November 2013, Volume 5, Issue 10
Check Your Calendars!!
National Young Readers Week
AASL National Conference & Exhibition
International Games Day
American Education Week
2014 Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
January 24-28, 2014
Featured e-Resources of the Month
New Features in our old favorites!
State Library News and Highlights
National Book Festival update
Despite a forecast of rain more than 165,000 book lovers attended the 13th annual National Book Festival held September 21-22, 2013 in Washington DC on the National Mall.
With over 20 tents displaying books, interactive activities and entertainment, the annual event brought participants from not only the D.C. area but from all over the country. Book lovers start lining up in the early morning for standing-room-only author readings. People spend the day moving from one event to the next.
The free festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by Honorary Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.For the past 10 plus years the South Dakota State Library and the South Dakota Humanities Council's Center for the Book have partnered and staffed the table in the Pavilion of States tent. All 50 states are represented along with some provinces. The tent is supported and sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Since 2008, the State Library has collaborated with the SD Humanities Council, SD Game Fish and Parks, SD Tourism, SD Wildlife and the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet. These state agencies and private businesses have given away SD award winning books, book markers and flyers, as well as full collections of books. This annual event has given us the opportunity to meet people from all over the country and hear about what they enjoy reading.
This year we had help from Pierre high school student Josh Slocum. It was a great opportunity for him to learn about the National Book Festival and experience it first-hand. One of the many highlights of the Festival was giving away donated books from South Dakota Humanities Council/ One Book SD and the Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, SD.
Brother and sister from Maryland