Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ellsworth Air Force Base gets "Caught Reading" on Read Across America Day

The librarians in the Douglas School District have been conducting a "Get Caught Reading" campaign in their community and featuring local members.


Loving your modern day public library

Over the course of this month, we have shared with you the Top 10 Reasons to Support Your Public Library on our Facebook page. Modern public libraries are amazing places filled with opportunities.

As March comes to a close, we leave you with the words of a modern day 21st century Librarian guru by the name of Peter Morville. Last year in an article he wrote:
 “A library is an act of inspiration architecture. It lifts us up, not only by enabling our search for the truth, but also by serving as a symbol of past accomplishment and future potential. It reminds us that the path to discovery isn't always, or even usually, a straight line. It invites us, in the interplay between physical and digital, to explore strange connections between intellect and emotion, wisdom and knowledge, mind and body.
A library, like a national park, teaches us that we all benefit when our most valuable treasures are held in common. In the wonderful and wacky (manner), it inspires us to better ourselves."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Celebrate ChiltonLibrary this April: National Car Care Month

Prepare now because April is the month to promote ChiltonLibrary, the authoritative manuals online with monthly updates. This e-resource contains repair, maintenance schedules and more for thousands of domestic and imported car, truck, van and SUV models from 1940-present.

Now mobile-device friendly, ChiltonLibrary has added a read-aloud feature that highlights text as it reads. Another addition to the Repair section is the search feature that brings up all content having to do with that topic. Technical Bulletins can now be searched by systems, symptoms and Technical Service Bulletin number.

Remember ChiltonLibrary’s other great features—the labor estimating tool, regularly updated content, and videos and diagrams. Patrons working toward becoming certified mechanics can take the ASE test prep quizzes to help them prepare.

Find ChiltonLibrary and other State Library eresources at library.sd.gov.

Try Project Outcome for your library programs. We did!

South Dakota libraries excel in library programming. We have comparatively high rates of program attendance and these statistics improve every year. We keep count of programs and attendance, but what about the impact of our programs?

Project Outcome is a suite of short (and free!) surveys to gather feedback on library programs. For libraries seeking accreditation at the Enhanced and Exemplary levels, Project Outcome is a perfect tool for evaluating library programs. We used one of these to have our Public Libraries Survey webinar attendees help us evaluate our February webinars.

This was an extremely simple evaluation to use. It helped us to determine that the effort of doing this program every year is worthwhile and it provides constructive advice for us in planning next year’s PLS webinars and resources. Here’s what we learned:

The first four questions on the evaluation asked attendees whether they learned something helpful; feel more confident about what they learned; intend to apply what they learned; and are more aware of what resources the State Library has for them. It is good to have confirmation that our attendees felt they had benefited from the webinars.
Two open-ended questions helped us to gather some specific feedback. We learned that the effort we put into good quality slides and handouts was appreciated. Attendees said that they felt supported by our staff, and so we learned that the webinars help to put some humanity in the PLS process. Some constructive feedback informed us that advanced notice of new PLS questions and providing a recorded version of the webinar are important.

To download the Project Outcome surveys for your library programs go to ProjectOutcome.org. Contact Shawn [email] if you have questions about using the surveys.

LEGO Club begins with dinosaurs at Lennox City/School Library

Lennox third and fourth graders were recently invited to join a newly formed LEGO Club at the Lennox City/School Library.
LEGO creations at the library

At the first meeting in February students enjoyed a snack of popcorn and then went to work creating dinosaurs. The creations are on display in the library with the creator's name attached. They had a great time and are looking forward to meeting in March. Librarians Lois Klinger and Lorraine Nordmann send out a big thanks to the library board members, parents and others who are helping to make the club a success.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Too many emails? Try social media for library news

Do you receive too many emails and never have enough time to read them? Try keeping up with the professional news in other ways. The State Library tries to communicate with librarians in as many ways as possible by using social media as well as listservs. Set up a professional social media account (or two) and read the state and national library news at your own pace on your device of choice There’s no requirement that you post, just browse until you are comfortable joining in and sharing. You’ll be amazed at the valuable and useful information you’ll find and it won’t be what your colleagues are eating for lunch!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gregory Public Library goes "Crazy" for Bedtime Math

Diane Althoff from Gregory Public Library gave Bedtime Math® a try this year and discovered how much fun it is. Here is her story.


Pictured are some of the children in Kindergarten, first and second grade that were involved in the Crazy 8s after-school for a weekly math adventure. The program ran for 7 weeks and concluded February 23rd. Diane and Hunter Mills from the Gregory Public Library coordinated and led the program with the support of Kristi Roeder at the school. Children built polygons with glow sticks, created marshmallow catapults (for measuring distance), experimented with sound and decibels, made people clocks, played probability games and human Bingo, and held toilet paper Olympics. Most of the supplies were donated by Bedtime Math, a non-profit organization, whose mission is "to help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life." This organization developed the Crazy 8s program and also provides nightly math on their website at www.bedtimemath.org for free. Check out the website and sign up for free delivery of fun math in your emails. The library will continue using Bedtime Math® materials in their summer programs again this year.

Has a loved one lost the ability to read because of poor vision?

Reading is an enjoyable pastime. We can visit new worlds and stay up-to-date on current events. Loss of vision can rob us of the joys of reading. Did you know the South Dakota State Library is working to reconnect people with vision loss with their beloved books and magazines?


Faith Library reaches rural learners via Skype

How are you using technology in your library? The Faith School/Community Library is reaching out to its rural school students via Skype. Librarian Angela Ostrander and Maurine School teacher Sherry Seymour are virtually co-instructing students in the research process using the library’s online catalog and eresources provided through the State Library.

