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Low Hanging Fruit

ICfL has a new tool for school librarians!  It is a newsletter for you to use as your own, with information about ICfL tools and other resources for your teachers. Here is the kicker: it comes from your library - from you!  This little something you just threw together is called Low Hanging Fruit because it is easy.  It's easy for you - just forward it to your teachers' emai

Letters About Literature

It's time to register for our favorite reading and writing contest!  The registration window for Letters About Literature is now open.  Get all the details on how to enter this Idaho Core Standards-aligned contest from The Center for the Book at http://libraries.idaho.gov/lal.  

    More Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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    Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

    The Hub: A New Resource from SDE

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    The State Department of Education has a new professional development website for Idaho educators called “The Hub.” The goal of the Hub is to provide educators opportunities to learn and lead. The site is a one-stop shop to find resources for professional development to utilize the power of collaboration and connect educators.

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    Free 12 Years A Slave Curriculum Tool Kit for High Schools

    Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit.  Visit http://www.12yearsaslave.com/ to find out how to get a kit for your high school.

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      2015 National Geographic Bee!

      Pull out those maps and atlases - on September 15th registration opens for the 2015 National Geographic Bee!   Get your school library involved in this fun and worthwhile contest for 4th to 8th graders.  Those who demonstrate stellar knowledge of geography get a chance to participate in the 2015 Idaho State Geographic Bee in Rexburg.&n

      ALA's Dr. Barbara Stripling at Idaho's Summer Summit

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      American Library Association Immediate Past-President Dr. Barbara Stripling was the opening speaker for the Idaho Commission for Libraries' “Summer Summit 2014” (July 15-17) for new Idaho school librarians. Dr. Stripling believes that librarians are in a perfect position to “lead from the middle,” as they have sight of the entire school.

      Idaho Core Standards Information

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      During the April Info2Go! webinar, Melissa McGrath, Idaho State Department of Education, provided an informative presentation on the Idaho Core Standards and the many resources available to libraries and parents.

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      Free Audio Books are Available Through SYNC

      This week kicks off summer reading SYNC-style!  Every week from May 15th through August 20th, SYNC makes two YA audio books available for download.  A current title is paired with a classic title, and can be easily downloaded through Overdrive.  This week's time travel themed pair is WARP: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G.

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      Webinar on Common Core from AASL, ALSC & YALSA

      *The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Task Force on the Common Core is presenting a webinar next Thursday afternoon, "The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students." This webinar is free of charge and takes place Thursday, May 8 at 3:00 PDT/ 4:00 MDT.