Thursday, June 17, 2021

Welcome New SDSL Staff Members

The SD State Library is pleased to introduce two new staff members that started with us on May 24th.

photos of Kate and Cheyenne, new staff at SDSL

Kate Kosior is the new Braille & Talking Book Department Manager. Contact her at

Kate and daughter parasailing at beach

Kate recently moved to SD from her native NY. A fan of lifelong learning, she holds degrees in international studies, rehabilitation of the blind, and library and information science. For the past three years, she has served as the director of a small library in New York State, and prior to that worked in the fields of foreign exchange, foster care, and blindness. She is engaged to Greg, has a daughter, Leah, and four cats. Kate is a third generation librarian, following in the footsteps of her great aunt, and her aunt (her niece is destined to become a librarian!).

Cheyenne Chontos is the new Library Technology Coordinator. This is a brand new position at SDSL. Contact her at

Purrman with bridal couple, Cheyenne and Jeff

Cheyenne will work with public libraries across the state to introduce and implement new and useful technologies to improve library services throughout the state, actively pursue solutions that can be applied to technology-related issues, and create library technology plans for long-term sustainability. She is receiving her MLS from Emporia State University and will be completing that program in August 2021. Before working at the State Library, Cheyenne worked with a consulting firm on grant writing, strategic planning, and evaluations. Cheyenne will work remotely from Sioux Falls.

Welcome Kate and Cheyenne!

Thursday, June 10, 2021

State Library Recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

The South Dakota State Library, a division of the SD Department of Education, has awarded thirteen school libraries the 21st Century School Library Award for 2021. This annual award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

21st Century School Library Awards

Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Belle Fourche Middle School Library, Belle Fourche; Librarian Karen Schlekeway, Administrator Kevin Schmidt
  • Brookings High School Library, Brookings; Librarian Jean Kirschenman, Administrator Dr. Paul vonFischer
  • Flandreau Middle/High School Library, Flandreau; Librarian Lori Williams, Administrators Brian Relf, Nicole Herzog
  • Lincoln High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Mary Peters, Administrator Dr. Laura Raeder
  • Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Wendy Nelson, Administrator Kim Sharping
  • Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Michelle Clayberg, Administrator Tim Hazlett
  • Spearfish High School Library, Spearfish; Librarian Emily Benvenga, Administrator Steve Morford
  • T.F. Riggs High School Library, Pierre; Librarian Pamela Kringel, Administrator Kevin Mutchelknaus
  • Washington High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Kerri Smith, Administrator Kari Papke
  • Watertown High School Library, Watertown; Librarian Kris O'Brien, Administrator Brad Brandsrud

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Freedom Elementary School Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Tyler Muth, Administrator Tanja Peterson
  • Explorer Elementary School Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Amy DeNomme, Administrator Doug Eppard
  • Huron High School Library, Huron; Librarian Rachel Kary, Administrators Mike Radke, Linda Pietz

Find more information on the State Library's 21st Century School Library Award webpage.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Loud Librarians Lead - Vlog for May 2021

Learn how to create reading kits for your library that help families practice reading at home.

Jenna's passion for teaching and working with children keeps her reaching for new ways to promote learning.

Jenna has an undergraduate degree in elementary education, a Master of Arts in Education as a Reading Specialist, and a Master of Library and Information Services. The thing that Jenna loves most about the library is creating community connections, whether at storytime or serving library customers.

Special thanks and credit go to the Denver Public Library for sharing resources and information, which was used to create reading kits for Siouxland Libraries.

Visit for downloadables including a tip sheet, poster and a leveling rubric.

At Siouxland Libraries, Jenna would like to thank Stephanie Bents, Kiesha Dykstra, Elizabeth Berg, and Alysia Boysen for their role in creating the reading kit collection.

For questions about the reading kits:

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Summer Reading Program Resources


Visit the summer reading resource webpage #SDSummerReading2021 for promotional materials, updated program counting instructions and information on reporting statistics on the summer reading survey. Help South Dakota reach our goal of 100,000 participants for 2021!

Remember to check out the WhoFi Program Planner to help you record and track library programs. This tool is free and available to all South Dakota public libraries regardless of whether you are using the WhoFi wireless session counter.

Collaborative Summer Reading Program Updates:

  • The Libraries and Summer Food guide is a one-stop resource for libraries looking to learn more and get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program or other ways to connect youth with healthy food. It has been updated for 2021 and covers all the basics:
  • CSLP has created sample posts and graphics for your library to use on social media, which you will find in the 2021 Tails & Tales Social Media Toolkit
  • Full PSA English Youtube link: The "base" files are available for libraries to add their own logo or text. These files can be found on the "Additional Program Tools" tab, under the Manual Downloads drop down. CSLP released a handful of 15-20 second "shorts" cut from the PSA for libraries to share on their social media accounts on a weekly basis, keeping patron's attention throughout the summer.
  • The CSLP Teen Video Challenge is back for 2021! Go to for all the details, including the submission form and contest rules.

CSLP is looking forward to seeing & sharing #TailsandTales posts from your library! Remember you can follow CSLP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest: @CSLPreads. CSLP also offers two Facebook Groups for member library staff: Feeding the Whole Child and the Official Summer Library Programming group.

South Dakota is part of the multi-state Collaborative Summer Library Program. Funding for CSLP statewide membership is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the South Dakota State Library.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 2021 Federal Publication: Pioneers of American Landscape Design

Spring's arrival of the meadowlark and first blades of grass give thirst to cultivate. From residential properties, cemeteries, parks and all scales, horticulturists, naturalists, engineers, farmer's and local gardeners, to name a few, have acquired skills and training to plan their field of flourish sharing their passion of the earth. A National Park Service publication, the Pioneers of American Landscape Design was the hope to encourage activities in the history of landscape. Harriett Risley Foote, an accomplished rosarian who produced roses taller than she gives her secrets. Robert Morris Copeland often teamed with Horace W.S. Cleveland. Mr. Cleveland designed the Minneapolis Park System. The birth of these men and women date back to the 1800s, 'these landscape pioneers have literally shaped our nation.'

Cover of publication Features sepia toned image of group of men posing for photo
Pioneers of American Landscape Design II: an Annotated Bibliography
I 29.82:P 65/995 OCLC#33963714

Available through the National Park Service from

Oak Bluff's Martha's Vineyard design page 36, Robert Morris Copeland.

The SD State Library is a federal depository library and provides access to print and electronic federal government publications. Print publications are available via interlibrary loan. Electronic publications are linking from the state library online catalog.