Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summer reading PSAs

Public libraries: help promote your Build A Better World summer reading program to your local schools, your community, parents, stakeholders - everybody! - with the public service announcements (PSAs) from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP). There are 17 different versions available with varying lengths, English & Spanish options, and live action & animation options.

Build a Better World

Find all of them right here https://www.cslpreads.org/2017-psas/ on the CSLP website.

South Dakota Online State Publications Website Gets a Facelift

The SDSL South Dakota Online State Publications page (CONTENTdm collection) was recently upgraded to a mobile friendly site http://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/
Screenshot of updated South Dakota Online State Publications site

It is cleaner than the old site. Direct links to the historical Legislative Manuals and Governors Messages collections are now on each collection page, and more direct links to special digital collections can be added in the future.

The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more. The collections are best viewed using Google Chrome.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Updates from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

Last week I had the pleasure of attending my 10th CSLP Annual Meeting which was held in Charleston, SC, this year. As the State Representative for South Dakota, I attend the annual meeting to vote on behalf of our state’s public libraries on upcoming summer reading slogans & themes; give feedback to the Collaborative on what I hear from all of you who are in the trenches; and brainstorm about future programs and projects for the Collaborative.

As a result of that meeting there are several big announcements about future summer reading programs.

2019 Slogan

State representatives and voting proxies selected A Universe of Stories as the slogan for all age groups for the 2019 “Space” theme. The “Space” theme was selected at the 2016 annual meeting to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon.

2020 General Theme

In addition to a 2019 slogan, state representatives and voting proxies also selected “Fairy Tales/Mythology/ Fantasy” as the general theme for 2020.

2020 Artist

CSLP is happy to announce the artist for the 2020 Early Literacy and Children’s artwork is LeUyen Pham!

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of over fifty children’s books. Her books include the best-selling Freckleface Strawberry series with Julianne Moore, the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale, the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio, as well as her own self-authored There is No Such Thing as Little, The Bear Who Wasn’t There and Big Sister, Little Sister. She also designed artwork used on the bookmarks for the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign in 2014.

For more information about CSLP and all it has to offer for your public library’s summer reading program, please visit their website at www.cslpreads.org.

If you have any questions about CSLP or how you can be involved in shaping the future of summer reading, please contact me, Jasmine Rockwell at jasmine.rockwell@state.sd.us or (605) 773-5066.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Grant Opportunities For Your Library

APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards

DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
Supports early- and mid-career librarians who are seeking to attend library conferences in order to grow as professionals. Applicants must be currently employed as a librarian at an academic or health sciences library, and have less than 15 years of experience in a library after receiving their MLS. Three cash awards of $750 each available annually.

Frontier Communications Cyber Security Grant

DEADLINE: April 30, 2017
Open to school teachers and college professors. Submit either a 300-500 word essay or 1-2 minute video on the following prompt: “What have you as a teacher and your classes learned when it comes to cyber safety?” Award of $1,000 Visa Reward Card must be applied to the purchase of technological equipment or supplies for your classroom.

The Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
The Pilcrow Foundation provides new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States. A library’s local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books to select from.

Sara Jaffarian Award Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming

DEADLINE: May 5, 2017
School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade. This award is presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians

Vernon Libraries English Literacy for New Immigrants Grants

DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2017 
Vernon Library Supplies is giving away 100% of its 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency. Awards of up to $5,000.

Launch of the Braille and Talking Book Winter Reading Program Breaks Records

The Braille and Talking Book Library held its first Winter Reading Program, “Celebrate February... Read!” with 44 youth reading the 28 days in the month. All readers are registered with the talking book program. They read in an alternative format that included 18 braille and 26 audio readers. Based on the 20/24/7 Program each reader documented a minimum of 20 minutes of reading time each day, seven per week for the month of February.

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library 2017 Winter Reading Program [artwork snowman reading book]

The program broke two records. One is for the most braille readers participating in a reading program sponsored by the Library. The other was having a successful completion rate of 93%. This past Summer Reading Program comprised of ­­­­12 braille and ­­­34 audio readers with 70% completion rate. Part of the increase is due to collaboration with the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

At the conclusion of the program the participants who returned their charts completed were eligible for the drawing for a Samsung Galaxy Tab E tablet. The winner was Caden Chavez, age 9, son of Jessie Berg and Johnny Chavez of Hitchcock, SD. Thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart of Pierre; this was able to be the grand prize.

Wall of completed Winter Reading Charts submitted by students completing the program.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is part of the South Dakota State Library and facilitate the National Library Service (NLS) Program. NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for those who qualify. Readers may have temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or physical disability that prevents them from holding a book such as arthritis, MS, stroke, Parkinson, or carpel tunnel. For more information on the program call 1-800-423-6665.

Get your news faster

The South Dakota State Library has made it easier to access the US Major Dailies database on its website. Now it has its own direct separate access point. One can reach it through A to Z Complete Listing or Databases Sorted by Category > News and Newspapers, then selecting US Major Dailies.


US Major Dailies provides access to five of the country’s most respected national and regional newspapers, offering researchers complete and timely coverage of local, national, and world events. These are the New York Times (1980-present), Wall Street Journal (1984-present), Washington Post (1987-present), Los Angeles Times (1985-present), and Chicago Tribune (1985-present).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Borrowing Library Ideas From Our Neighbors to the North

Here are a couple of neat ideas from libraries in North Dakota.

Build Minot: Minot Public Library started Build Minot, a campaign encouraging people to propose community improvements through notes written on large plastic building blocks that were placed at select locations throughout the city.

Build Minot: Step 1 Choose a block, Step 2 Write what you want to see in our community on block, Step 3 Add block to sculture
http://www.minotlibrary.org/blog/build-minot/
Binge Boxes: What are they? Plastic cases filled with DVDs revolving around a theme. For example, “Spark My Tears” is filled with Nicholas Sparks movies. This new way of sharing the collection was revealed at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Patrons can check out one box per card for up to two weeks, and the first thirty boxes checked out came with candy and popcorn!
Binge Boxes on display at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library
https://www.facebook.com/bismarcklibrary

2017 South Dakota Children's & Teen Choice Book Award winners!

And the winners are:

South Dakota Children's Book Awards logo

2017 Prairie Bud Award Winner: 

Book cover of Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

With 2,591 votes, Gaston by by Kelly DiPucchio
Runner Up: Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton

2017 Prairie Bloom Award Winner: 

Book cover of Dog vs Cat by Chris Gall

2,591 votes, Dog v. Cat by Chris Gall
Runner Up: Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

2017 Prairie Pasque Award Winner: 

Book cover of The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren

With 3,096 votes, The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
Runner Up: Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards Logo

2017 Middle School YARP Award Winner: 

Book Cover of A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson
A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson
Runner Up: Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

2017 High School YARP Award Winner: 

Book cover of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Runner Up: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon



The South Dakota Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards are sponsored by the South Dakota Library Association.

More information about the Prairie Awards can be found at this link
http://library.sd.gov/LIB/CYS/prairieawards/index.aspx and information about the YARP Awards are located at this link http://library.sd.gov/LIB/YAS/yarp/index.aspx.

Creekside Elementary Library: Makerspace Style

As school libraries evolve into learning commons we have seen an uptick in the popularity of Makerspaces. These unique spaces give students access to materials that challenge them to use creativity and innovation while engaging in participatory learning.

Two boys and girl play with LEGO makerspace kit

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

School Library Survey Opens April 1

The annual South Dakota School Library Survey (SLS) is open April 1 - May 15. School districts and systems are asked to complete one survey per district/system. Survey data will be compiled and reported back to all stakeholders. This data can be informative in the district decision-making processes, school improvement planning, and library media programming.

Photo of South Dakota School Library Data Digest publications 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 on library shelves.


In addition to online assistance via the FAQ’s, we’ll provide districts with direct guidance if needed. For assistance contact or Shawn Behrends, shawn.behrends@state.sd.us, or Alissa Adams, alissa.adams@state.sd.us.

Expanded access to ReferenceUSA


Reference USA The Trusted Source for Public Libraries

The South Dakota State Library has expanded access to the database ReferenceUSA. This resource contains information concerning approximately 45 million current businesses within the United States, almost 200 million historical business records, over two million current job postings (through indeed.com), and the U.S. Standard White Pages. The business and consumer databases are continuously updated from more than 5,000 public sources.

You will be able to:
  • Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry
  • Locate companies nationwide
  • Research business executives
  • Find business opportunities
  • Look at historical market trends
  • Find addresses and phone numbers

Now anybody with a State Library e-card can login to access RefUSA. If you wish to access this database and do not currently have an e-card, please apply for one at http://library.sd.gov.

Just a reminder, the State Library can come and do a training for local business folks and librarians in your area. Please contact David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator at 295-3174.