March 2011, Volume 3, Issue 3
Check Your Calendars!!
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
Public Library Survey, closes March 31
March 30-April 2
School Library Month
National Poetry Month
School Library Survey, April 1- May 18
Money Smart Week®
South Dakota Library Week, April 10-16
National Library Week
National Preservation Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Resources to help you celebrate the holidays
Children's and Young Adult Services
Prairie Bud, Prairie Pasque and YARP votes pouring in
Great news! With five weeks left to vote, ten schools have already completed the 2011 online Prairie Bud/Prairie Pasque Book Award Contest voting survey.
Bad news? There isn’t any. Every book on both lists has already received multiple votes from K-5 students.
Remember to vote online. If that link doesn’t work for you, review the voting instructions. For lists of this year’s nominees and templates for bookmarks and posters, see South Dakota Children's Book Awards webpage.
Deadline for voting is March 31. The coordinating teacher or librarian may use a nominee list to record vote tallies received for each title. Each coordinating teacher or librarian will be allowed to vote only once. Voting may be done online only; no paper ballots will be mailed out or accepted.
In addition, YARP votes continue to pour in every day but don’t stop now! Voting closes April 1. Keep encouraging your teens to vote online today!.
Battle bullying with books
Did you know that 30 percent of teens in the U.S. (approximately 5.7 million teens) are estimated to be involved in bullying as either a bully or a target of bullying, or both? Did you know that as many as 43 percent of kids will experience online bullying in some form? Booklist Online presented a fantastic webinar on using books to battle bullying. Watch the archived webinar or look at the slides (PDF) here.
Branding with library mascots
The world of advertising and advocacy is buzzing about “branding.” Branding is a simple concept – it’s a lot like branding cattle: you put your unique mark on something so everyone will know who it belongs to. You can hire a marketing firm to help you create an image that you can put on all your fliers, but if you don’t have that much money (or you don’t want to deal with a fiery hot piece of metal) you can get yourself a library mascot. Plush puppets work the best and will hold up over time, but you can also use a large stuffed animal as well. Give your mascot a name and be sure to have the mascot make an appearance at all your library activities. Get your community involved in choosing the creature and name for your mascot so that they truly feel like it is theirs.
E-content and accessibility
E-readers are making a big splash in libraries, particularly with children. However, as this article in School Library Journal points out, we must ensure that we do not exclude readers with disabilities.