Blog Posts by sue.walker

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Pump Up your Volunteer Program

ICfL recently signed a one year contract with VolunteerMatch and began plans for a statewide initiative to increase the use of volunteers in Idaho's public libraries.  The initiative begins with a pilot project of up to 30 libraries who will receive training in developing volunteer programs and using VolunteerMatch's database to recruit volunteers to help meet their needs.  In additio

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How Healthy Is Your Brain?!

Piggybacking on Rebecca Melton's earlier blog, Dr.

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Volunteer webinar

I participated in a fantastic webinar on the changing face of volunteers today.  The presenter was Jill Fixler, a long time Volunteer Coordinator and consultant.  I was surprised to learn Idaho ranks really high in both the percentage of persons who volunteer (34%) and the average number of hours volunteered.  Jill provided wonderful insights into how volunteers can be used

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Smart Investing@Your Library

The economy of the last few years has made many aware of the need for more financial literacy.  The American Library Association partnered with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to create, a program that addresses the growing need for unbiased financial and investor education at the

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Volunteering in Libraries

All the topics in the Transforming Life After 50 Fellowship were informative.  However, many Fellows reported that the section on using volunteers in the library was especially intriguing for two reasons: libraries are always short staffed, and volunteers can become valuable advocates for the library.   Volunteers have always been invaluable in the support rol

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Books to Action

Last week I participated in Boise Public Library's first Books to Action Program.  This  variation on a book discussion offers participants the opportunity to discuss the book and then help a community organization.  Discussion was on Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide on October 16th or 18th and followed up with fall cle

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Teens' Top Ten titles

Get your teens ready for Teen Read Week by encouraging them to vote for their favorite books published in 2010.

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BARD institutional accounts now available

Institutions are now eligible to apply for accounts to download from BARD, the database of digital titles for those unable to read standard print.

Happy Birthday National Library Service!

Digital player and book

On Thursday, March 3, the Talking Book Service (TBS) will host an Open House at ICfL from 1-3 pm to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the National Library Service (NLS) which supplies the audio books, magazines and players for TBS to loan to users statewide.

Accessible Voting

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Don't let physical restrictions limit your ability to vote! All Idaho polling locations have several alternatives to allow those with physical challenges to vote. includes information on accessible voting, registering to vote, voting locations, the general election candidate list. amd much more.