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Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015

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By Hailey Roberts
Idaho Library Snapshot Day will be held again this year during National Library Week (April 12-18), an annual, nationwide celebration of the work and contributions of libraries and library personnel sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).

Here We Have Idaho Day

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The first Idaho Day, March 4, 2015, kicked off at the Idaho State Capitol building and many other locations around the state.

How to Celebrate Idaho Day

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  • Snap a selfie with your favorite Idaho landmark/scenery/building in celebration of Idaho Day on March 4. Use  #myidaho.  (Prizes for best photo of what makes Idaho special to you! Use the #myidaho to enter.)
  • Come celebrate Idaho Day at the Capital Building on March 4th. The fun starts at 12pm.

Governor’s Proclamation Will Kick Off First Idaho Day Celebration

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March 4, 2015 marks the first official year of celebration of Idaho Day. In 2014 Representative Linden Bateman championed legislative action to annually commemorate Idaho Day on March 4th. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will help kick off and commemorate the first Idaho Day Celebration with a program in the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol building.

Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 Kick-off

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Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 kicked off Wednesday, February 4, at the Idaho Veterans Home, in Boise. The event featured remarks from Associate State Librarian Marjorie Hooper, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Robert Seal, lifetime member and vice president of the Idaho State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America; and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.


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With the current contract for the Idaho Education Network (IEN) ruled invalid, the State has issued a Request for Information (RFI) as a step to collect information prior to a full bidding process (see the IEN website at 

Storytime at the mall

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We wanted to share the storytime model that Latah County Library District in Moscow is doing. They collected data showing that families on the west side of town were not as able to come to storytimes at the library because of transportation or other barriers. They created a storytime at a mall on that side of town to provide an opportunity for those families to participate in it.

ICfL FY2016 Budget Enhancement Request

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As 2015 approaches, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is preparing for another year of helping libraries build the capacity to better serve their clientele. The Commission supports Idaho libraries in a variety of ways, by:
• maintaining online resources at available to Idahoans at a huge savings through our statewide contracts.

E-rate Program Webinars

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Participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a series of webinars on various topics over the next few weeks. Each webinar covers different subjects related to the administration of the E-rate program. All events and resources are offered free of charge.

Notes from ICfL

Commissioner Dave Mecham and State Librarian Ann Joslin

Ann Joslin’s 35 Years of Service