Blog posts in Read to Me

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.

Help Promote TumbleBooks™ and DayByDayID.org

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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

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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 (www.familyreading.org), 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.

Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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by Stephanie Bailey-White, reading programs coordinator

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New Picture Book Award To Support Early Literacy

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (http://www.clel.org) an advisory group to the Colorado State Library, announced the inaugural year of the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards, a new children's literature award created to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children.

Idaho Libraries Encouraged to Sponsor Summer Food Service Programs

The Child Nutrition Division of the State Department of Education is seeking sponsors for this year’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children, ages 1-18, who live in areas in need of economic assistance during school summer vacations.