Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Announcing Library Institute 2017

We are excited to announce that Library Institute 2017 is being held this year at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings on June 4-9, 2017. The focus will be Teen Programming and Services. Look for the registration in January or February of 2017 on the public library listserv. We are not taking any registrations until that time.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Slocum at or 605-773-8438, 1-800-423-6665 (SD residents)

Summer Reading Survey NOW OPEN!!!

Public libraries: Everyone needs to fill out a summer reading program survey – we need your numbers to report both to the state and federal government.

School libraries: Your numbers aren’t required by the federal government but we like to have the most accurate picture of summer reading across the state as possible.

On Your Mark Get Set READ!

If you did your own program rather than the state-sponsored program, it doesn’t matter. If you didn’t attend the summer reading workshops, it doesn’t matter. Any and all summer reading program numbers are needed. Some of our smallest public libraries work with local schools to do summer programs, so if that was the case for you, please either pass this survey along to the school librarian or get the numbers from them.

In order to receive your 2017 CSLP Summer Reading Manual for free, you must complete the survey by the deadline: September 23rd. If you don’t want the manual, you don’t have to use it but we still need your numbers by the deadline anyway.

If you have any questions or feel that you have received this message in error, please contact Jasmine Rockwell ( right away!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Two SD School Librarians Featured in DOE's "Celebrating South Dakota Teachers 2016"

Celebrating South Dakota Teachers 2016
In the second publication of DOE's Celebrating South Dakota Teachers, school librarians Kim Darata and Jeff Cosier are featured on pages 16 and 30, respectively. Darata, Douglas High School Library,is featured for the excellent work she has done to create a welcoming and fun space for teens. Cosier, Rapid City's North High School Library, is featured for the technology innovations he has brought to his library. The 21st Century School Library Awards are also spotlighted on page 30. Read about these success stories and other innovative teachers here.

YALSA's upcoming events

YALSA Teen's Top 10 voting still going on

Teens Top Ten

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominated titles have been posted online since April. Beginning August 15th and running through Teen Read Week™, please help YALSA by encouraging the teens at your library to go online and vote for their favorite books. The link to the voting site will be accessible from

Teen Read Week is coming: Oct. 9th - 15th

read for the fun of it teen read week

YALSA has everything libraries need to plan great TRW activities at This year’s multi-lingual theme features “Read for the Fun of It” in five different languages. YALSA encourages libraries of all sizes to reach out to the 22% of youth who speak a language other than English at home and engage them in literacies activities.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Braille & Talking Book Library Summer Reading Update

South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Summer Reading program has been a successful program. This year there are a total of 46 young people signed up for the program, which is 4 more participants than in 2015.
2016 Braille and Talking Book Summer Reading program submitted reading log sheets

We are seeing an increase in the number of readers submitting their logs for the program as well. This year we have 11 participants this year who are our braille readers. Our program has a wide range of participants from ages 3 to age 20. We are hopeful that the participant increase will continue into the 2017 Summer Reading Program.