Idaho State Park Passes available for your summer reading program!

Through an exciting new partnership with Idaho State Parks, ICfL is offering free state park passes to Idaho libraries hosting summer reading programs.

The Youth Explorer Passes from Idaho State Parks will waive the entry fee for one vehicle for one day to any Idaho state park. The passes may be used for summer reading in a variety of ways: Distribute when children sign up for summer reading; give out as prizes for summer reading; to take to outreach events.

The only requirements are: 1) Must be used for the library's summer reading program. 2) Must be distributed to children ages birth - 18 for youth summer reading. 3) Must be an Idaho library (public, volunteer, or community). We are not providing passes to school libraries at this time. Participating libraries will also need to stamp each pass with library name and make sure child's name is written on pass.

To order passes, simply submit this form.

We will ship as quickly as possible as we know many programs are already in progress. We will also send a poster to promote the passes, and additional copies can be printed from the PDF below.

This partnership came about rather last minute, and we thank Suzanne Davis at the East Bonner Library for making the initial contact and getting the ball rolling on a statewide level. The program this year will be a pilot, and we hope to continue working with Idaho Parks in the future. We share a common goal to reach those hard-to-reach children and families-- for the libraries, the goal is to keep them reading; for Parks it is to get them outdoors and enjoy adventures in our state parks. No Child Left Behind, and No Child Left Inside!

Update on Fred Meyer Corporation books: Though we applied for a grant back in January and have been in contact with their grants officer frequently over the last couple of months, we still have received no word about whether they will grant us funds to purchase books for summer reading prizes this year. If we do receive funds we will notify libraries right away, and we are prepared to place an order immediately, and ship books as quickly as possible upon arrival.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this State Parks Pass offer and order your passes ASAP.

Questions about this program and offer may be directed to

Good luck with your summer programs!

2015 posters.pdf1.62 MB