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Save the date: Credible Connections workshops

online @ your library announces late-winter workshops for all public libraries.

Credible Connections will be coming to a location near you in late January through mid-March 2012. This will be an opportunity for public libraries (staff and trustees) to connect with a wide range of other local and state agencies.

College and Career Ready concept

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  • Nearly 5,800 students did not graduate from Idaho’s high schools in 2010; the lost lifetime earnings in Idaho for that class of dropouts alone totals over $1.5 billion(1)
  • Idaho ranks 46th of all states in college completion at 2

Recent additions to the Commission website

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Mid-life adults: Did you know that by 2014, 65% of current library customers will be between 50 and 75 years of age?

Keeping up on library youth services

Summer Reading sun

Want to stay informed about library youth services in Idaho? Check out these sources:

ICfL Website
- Summer Reading: http://libraries.idaho.gov/landing/summer-reading

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Internet filtering—resources for public libraries

Beginning October 1, 2012, all public libraries receiving public money and governed by the provisions of Chapter 26 or Chapter 27 of Title 33 of Idaho Code will need to comply with Idaho Code 33-2741 regarding Internet Use Policies. 

Talking Book Service campaign

Never Stop Reading logo

The Commission’s “Never Stop Reading” campaign to promote the Talking Book Service (TBS), began in October and will run through June 2012. This statewide outreach, intended to provide information about TBS to potential users and their family and friends, features a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) that focuses on the variety of titles available to TBS users.

ICfL Board of Commissioners tours Idaho libraries

photo of ICfl Board tour

Idaho Board of Library Commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, October 14, 2011 in American Falls after touring the Idaho State University library and the Century High School library in Pocatello—as well as public libraries in McCammon, Lava Hot Springs, Soda Springs, and Malad—on Thursday.

Idaho Library Association Awards

photo of ILA Award winners

photo of Scholarship winnersCongratulations to the following people, who were recognized at the October 6, 2011 Idaho Library Association’s Annual Conference Awards Banquet and Ceremony for their contributions to Idaho libraries.

Library news from around the state

Whitney Elementary School

Clark County District Library in Dubois welcomed new director Brenda Laird this fall. 

Jump Start program gets the word out

Jump Start logo

 The Jump Start program encourages parents of children registering for kindergarten to “Get a Jump Start on Reading @ Your Library.” Participating libraries visit local elementary schools where they provide early literacy packets to parents and a free copy of Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson to each child during kindergarten registration.