Did you know when you get several librarians together in one place they are called a “shush”? I don’t know how official that is, but I heard that at a conference once and it sounds good to me!

During the last week in September, three of your local librarians are traveling to Spearfish to attend the annual South Dakota Library Association Conference. The conference is a great opportunity to learn, engage with and network with other librarians throughout the state. Several of our librarians also participate in statewide committees. The annual conference allows us a chance to meet with other library staff that we are typically only able to work with via email or phone calls.

I am a member of the South Dakota Titles To Go Committee. I help to make e-book purchases for the state consortium. The e-books in the consortium are shared by all the member libraries in the state. Individual libraries may also purchase their own e-books that are specifically for patrons at their own library-though there is an option to share these with other libraries as well to increase the variety of titles available. Most of the e-books can still only be checked out by one user at a time. So members of the South Dakota Titles To Go committee watch for long hold lists and patron requests to help determine which books will be purchased.

Amanda Raiche is a member of the Young Adult Reading Program (YARP). Collectively this group reads and reviews approximately 100 young adult titles, making sure each book has at least 3 readers-that’s 300 books that are assigned within the group! The group meets in the summer to narrow the list of 100 titles down to just 24 of the best of the best books (the YARP list). This list is shared with middle schoolers and high schoolers to read and vote on their favorites during the school year.

Susie Lippert is the Support Staff Section chair. This year she helped to plan Branch Out which is like a mini-conference for library support staff-those working directly with the public and helping the library to run smoothly in its day-to-day tasks. Linda Dobrovolny recently served on the Professional Development Grants Committee. Members of this committee review applications from SDLA members for grants and scholarships for opportunities for further education, conferences and trainings. Both current and previous library staff have strived to not only support our library in our own community but to strengthen and improve libraries and literacy throughout the state.

Upcoming October events to watch for:

• Back by popular demand: “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” movie showing — Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

• “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” book discussion with Dr. Jamie Sullivan — Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.

• NaNoWriMo Writing Workshop — Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m.

• Cuban Missile Crisis discussion with Doug Sall — Sunday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.

• Throwback Thursday: Back to Hogwarts  — Oct. 24: Magical activities and crafts for kids at 3:45 p.m.; Harry Potter Adult Trivia at The Copper Room, 7 p.m.

• Look for us at Harvest Halloween in the Riverfront Event Center to make some fun Halloween crafts  — Saturday, Oct. 26

• Local Author Meet & Greet hosted by the Friends of the Library — Sunday, Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m.

Follow us on Facebook for more information and a complete listing of activities. Tell us if you are reading something good-we always love to hear from you. Hope to see you at the library soon!

Dana Schmidt is director of the Yankton Community Library.

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