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Free training for those who work in early childhood

Library Friends:
Put some “teeth” into your storytimes! This free training for early childhood providers and educators is also open to library staff, and attendees receive fun materials to help teach about healthy teeth and eating.

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To Restore Civil Society, Start with the Library

This weekend, the New York Times published the following editorial by sociologist Eric Klinenberg,

Battle of the Books: Info2Go webinar

Battle of the Books

Maybe you have heard of this team-based reading incentive
program or maybe you want to learn more. It is happening in school and public libraries and 
is becoming increasingly popular in Idaho. Hear

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So, there were some conversations about graphic novels...

At several ICfL events this summer, there were conversations about the merits and demerits of investing in a Graphic Novel collection for the school library.  There are so many questions around graphic novels: Are they real literature?  Do they help or hinder kids’ reading skills?

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Smarty Ants - Early Literacy for PreK Learners

An exciting new pre-kindergarten literacy initiative from
the Idaho State Department of Education and Achieve3000 brings free,
research-based foundational literacy learning to all four-year-olds in Idaho.

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Continuing Education Feedback


Each year, the Idaho Commission for Libraries invites our customers to share their experiences and thoughts about continuing education, to help us improve our service and better at meet your needs.

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking an Emerging Trends in Libraries Consultant to join our Boise team.

The Emerging Trends Consultant will support ICfL’s mission and provide consulting services, training, support, and programs to meet the needs of Idaho’s library community as it pertains to emerging trends in libraries.

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Registration Discount Until Aug. 10 -- Design Institute in Minneapolis

The Library Journal Design Institute - a one-day, hands-on, small group event on library design - is being held on September 21 at Minneapolis Central Library. The event will be hosted by “Library Journal” and Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson.

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Financial Assistance Available to Attend Idaho Early Years Conference

The Idaho Early Years Conference is a two-day event for early childhood educators, practitioners, parents, health professionals, library staff, and library trustees. The conference is scheduled for October 24 - 25, 2018 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. Registration will open soon.'s picture

Kindergarten Readiness Grants for Public Libraries

The ICfL has funding to support library-led, community-based efforts to help get preschoolers ready for kindergarten.

Public libraries can apply for up to $10,000, in increments of $2500, to support programs and partnerships that meet the following goals:

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Comment Period Open Through July 25 for Proposed Changes to Rules Affecting ICfL

As a state agency, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) must conduct its business in accordance with the current Idaho Administrative Code.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking under the Idaho Administrative Procedures Act. The proposed changes address two ICfL programs:

July 12 is Summer Learning Day in Idaho

Governor Otter proclaimed July 12, 2018 to be “Summer Learning Day” in Idaho.

Is Your Internet Traffic Gridlocked?

Is Your Internet Traffic Gridlocked?

Do your staff and patrons travel the internet like they’re cruising down the open road in a sports car — with the top down, the tunes blasting, and not a care in the world? Or is trying to use your library’s internet more like a Southern California freeway at rush hour — gridlock.

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Short-term renewal of existing contracts

As our purchasing process for is still in progress, we will be
renewing our existing database contracts for a short term effective July 1,
2018. This is all I am at liberty to disclose at this time. Please be aware
that I will be communicating upcoming developments for as soon as I am
able to.

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STEAM in Storytimes: Compiled Resources

Our friend and storytime expert Saroj Ghoting recently put out a call for storytime resources that involve science, technology, engineering, art, and math. She generously compiled all the responses and shared them via the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) listserv.

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Forthcoming changes to

There has been much talk recently about upcoming changes to I am aware that a vendor has reached out to several libraries concerning these. As our purchasing process has not yet concluded, I am not at liberty to discuss the outcome. I will advise libraries not to make any purchasing decisions until the databases are released to the public.

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Net Neutrality Repealed

On June 11, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the internet’s net neutrality rules, which went into effect in 2015. Is the repeal the beginning of internet Armageddon or no big deal? Like most hot topics, it depends on whom you ask.

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ICfL is Recruiting for a Program Supervisor and Youth Services Consultant

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Program Supervisor and a Youth Services Consultant. The positions are based in Boise and both require travel -- locally, regionally, and nationally -- as needed.

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Notice of Board Meeting

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10:00 am MT in the Table Rock conference room on the main floor.'s picture

Summer Reading "Youth Explorer Passes" from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation available now

We are happy 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.

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Register for Summer Summit 2018 for School Librarians!

There is plenty of room on the waiting list for school librarians who are interested in attending Summer Summit 2018!  This year's Summit will be held in Boise on July 17, 18, & 19 at the Riverside Hotel.  We are pleased to we

Governor proclaimed April 8 - 14 to be Idaho Library Week

Governor Otter issues proclamation for Idaho Library Week.

A group of librarians were in the house . . . the Statehouse, that is. On April 11, Governor Otter proclaimed the week of April 8 - 14, 2018 to be Idaho Library Week. The text of the proclamation is here.

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Changes to Idaho's Open Meetings Law: An Opportunity to Try Something New

Effective July 1, 2018, Idaho's Open Meetings Law (chapter 2, title 74, Idaho Code) will contain two additional requirements for public library board meeting agendas.

Library Week and Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day 2018

During National Library Week, which is April 8 - 14, 2018, libraries select one day that best represents their activities to document all of the happenings.

Called Snapshot Day, the event is designed to capture the impact libraries have on their communities during a typical day.