Friday, January 9, 2009

Book reviews

A great read-aloud, a Newbery Honor Book, and one for the profession

Thursday, January 8, 2009

StoryTubes 2009 -The Library Sponsored Streaming Video Book Review Project Grows

Olivia Collins, Your Chickens: A Guide to Raising and Showing, was one of the 2008 Storytubes Contest winners. Last year's StoryTube's Contest featured young people from across the 48 continental United States. StoryTubes organizers are extremely pleased with the exponential growth and interest in the project. During May of 2008, the StoryTubes web site averaged 1,037 pages per day and 1,301 hits per hour.

South Dakota book wins award

Dance in a Buffalo Skull told by Zitkala-Ša and illustrated by S. D. Nelson was awarded an Aesop Accolade.
The book is a part of the Prairie Tales Series (no. 2) from the South Dakota State Historical Society Press.

More about the awards here: American Folklore Society: Aesop Accolades

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Best Children’s Books of 2008

Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal have both released their annual Best Books lists. To see what titles made the lists visit The Best Children's Books of 2008 (pdf) for the Kirkus Reviews and Best Books 2008 for SLJ.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Featured E-Resources of the Month: SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Researcher

Need current magazine articles for student research and curriculum support? SIRS Discoverer and SIRS Researcher provide that and more.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Young Naturalists Award Program

The Young Naturalist Awards is an inquiry-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. This program, from the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, aims at engaging students in explorations of the natural world.

Since 1998 the Young Naturalist Award has been challenging students to conduct independent research following a process of scientific inquiry. Students describe their investigations and findings in essays that are judged by educators and Museum scientists. Two winners from each grade receive cash awards, publication of their essays on the Museum’s website, and expense-paid trips to attend an award ceremony at the Museum in New York.

The deadline for entries is March 2, 2009. For more information visit the website of American Museum of Natural History: Young Naturalist Awards.

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2010 Summer Reading Program

We know you still have to do summer reading for 2009 but we are pleased to announce the official artists for the 2010 children's and teen summer reading program.
Henry Cole will be illustrating the children's artwork and Ursula Vernon will be illustrating the teen artwork. To see samples of Henry Cole's artwork go to and for Ursula Vernon see The slogans for 2010 are "Make a Splash! Read @ your library" and "Make Waves: Read @ your library."

South Dakota is a part of the multi-state Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). For more information on CSLP visit the website or contact Jasmine Rockwell.

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In Focus: Daria Bossman

Daria Bossman, new Assistant State Librarian, considers herself a “teacher” at heart. “But my passion is libraries,” she quickly adds. “My first encounter with this ‘first love’ was as a 7th grader when I discovered I could get out of study hall and go to the school library to read ‘all those free books!’ I was in love! Soon I figured out that one could actually work and hang out there before and after school. What a deal! I should have guessed I was a ‘librarian at heart’ at that point.”