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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!

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IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Got a fabulous idea, but no money to implement? Check out the Sparks! Ignition grants from IMLS! School, public, and non-profit, tax-exempt libraries are eligible for these small grants that range from $10K-25K. Small is a relative term, and these grants are large enough to make a big difference.

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December Best Practice of the Month: Subject Guides

A subject guide is a set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic. Since the patrons of a school library are teachers and students, it is best to keep both audiences in mind when creating one.

Letters about Literature Contest Reminder

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is again sponsoring the Letters About Literature writing competition for Idaho. The annual competition is coordinated and funded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book. Students write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their perspective on the world. There are three competition levels:

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2 Idaho School Librarians Accepted to LiLead Fellowship!

Congratulations to Erin Downey, District Librarian at Boise Independent School District, and to Carol Robinson, District Librarian at Joint School District 171 in Orofino, on their acceptance into the LiLead Fellows Program!  The LiLead fellowship is an 18-month program through the University of Maryland, with the goal to create a network of school library supervisors w

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Best Practice of the Month: Self-Selection

 Do you have a roommate in your library? Did you decide it would be a good arrangement, or did you realize one day that you had extra software on the computer and a drawer full of colored dot stickers that were not yours? Have you found reading level numbers in the front of books that boss you and your students around?