Blog Posts by erica.compton

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Community Project as Library Project

I was reading an article on Next Avenue's site about how to successfully implement a community project and it started me thinking. We have been discussing the importance of offering programs designed to interest mid-life adults. Why couldn't a library take the lead on a community project and make it into an engaging project for their patrons?

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7 Reasons Volunteering Can Lead to a Job

Some people start volunteering because they’re passionate about a cause. Michael Burke, a Baltimore chef, began volunteering because he got rheumatoid arthritis. That decision paved the way to his current paid job.

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Commission Seeking Successful Programming Examples for Adults 50+

Is your library doing something creative, fun, innovative, or just plain awesome that would appeal to those 50 years and older? The Commission is looking for programming examples to share throughout Idaho and the nation.

Arkansas Library Pushes the Envelope to Promote Their Services

I came across an inspiring article about an Arkansas library pushing the envelope in terms of marketing its services to the community.  In 2009, they met with their library board to talk about ways to change how they operated as an institution. Their website was antiquated and maintained by their reference librarian. They submitted a proposal to the board to have a

Family Reading Week Resources Available Online!

Resources for the 2012 Idaho Family Reading Week are now available online. CDs are still being mailed to all publicly funded public and elementary school libraries next week, so don't fret! The CDs have been delayed slightly in production, so we wanted to give you access to the materials as soon as possible.

Volunteers Can Tell Your Story in the #WhyIVolunteer Photo Contest!

This contest was originally posted by Gina Cargas of VolunteerMatch on July 26, 2012

Got volunteers? Here’s an opportunity for stellar volunteers to tell their stories—and yours!

Registration Opens for Idaho Family Reading Week 2012

Snuggle up and read with your families this November 13-19 and celebrate
the importance of literacy during Idaho Family Reading Week. Every publicly
funded public and elementary school library will receive a CD filled with
programming ideas, booklists, artwork, resources, and more.

In addition, the first 130 libraries to register their event will receive:

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ICfL Sponsors Free Pre-Conference at ILA: Transforming Your Library into a Brain Health Center

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is excited to announce their sponsorship of a full day pre-conference on October 3. Discover the role our brain plays in healthy aging and explore ways all types of libraries can support a healthy brain lifestyle in the programs and services they offer. The workshop will be presented by Dr.

Encore Careers

I have been a bit nostalgic lately, thinking fondly about the TLA50 Fellowship experience in Portland and the wealth of information disseminated. I remember being very impressed with the presentation that Judy Groggin of Encore Careers gave and so I revisited their site.

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Dr. Laura Carstenen, Stanford Center on Longevity TedTalk

Dr. Laura Carstensen Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity spoke at the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship in Portland. Her presentation was one of my favorites of the two day event. I have tried to follow her periodically to keep current on what she and other researchers are doing in the field of longevity. Today I came across this TedTalk event that Dr.