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Dear North Idaho Library Community:

As you know, Read to Me received a National Leadership Grant to increase Idaho children’s access to print materials and strengthen early literacy skills. “Routes to Reading” has three components: 1) Books to Go; 2) TumbleBooks and; and 3) Coalition-Building and public awareness. The first two “routes” are well underway and we are receiving very positive feedback. Thank you for helping us to make those first two routes successful!

Route #3 is also underway. We have been working with Idaho Voices for Children, Idaho Kids Count, and Idaho’s Early Childhood Coordinating Council (EC3) to facilitate regional coalition-building events designed to bring together library staff and trustees, business people, school staff, parents, policy-makers, and other stakeholders who are interested in partnering to increase the number of children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. These events, somewhat similar to the Credible Connections sessions hosted by ICfL in the past, are helping to create community-based task forces that are action-oriented and meet the needs of individual communities in Idaho. Last spring community campaign events were held in Pocatello, Twin Falls, and Boise, and attendee feedback was very positive. From the work that was done in these sessions several community partnerships have been formed to collaboratively find solutions to critical needs.

We will host one more community campaign session April 29, 2014, in Coeur d'Alene. We invite all our north Idaho friends to attend this event.

Keynote Speaker: Ron Fairchild, director of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading, is speaking at the "Community Campaign" events. You can read more about Ron’s work with the Campaign, why reading by third grade is so important, and about the efforts in other states at The outline of the agenda is below:

  • Third Grade Reading Success Matters
  • Keynote: Ron Fairchild, National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
  • Panel: Existing Programs and Initiatives in Our Community
  • Call to Action
  • Building Community Networks
  • Next Steps

It is our vision that Idaho libraries are the central hub of these task-forces, bringing together those who are currently working toward reading proficiency, those whose resources are yet untapped, and those who will help sustain the efforts of the group in their community. For a summary of an Idaho Kids Count report regarding the importance of reading by third grade, click here.

Register for the Coeur d'Alene Community Campaign Event:

April 29, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
CDA Best Western Inn

See Detailed Agenda
(Register by April 25)