Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
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Recent Blog Posts
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.
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).
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.
by Ann Nichols, Director, EBCL
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.
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.
Idaho's Make It at the Library program through Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) continues to garner regional, state, and national attention.
The first Idaho Day, March 4, 2015, kicked off at the Idaho State Capitol building and many other locations around the state.
- 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.
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 Newsletter
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
Hurray! The 2015 Youth Media Awards were announced earlier this week at the ALA Mid-Winter meeting! Another hurray!
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.
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.
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