Showing posts from April, 2018

Children's Book Week

99 years!

This April 30-May 6, 2018 marks almost a century of celebrating for young people and the joy of reading via Children's Book Week.

Children's Book Week, a program of Every Child a Reader, is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country that connect kids with their favorite books and authors to instill a lifelong love of reading. Check out the media and event kits to promote this fun week. You can also sign up online as an official event to get extra freebies. Your event/celebration it can be simple or elaborate.

Another program that schools can use to promote reading is The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards. Online voting started March 1 and runs through Sunday, May 6, the last day of Children's Book Week. Winners will be announced on May 30.

Advocacy for School Libraries

It's that time of year when advocacy questions increase in my inbox. Cue the SD State Library Advocacy page. Visit this helpful page for links to local and national tools and readings.

Take a look at the South Dakota's Future Ready School Librarians pamphlet. Its intent is to help administrators understand the importance of school libraries in our state. I encourage you to share this with your local administrator/principal, school board, and superintendent.

Another local reading includes the School Library Data Digest. For two years now the SD State Library has published it in a handy format so that you can display it on the end of a shelf or anywhere else in the library. Each autumn print copies are mailed superintendents who should then distribute to librarians and other stakeholders.

The 21st Century Self-Assessment Tool is a good one to use as an aid in implementing the SD School Library Guidelines. This tool can be a catalyst for conversations with your administrator conc…

National Library Week 2018

Did you know National Library Week turns 60 this year? Yep, read more about it here. The history is pretty interesting.

Celebrate National Library Week this April 8-14 with the theme "Libraries Lead."

Visit the main site for free dgitial downloads, printables, tools, and this year's spokesperson.

Want an easy way to promote this week? There's a new template for Libraries Transform table tents. The image fits an 8.5" x 11" sheet and will print two tents. You can add your own message to the back, cut, fold and place around your library and school. Instant, low cost, time saving awareness!

And, Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day. It's a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by ALL library workers.

And lastly, Wednesday, April 11 is National Bookmobile Day. It's a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who ma…