Teen Read Week Registration OPENS August 19!

Teen Read Week is October 16-22 and this year’s theme is Picture It @ your library. We have jumped on the bandwagon and tied this year’s project to photography. The ICfL wants to know if you are going to participate in TRW this year! We collected some great baseline data on library and teen participation last year and want to continue gathering information on teen services.

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Call for Summer Reading Program Ideas for 2013

It's time to start digging up ideas for the 2013 summer reading theme, “Underground.” Collaborative Summer Library Programs (CSLP) program manual committees would like your suggestions for the following slogans:

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Teens' Top Ten titles

Get your teens ready for Teen Read Week by encouraging them to vote for their favorite books published in 2010.

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Fast Forward To the Future!

Free Workshop on October 5 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Boise Centre - provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This is one of three preconferences prior to the Idaho Library Association Annual meeting in Boise.

Nominations open for "I Love My Librarian" Award

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Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York
Times "I Love My Librarian" Award.

The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of
librarians in public, school, college, community college and university
libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

ILA Annual Conference Registration is Open!

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It’s time to register for ILA 2011! This year’s theme is “Fast Forward,
Rewind, Pause and Unwind,” with 30 workshops and your choice of 3 free

Date: Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 5-7

Place: The Boise Centre (formerly the Centre on the Grove)

Energy Kit Lending Program - Project Report

In May 2010, Idaho libraries began loaning Energy Efficiency Kit as part of a statewide program funded by Idaho Power Company, Avista Utilities, and Rocky Mountain Power.  245 kits were put into circulation.  In the first year of the program, kits were checked out by library customers 1,139 times. 

ICfL welcomes new SW/south central field consultant

Southwest/south central Idaho filed consultant Kevin Tomlinson

Since arriving at the Commission in late May to assume field consultant responsibilities for southwest and south central public libraries, Kevin Tomlinson has been visiting libraries, meeting people, and participating in meetings—taking in as much as he can about the Idaho library community.

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E-Rate funding in Idaho

So far in Wave 1 of 2011 E-Rate funding, 57 public libraries have received funding commitments. Most schools or libraries have more than one funding request. There is a separate funding request for each vendor and, depending on the service (e.g., telecommunications or Internet), a library may have two or more funding requests for the same vendor.

online @ your library update

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We are almost halfway through the “online @ your library” Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant period.