Blog Posts by Teresa.Lipus

USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available for Small, Rural Libraries

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The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds in the form of loans and grants available for the development of essential public community facilities in the most financially needy rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of Idaho.

Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries. Do you have news about your library that you’d like to share in an upcoming Nexus e-newsletter? Please let Teresa Lipus know at

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day is being held during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014.
Pick any day during that week and “snapshot” away!

Upcoming Celebration Weeks and National Library Events

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  • School Library Month, April 2014, is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April, school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s education.

U.S. Citizenship and Libraries

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

SWIM Graduates: Where are they now? Part 2

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In the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of the Nexus e-newsletter we followed up with several graduates of the South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana (SWIM) Regional Collaborative Library Education Project, which was funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Following are stories from some of the other SWIM graduates.

SPLAT Corner: SPLAT Members Engage ICfL Commissioners

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On February 21, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Board of Commissioners attended their regularly scheduled meeting and then enjoyed a presentation by the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) members.

Let’s Talk About It application deadline May 23

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Idaho libraries are invited to apply for the 2014-2015 Let’s Talk About It series by completing the application now available on the ICfL website ( application 2014-2015.pdf).

Retirements at the Eastern Field Office

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by Marjorie Hooper, Associate State Librarian

While we at the Idaho Commission for Libraries may be sad as Frank Nelson and Debby Wylie leave us after so many years, we wish them nothing but the best as they enter this new phase of life:  Retirement!!