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Libraries Inspiring Libraries

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The Inspiration: In October, the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners toured seven libraries in southwest Idaho.

District Libraries: 2015 Election Calendar

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In 2015, district libraries will have, at a minimum, two trustee positions open.

Remember, if a trustee resigns (or there is a vacancy for any reason), the person who is appointed to that position will have to stand for election in the May election. If elected, they will serve out the term of the trustee whose place they took. (33-2716)

Public Libraries Nurture Entrepreneurship

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by Erica Compton, project coordinator

Lewiston Library Foundation receives Nonprofit Excellence Award

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Building a Dream with Dedication and Determination: The Lewiston Library Foundation was one of six organizations to receive the “Nonprofit Excellence Award” from the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

The Big Read accepting applications until January 28, 2015

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The Big Read is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2015 and June 2016. Organizations selected to participate in the Big Read receive a grant, access to educational and promotional materials, and online training resources and opportunities.

Public libraries: apply to participate in Community Health Engagement program

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As part of its IMLS-funded Health Happens in Libraries program, OCLC is seeking up to five public libraries with which to collaborate to develop and implement community health activities with a local partner.

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2 Idaho School Librarians Accepted to LiLead Fellowship!

Congratulations to Erin Downey, District Librarian at Boise Independent School District, and to Carol Robinson, District Librarian at Joint School District 171 in Orofino, on their acceptance into the LiLead Fellows Program!  The LiLead fellowship is an 18-month program through the University of Maryland, with the goal to create a network of school library supervisors w

March 4, 2015 is Idaho Day

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During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Legislature established an official Idaho Day, to be observed each year on March 4 with a proclamation from the governor, ceremonies, and programs to honor Idaho’s heritage.

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Best Practice of the Month: Self-Selection

 Do you have a roommate in your library? Did you decide it would be a good arrangement, or did you realize one day that you had extra software on the computer and a drawer full of colored dot stickers that were not yours? Have you found reading level numbers in the front of books that boss you and your students around?
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Adult Manual 2016: Call for Ideas

Theme:  Wellness, Fitness, Sports
Slogan:
  Exercise Your Mind – Read
Deadline:
 Friday, November 23, 2014

Send to:
Rhonda K. Gould, editor
rhondakgould@gmail.com

812 North Steele Street
Tacoma, WA  98406

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 http://www.laurabushfoundation.com/ to get the details and see if your school meets the eligibility requirements.  Submission deadline is December 15th, 2014.  Good luck!

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    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 http://libraries.idaho.gov/lal.  

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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 teresa.lipus@libraries.idaho.gov.