Wednesday, May 31, 2017

School Librarian Wins Technology Award

Terri Fay is a librarian, a teacher, and an information media specialist all rolled in to one. Fay administers the library media program, manages the library place, develops and delivers the trans-literacy curriculum that reaches each and every student at Horace Mann Elementary Library in the Rapid City Area School District.

Terri Fay, Horace Mann Elementary Library,
Rapid City Area School District

Friday, May 26, 2017

Are you registered for School Library Boot Camp 2017?

School Library Boot Camp 2017 Registration Open!

School Library Boot Camp: Services for a Multicultural Student Body, 2017 Pierre

Each summer the State Library sponsors a professional development opportunity for school librarians and other educational professionals. The 2017 theme is School Library Services for a Multicultural Student Body.

When: July 17-20, 2017

Where: State Library in Pierre, SD

What: Boot Camp is a two credit Black Hills State University course and may be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. All educators are welcome. Find further details and the registration link at:

Registration closes June 1.

Questions? Contact Alissa Adams, or Kathleen Slocum,

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All OverDrive Public Library Partners: Free Books this Summer!”

This summer the SYNC program returns to give your young adult patrons free audiobooks all summer long! OverDrive is once again partnering with AudioFile to provide two free audiobooks each week through August 16. Anyone 13 and over can download these YA titles, and any downloaded books are yours to keep for your personal collection. One may read these books on mobile devices with OverDrive’s mobile app, or a personal computer.

Audiofile Sync Audiobooks for Teens

OverDrive and AudioFile have also created a promotional toolkit containing flyers, posters and other handouts. To start downloading books, learn more, or find promotional items, check out AudioFile’s SYNC program at []. If you have other questions, contact David Bradford, SDSL Digital Resources Coordinator, at []

A Century of Library Service in Tyndall

The Tyndall Carnegie Public Library celebrated 100 years of service to the community with an open house held from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
Crowds in library

Friends from near and far stopped by to share cake and coffee with us and read all the history that was displayed. We had a great turnout.
Serving cake with history!

Sue Gough, Director, poses in the library.

--Sue Gough, Director

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Girls Who Code @ the Rapid City Public Library

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. 40,000 girls in all 50 states are experiencing coding in a fun and friendly environment each year thanks to the Girls Who Code organization.

Have a Plan For Handling Patron Tech Questions

We all know that assisting patrons with public computers and their own devices can test our limits. It is important to have procedures in place to handle the many types of technology questions that patrons ask. This helps staff address these situations with equitability and clearly defined limits of service.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why Didn’t I Think of That – If it looks good, show it off!

Are your library's service statistics looking great? Make sure people know it. Theresa Schaefer, director of Wall Community Library, made this pamphlet to emphasize the ways her library is growing. She made the charts Excel and copied them to MS Word.

Wall Community Library brochure featuring data graphs: Print Books use is up 53%. E-Books and Downloadable Audiobooks is up 84%. Internet Use is Up 50%. Photos of Wall Community Library fill middle column. Number of Library Accounts is Up 15%. Access to Materials is Up. Wall Community Library has joined Black Hills Library Consortium, South Dakota Share It. Items in Catalog is up 2000% -- from 12,000 to over 250,000.
Wall Brochure featuring data graphs

Underscoring the value of letting your community know about your library, its services, and your work is Eric Erickson's recently released report on the 2017 SDLA Legislative Day

Midland Community Library Education Fair Supper

For many years the Midland Community Library Board has hosted the Education Fair Supper at the Midland School. Each member donates their time to make the supper a great success, beginning with a meeting to plan the evening, and ending with a clean-up after watching the Midland Tumblers perform! On the menu is homemade chicken noodle soup and chili, hot dogs, a large variety of sandwiches, delicious bars, and drinks. We receive many compliments on the excellent supper, and service with a smile. The money that is raised is spent wisely to keep our community library running.

cafeteria full of people seated at tables, eating.
Diners visiting in the Midland School lobby

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Upcoming YALSA Events

The 2017 Teen Read Week site was launched recently with the theme "Unleash Your Story." Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators can use this theme to encourage teens to write, share and tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library!

YALSA also announced the Teens' Top Ten nominations. The stars of the upcoming movie Everything, Everything (based on the YA book of the same title by Nicola Yoon) announced the titles in a video you can see below!

Teens across the country can vote on their favorite titles between August 15th and Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated October 8th – 14th. The winners will be announced the week after. You can view an annotated list of nominees here (PDF).

Coming soon: Braille & Talking Book’s Summer Reading Program

The Braille and Talking Book Library are offering a Summer Reading Program to all youth age birth to 20 registered with the library. The six week program runs from June 5 to July 14, 2017, with the theme “Build A Better World.” Participants will be broken into four age divisions and will read books in braille or digital audio.
Logo with children reading books with building toys

At the conclusion of the program, participants who return their weekly reading charts will be eligible for prizes. This year the prizes will be more exciting with not only the $50 Amazon gift card winner in each age division but the readers will have the opportunity to win other prizes. All readers who complete the program will have a chance to win 12-inch tactile and visual table globe!

Online registration is now open!

For more information contact Mary Sjerven at 1-800-423-6665 press 1 1 or email