Ostrander states, "It's important that I greet them with my face, smile and wave, and then I move my camera to my laptop so they can see what I'm doing and follow along on their device." In Maurine, Seymour projects Ostrander on the Promethean board so all the students can see the large screen whether they are following along on an iPad or laptop. Once the Skype lessons are over, Seymour and her students can continue to ask questions and receive help via email to Ostrander.

Where’s the Math?

Math: it can be a scary thing, especially to those of us who are more in love with words. So then how do we as librarians incorporate math into our Storytime's? There is a good chance you already do and you just haven't realized it yet. Math in children's books abounds, as demonstrated by this article called "Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children."

You can also turn to the amazing resources from Bedtime Math®. Daily math activities (PDF) that can be used in libraries or at home, research that shows the importance of incorporating math concepts for young children, plus much more is available on their website.

The SD State Library is also pleased to announce that public libraries will be receiving a copy of the third in the Bedtime Math® book series to compliment the other two that have been gifted in previous years. We encourage you to intentionally build math activities into your programming all throughout the year.

For more ideas about how to use Bedtime Math® at your library, see how Diane Althoff used it at the Gregory Public Library.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The 2016 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Bell Picture Book Awards

The Bell Awards were created in 2012 to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories representing an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers' interaction with their children through early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

The winning titles are:

  • READ: Sloth Slept On, by Frann Preston-Gannon
  • WRITE: Inside This Book: (are three books), by Barney Saltzberg .
  • SING: Hiccupotamus, by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Ada Grey.
  • TALK: I Don't Want to Be a Frog, by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt.
  • PLAY: Tickle Monster, by Édouard Manceau.


The five award winners were selected from short lists announced in December 2015. The winning titles have been released with support materials that describe how each title supports early literacy development, and with suggestions for ways in which parents, caregivers, and librarians can extend the reading experience with children, through shared activities appropriate for home, childcare settings, and library storytime. The shortlists can be accessed and the information sheets can be downloaded for free at the CLEL website.

For more information, visit the CLEL Bell Awards webpages.

New ACT, SAT, Praxis and more in Learning Express Library

In the College Preparation Center, Learning Express Library now reflects the new 2016 SAT Test with sixteen practice tests. Watch for five new tutorials in late March.


Still time to register for School Library EdCamp on April 2


Join SDLA and SDSL in Sioux Falls or Rapid City for School Library EdCamp on Saturday, April 2. Registration is free and makerspaces will be one of the topics! More details: library.sd.gov

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What’s a modern Public Library All About, Anyway?

There is a lot of talk about public libraries and their value or purpose these days. This is understandable with constricted local budgets and uncertain economic times. Most librarians and library boards would be quick to reply that shared resources are truly a value to any community. Public libraries in the United States are often taken for granted, big time! We forget that not every country has such an institution, the concept of shared resources, or unlimited individual rights to free information and “the free exercise thereof” as our U.S. Constitution so eloquently expresses.

In this digital age, community public libraries can have a huge impact in preserving a small community and sustaining it economically. What library in the past could have afforded a new World Book encyclopedia set each year, let alone dozens of genealogy, medical, news, and reference resources refreshed and updated monthly, sometimes even daily? All of this information is available from the South Dakota State Library's 39 subject-specific databases. And some of these database resources even have audio capabilities with articles read to us in the language of our choosing! Today’s small town library is a whole lot “bigger” than it looks on the outside. Be sure and remind your community of that fact. They may still be looking at the same four walls that stood on Main Street decades ago.

From time to time librarian bloggers put out on the internet their favorite “top ten” reasons to support your local public library. Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LibrarySD/ in the coming weeks to see our version. As a final idea: Invite your community to write their own on a celebratory wall on butcher paper or on 3x5 cards. Ask your citizens why their public library is important to them and worth supporting in the decades ahead. The patrons will love writing on the wall, especially the kids. Plus you will have seamlessly completed a local user survey with no complaints!

Library cards for new Americans

More immigrant populations are moving into South Dakota every year. Has your community seen in increase in new citizens from other countries? How will your library reach out to these new people?

The Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA, a division of ALA, has many suggestions on its’ website for how to engage and serve immigrant populations. There are many local agencies that libraries can connect with to get the word out about library services. If you are not sure who in your community is serving immigrants and refugees, visit this web page and type in your zip code http://youth.gov/map-my-community

Here is a link to a flier that could be used for native Spanish speakers. A similar flier could be created for other populations. Add your library contact information. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/LibraryCard_FinalPR.pdf

For more information, tools and handouts, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/professionaltools
and http://www.ala.org/yalsa/professionaltools/handouts

Attention School Librarians: Annual survey opens April 1

The annual South Dakota School Library Survey (SLS) is open April 1 - May 13.This is the annual report that all designated school districts and systems are encouraged to complete. The survey collects school library data in one district/system level report that is then archived for state data summaries and local planning.

Librarians can access their SLS accounts at: sd.countingopinions.com.

Teen Tech Week Is Almost Here

Join YALSA in celebrating Teen Tech Week March 6—12, 2016 with the theme “Create It at Your Library.”
2016 Teen Tech Week Create It At Your Library

Visit www.ala.org/teentechweek for information, planning resources, free downloadable bookmarks and posters, free webinars, and online forums to help you plan and prepare for a great event. Teen Tech Week this year is bringing a STEAM focus to libraries and their patrons. When you advertise your program don’t forget to use the hashtag #TTW16!