The birth of ICfL's Library Development Division

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In 1984, in their December 7 meeting, the Idaho State Library Board approved the new Library Development Division. The purpose of the Library Development Division is to help Idaho libraries of all types improve services to their clientele by:'s picture

Your Library May Be Eligible for Summer Food Program

Did you know? Currently over 50% of Idaho's children are eligible for federally-funded food programs!

During the school year nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap.

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“What a Deal” Idaho Tax Credit 2011 fact sheet

The “What a Deal” Idaho Tax Credit fact sheet for 2011, designed to help you promote donations to your public library or library district is now available on the ICFL website at

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Caregivers for Older Adults

Idaho has seen an influx of the elderly as many choose the state as a place to retire.  Idaho's cost of living is lower, and they can afford a lifestyle that is more comfortable. As they move closer to family, family members are taking on caregiving roles.

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Smart Investing@Your Library

The economy of the last few years has made many aware of the need for more financial literacy.  The American Library Association partnered with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to create, a program that addresses the growing need for unbiased financial and investor education at the

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Volunteering in Libraries

All the topics in the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship were informative.  However, many Fellows reported that the section on using volunteers in the library was especially intriguing for two reasons: libraries are always short staffed, and volunteers can become valuable advocates for the library.   Volunteers have always been invaluable in the support rol

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Matching Volunteers to the Right Missions

The NY Times had an inspiring article in their November 11 issue on the creative use of volunteers. Given tight budgets and expanding needs, libraries everywhere are looking for more ways to use volunteers effectively and in a variety of roles.  If your library is one of these, you might find this an interesting read.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

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ICfL Launches Webpage for Mid-Life Adults

LogoThe Idaho Commission for Libraries launched a new web page dedicated to programming, services, and planning for mid-life adults or boomers.  Library

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Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee Members Present at ILA Annual Conference

Five members of the newly formed Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee (MLAAC) presented at the Annual ILA Conference in Boise this past October. Their presentation Baby Boomers and Beyond focused on library programs and services for the Boomer Generation. Apparently there was alot of interest as it was standing-room only for the one-hour presentation.

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ICfL Forms Mid-Life Adult Advisory Committee

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is pleased to announce the formation of the first state-wide advisory committee to address services for mid-life adults. The 11 committee members are all Fellows from the IMLS Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship.