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2014 "What a Deal" Idaho Tax Credit fact sheet available

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To receive a deduction for 2014, individuals or corporations must donate to the library by December 31, 2014.

ICfL Welcomes New Eastern Idaho Field Consultant

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Patrick Bodily hit the ground running as Idaho Commission for Libraries’ new eastern Idaho field consultant. In early October he attended the Idaho Library Association Annual Conference in Lewiston, meeting librarians and getting to know the Idaho library community.

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Laura Bush Foundation Grant Application for School Libraries is Open!

The Laura Bush Foundation funds $5,000 grants for  school libraries to expand their book collections.  Go to their website at to get the details and see if your school meets the eligibility requirements.  Submission deadline is December 15th, 2014.  Good luck!'s picture

    Teen Manual for 2016: Call for Ideas

    If you have ideas for programs, displays, or other teen activities relating to fitness/exercise/wellness, click here to see what the committee is looking for. Submissions are due by October 31.

    EatPlayGrow™ at your library!

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) will be working with interested Idaho public libraries in 2014-2015 to introduce the new EatPlayGrow™ curriculum to parents of preschoolers in an effort to help them make healthier choices.

    State Librarian welcomes librarians to ILA Annual Conference

    State Librarian Ann Joslin welcomes librarians to ILA Conference

    At the Idaho Library Association (ILA) 2014 Annual Conference on Thursday, October 2, State Librarian Ann Joslin welcomed participants and gave an overview of the past year at Idaho Commission for Libraries. (See this PDF of the accompanying PowerPoint slides.)

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    Best Practice of the Month: Develop a Multicultural Collection

    We are right in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated this year from September 15th to October 15th.  Ever wonder why it is so important to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Women's Month, Black History Month, and similar commemorations?  So important that librarians purchase materials to support it, highlight the featured authors, cult

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    Low Hanging Fruit

    ICfL has a new tool for school librarians!  It is a newsletter for you to use as your own, with information about ICfL tools and other resources for your teachers. Here is the kicker: it comes from your library - from you!  This little something you just threw together is called Low Hanging Fruit because it is easy.  It's easy for you - just forward it to your teachers' emai

    Shirley Biladeau receives ILA Special Services to Libraries Award

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    Shirley Biladeau, Idaho Commission for Libraries' continuing education consultant, has received the Idaho Library Association's Special Services to Libraries Award, "in recognition for exceptional performance while serving Idaho libraries." At the ILA Annual Conference Awards Banquet on October 2, 2014, Shirley was recognized for her continued dedication to professional development, as wel

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    Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

    A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Mountain Home Public Library, on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. MDT, 790 N. 10th E., Mountain Home,ID, 83647.

    Letters About Literature

    It's time to register for our favorite reading and writing contest!  The registration window for Letters About Literature is now open.  Get all the details on how to enter this Idaho Core Standards-aligned contest from The Center for the Book at  

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      Hands on Activities Equal a Big Kids Playground

      The recent emphasis on maker spaces and maker events brings
      home the idea that using multiple senses and problem solving allows greater
      learning and better retention. Whether it’s electrifying a banana, creating a
      whirli-gig, whipping up a batch of marshmallows, or putting together a 3D
      puzzle, hands on activities allow adults to engage in ways often unavailable in
      their daily lives.

      Notes from ICfL

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      FCC Commissioner Visits 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

      Upcoming E-rate Changes

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      by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
      The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes: 

      Updated Library Law Manual Available Online

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      by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
      The newest edition of Idaho Library Laws, which incorporates the changes from the 2014 legislative session, is now available online as a PDF at

      More Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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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.

      The Hub: A New Resource from SDE

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      The State Department of Education has a new professional development website for Idaho educators called “The Hub.” The goal of the Hub is to provide educators opportunities to learn and lead. The site is a one-stop shop to find resources for professional development to utilize the power of collaboration and connect educators.

      Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

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      Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.

      ILA Annual Conference, October 1–3, 2014

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      The Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is October 1–3, in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel. A wide range of great programs, guest speakers, and activities will be offered for the library community. Three pre-conferences are available October 1, free with full conference registration.

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      Free 12 Years A Slave Curriculum Tool Kit for High Schools

      Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit.  Visit to find out how to get a kit for your high school.

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        Free Webinars - STEAM Programming

        Thank you to the Library of Virginia for sharing information on the following opportunities!!

        Using STEM in Preschool Programs

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        Taking the science fair out of the auditorium and into cyberspace - FREE Student Competition

        As I was trolling the web for all things STEAM, I came across a competition I had not seen before. As I read more about the challenge, I discovered how it fit so well with our Make it at the Library project's mission and philosphy. This is what the website says about the challenge:

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        Family Reading Week Registration Open!

        Building a Community of Readers at your library encourages families and communities to come together to read, build, and have fun.

        Turn Dreams into Books with Teen Read Week 2014!

        Attention public and school library staff!

        Help your teens and tweens Turn Dreams Into Reality during Teen Read Week 2014, October 12-18.