Monday, July 27, 2009

What are we reading? Peril on the Sea

Peril on the Sea by Michael Cadnum is a fabulous fast-paced YA novel set on the pirate-filled, Spanish Armada-threatened waters of the Atlantic during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Book cover of Peril on the Sea by Michael Cadnum (img used with permission from

Danger, young love on the high seas, swashbuckling - I love it!
--Jasmine Rockwell

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Library Training Institute mixes fun and learning

Late nights, early mornings, day-long classes, bunk beds, shared bathrooms, cafeteria food, does this sound like a fun time? Believe it or not, it is a GREAT time! Library Training Institute is the most fun you can have and still be learning. This year Institute consisted of 19 students from the southwestern corner of the state to the northeastern corner. Students are young, not so young, tall, short, outgoing, shy, funny, serious, male, and female, so what do they have in common? They are all passionate about libraries and they want to learn everything they can about being a good librarian.

2009 class of Library Training Institute

Monday, July 20, 2009

Book trailers market books with music, pictures and text

How do you decide which movies to see? If you’re like most people, you see the trailers released by the film studios, a short commercial that lets you decide if that particular movie would interest you.

21st Century geography and science maps now available

The Partnership for 21st Century Schools has just published 21st Century Skills Maps that integrate geography and science. These maps are great sources of integrated project models that can be adapted for all ages. Go to the following site to view and/or download the new maps and the English and social studies maps: Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Resources.

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Cooperative effort lands grant for South Dakota librarians

South Dakota is part of a collaborative that has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The $730,659 grant provides scholarships to recruit and educate 50 librarians and school library media specialists to work in the region’s rural communities.

CSLP is featured on U.S. Department of Education video

Watch Collaborative Summer Library Program past-president Sally Snyder talk about the importance and the fun of summer reading at's Webcast Center. Click on the archived video for June 16, 2009 to see the program Education News Parents Can Use: Summer Learning Programs - Preventing the Slide, Promoting Achievement. You'll need WindowsMedia or RealPlayer. This would be a great tool to use when asking for support next year or to show educators in your area to encourage partnerships. You can fast-forward 50 minutes into the hour-long program to hear Sally’s portion, or watch it all to hear the many references to both school and public libraries.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Be Quiet! I’m Listening! Check out archived Webcasts

We all know that there’s rarely enough time or quiet space to participate in Webcasts during a busy school library day. So, providers such as School Library Journal and others archive their events for up to a year. Take a look at what’s available and choose a time and space that works best for you.

These are a great resource to go to for some of your new school year planning. The school librarians on the panel share ideas and programs that improve vocabulary and comprehension for readers of all ages and abilities. Check out the archives at School Library Journal's Webcasts.

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HOP is moving to the Discovery Center

Hands on Partnership for Science, Literature, and Art in South Dakota is leaving the capable hands of program director Kathleen Slocum and the South Dakota State Library. As of July 1, 2009, HOP will be managed by the Discovery Center in Pierre.

Hands-on Partnership for Science, Literature and Art in South Dakota

Summer Reading: Full Throttle!

By now most of you have had just about as much of summer reading as you can stand, well, for one summer. Some of you are still in high gear, some of you are winding down, some of you need to take a long vacation on a secluded island where there are no children, and some of you barely have enough energy to brush your teeth at night. But I thank you on behalf of the children and teens of South Dakota for doing what you do. Even if there weren't studies to tell us that children who participate in summer learning activities (yes, what you are doing IS learning) are less susceptible to the "summer slide" librarians already know this. Keep up the great work and as always if you have any questions about summer reading contact Jasmine Rockwell at

Monday, July 6, 2009

Web 2.0 tricks and tools featured in the electronic resources

The South Dakota State Library Summer School Web 2.0 Challenge is underway! How will you use what you learn? Several State Library electronic resources have 2.0 features.

Wouldn't you like to have the journal you read every month automatically e-mailed to you as soon as it’s available? Wouldn't your cutting edge patron love receiving automatic alerts when a new article of interest is released?

Why Web 2.0 matters in Youth Services

Do you ever feel out of touch with the young people of today? They may feel the same way about you. Using Web 2.0 tools can be an easy and fun way to reach out to those teens. Right now the State Library is offering another round of the Library 2.0 Challenge.

State Library renovation completes phase one

From the warm green walls as you enter the building to the cool green tile on the floor, your newly renovated SD State Library is green in many ways. Phase one is complete and the library is now in its renovated space on the first floor. In phase two of the project the second floor will be remodeled and the rest of the Department of Education is scheduled to move in during the spring of 2010.

Front entrance of South Dakota State Library, MacKay Building, Pierre