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Register for Summer Summit 2018 for School Librarians!

There is plenty of room on the waiting list for school librarians who are interested in attending Summer Summit 2018!  This year's Summit will be held in Boise on July 17, 18, & 19 at the Riverside Hotel.  We are pleased to we

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AASL National School Library Standards: Domains and Competencies

In February, we discussed the Shared Foundations (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage)AASL Infographic and their Accompanying Key Commitments.  This month, we'll cover the next level of detail in

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AASL National School Library Standards - Shared Foundations

The AASL National School Library Standards are actually three sets of standards: one for learners; one for school librarians; and one for the school library program itself.  All three of the standards sets, called Frameworks, use the same Shared Foundations, which reflect the core values of school librarianship.  They are at the highest level of the Stan

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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!