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Teen Manual for 2016: Call for Ideas

If you have ideas for programs, displays, or other teen activities relating to fitness/exercise/wellness, click here to see what the committee is looking for. Submissions are due by October 31.

EatPlayGrow™ at your library!

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) will be working with interested Idaho public libraries in 2014-2015 to introduce the new EatPlayGrow™ curriculum to parents of preschoolers in an effort to help them make healthier choices.

State Librarian welcomes librarians to ILA Annual Conference

State Librarian Ann Joslin welcomes librarians to ILA Conference

At the Idaho Library Association (ILA) 2014 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 2, State Librarian Ann Joslin welcomed participants and gave an overview of the past year at Idaho Commission for Libraries. (See this PDF of the accompanying PowerPoint slides.)

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Best Practice of the Month: Develop a Multicultural Collection

We are right in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated this year from September 15th to October 15th.  Ever wonder why it is so important to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women's Month, Black History Month, and similar commemorations?  So important that librarians purchase materials to support it, highlight the featured authors, cult

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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

Shirley Biladeau receives ILA Special Services to Libraries Award

photo of Rami Attebury and Shirley Biladeau at ILA Awards Banquet

Shirley Biladeau, Idaho Commission for Libraries' continuing education consultant, has received the Idaho Library Association's Special Services to Libraries Award, "in recognition for exceptional performance while serving Idaho libraries." At the ILA Annual Conference Awards Banquet on October 2, 2014, Shirley was recognized for her continued dedication to professional development, as wel

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Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Mountain Home Public Library, on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. MDT, 790 N. 10th E., Mountain Home,ID, 83647.

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  

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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