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Annual Read to Me Meeting set for March 1 – 2, 2011 in Boise

For the past 13 years, the Read to Me program has sponsored an annual training meeting. This year the meeting is designed to build the capacity of libraries to provide information on the six early literacy skills to Idaho families through outreach and at the library.  Here’s an overview of the meeting content:

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Idaho Community Foundation Grant Cycle Open for Northern Idaho

The Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) grant cycle is now open for the northern Idaho counties of Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce and Shoshone. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15. In the last grant cycle, ICF awarded nearly $112,000 in grants to 77 organizations in northern Idaho, including several to Idaho libraries.

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A Book on Every Bed

National advice columnist Amy Dickinson’s “Ask Amy” column promoted a great idea -- "A Book on Every Bed." Here’s how it works:

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Hailey Public Library Hosts an Emergency Preparedness and Planning Event

Kudos to Hailey Public Library for building community!!

The Hailey Public Library received a $5,000 outreach award to host a free emergency preparedness and planning community event. The event was held on October 23, 2010. The event “Ready Hailey” partnered with local agencies and community organizations to bring information specific to emergency preparedness and planning to the community.

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FY2010 Online Public Library Survey Now Available

The online Annual Report Form for FY10 is now ready and available. You will find it here:

Usernames and passwords are the same as last year, but if you do not know, or have forgotten them, please call us and we will get that information to you. If we are not in the office you can leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call.

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Majority of babies born in Idaho receive assistance from WIC

In 2008, 58 percent of babies born in Idaho received food assistance from Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program during their first year. WIC services are provided by the seven Idaho public health districts and two Native American health agencies. There are more than 50 clinics located across the state. WIC serves mothers of children prenatal to age five.

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YALSA sponsors Dec. 16 “Gear Up for Summer Reading” webinar

Looking for a different way to structure your summer reading program? Join Shari Fesko, Teen Services Librarian at Southfield Public Library, for a discussion on summer reading programming events and promotion. Participants will learn about programs that range from the performing arts, to cooking to crafting to competitive events.

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A Conference Call meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. MT. The meeting may also be attended at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, Idaho 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.

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What a Deal: Tax Credit for Contributions to Idaho Public Libraries

The “What a Deal” fact sheet, designed to help you promote donations to your public library or library district is now available on the ICFL website at To receive a deduction for 2010, individuals or corporations must donate to the library by December 31, 2010.

2010 Summer Reading Program drew over 69,000 Idaho children and teens

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Over 69,000 Idaho children and teens participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program at their public libraries, a nine percent increase over last year’s record numbers. These programs are designed to help children build or maintain literacy levels and are one solution to the “summer slide.”