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Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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New Picture Book Award To Support Early Literacy

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy ( 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.'s picture

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.