Thursday, September 17, 2020

South Dakota Teen Choice Award gets makeover!

"The Young Adult Reading Program (YARP) committee is excited to announce our new logo for the SD Teen Choice Book Awards. Thank you to Lucy Wang from Siouxland Libraries for taking the lead on designing a new logo that will look great on our future posters."
-- Elizabeth Hoffman, YARP Committee Chair

Colorful new logo featuring silhouette of coyote with shape of South Dakota

2020 Design by Lucy Wang,
Teen Services Librarian, Siouxland Libraries

Along with the new logo, the nominees for the 2020-2021 school year is also released. You will also find updated downloads including labels for you to use in your library as well as the 2020-2021 Almost Made it list.

Teen Choice Book Awards voting runs October 1st through April 1st.

All the details are available at

Laura Kelly from the SD State Library interviewed Lucy Wang, designer of the new 2020 logo, and just for fun, also interviewed Wynne Nafus Sayer, designer of the previous 2007 logo.

What was the inspiration of the 2020 design?

We really wanted to add a pop of color to the design. I started by looking at other logos for teen awards, and one piece of inspiration was the Teen Choice Awards that airs on Fox each year.

What was the most challenging part of the logo design process?

The most challenging part of the logo design process was coming up with ideas that would be in agreement for most of the committee members. The symbol of the coyote has been with YARP since the beginning. I have heard that the origination of the term YARP was because that is the sound a coyote makes - and it just happened to also be the letters in Young Adult Reading Program. Regardless of the origin, some members of the committee felt it was necessary to keep the coyote in the logo while others felt that it was time to move on from the image as it did not make sense with the mission of the group. In the end, we found a way to incorporate the coyote while also modernizing the entire look.

Are there elements of the new YARP design you hope teens will identify with?

I hope teens will identify with the "new" title, that is "SD Teen Choice Awards" rather than "YARP." YARP is certainly less of a mouthful, but it's not as self-explanatory as a teen choice award. Having our new logo reflect our updated title will also help us as librarians to promote it as the teen choice awards.

2007 Design by Wynne Nafus Sayer,
SDSL Information Officer/Webmaster

What was the inspiration of the 2007 design?

The inspiration that Jasmine (Rockwell, SDSL) had given me was the coyote and graphic novels. We went through several variations before we decided on the main graphic. I've worked for the SDSL since 2006, and I really don't think that YARP had a logo previously – or at least I haven't found anything in our website archives, anyway.

What was the most challenging part of the logo design process?

Finalizing a design that will work in several areas – website, posters, labels, etc. The best part was going to parent-teacher conferences at my kids' school years later and seeing my design in the library's display case with that year's YARP books.

Are there elements of the new YARP design you hope teens will identify with?

I love Lucy's design!! It's colorful, bright, creative and engaging! I really think that teens will find something in the simplicity that speaks to them.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

ProQuest K-12 Education Coursepack materials available

ProQuest developed K-12 Education Coursepack materials this year. The materials are available at no cost and contain the following:

  • Access train-the-trainer presentations that can be downloaded and customized to provide staff training for ProQuest's K-12 databases.
  • Use the guide to learn the intended uses for each K-12 resource and provide examples of key components directly supporting core curriculum areas.
  • Use this guide to assist Educators with classroom integration and instruction.
  • Scavenger Hunts are provided to guide exploration of database content and interaction with the Guided Research platform. These exercises are intended to be utilized by Educators and Researchers.

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Product Education presentations include Recorded Trainings and E-learning Training Modules on each database's LibGuide. They are here to help all users Get Started!

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Enhancements to Miss Humblebee’s Academy

SDSL is excited to announce recent and future enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy to empower young students in their learning journey towards kindergarten readiness, support online/offline learning and curriculum guidance.

Fun and Interactive Onine Learning Program for children ages 3-6 Miss Humblebees Academy

What is new?

  • Learning Path Classroom Menu Option: New classroom menu item to visualize and follow lessons along a sequential learning path. Additional classroom option to select a lesson is still available.
  • Button to expand and collapse classroom menu options to enhance mobile responsiveness.
  • Offline STEAM curriculum: Offline Curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. These hands-on activities reinforce current lessons focused on development milestones and kindergarten readiness while supporting recommended limits on screen time.
  • Printable Parent Resources: Core planners and schedules such as learning schedules, reading charts, curriculum lists and planners are available as printable resources.
  • eBook Updates: In addition to read aloud options, eBooks have been expanded to include prediction and comprehension questions. New options to retell the eBook is also available as an offline printable with words or with pictures.
  • New lessons focused on Math, Language and Literary (ongoing updates throughout the remainder of the year).

What is coming up?

  • New eBooks: New series of World Changer non-fiction books based on children and adults that have had a positive impact on the world. A total of 20 titles will be added on a bi-weekly basis beginning with an eBook focused on Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges in the library this week.
  • Interactive Kindergarten Readiness Checklist and Development Milestones: Parents can enter information into online spreadsheet and store/track progress in their student dashboard instead of printing and storing readiness materials offline.

Questions? Contact

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sturgis Public Library Awarded $18,000 in Disaster Fund Grants

Building of Sturgis Public Library/ City Hall

The Sturgis Public Library is pleased to announce that the Black Hills Area Community Foundation, John T. Vucurevich Foundation, and the United Way of the Black Hills have each awarded $6,000 to the Sturgis Public Library in the form of Disaster Fund Grants. Totaling $18,000, the grants will be used to support the library's efforts to assist those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The Public Library worked with the Meade 46-1 School Librarians, Scottie Bruch (Middle & High Schools) and Heidi Kruse (Elementary Schools) to identify areas of need. The result of that collaborative effort is portable Wi-Fi hotspots and the expansion of the public library's digital eBook and audiobook Overdrive collections for school-age students. 

"As our schools moved to remote learning last spring, it became apparent that a segment of our students did not have access to the internet at home. The school district worked to connect those students, but it remains a struggle for many in our community. These hot spots will allow families to connect should we move to distance learning again in the coming year," said Kruse. "Additionally, many students and families did not have adequate access to level appropriate books. This new collection will help to fill that gap." 

"We know that there is the probability of some students being homeschooled this fall and also the possibility that all of our students could be moved to a hybrid or virtual learning environment at some point during the school year," said Bruch. "We are grateful they will have access to quality content even when they can't physically access our school libraries." 

These resources will be available to the whole community, not just students. "Like the schools, our public library services continue to be limited because of the pandemic. We know there are many in our community that will benefit from these hot spots beyond the students," explained Julie Moore Peterson, Head Librarian of the Sturgis Public Library. "We are thrilled to offer this new opportunity in a time of such need." The public library is in the process of purchasing 10 Wifi Hotspots for patron use, and new digital content is already available.

Thursday, August 27, 2020


The South Dakota State Library is one of nine Federal Depository Libraries in the state. These libraries offer a selection of government documents and digital resources to patrons of all ages as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Some libraries have more digital resources, while others continue to receive paper items from the Government Publishing Office in Washington D.C. 

Federal Depository Library program emblem and text

The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. As part of its publishing program, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes certain classes of government documents free of cost to designated libraries throughout the United States and its territories.These libraries are known as Federal Depository Libraries. 

Whatever federal government information questions you may have, an FDLP library can help. South Dakota Federal Depository Libraries are listed under the Federal Government Publications area at