Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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Best Practice of the Month: Develop a Multicultural Collection

We are right in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated this year from September 15th to October 15th.  Ever wonder why it is so important to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women's Month, Black History Month, and similar commemorations?  So important that librarians purchase materials to support it, highlight the featured authors, cult

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Low Hanging Fruit

ICfL has a new tool for school librarians!  It is a newsletter for you to use as your own, with information about ICfL tools and other resources for your teachers. Here is the kicker: it comes from your library - from you!  This little something you just threw together is called Low Hanging Fruit because it is easy.  It's easy for you - just forward it to your teachers' emai

Letters About Literature

It's time to register for our favorite reading and writing contest!  The registration window for Letters About Literature is now open.  Get all the details on how to enter this Idaho Core Standards-aligned contest from The Center for the Book at http://libraries.idaho.gov/lal.  

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    Free 12 Years A Slave Curriculum Tool Kit for High Schools

    Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit.  Visit http://www.12yearsaslave.com/ to find out how to get a kit for your high school.

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      2015 National Geographic Bee!

      Pull out those maps and atlases - on September 15th registration opens for the 2015 National Geographic Bee!   Get your school library involved in this fun and worthwhile contest for 4th to 8th graders.  Those who demonstrate stellar knowledge of geography get a chance to participate in the 2015 Idaho State Geographic Bee in Rexburg.&n

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      Idaho's Winners for Library of Congress & Center for the Book Letters About Literacy Contest!

      Idaho's winners for the 2013-2014 Letters About Literature Contest have been awarded at school assemblies and celebrations all over Idaho!  Check out the full list of Idaho's winners and mark your calendar for next year's entry deadlines.

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      Free Audio Books are Available Through SYNC

      This week kicks off summer reading SYNC-style!  Every week from May 15th through August 20th, SYNC makes two YA audio books available for download.  A current title is paired with a classic title, and can be easily downloaded through Overdrive.  This week's time travel themed pair is WARP: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and The Time Machine by H.G.

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      Webinar on Common Core from AASL, ALSC & YALSA

      *The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Task Force on the Common Core is presenting a webinar next Thursday afternoon, "The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students." This webinar is free of charge and takes place Thursday, May 8 at 3:00 PDT/ 4:00 MDT.

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      April is National School Library Month!

      Celebrate with AASL's theme for 2014, Lives change @ your library!  Go to  AASL's website to download public service announcements from Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, school library month posters, and lots more.   Use April to toot your

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      Calling all New School Librarians: Summer Summit 2014 is for you!

      Registration for Summer Summit 2014 is now open!  This year's summit is for new school librarians at any level of K-12 education with two or fewer years of experience.   Join us July 15, 16 & 17 for a retreat-style workshop in Boise.  Get more information and register here!