Opening for Public Library Consultant

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries has an opening for a Public Library Consultant in our Eastern Field Office.

Let’s Talk About It application deadline May 23

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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 ( application 2014-2015.pdf).

Snowdrops in Spring

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.

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Calling all New School Librarians: Summer Summit 2014 is for you!

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! 

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    Idaho libraries fuse Teen Tech Week and the maker movement

    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.

    Six Idaho school libraries will test program to “Stop the Summer Slide”

    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.

    Retirements at the Eastern Field Office

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    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!!

    Spring Grant Writing Workshop hosted by ICfL!

    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.

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    USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available for Small, Rural Libraries

    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.