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Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

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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2015 Libraries Building Community Summit

If your public library is thinking of planning a community-based project for Summer Reading, Summer Slide, Make It or other library programming, consider participating in the 2015 Libraries Building Community Summit to be held April 29 and 30 in Boise.

Dia 2015 Registration Opens

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Ten New Libraries Join the Make It at the Library Project!

Make It at the Library- the Commission's project to implement makerspaces in public libraries across Idaho had another successful and exciting year in 2014. Each of the six new libraries and returning five libraries embraced "making" and pushed the boundaries of programming with tweens and teens.

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Resource Sharing & Access Needs Assessment

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking quotations for a contract for professional services to identify the needs of the Idaho library community regarding resource sharing and access to information. 

IDAHO EDUCATION NETWORK AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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With the current contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) ruled invalid, the State has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as a step to collect information prior to a full bidding process (see the IEN website at http://ien.idaho.gov). 

Storytime at the mall

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We wanted to share the storytime model that Latah County Library District in Moscow is doing. They collected data showing that families on the west side of town were not as able to come to storytimes at the library because of transportation or other barriers. They created a storytime at a mall on that side of town to provide an opportunity for those families to participate in it.

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January Best Practice of the Month: Flexible Scheduling

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) counts flexible scheduling among best practices for school libraries.  The other scheduling methods include fixed scheduling and mixed scheduling.  Before discussing those options, it is best to set out definitions of the terms: