Thursday, April 15, 2021

Winners of 2020-2021 South Dakota Children's Book Awards Announced!

Congratulations to the following books: our latest winners for the 2020-2021 South Dakota Children's Book Awards!

2020 2021 Prairie Bud Winner Tiger vs Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Tiger Vs.  Nightmare by Emily Tetri is the 2020-2021 Prairie Bud Winner

  • 2nd Place: Don't Blink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • 3rd Place: We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Prairie Bud winners are determined by South Dakota PreK, kindergarten, and first grade students.



2020 2021 Prairie Bloom Winner The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Drew Daywalt

The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick by Drew Daywalt is the 2020-2021 Prairie Bloom Winner

  • 2nd Place: Once Upon a Slime by Andy Maxwell
  • 3rd Place: Sparks! by Ian Boothby

Prairie Bloom winners are determined by South Dakota second and third grade students. 



2020 2021 Prairie Pasque Winner Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead is the 2020-2021 Prairie Bud Winner

  • 2nd Place: Countown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
  • 3rd Place: Dragon Pearl by YoonHa Lee

Prairie Pasque winners are determined by South Dakota fourth and fifth grade students. 

South Dakota Library Association sponsors the Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards. A committee of educators and librarians annually select the book nominees. South Dakota students from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to read and give a star rating for any book they read from the nominee list. The books that receive the most highest number of stars from the students win these respective awards.

Winners of the 2020-2021 Teen Choice Book Awards Announced!

Congratulations to the following books: the latest winners for the 2020-2021 South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards!



South Dakota Teen Choice Book Awards middle school winner 2020-2021

Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart is the
2020-2021 Middle School Teen Choice Award Winner

  • HONOR: Blended by Sharon M. Draper


 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black is the
2020-2021 High School Teen Choice Award Winner

  • HONOR: After the Fire by Will Hill

South Dakota Library Association sponsors the Teen Choice Book Awards Book Awards. A committee of educators and librarians annually select the book nominees to promote quality literature and books for adolescents. South Dakota students in Middle and High School grades are encouraged to read and vote for any book they read from the nominee list. The books that receive the most highest number of stars from the students win these awards.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Loud Librarians Lead - Vlog Episode 3!

The latest episode of Loud Librarians Lead vlog is an interview with Amanda Bremmon and Jamie Buswell from the Siouxland Libraries. These two librarians team up to create virtual programming for their patrons to interact with during the pandemic. Acquire tips and tricks to help you bring alternative programming to your library!

Amanda K Bremmon and Jamie Buswell are Library Associates at Siouxland Libraries’ Downtown Branch.

Jamie has an undergraduate degree in chemistry with a focus in secondary education. Her educational philosophy derives from discovery based learning which allows the student or child to learn through hands-on exploration and inquiry. Before joining Siouxland Libraries, Jamie was previously the Program Manager and Interim Director of the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion. She strives to bring a fun, unique, STEM based approach to afterschool age programming.

Amanda has an undergraduate degree in music industry and a Master of Library Science. Her work is focused on creating innovative ways for the public library to be an active part of the community. She can often be found with her guitar at storytimes, designing science programming, or selecting children’s non-fiction and the library’s music collection. She previously worked as an account manager for a major science kit company.

“Jamie’s passion and empathy creates an incredible environment for our patrons as well as her coworkers. She is wonderful at reminding me to have fun while learning.” – Amanda

“Amanda’s curiosity and desire for learning pushes me to explore new concepts and helps me grow as an educator.” - Jamie

Enjoy the video above, and for more links and information, visit Loud Librarians Lead at library.sd.gov.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Achievement culture and slow librarianship

At the recent North American Virtual Reference Online Conference, American Libraries columnist and community college librarian Meredith Farkas presented a keynote address titled Resisting Achievement Culture with Slow Librarianship. 

Conference logo with photo of young woman with dark hair, Meredith Farkas

Working from home during the pandemic has increased the practice of people working more hours than what their regular work day normally encompasses, answering emails late at night, and working on weekends when that might not have been part of their "in-house" schedule. But these practices have been happening for years, outside of a pandemic.

From the program description: "achievement culture turns organizations toxic, encourages overwork, and keeps people chasing external validation. Slow librarianship presents an approach that rejects achievement culture and focuses on values-driven work, process over product, and gratitude-focused reflective practice."

Farkas talks about how libraries sometimes chase the next hot, shiny thing instead of doing what is best for the community. Libraries often keep adding new services without letting go of others. How many libraries keep offering the same services, same hours, same programs even after the budget has been cut?

Check out Farkas' keynote and other presentations from the conference website.

Slides from the presentation are available at bit.ly/slowfarkas

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Federal Publication of the Month: A Profile of Fire in the United States

In 2007, over one million fire calls occurred, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries, with property loss running into the billions. A fire call occurs every 24 seconds. In comparison to other countries, the fire problem in the U.S. is alarming. The map shown below lists states and fire death rate. Compared to the national average, South Dakota is listed as 14 - 24.9 deaths per one million. Unless the 2020 census bumps South Dakota into the one million population, deaths are very real.

Fire Death Rate by State, page 2
A Profile of Fire in the United States
HS 5.219:2003-2007 OCLC#48928893
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS122543

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two main causes of fire in residential homes are cooking and accidental. With non-residential, cooking and intentional fires are the main causes. Fortunately, the rate of injury and death have declined due to stronger fire codes, better building materials, public education, installation of sprinklers and smoke alarms.

The fatality statistics of fire fighters responding to and returning from fires from 2003-2007 ranged from 15 to 36 deaths. With 47 being the approximate median age, causes range from heart attacks, crashes while responding, training and activities at a fire. These statistics and more can be found through US Fire Administration and the NFPA.

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.


--Edited March 12, 2021. Corrected punctuation in first paragraph.