Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

Online Donations to Your Public Library

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Have you thought about collecting donations through your public library website? Here are a couple of options to consider:
- Use your existing payment processor. If you already have an online payment option for collecting fines, your customer rep should be able to provide you with a web interface for adding an online donation option.  

Upcoming Annual Conferences

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  • PNLA 2015 Annual Conference (Pacific Northwest Library Association); “Pushing the Boundaries;” August 5-7; Hilton Vancouver; Vancouver, WA:  REGISTER by July 3, 2015 to save on the registration.

ICfL Grieves Over Passing of Board Member Larry Weeks

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Commissioner Larry Weeks passed away on June 6, 2015. Weeks served on the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners for 19 years and was recently honored for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL).

Read to Me Program Receives ICIRA Award

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The Idaho Council of the International Reading Association (ICIRA) recently honored the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Read to Me program for advancing early literacy statewide. ICIRA officers presented ICfL staff with a check for $500 that will be used to purchase books for Literacy in the Park and other Summer Reading outreach efforts.

More Idaho Schools to Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Readers

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Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

Living the Community’s Vision

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by Shirley Biladeau and Teresa Lipus

ICfL Commissioner Honored for 25 Years of Volunteering

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Commissioner Larry Weeks was honored recently for 25 years of volunteering at the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL). During that time, Weeks has narrated local and regional books for the Idaho Talking Book Service, recording 23 books--including a two-volume, 28-hour recording of the History of Idaho, which took over a year to record.

Nominations open for "Best Small Library in America" Award

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If your public library demonstrates outstanding service to a population of 25,000 or less, Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation want to hear from you. Library Journal's annual award for the Best Small Library in America was founded 10 years ago to encourage and showcase the exemplary work of small libraries.

Celebrating Letters About Literature 2015 Contest Winners

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) honored the Idaho winners of the 2015 “Letters About Literature” contest during an Awards Luncheon at the Capitol Dining Room in the Statehouse on Friday, May 1.

Notes from ICfL

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In January, the Governor’s FY2016 budget recommendation for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) included our request for a $100,000 permanent increase for Read to Me (RTM) Mini-Grants for more elementary school libraries to increase convenient access to quality, age-appropriate books for young children.