Blog posts in School Libraries

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.

Low Hanging Fruit news: STEM

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The March edition of Low Hanging Fruit is all about STEM.
Take a look at this one-page newsletter to get an overview of STEM resources for use with K12 students. From the Cardboard Challenge, the Makerspace Playbook, and LiLI STEM resources to learning all about the STEM Action Center. The March Low Hanging Fruit has got it all!

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Happy New Year & Penciling In!

Happy New Year!  Hope the break was fun and restful, and school librarians everywhere are supercharged and ready to take on 2nd semester! Now that we've turned the calendar to 2016, perhaps there are a few dates you'd like to save.

July 19-21, 2016:

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Librarian Superheroes Use Journal Alerts!

It is a little known fact that Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, started her career as a librarian. It's true! Librarians can become superheroes outside Gotham City, too, by providing the right resources and information at the right time. Journal alerts are a great tool for the school librian's utility belt to achieve superhero status at school!

Here is how it works:

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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.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel, activity and learning here at the School Libraries desk at ICfL.  Topping the list of favorites of the summer were opportunities to meet many Idaho school librarians from all parts of the state.  Running a close second was learning about new trends and developments in Libraryland to bring back to our state.  So, in the spirit of the tra

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Weeding: April Best Practice of the Month

Ah, Spring! The sun is shining (sometimes), the wind is blowing (always), and bulbs are sending up early blooms that assure us that winter is almost over.  Gardeners are itching to get going. So, while pulling all those winter weeds out of the vegetable patch, it is a good time to consider weeding the library collection, too.

Idaho's New Afterschool Network

We are excited to announce the establishment of the Idaho Afterschool Network (IAN), a statewide network of out-of-school and summer program providers. After eight years, thanks to the vision and

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February Best Practice of the Month: Develop the Graphic Novel Collection

Hurray! The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting! Another hurray!