Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 Award Winners

Earlier this week, ALA announced the winners of several awards.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
For the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

The One and Only Ivan

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
For the most distinguished American picture book for children.

This Is Not My Hat

In Darkness by Nick Lake
For excellence in literature written for young adults.

In Darkness

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
For a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.


For a complete list of award winners and honor books, check out the ALA press release. If you have any of these books in your collection, be sure to put them on display!

Credible information

Clear highways and cold weather characterized road trips to Wahpeton High School for a teachers training and to Grace Lutheran Elementary School in Fargo for a student session.

Trainers from the State Library conduct free sessions that give overviews of the online library resources provide by the state. The online subscription databases are a great place for students to begin research. They can be searched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from school or home.  Parents and teachers can rest assured that these databases are evaluated for quality and are appropriate for students of all ages. Plus, there are no distracting ads.

“My mother and father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn’t believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn’t believe it was free.” (Kirk Douglas – Actor)

Welcome to Field Notes!

The North Dakota State Library Field Services Department is excited to launch its Field Notes blog! Check in with us often find out about all the great things happening in North Dakota libraries, get the latest news, information, and ideas from NDSL and the wider library community, and to find out what’s new with your Field Services representatives. Your comments are welcome and encouraged – feel free to join the conversation and share your thoughts and ideas!