Friday, June 26, 2009

Tea creates a community of readers

By Sharon Schwebach, Librarian
Tea Jr/Sr High School/Community Library

Our English teachers recently went to a seminar on reading and at the same time I toured a school that did a similar reading program. Between the three of us, we came up with the idea of creating a community of readers by advertising what the adults in our school are reading.

Storytelling Resources to Help Plan Programs

The State Library has many storytelling resources to help you plan a variety of programs. Take a look at this list of some of the newest titles and interlibrary loan one or all of them.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Book Clubs Move Online

There are as many different types of book clubs as there are people in the world. Book clubs can be sponsored by celebrities, bookstores, libraries, and individual readers. There are book clubs for any reading taste, genre, short stories, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. There are clubs that have members read the same book and others where members read different books on the same theme. Traditional book clubs meet once a month to discuss their selection or selections. However, a large segment of the population is not able to participate in a traditional book club, so an online book club may prove to be a better fit.

Summer Reading Program

Greetings Librarians!

Many of you have begun your summer reading programs and we know there's much to do. We just wanted to let you know about several new highlights on the Web site of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. CSLP produces your summer reading program manual.

First of all, the Web site has been completely redesigned and is much more user friendly.

Secondly, individual libraries or library systems can now create their own account on the Web site. This will give you access to things for member states (our state is a member) that previously were only available to the state representatives. You will also be able to provide CSLP with direct feedback on any program and dialog with libraries around the country that do the same summer reading program as you. If you are on a CSLP committee that information is also available. If you are interested in a personal library profile you will need to use the "Create Account" button in the middle of the page near the username and password boxes. Once you complete the registration, you will have to confirm with an e-mail address and then wait for a response from CSLP.

Thirdly, the sign language videos are online now on the CSLP Diversity page. On this page you will also find other useful information about serving children with disabilities.

Please take advantage of the CSLP Web site and all it has to offer. If you have any questions about CSLP, summer reading, or if you would like to be a member of a CSLP committee please contact Jasmine Rockwell at

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In Focus: Jane Healy

I am Electronic Services Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library (East River) and train librarians and educators in using the State Library's subscription databases. I enjoy visiting librarians and libraries! I'm a "remote" employee, operating from my office in Sioux Falls.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Libraries Provide Vital Resources in Tough Economic Times

Libraries are the heart of a community. Right now, libraries are in a perfect position to not only show their value to their community, but to also show governing officials how vital a library is in tough economic times. Many libraries across the nation are promoting themselves as a one-stop-shop for information in response to the current economic crisis, creating Web pages with links to job resources, unemployment forms, and community resources, as well as putting together job search kits like those at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

Be Creative @ Your Library or from home

State Library electronic resources allow you to enjoy summer reading and activities at your library or from your home computer. Here are some ideas to get you and your patrons started:

For Review: Terrific Math Read-Aloud

Sometimes, math should be fun, as is the case in the picture book Math Attack written by Joan Norton and illustrated by Krysten Brooker.

Friday, June 5, 2009

What is Library Development reading?

In The Power of Reading author Stephen Krashen makes a powerful case for voluntary free reading at school and at home. Students become good readers by reading. This means students have a wide variety of materials available to them, they choose to read what interests them, and they are given the time to read.

The Power of Reading by Stephen Krashen

Douglas Middle School Students Use CARP to Evaluate "Fishy" Info

Concerned that her middle-grade-aged students were using Internet resources with little regard for their reliability, Mavis Schipman, middle school librarian at Douglas School District in Box Elder, wanted them to consider four criteria: accuracy, relevance, currency, and purpose. When she remarked that her plan was to use the first letter of each word in an acronym, a staff member looking over her shoulder- no doubt a fisherman - said that was an easy one: the letters spelled CARP. Mavis now hands to her students printed cards with an image of a fish in the background, on top of which is printed this legend:

C = Currency
A = Accuracy
R = Relevancy
P = Purpose

She tells the students if their resources don't meet those four criteria, the information may be "fishy." Great idea, Mavis, as well as another good example of collaboration between a school’s library and the teaching staff.

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Resources Available to Public Libraries

You can acquire copies of "Job Dislocation: Making Smart Financial Choices after a Job Loss" for distribution to your patrons. This unemployment-related and financial information brochure was produced by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The brochure offers guidance in how to avoid situations of potential financial instability during unemployment. Topics address such issues as health insurance options and finding out about employer benefit plans. This publication can be downloaded in English and Spanish: printed copies of 25 or more can be requested using the mail/fax order form or e-mail request at FINRA: Job Dislocation.

For more information about this collaboration between the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association and FINRA, visit their Web sites at Smart Investing @ your library and as well as FINRA's Investor Education Foundation.

Literacy Training Resources for Parents, Volunteers, Library Staff

The Thinkfinity Literacy Network offers free online courses on a variety of literacy topics. The courses are about 45 minutes long and are aimed at parents, volunteers, and library staff. Find more information at Thinkfinity: Online Courses.

Disclaimer: Presentation of any particular curriculum does not constitute endorsement, approval or recommendation for adoption of that curriculum by the State of South Dakota or the South Dakota Department of Education and its offices.

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