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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.

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    2015 National Geographic Bee!

    Pull out those maps and atlases - on September 15th registration opens for the 2015 National Geographic Bee!   Get your school library involved in this fun and worthwhile contest for 4th to 8th graders.  Those who demonstrate stellar knowledge of geography get a chance to participate in the 2015 Idaho State Geographic Bee in Rexburg.&n

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    Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

    A conference call meeting of  the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014  at 10:00 A.M. MDT. The meeting may also be attended at the Idaho Commission for  Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference  Room on the main floor.

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    Get Found on Google!

    I frequently find myself in towns all over Idaho. Sometimes, between meetings, I like to stop somewhere to check my mail, do some research, or post online photos of our beautiful state. To do this, I need Internet access. I’m usually looking for a place with wireless access where I can use my laptop or iPad to connect.

    National journal lauds Idaho's "2020 Vision" for libraries

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    In a recent editorial, the Library Journal recognized Idaho library leaders for their “2020 Vision: Idaho Libraries Futures Conference” in 2005 and the culture of creativity and innovation that emerged as a result.

    Public library Internet speed test extended to August 8

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    The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland College Park are extending the deadline for public libraries to gauge the quality of public access to the internet until August 8.

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    Save the Date - Early Years Conference 2014

    The Early Years Conference is a two-day statewide conference for early childhood educators, practitioners, parents, and librarians. This year the conference is scheduled for October 29-30 and will be held at Boise State University.

    Notes from ICfL, July 2014

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    Commission staff and Idaho librarians have been busy in the past few months with community building, literacy, professional development, and outreach activities.

    Library News From Around the State

    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

    Locally Recorded TBS Books Go National

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    In April, the Idaho Talking Book Service (TBS) received an invitation from the National Library Service (NLS) to join the first pilot project to evaluate locally recorded books as a first step to adding these Idaho books to the Braille and Audio Reading Database (BARD).

    Calls for Library Nominations

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    2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service—all library types
    Nomination deadline: October 15, 2014

    Important LiLI Database Notices

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    By Gina A. Persichini, technology and access services consultant

    A few changes at
    1.   Please welcome LiLI to The LiLI “Guide Me” option is now available on the main site. LiLI is there to guide newcomers to a good place to start based on their information needs or task at hand.

    Interlibrary Loan–A Few Tips to Save a Few Dollars

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    By Gina A. Persichini, technology and access services consultant
    With the migration to the new OCLC WorldShare ILL platform complete, it’s a good time for some interlibrary loan (ILL) tips. And, who doesn’t love reminders for saving money?

    Idaho State Historical Society seeks input for expanded State Historical Museum

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    The Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) is expanding the Idaho State Historical Museum and developing world-class exhibits to inspire and invite exploration and discussion of Idaho's past, present, and future. ISHS needs statewide input now as they develop the museum. 

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    Developing Volunteer Management Skills

    If you need support as a volunteer coordinator, are considering creating a volunteer program in your library, or want to take your volunteer program to the next level, joining an organization especially for volunteer managers might be the answer.  Volunteer managers realize the important role they play in helping their organization meet its mission.  Participating in a volun

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    ICfL is partnering with the Social Security Administration to help Idahoans keep abreast of their Social Security benefits.

    Registration open for LinkIDAHO Broadband Summit

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    Registration is open for the LinkIDAHO Broadband Summit—August 19, 2014—put on by the Idaho Rural Partnership and the State of Idaho.

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    Maker Programs for Adults!

    Advocating for hands-on adult programming may be summed up by the following note left on a program evaluation sheet by a customer…

    ALA's Dr. Barbara Stripling at Idaho's Summer Summit

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    American Library Association Immediate Past-President Dr. Barbara Stripling was the opening speaker for the Idaho Commission for Libraries' “Summer Summit 2014” (July 15-17) for new Idaho school librarians. Dr. Stripling believes that librarians are in a perfect position to “lead from the middle,” as they have sight of the entire school.

    Measure your public library's Internet speeds: August 1 deadline

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    As part of its E-rate Program modernization effort, the Federal Communications Commission is gathering a range of data to better understand library and school broadband needs. The quality of broadband access inside library and school buildings is a leading concern that demands attention.'s picture

    Orientation Sessions for Read to Me Outreach Programs

    If your library has been accepted to participate in any of the following outreach programs, or if you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, we ask that you attend an orientation session: