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Got Plans the Week of Dec. 7th - 13th? Participate in the Largest Learning Event in History!

Register your Hour of Code event and learn to code with the likes of Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and more - there is something for everyone and kids of all ages!  Plus, your event will be registered on the Global Map, and educators are eligible for prizes!

Commissioner from SW Idaho Appointed to ICfL Board

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Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that Mark Alldredge, a Boise certified public accountant, has been appointed by the Governor’s Office to the Board of Library Commissioners for a five-year term ending June 30, 2019.

ICfL Volunteer Coordinator Wins 2015 Excellence in Volunteer Management Award

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Idaho Commission for Libraries' volunteer coordinator, Sheila Winther, has been awarded the Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS) 2015 “Excellence in Volunteer Management” Award! This award recognizes volunteer administrators for their outstanding contributions to the profession and for their promotion of quality volunteer experiences in Idaho.

Teen Read Week activities

School and public libraries celebrated Teen Read Week during October with a variety of activities and events.  Some libraries built on YALSA's "Get Away @ your library" theme by challenging teens to share their dream get away from a book in any media they found appropriate.  Teens submitted their ideas via Facebook, PowerPoint, sculpture, and videos.  All of the  submis

The Big Read accepting applications until January 27, 2016

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Books have the power to bring communities together and ignite conversations. The Big Read is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 grant program, which will award 75 organizations grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications are being accepted from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2016 and June 2017.'s picture

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs 2016

The Commission is now accepting applications for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs. These opportunities are designed to reach more children with summer reading programs, especially those considered “underserved.” Each program is designed to achieve specific outcomes and participating libraries must report results in the ICfL annual summer reading programs report.

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PD and Jammies Can Happen at the Same Time - No Travel Required

Finding school library-specific professional development (PD) can be hard to manage. The big conferences and formal courses are expensive and most involve travel.  To further complicate the matter, getting time away from school, arranging a substitute (if that's an option), and myriad other obstacles make this best practice not practicable for many school librarians.

2016 Make It at the Library application now open!

Idaho libraries are leading the way in making, and your public library can join this exciting movement!

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Meeting Notice - Board of Library Commissioners

A conference call meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. MDT. The meeting may also be attended at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.