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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!
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.
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.)
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
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, 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
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.
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.
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.
FCC Commissioner Visits Idaho
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:
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 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.
Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.
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.
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 http://www.12yearsaslave.com/ to find out how to get a kit for your high school.
Thank you to the Library of Virginia for sharing information on the following opportunities!!
Using STEM in Preschool Programs
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:
Building a Community of Readers at your library encourages families and communities to come together to read, build, and have fun.
Attention public and school library staff!
Help your teens and tweens Turn Dreams Into Reality during Teen Read Week 2014, October 12-18.
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
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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