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Libraries Impacting Economic Development

At a recent event I had the chance to talk with a number of library staff about their role in economic development. Have you ever taken a few minutes to think about all the library does for the local economy? I want to share a few examples of this, but let’s do it with a quiz. How many of these questions can you answer with a “yes”?

Get to Know: NoveList Plus!

Whether your patron is looking for a fiction or a non-fiction reading recommendation, NoveList Plus is there for you.

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Funding for Broadband Construction Available

The mechanism to partially fund the construction costs of bringing broadband Internet service to school and public libraries in Idaho is in place – and could reduce libraries’ cost to zero.

Known as BIIG, the broadband infrastructure improvement grant fund, was passed by the Idaho State Legislature in 2016, as Title 33, Chapter 910.

National Library Week -- and Snapshot Day -- are coming soon!

Idaho Snapshot Day 2017

National Library Week is April 9 - 15, 2017. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is a campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Each April, the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians are celebrated and library use is promoted. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic, and special -- participate.

Applications for Fun with Math and Science now open!

Fun with Math & Science is a Read to Me program offered to publicly-funded Idaho public libraries. This STEAM program is targeted to preschool-aged children and their caregivers.

Applications for Every Child Ready to Read now open!

Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshop is a series of three 45-minute sessions that involve young children and their parents in learning about early literacy practices that help prepare children to b

The Idaho AfterSchool Network (IAN) needs input from libraries that offer any youth programs for grades K – 12.

Idaho Afterschool Network

The Idaho AfterSchool Network (IAN) needs input from libraries that
offer any youth programs for grades K – 12
.

Get to Know a LiLI Database: Chilton Library!

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You might already know about the popular Chilton manuals used by auto mechanics and do-it-yourselfers, but now they are available via LiLI.org.

Call for CSLP 2019 Themes and Slogans

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It's that time of year! The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is seeking your input regarding slogans for the 2019 theme "space" and general theme ideas for 2020.

Submit your ideas by here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019CSLP-slogans.

Can Your Library Use More Staff?

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How many times have you wished for more help in your library?  From Summer Reading to outreach, there isn't enough time to implement all your ideas.

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2017 Continuing Education Brochure

The 2017 Continuing Education Brochure lists professional development activities that the Idaho Commission for Libraries will be supporting during the coming year.  This is a great tool to use in creating your personal learning plan, as you look forward to increasing your skills in the coming months.  In ad

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My First Books Applications for 2017-2018 Now Open!

My First Books (MFB) is a Read to Me program that has been
successfully implemented since 1997. This program strengthens
partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools,
Head Start sites, and child care providers. The program is designed to
increase "underserved" children's access to quality print materials and

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School Library Access Mini-Grants Application Deadline is Approaching

Our youngest students need lots of books in their school libraries to check out and take home.  School library books allow young students to practice their newly acquired reading skills and they provide an opportunity for families to read together.  Developing a collection for pre-k, kindergarteners and 1st graders can be difficult and expensive, but $5,000 might help!

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Why Evaluate Your Summer Reading Program?

How easy was it for parents to help young children track the amount of reading done over the summer? Was the performer you chose money well-spent? Why was your teen program attendance lower than last year? Why is your library only reaching about 10% of the student population in your area?

New: Listserv for Trustees: TruIdaho

TruIdaho is brought to you by the Idaho Library Association

TruIdaho is an e-mail discussion list for the trustees of Idaho's public libraries.  Membership is not limited to trustees, Idaho residents, or ILA members, but the list will be of greatest interest and value to those who are serving as library trustees in Idaho.  TruIdaho is provided by the Idaho Library Association (ILA).  ILA welcomes respectful discussion of professional issu

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Meeting Notice - Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

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ICfL and IDPR Team Up to Offer Free Parks Passes for Summer Reading

We are excited to announce that ICfL is once again partnering with
the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to offer free state
park passes to Idaho libraries hosting summer reading programs.

Get to Know LiLI-D: LearningExpress Library

Spend time this February getting to know LearningExpress Library.

LearningExpress has a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building resources, and career tools. Users love it for

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Who Is Responsible for Those Who Cannot Be Responsible for Themselves at the Library?

Public libraries endeavor to create a welcoming and safe environment for all.  In order to lay the groundwork for this atmosphere, most libraries have rules of conduct or an acceptable behavior policy.  These policies often do not take into account the fact that the responsibility for the care, safety, and behavior of children and vulnerable adults using the library rests with the par

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Continuing Education Grant Opportunities

The Idaho Career & Technical Education (ICTE) will be soliciting applications for federal grants for the purpose of providing adult education and literacy activities.

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Who's Up for a Challenge?

Happy New Year to all!  Whether it is super snowy, super cold, or both in your neck of the woods, January is a great time for curling up with a good book for educators and students alike. Looking for ideas for titles or themes to support your student and staff reading habits? Maybe a reading challenge would fit the bill!

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Make It at your library application process is now open

Does your library need some cool robots? Do you want to learn how to start a coding program? Interested in incorporating low cost maker activities into your already existing programs? 

Get to Know LiLI-D: Explora (Primary & Secondary)

There are so many LiLI Databases, it's hard to know them all. So get to know them one (or two) at a time. For January, take a look at the Explora Primary and Explora Secondary Databases.

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ICfL's Budget Enhancement Requests for FY2018

The Idaho Commission for Libraries' (ICfL) budget enhancement requests (for new funding) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 concern the Talking Book Service and the emerging technologies and maker initiatives.