Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
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Idaho libraries are invited to apply for the 2014-2015 Let’s Talk About It series by completing the application now available on the ICfL website (http://libraries.idaho.gov/files/LTAI application 2014-2015.pdf).
I may not attract much attention in many aspects, but around my neighborhood there are a couple of things that I’m noted for. First and foremost would probably be my firm belief that grass is highly over-utilized as a landscape medium. For me, grass is boring. I prefer trees; I prefer bushes; and I definitely prefer flowers.
Registration for Summer Summit 2014 is now open! This year's summit is for new school librarians at any level of K-12 education with two or fewer years of experience. Join us July 15, 16 & 17 for a retreat-style workshop in Boise. Get more information and register here!
This year libraries are celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 9–15, with a “DIY @ your library” theme. More than 60 Idaho public and school libraries will offer teens an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom—where they can explore, create, and share content.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is working with Boise State University Literacy Professor Dr. Roger Stewart to research whether opening school libraries over the summer, along with using a “Book Fair” model of providing free books toward the end of the school year, can maintain or increase children’s literacy skills over the summer months.
by Marjorie Hooper, Associate State Librarian
While we at the Idaho Commission for Libraries may be sad as Frank Nelson and Debby Wylie leave us after so many years, we wish them nothing but the best as they enter this new phase of life: Retirement!!
The Idaho Commission for Libraries is pleased to host the upcoming Grant Writing Workshop, by Grant Writing USA, at our Boise offices in the Capitol Mall area of Downtown Boise on May 12th and 13th, 2014.
A couple of years ago, you may recall I was bouncing around the state hosting a variety of sessions called Credible Connections. One of my community contacts from those days just got in touch with me and asked me to spread the good news for public libraries. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds available to provide financial assistance to develop essential public community facilities in rural areas up to 20,000 population in the form of loan and grant funds for projects serving the most financially needy communities. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of Idaho.
Rethinking Volunteerism, the 2014 Serve Idaho conference theme, is the perfect opportunity for library staff to examine their assumptions about volunteers and see firsthand how volunteering has changed in the last 10 years. The two day conference, March 4 and 5, at the Red Lion Hotel Downtowner in Boise, offers numerous opportunities to gain practical knowledge about all as