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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

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.

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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.

Idaho Day is March 4, 2017

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Idaho Day is March 4, 2017

March 4th, the official Idaho Day, was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.

Bailey-White Named Deputy State Librarian

Stephanie Bailey-White, Deputy State Librarian

State Librarian, Ann Joslin, announced Stephanie Bailey-White has been named Deputy State Librarian.

Bailey-White has been with the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) since 1991, when she was hired as the Public Information Officer. After several years in that position, Stephanie worked on numerous outreach programs and was instrumental in developing the Read to Me program.

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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, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs 2017

The Commission is now accepting applications for Bright Futures
Summer Outreach Programs. These opportunities are designed to reach more
children with summer reading programs, especially those considered
“underserved.” Each program is designed to achieve specific outcomes and
participating libraries must report results in the ICfL annual summer

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Idaho Dept. of Labor Poster--Education and Training Pay

The Idaho Department of Labor has provided a poster outlining Idaho's annual wages, as they correspond to educational level attained. Please feel free to post this in your library.

http://libraries.idaho.gov/files/Ed_Training_Pay_11x17.pdf

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    ICfL 2016 Highlights Video

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) assists libraries in building the capacity to better serve their communities.

    We produced a highlight video of our 2016 accomplishments that we hope you will take a few minutes to watch.

    Perhaps you will get some ideas of ways the ICfL can facilitate the realization of your goals.

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    Advertise your library's kid/teen programs for free

    Did you know the Idaho
    Afterschool Network
    has a great database for identifying afterschool/out-of-school
    opportunities throughout Idaho?  This is the perfect place for public and school libraries to advertise kid and teen programs.

    Idaho Libraries Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Family Reading Week

    Public and school libraries across the state are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Idaho Family Reading Week with programs during November 13-19, 2016. Celebrations are planned to encourage parents and caregivers to connect with their children by reading aloud and sharing favorite books to inspire them to become lifelong learners.

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    ICfL Target

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries is pleased to announce the first edition of ICfL Target.  This is a new quarterly publication identifying "need to know" activities and deadlines.  Communication is critical in today's world, more so than ever before.  This publication is designed to b