Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

State Librarian Ann Joslin gives Keynote at ILA Region 4 Conference

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State Librarian Ann Joslin gave a well-received keynote address at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Region 4 Spring Conference on April 15, 2016.

Idaho Financial Education Summit Summary

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

2016 Legislative Session Recap

2016 legislation that may affect ICfL or the Idaho library community includes the bills summarized below. The Idaho Library Association (ILA) was instrumental in building recognition of library staff in education-related bills, and the legislation enables school library staff to be involved in school district reading and literacy improvement plans.

Celebrating Idaho's 2016 "Letters About Literature" Award Winners

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The twelve Idaho students who won at the state level of the 2016 “Letters About Literature” Contest were honored Friday, May 6, during an Awards Luncheon in the Capitol Dining Room of the Statehouse. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated the students and thanked them for their thoughtful and heart-felt letters.

LTAI Applications Due May 20

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Idaho public libraries are invited to apply for the 2016-2017 Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series by completing this  application form. Applying is easy, and libraries work with a community partner to promote and host book discussion sessions.

Talking Book Service in local news

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Karen Lehr, Anchor/Reporter for KIVI 6 On Your Side and KNIN Fox 9, came to Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) on April 29 to do a story on our Talking Books Service and volunteer program. She interviewed ICfL's Volunteer Coordinator Sheila Winther and Regional Talking Book Librarian Sue Walker.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2016 Results

In April 2016, during National Library Week, 35 Idaho libraries from around the state tracked their activities with statistics and photos, creating a snapshot of a day in the life of Idaho libraries and capturing the impact they have on their communities.

Low Hanging Fruit news: STEM

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The March edition of Low Hanging Fruit is all about STEM.
Take a look at this one-page newsletter to get an overview of STEM resources for use with K12 students. From the Cardboard Challenge, the Makerspace Playbook, and LiLI STEM resources to learning all about the STEM Action Center. The March Low Hanging Fruit has got it all!

Notes from ICfL

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Appropriations: The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 is Senate Bill 1392.

Library News From Around the State

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