Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let Teresa Lipus know at

Upcoming E-rate Changes

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by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes: 

Updated Library Law Manual Available Online

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by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
The newest edition of Idaho Library Laws, which incorporates the changes from the 2014 legislative session, is now available online as a PDF at

More Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

The Hub: A New Resource from SDE

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The State Department of Education has a new professional development website for Idaho educators called “The Hub.” The goal of the Hub is to provide educators opportunities to learn and lead. The site is a one-stop shop to find resources for professional development to utilize the power of collaboration and connect educators.

Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

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Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.

ILA Annual Conference, October 1–3, 2014

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The Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is October 1–3, in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel. A wide range of great programs, guest speakers, and activities will be offered for the library community. Three pre-conferences are available October 1, free with full conference registration.

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Free 12 Years A Slave Curriculum Tool Kit for High Schools

Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit.  Visit to find out how to get a kit for your high school.

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    Free Webinars - STEAM Programming

    Thank you to the Library of Virginia for sharing information on the following opportunities!!

    Using STEM in Preschool Programs

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    Taking the science fair out of the auditorium and into cyberspace - FREE Student Competition

    As I was trolling the web for all things STEAM, I came across a competition I had not seen before. As I read more about the challenge, I discovered how it fit so well with our Make it at the Library project's mission and philosphy. This is what the website says about the challenge: