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Financial Assistance Available to Attend Idaho Early Years Conference

The Idaho Early Years Conference is a two-day statewide conference for early childhood educators, practitioners, parents, library staff, and library trustees. This year the conference is scheduled for November 15-16, 2016 and will be held at The Riverside Hotel in Boise. There are two options for assistance:

Local Postal Carrier Recognized as the Year’s Best

Sandpoint, Idaho – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Talking Book Service (TBS) recently presented its Postal Carrier of the Year Recognition for 2015 to Postal Carrier Vicky Shilling, of the Ponderay Post Office in Ponderay, Idaho.

$200,000 Awarded to Schools throughout Idaho

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) awarded $200,000 to 47 elementary schools throughout Idaho for the purchase of books to serve students pre-kindergarten through first grade and to allow five schools to open their libraries during the summer. The funds were in the form of mini-grants, for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000, each. 

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ESSA and the School Library

On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation.  In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.

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Robots in the Library!

Idaho Libraries, are you interested in having a robotics
team in your library?

Idaho has received some funding for expanding the
national FIRST Robotics
program through the Idaho Afterschool Network.

Training for Youth Services staff; Sept. 13, 2016

Read to Me

Idaho library staff are invited to attend a day of free training hosted by ICfL’s Read to Me program and the Meridian Library District on September 13, 2016.

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Notice of Idaho Board of Library Commissioners Meeting

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.

ICfL Board Library Tour

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The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners visited seven libraries in southeast Idaho in April. The Board tours libraries annually, choosing a different area of the state each year.

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries.

Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.