SDSL's Cornerstone Newsletter

South Dakota State Library's e-newsletter

November 24, 2021

#SDSummerReading2021 reached over 109,000 attendees!

This year the South Dakota State Library again challenged libraries to reach 100,000 active participants! Librarians across the state rose to the challenge by and exceeded the goal by reaching 109,659 attendees. Libraries are changing the way programming looks and feels. They are offering in-person, outdoor, take home, virtual and recorded programming options for all patrons of all ages.

Shout-out goes out to eight public libraries that lead the charge in programming and deserved to be recognized:

Brookings Public Library: Most In-person Programs 6,255

North Sioux City Library: Most In-Person Programs (population under 3,000) 2,683

Mitchell Public Library: Most Live Virtual Programs 903

Cozard Memorial Library: Most Live Virtual Programs (population under 3,000) 58

Huron Public Library: Most Recorded Program Views 11,207

Hyde County Library: Most Recorded Program Views (population under 3,000) 1,515

Siouxland Libraries: Most Passive Activity Participants 2,978

Potter County Library: Most Passive Activity Participants (population under 3,000) 2,145

Now it is time for all South Dakota Libraries to celebrate 100,000! Share the below statistics with your community and plan to reveal the good news.

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SRP Participation

Public Libraries: 101

Other: 8

96% of public libraries hosted a summer reading program

Celebrate National Picture Book Month with the SDSL Staff!

Wynne Nafus Sayer, Information Officer/Webmaster

One of my favorite books to read to my kids was recommended by a dear friend, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I loved the whimsical chaos with the mouse and the boy, that draws the reader back to the beginning. We did follow up with If You Take a Mouse to the Movies.

Barb Nickolas, Government Publications/Library Associate

My favorite picture book is Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton. On the moove! Barnyard animals dance two by two in a round, square dance. I love these lively animated faces in this cute little board book.

Marcia Kaup, Braille and Talking Books Library Reader Advisor

My favorite picture book is The Monster at the End of this Book: Starring Loveable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin. This was a favorite picture book to read to my 5 kids. I think we wore out over 25 copies and they all memorized the book and would “read” it to me!

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, Nov. 25th, 12am to Friday, Nov. 26th, 12am

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The South Dakota State Library will be closed November 25 and November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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