Thursday, September 19, 2019

Electronic Resources for Genealogy Research

The State Library has a number of online resources to help you research your ancestors, including a new one introduced this summer.

image of six navy men circa world war II with fold 3 logo

Fold3 by Ancestry
New this summer, this resource focuses upon United States military records-- including stories, photos, and personal documents. This has unlimited, statewide access.

Research family and local history with access to thousands of collections from around the world, with immigration, military, birth, death, census records and more. Note: you can only access this inside a library or school building.

Using the same searching interface as AncestryLibrary, it has census, gravestone records, family and local history books, and much more. But this one you can use from home, as it has unlimited statewide access.

These can be reached through the SDSL’s A to Z listing webpage. Or ask your local librarian to place a direct link on their website. More information, including training videos, is on the SDSL help pages.

There are also a number of other South Dakota-related links on the SDSL website that may be of use in your genealogical research; such as Black Hills Knowledge Network and Sanborn Maps.

Electronic Resources are provided through a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Virtual Reality (VR) headsets available from the SD State Library

Teens team up at Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre test out the Oculus Go VR headset. One wears the headset while the rest of the team can watch the experience on a synced device. 
Bring the FUTURE to your library by checking out Virtual Reality Headsets from the South Dakota State Library!

SDLS has received two Oculus Go VR headsets from a grant through Oculus to fourteen Western State Library agencies. VR (Virtual Reality) in libraries allows librarians and their patrons an opportunity to explore and create best practices in promoting the use of educational VR content in the library setting. It is also part of a continuing effort to develop programs of STEM related technologies for public libraries and their communities.

Coordinate your checkout with another South Dakota library and communicate with other patrons across the state. Use the headset in conjunction with summer reading with space apps like Mission: ISS that take a user on a trip into orbit and allows them to experience the International Space Station!

These headsets are not recommended for anyone under the age of thirteen and should only be worn for thirty minutes at a time. A user agreement and liability waiver must be signed by an adult for any minor child thirteen years of age or older to use the device.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Download Legal Forms Online for Free

photo of judge's gavel on laptop representing Legal Forms by Gale

In July 2019 the State Library introduced the electronic resource Legal Forms by Gale. It provides thousands of downloadable, customizable, legal documents specifically for South Dakota residents. There are over 50 categories including corporate, personal, leases, taxes, and business.

This website is easy to navigate to find SD-specific forms, and provides useful supplemental information. For example, under wills, there are documents that can be downloaded in either Word or .pdf form. There’s also a couple-paragraph description of what a will is, and a medium-length summary describing who can write and witness a will. Some templated forms are specific to SD, others for the US in general.

This can be reached through the SDSL’s A to Z listing webpage. Or ask your local librarian to place a direct link to it on their website. More information, including promotional materials, is on the SDSL help pages.

Electronic Resources are provided through a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Big Read 2019

Boy holding books with text "one day one book one dollar October 2, 2019 hashtag The Big Read 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, August 2019 -- The 1000 Books Foundation is proud to announce that The Big Read™ has been scheduled for October 2, 2019. We encourage all parents/caregivers to participate in this one-day online event. One Day. One Book.

What is The Big Read?

The Big Read 2019 is our annual one-day, online event to help kick-start early childhood literacy. We simply ask all parents and caregivers to read one book to their child on that day.

What is the goal?

This is a worldwide campaign developed by the 1000 Books Foundation, a Nevada-based 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, in partnership with other non-profit partners. The goal of #TheBigRead2019 is to promote the importance of early childhood literacy and encourage all parents and caregivers to read with their children.

Why should I care about The Big Read 2019?

Numerous studies have shown that parents who expose children to early language and literacy, create a bond that teaches vocabulary, introduces the connection between pictures and words, and promotes quality time spent with the people they love the most. This reinforces your role as your child’s first teacher. Parents and caregivers provide “early readers” the opportunity to have a head start which strengthens their confidence to succeed.

How do I get involved?

It’s very simple, on October 2, 2019;

  1. Read a book to your child.
  2. Take a picture and use the hashtag #TheBigRead2019 to post your involvement on social media (e.g, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/Snapchat, etc.)
  3. **Optional ** Donate $1.00 to the 1000 Books Foundation. This tax-deductible donation is not mandatory to participate, however, it allows us to continue to innovate, grow and inspire children all over the world.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Haakon County Library organizes a Kindness Carnival

Sign for Carnival with signs pointing to rides and prizes
Kindness Carnival - photo courtesy of Haakon County Public Library's Facebook Page

"A token given for being an awesome human." This was the start of a joint community program with the Haakon County Library, Extension Office, and 4-H in Philip, SD. The group wanted to have a kid friendly event that did not cost anything for the kids to attend.

Businesses, schools, and daycares in Philip were asked if they would be willing to hand out kindness coins to well-behaved children, which the children would then use as tokens at a community carnival. It became a huge success!

The date was set for October from 2-5 pm at a local park.

The local photographer ran a photo booth, FCCLA was in charge of the Cookie Walk and Snow Cone machine. The High School Art Class ran the Face Painting and Tattoo booth, FFA was in charge of the Coin Dig, 4-H led the Pumpkin Painting with pumpkins and gourds donated by local gardeners. Hansen’s Taxidermy organized a Minnow Race, with the winning minnows being the prize (this game was the highlight for the kids)! Game, Fish and Parks had a Backyard Bass game.

There was apple bobbing, stick horse races, spoon and eyeball races, potato sack races, three legged races, plinko, duck pond, LARGE Jenga. Cornhole and checkers were set up for adults to play, as well as a very large tic tac toe table. Standard carnival games such as bean bag toss and ring toss were included, and also a miniature animal petting zoo with mini donkeys, mini cow, mini horse.

The day started with a costume parade, the local DJ played music and the Fire Department sponsored a Chili Cookoff. 350 to 400 attendees turned out for what became a huge community event that started as an idea to reward children exhibiting acts of kindness.