Happy New Year & Penciling In!

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Happy New Year!  Hope the break was fun and restful, and school librarians everywhere are supercharged and ready to take on 2nd semester! Now that we've turned the calendar to 2016, perhaps there are a few dates you'd like to save.

July 19-21, 2016:

Summer Summit 2016 in Coeur d'Alene! Registration will open in early spring, so keep an eye on The Scoop, libraries.idaho.gov, LibIdaho, and the ICfL School Libraries Facebook page for more news.  Our keynote speaker this year is Tiffany Whitehead; check out her blog at www.mightylittlelibrarian.com.

January 8-12, 2016:

ALA Midwinter in Boston! If you, like me, are not lucky enough to attend, we can still tune in for the big award announcements:

  • Sunday, January 10th: the Andrew Caregie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced, along with the Reading List, Notable Books and Listen List selections, and various other awards; and
  • Monday, January 11th: the Youth Media Awards will be announced including the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Awards. Join the excitement via a live webcast of the award announcements. Stay tuned to http://2016.alamidwinter.org/awards for the exact times of announcements.

January 11, 2016:

Entry deadline for this year's Letters About Literature contest. Due to a kerfuffle with the post office, entries for all levels are being accepted with a January 11th or sooner postmark. We hope to see your students' entries!

February 25, 2016:

Application deadline for a NEW Read to Me grant for elementary school libraries that have already received a School Library Access MiniGrant. This one is called the Elementary School Library Summer Access to Books Grant and it can be used to purchase books for students in grades K-6! Take a look at the eligibility and grant requirements at http://libraries.idaho.gov/school-access-mini-grants.

March 4, 2016:

Idaho Day! Use this month's edition of Low Hanging Fruit to help your teachers start planning for this year's celebration. Check out the Low Hanging Fruit page, and learn how to incorprate Page 2 to let your teachers know about all the wonderful things that are happening in your library!

Here's to an exciting and productive 2016!