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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  

    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

    Upcoming E-rate Changes

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    by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes: 

    Updated Library Law Manual Available Online

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    by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
    The newest edition of Idaho Library Laws, which incorporates the changes from the 2014 legislative session, is now available online as a PDF at

    More Idaho Elementary Schools Receive Funds to Help Serve Youngest Students

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    Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.

    The Hub: A New Resource from SDE

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    The State Department of Education has a new professional development website for Idaho educators called “The Hub.” The goal of the Hub is to provide educators opportunities to learn and lead. The site is a one-stop shop to find resources for professional development to utilize the power of collaboration and connect educators.

    Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

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    Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.

    ILA Annual Conference, October 1–3, 2014

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    The Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is October 1–3, in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel. A wide range of great programs, guest speakers, and activities will be offered for the library community. Three pre-conferences are available October 1, free with full conference registration.

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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.