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Favorite Literary Couples of 2013

The following was published in February's issue of The Scoop...

My First Books Applications for 2014-2015 Available Now

My First Books is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. Formerly titled "Read to Me First Book," this program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.'s picture

Boys and Girls Clubs Summer Reading Partnerships Application

If you have a Boys and Girls Club in your area, you might consider applying for this program.

ICfL will work with 3-4 public libraries to replicate the pilot program that was tested in Ada County in 2012.

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to minimize summer learning loss, especially among disadvantaged or underserved children.

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Registration Open for March 6-7 Read to Me Meeting

Public library staff who are active in Read to Me outreach efforts are encouraged to attend this year’s Read to Me meeting in Boise on March 6-7. Saroj Ghoting, early literacy consultant, will be one of the guest presenters at the meeting. She will be talking about the new version of Every Child Ready to Read and ways to share that information with parents in your libraries.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs

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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By Erica Compton, Project Coordinator

A recent survey aimed at parents of Idaho preschoolers who are participating in the Books to Go program found that very few are aware of two new resources available to their families. We are pretty excited about both of these great services and want you to be too!

Read to Me 101 Webinar – February 5

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A one-hour overview of the Read to Me program will be offered on February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. (MST). If you’re new to libraries, a trustee, or have any questions about the early literacy programs offered by's picture

Start a New Holiday Tradition

This holiday season include books and reading in your celebrations by participating in "A Book on Every Bed." Supported and promoted by Family Reading Partnerships (, this ritual has become a tradition in my family, and it is something we cherish and look forward to each year.

Summer Reading Manuals Headed Your Way!

Summer Reading Program manuals have been shipped out to every publicly-funded public library in Idaho that submitted their 2013 Summer Reading Report. Manuals are addressed to the library in general and not a specific person, so please keep an eye out and give your mail processing person a heads-up.