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.  

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    Hands on Activities Equal a Big Kids Playground

    The recent emphasis on maker spaces and maker events brings
    home the idea that using multiple senses and problem solving allows greater
    learning and better retention. Whether it’s electrifying a banana, creating a
    whirli-gig, whipping up a batch of marshmallows, or putting together a 3D
    puzzle, hands on activities allow adults to engage in ways often unavailable in
    their daily lives.

    Notes from ICfL

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    FCC Commissioner Visits Idaho

    Library News From Around the State

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    Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let Teresa Lipus know at teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.

    Upcoming E-rate Changes

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    by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes: 

    Updated Library Law Manual Available Online

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    by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
    The newest edition of Idaho Library Laws, which incorporates the changes from the 2014 legislative session, is now available online as a PDF at http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/trustees.

    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.

    Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

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    Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.

    ILA Annual Conference, October 1–3, 2014

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    The Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is October 1–3, in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel. A wide range of great programs, guest speakers, and activities will be offered for the library community. Three pre-conferences are available October 1, free with full conference registration.