State Librarian Ann Joslin gives Keynote at ILA Region 4 Conference

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State Librarian Ann Joslin gave a well-received keynote address at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Region 4 Spring Conference on April 15, 2016.

Idaho Financial Education Summit Summary

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

2016 Legislative Session Recap

2016 legislation that may affect ICfL or the Idaho library community includes the bills summarized below. The Idaho Library Association (ILA) was instrumental in building recognition of library staff in education-related bills, and the legislation enables school library staff to be involved in school district reading and literacy improvement plans.

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.

LTAI Applications Due May 20

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Idaho public libraries are invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series by completing this  application form. Applying is easy, and libraries work with a community partner to promote and host book discussion sessions.

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2016 CSLP Teen Video Challenge Winners Announced

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) announced the winners of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge.  The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016.

Talking Book Service in local news

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Karen Lehr, Anchor/Reporter for KIVI 6 On Your Side and KNIN Fox 9, came to Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on April 29 to do a story on our Talking Books Service and volunteer program. She interviewed ICfL's Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Winther and Regional Talking Book Librarian Sue Walker.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

In April 2016, during National Library Week, 35 Idaho libraries from around the state tracked their activities with statistics and photos, creating a snapshot of a day in the life of Idaho libraries and capturing the impact they have on their communities.

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Summer Reading Project: Find Your Blog

Blogs are plentiful, free, and when you find a few that speak to you, never-ending sources for ideas, information, and opinion. If the blogger is also a tweeter, you might add a new member to your professional network, too. A few blogs have been mentioned and recommended here, and there are so many, it can be overwhelming.

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Meeting Notice - Idaho Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Blackfoot Public Library, on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT,