Each summer the SD State Library offers a professional development opportunity called School Library Boot Camp. This is a two-credit Black Hills State University course that can be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level by any educator in South Dakota. Scholarships are available to cover tuition costs.
This year's date is set July 23-26 on location at the State Library in Pierre. The theme is 21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection. Content will revolve around digital, media, and information literacies as they relate to education.
Every April school librarians around the country celebrate School Library Month. They do this promoting and hosting activities to that promote how strong school library programs can help patrons make connections to learning and the world around them.
New this year is AASL's handy resource guide of activities and ideas to help you plan for four weeks of celebration with the weekly subthemes:
Making Learner Connections
Making Educator Connections
Making Community Connections
Making Global Connections
Take a look at the website for free printables and downloads, ideas and activities, proclamations, and a video from this year's spokesperson, New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds.
From Jason Reynolds... "Here's what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, th…