. It is a success story all the way around.
Add imagination to cardboard boxes to create great reading spots
Although students love technology they still continue to add imagination to cardboard too. The results are great reading spots for their libraries. At Laura B. Anderson Elementary School in Sioux Falls the Boys Scouts constructed a reading castle for the library. Librarian Marilyn Henderson says students eagerly await their turn to read in the castle after they check out books.
The first graders at St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain decorated a grocery store as a reading spot in their library. Librarian Judy Houska re-purposed the box from an all-school event and says it has seen hours of student use.
Reading Ducks motivate YARP voting in Spearfish
Many Spearfish Middle School students are avid readers, reports librarian Sheila Hansen, who suspected the school’s sixth- through eighth-graders would enjoy reading the titles nominated for the YARP: South Dakota Teen Choice Book Award program. When Sharon Henry of Spearfish Public Library volunteered to come to the middle school classrooms and book talk the 2010/2011 nominees, Sheila jumped at the offer and subsequently noted that students were checking out and reading those booktalked titles.
To channel that enthusiasm into online votes that count in the annual contest, Sheila produced cards replicating some of the information requested during online voting. Once a student has read a nominated book and filled out the card, Sheila goes online herself to enter a student’s recorded rating and then posts the card on the YARP board for all to read. Students who fill out a card receive a “Reading Duck,” a coveted treasure (see photo), we’re told. The end result: students read terrific books, have the opportunity to share their reactions and their votes are counted.