Friday, February 24, 2017

Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose: 7th Grade Students Create Artwork from Weeded Library Books

Douglas Middle School Librarian Mrs. Hubbell partnered with Douglas Middle School Art Teacher Mr. Hancock and his 7th grade art students to recycle outdated and damaged library books. The students used books to create 3-dimensional book mobiles and sculptures which are displayed in the Douglas Middle School Library. Admittedly, students were reluctant to bend, tear and rework the books but also took pride in giving the old and damaged books a new life as art pieces.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Announces 4th Annual Bell Picture Book Award Winners

The CLEL Bell Awards were created in 2012 to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

LOGO: CLEL Bell Award read write sing talk play

The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories representing an early literacy practice: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through early literacy practices. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

2017 Winners

  • READ: The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read by Curtis Manley; illustrated by Kate Berube (New York: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2016)
  • WRITE: Alphonse, That is Not OK to Do! by Daisy Hirst (Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick, 2016)
  • SING: Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman; illustrated by Simona Mulazzani (New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016)
  • TALK: Puddle by Hyewon Yum (New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016)
  • PLAY: Box by Min Flye; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw (New York: Abrams Appleseed, 2015)

For more information, visit the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy website

Get great media coverage for your library events

Newspapers need stories. Libraries need publicity. Get to know your local newspaper reporter and get in the habit of submitting press releases to promote library events and new services. A good press release should be about 200-300 words covering who, what, when and where. Always provide a simple headline and use a consistent format. Here are some more tips:

  • Names & faces sell newspapers. If you have a photo to submit, be sure you have faces visible and full names of the subjects.
  • Get in contact with your local reporter two or three weeks before the event, then follow up by phone.
  • Always provide a quote from the program leader in your press release.
  • Spend money on a good camera for the library. Newspapers need high quality photos.
  • Include the library’s Facebook URL on the press release.

You have to be proactive in making media connections. Your local media contacts will be grateful for the news and for your professionalism.

Credits: Thank you to Laura Pitts for her 2016 ARSL presentation, Developing Successful Media Partnerships.

South Dakota's newest library directors: Daniel Burniston, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library

2016 marked a year of new beginnings and transitions for many of our state’s public libraries. Librarians who had been library directors for decades stepped aside and retired leaving big shoes to fill. We’d like to introduce them to you! With that in mind, if you know of a new library director in your local city or county public library, send us a brief introduction to them. A photo would be nice as well. Let’s get started getting acquainted with these new leaders in South Dakota.

Photo of Dan Burniston, new Library Director at Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Photography by Riva Sharples)

Dan started as the Library Director at the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library on Sept. 26th, 2016. He had worked at the USD McKusick Law Library and the USD University Libraries. Before moving to South Dakota he worked in public libraries in Pennsylvania. And if you hear a faint British accent when speaking with Dan, you would be correct. Dan has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Sussex and master’s in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh. Always good to have library board experience and Dan has that as well serving on the Vermillion Public Library Board of Trustees for two years. He currently lives in Vermillion, South Dakota with his wife and four children. He enjoys reading science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy, as well as working with technology. When asked what his favorite things are about his library, he states it is the wonderful variety of programs and services, their amazing new facility, and the vibrant and dynamic community they get to serve. Dan said, “I’m excited about the opportunity we have to evolve and adapt our programs and services to the needs of our community. I’m always eager to hear ideas, thoughts and feedback from library users and community members.”

Friday, February 10, 2017

How to be your own IT expert…

Do you know the difference between a modem, a router, and a switch? Why do you need a firewall? Having a rudimentary knowledge of the anatomy of your library's network can help you troubleshoot problems and communicate more effectively with your Internet Service Provider and IT people.

Nebraska Library Commission has archived a webinar that features basic information to help you make sense of your library's computer network. This webinar offers advice on some proactive steps you can take in the event that things go wrong:

  • Label everything!
  • Make a network map & lights chart
  • Keep an emergency binder

You can view this free webinar at NCompass Live: Computer Networking for Librarians.

School Library EdCamp South Dakota

School library professionals! Mark your calendars for the annual School Library EdCamp SD on Saturday, April 8. Visit to register. And don't forget to follow along via Twitter using #sdlibedcamp #schsdsl

Friday, February 3, 2017

School Library Spring 2017 Deadlines and Events

School library staff! Break out your calendar and get ready to fill it in with spring events and deadlines.
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Digital Learning Day – February 23, 2017

Celebrate Digital Learning Day along with other schools around the world.

Get the map for Digital Learning Day 2017! Add your #DLDay 2017 event at digital learning day dot org

It's about the learning! Digital Learning Day promotes the effective and innovative use of technology to improve the learning experience in schools. Want to participate and learn from others? Register for more information and to add any special events you are planning. To follow via Twitter, use the #DLDay hashtag and tag @OfficialDLDay!

LOGO: Digital Learning Day 2017