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Weeding: April Best Practice of the Month

Ah, Spring! The sun is shining (sometimes), the wind is blowing (always), and bulbs are sending up early blooms that assure us that winter is almost over.  Gardeners are itching to get going. So, while pulling all those winter weeds out of the vegetable patch, it is a good time to consider weeding the library collection, too.

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2015-2016 School Library Access Mini-Grants - Open Now!

Applications are currently open for the 2015-2016 School Library Access Mini-Grants, due by May 6, 2015.  These school library grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are aimed at addressing acces to print in the home for our earliest readers (pre-K through 1st grade).

Notes from ICfL

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In January, the Governor’s FY2016 budget recommendation for the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) included our request for a $100,000 permanent increase for Read to Me (RTM) Mini-Grants for more elementary school libraries to increase convenient access to quality, age-appropriate books for young children.

New Technical Records Specialist at the Commission

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Baxter Q. Andrews joined the Idaho Commission for Libraries staff in December as our Technical Records Specialist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, 15 years of experience as a paralegal, and a wide-ranging background in data gathering and record keeping.

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.

Aspen Report: Rising to the Challenge

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Last October, the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries released a report stemming from work done over the last year, including conversations and explorations with Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) members.

SPLAT Corner

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The Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) acts in the "crow's nest" capacity, searching for innovation, proposing and leading experiments and pilot projects, and discovering new opportunities. SPLAT members pledge to build their own expertise in innovative practices and  share their expertise and experiences with their colleagues in the Idaho library community.

More Press for Make It at the Library

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Idaho's Make It at the Library program through Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) continues to garner regional, state, and national attention.

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2015

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By Hailey Roberts
Idaho Library Snapshot Day will be held again this year during National Library Week (April 12-18), an annual, nationwide celebration of the work and contributions of libraries and library personnel sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA).

Here We Have Idaho Day

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The first Idaho Day, March 4, 2015, kicked off at the Idaho State Capitol building and many other locations around the state.

eBranch WordPress Websites Now Available

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A new WordPress version of the eBranch program is now available. You can find more details at

Some of the new features include:

How to Celebrate Idaho Day

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  • Snap a selfie with your favorite Idaho landmark/scenery/building in celebration of Idaho Day on March 4. Use  #myidaho.  (Prizes for best photo of what makes Idaho special to you! Use the #myidaho to enter.)
  • Come celebrate Idaho Day at the Capital Building on March 4th. The fun starts at 12pm.
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LiLAC News

The Library Leadership Advisory Committee, a joint effort between the Idaho Library Association and the Idaho Commission for Libraries has published its first newsletter! LiLAC Spring 2015 NewsletterLiLAC

You will find the latest info from a collaborative team of librarians from around the state who have been working on gathering resources for library leadership. You may subscribe to the newsletter to be sent directly to your email box. This will be a great resource for tips on leadership as well as upcoming leadership workshops.

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    2014 Public Library Broadband Access Report

    In Fall 2014, the Idaho Commission for Libraries in partnership with the Idaho Library Association conducted a survey of broadband access in Idaho's public libraries.  The report from the survey is available now.  The report includes conclusions and recommendations for the Idaho library community as "the needs continues to grow for additional bandwidth and wireless access in libraires

    My First Books Application for 2015-2016: Available Now

    My First Books is a Read to Me program that has been successfully implemented since 1997. Formerly titled "Read to Me First Book," this program strengthens partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools, Head Start sites, and child care providers.

    Governor’s Proclamation Will Kick Off First Idaho Day Celebration

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    March 4, 2015 marks the first official year of celebration of Idaho Day. In 2014 Representative Linden Bateman championed legislative action to annually commemorate Idaho Day on March 4th. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will help kick off and commemorate the first Idaho Day Celebration with a program in the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol building.

    Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 Kick-off

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    Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 kicked off Wednesday, February 4, at the Idaho Veterans Home, in Boise. The event featured remarks from Associate State Librarian Marjorie Hooper, Idaho Commission for Libraries; Robert Seal, lifetime member and vice president of the Idaho State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America; and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

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    Board of Library Commissioners - Meeting Notice

    A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

    Idaho's New Afterschool Network

    We are excited to announce the establishment of the Idaho Afterschool Network (IAN), a statewide network of out-of-school and summer program providers. After eight years, thanks to the vision and

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    February Best Practice of the Month: Develop the Graphic Novel Collection

    Hurray! The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting! Another hurray!

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    2015 Libraries Building Community Summit

    If your public library is thinking of planning a community-based project for Summer Reading, Summer Slide, Make It or other library programming, consider participating in the 2015 Libraries Building Community Summit to be held April 29 and 30 in Boise.

    Dia 2015 Registration Opens

    El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.