Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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AASL National School Library Standards - Where to Start?

Sometimes when a new set of standards is introduced, it is difficult to know where to start, how to apply them, and how a set of standards fits with existing curriculum and everyday practice.  Luckily, there are some helpful tools included in AASL’s new National School Library Standards to help us unpack the standards and start using them in the most useful way.

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The 2018-2019 Mini-Grant Application Window is Open!

Over the past six years, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) has funded mini-grants to 121 Idaho elementary school libraries, who then increased access to books for their youngest students. This year, ICfL is pleased to add a School Library Access (SLA) Mini-Grant to support older elementary students, as well. 

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Do Overdue Fines Short-Change the Library?

Who loves to collect overdue fines from students?  Nobody.  But fines are necessary, aren't they?  And for some school libraries, aren't they a needed revenue stream?  What if collecting the overdue fine costs more than the fine itself? 

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Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school, and welcome back to The School Zone!  It has been a fun (if smoky) summer here in Idaho, and we hope everyone is returning refreshed, recreated, and ready to take on a new year.

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Registration for Summer Summit 2017 for School Librarians is now open!

Idaho School Librarians:  This year's Summer Summit for School Librarians will be July 18th-20th at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, outside Pocatello.  This 3-day summit is open to any school librarian from a publicly funded Idaho school.  Our guest speaker this year is Nikki D.

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School Library Access Mini-Grants Application Deadline is Approaching

Our youngest students need lots of books in their school libraries to check out and take home.  School library books allow young students to practice their newly acquired reading skills and they provide an opportunity for families to read together.  Developing a collection for pre-k, kindergarteners and 1st graders can be difficult and expensive, but $5,000 might help!

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Who's Up for a Challenge?

Happy New Year to all!  Whether it is super snowy, super cold, or both in your neck of the woods, January is a great time for curling up with a good book for educators and students alike. Looking for ideas for titles or themes to support your student and staff reading habits? Maybe a reading challenge would fit the bill!

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ESSA and the School Library

On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation.  In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.

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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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School Library Month, Poetry Month and so much more in April!

April is National Poetry Month! And it is National School Library Month! And National Humor Month!