Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Electronic resources: Books and Authors, CultureGrams, and World Book Dramatic Learning

This summer the SD State Library subscribed to a number of new electronic resources. These three are primarily for K-12, but can be used by all ages.

gale books and authors - guide readers toward a good book - text overlaid with image of group of adults smiling with coffee and books

Books and Authors provides book reviews for genre fiction and non-fiction. It has over 205,000 titles - including over 70,000 children/young adult focused items. There are also over 31,000 full-text biographies, book reviews, awards lists, bestseller lists, and 2,200+ book series.


ProQuest Culture Grams Insiders Perspectives on Daily Life and Culture -- images of indigenous people and Venice

CultureGrams provides cultural information on over 200 countries of the world; covering daily life, history, customs, and lifestyles. There are short videos, and some recipes and interviews with natives. It has four modules: World, Kids, Provinces, and States.

World Book Dramatic Learning website on laptop features stage, lights, and theater masks
World Book Dramatic Learning is a great source of plays for grades 1-12. It turns "texts into plays, skits, and monologues, providing adaptations of classic works." There is a section on how to put on plays; and each of the plays has scripts, lesson plans, activities, and other projects.

These can be reached through the SDSL’s database webpage. Or ask your local librarian to place direct links to them on their website. More information, including promotional and training 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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November 2019 Federal Document

Adrenalin. It takes will and desire to climb a rockface with few tools. Rock climbing is an invigorating and passionate pastime for people that live on the ledge.

But, don't take it for granite. A few things to take into consideration.
'Several rare plants grow here. Avoid trampling vegetation when accessing climbing areas. Do not let your dog dig or scratch out an area to sit or lay in (consider leaving them at home.) We all have an impact here, it is cumulative and extinction is forever.'
--Excerpt from Rock Climbing in the Harney Range of the Black Hills
Brochure of man rock climbing including logos from US Forest Service, Custer State Park and National Park Service.

inside one section of brochure - featuring silhouette of rock climber

Rock Climbing in the Harney Range of the Black Hills
A 13.13:R 59/3 OCLC#173319709

Outside links:

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 linked from the state library online catalog.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Three Early Literacy Electronic Resources

The SD State Library has three e-resources for developing early literacy skills. These all have unlimited, statewide, simultaneous access.

world book early world of learning website featured on laptop
World Book Early World of Learning: Introduced in July 2019, this resource is for preschoolers and early elementary students. There are narrated stories, interactive games, original videos, and a visual interactive encyclopedia to help develop and strengthen vocabulary, reading, and other skills.


Gale - Miss Humblebees Academy - Early Education Matters - text overlays photo of dad and son smiling at computer.

Miss Humblebee's Academy: Also new in July 2019, this resource consists of short lessons to assist in a literacy program for ages 2-6. It introduces key concepts in math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. There are hundreds of thematic-based, guided lessons with sound cues to support different learning styles and abilities.


Scholastic Book flix - where stories and non fiction connect - photo of smiling boy with tablet

BookFlix: This has talking books for early readers in grades K-3. It pairs approximately 135 animated stories with a nonfiction talking book on a similar subject.

All of these have activities and other ways to integrate them into your curriculum.

They can be reached through the SDSL's database webpage. Or ask your local librarian to place a direct link to them on their website. More information, including promotional materials and training videos, 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.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

South Dakota Week of Work is April 20-24, 2020

The South Dakota Week of Work will introduce 10th graders to career opportunities in their own communities through job shadows, industry tours, and other business-classroom connections. It is a week of exploration, with the aim of guiding students, engaging local businesses, and introducing employers to their future workforce. Think of it as a long-term investment in South Dakota’s future.

South Dakota Week of Work - Explore, experience, engage.


Schools and libraries can get involved with this initiative! You can provide career exploration opportunities for South Dakota 10th graders. What a great way to get a teen into the library and show them what you do.

Businesses (including libraries): You can sign up right now to participate in one of three ways:

  • Job shadow
  • Business tour for students
  • Guest speaker for classroom

Visit https://weekofwork.sd.gov/industry.aspx for more information.

Schools: assist in registering your students to participate, or have a business come in as a guest speaker. Registration will open for schools in January, but look over the information now at https://weekofwork.sd.gov/schools.aspx.

Students/Parents: this is a great opportunity to think about what happens after graduation. Visit https://weekofwork.sd.gov/students.aspx for more resources.

Bookmark the SD Week of Work website and keep checking back as more information and registration opportunities open up. https://weekofwork.sd.gov/.

TrueFlix: for Science and Social Studies Students

Starting this November 2019, the SD State Library is introducing the electronic resource TrueFlix®by Scholastic. Offering hundreds of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, TrueFlix® is a highly-engaging multimedia resource that can be used in the library, the classroom, on mobile devices, or at home.

true flix logo


Like Scholastic’s BookFlix®, this website is easy to navigate. It is for students grades 3 and up, but primarily targeted at grades 4-8. It contains introductory videos, digital flipbooks, lesson plans, highlighted and defined keywords, project ideas, and a read- aloud feature.

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.