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Important message regarding backpacks for Bright Futures School Visits

In recent years the Commission has provided branded materials for libraries that sign up for the Bright Futures School Visits program. These materials are distributed during visits at elementary schools in order to increase student participation in the libraries' summer reading programs.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Reading Opportunities

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.

National literacy report examines technology role and spotlights ICfL "Storytime Online"

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A recently released report produced for the “Campaign for Grade-Level Reading” spotlights new initiatives in early childhood literacy programs that have “taken different approaches to technology, harnessing its power to assist teachers and parents in helping children learn to read”—including Idaho’s Routes to Reading “Storytime Online,” the and Tumblebooks<

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Read to Me Meeting Registration Open

The agenda for the annual Read to Me meeting has been finalized and we hope you’ll enjoy “Digging a Little Deeper into Early Literacy” on February 21-22 in Boise.'s picture

Schools can now order CSLP materials from Upstart

The CSLP is proud to announce a new partnership opportunity!  In response to members' feedback that there is a need to allow school and non-profit partners the opportunity to purchase materials to help promote the library's summer reading program, a limited selection will now be available for orders.  Attached please find the 2013 School/Non-profit Partner catalog.  Partners may call, fax or mail their orders in to Highsmith/Upstart; they will not be able to place the order online.

ICfL Wins Grant to Pave "Routes to Reading"

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries has received a $250,000 grant to promote early learning among low-income children. The award is part of a $2.5 million grant program that aligns the work of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with the goals of the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.


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Your Library May Be Eligible for Summer Food Program

Did you know? Currently over 50% of Idaho's children are eligible for federally-funded food programs!

During the school year nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap.