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Apply for Elementary School Library Mini-Grants: Deadline May 28

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Application Deadline: May 28, 2014

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014-2015 Elementary School Library Mini-Grants are now available. Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to purchase books to increase access for Idaho’s youngest students.

Vista Opportunities at ICfL

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Regional Elementary Library Workshops Coming in August

Read to Me is sponsoring workshops in your area in August. Supporting the Common Core & Much More: A Workshop for Idaho Elementary School Library Staff will be held August 5 at the Coeur d’Alene Best Western, August 8 and the Idaho Falls Hilton Garden Inn, and August 11at the Boise Riverside Hotel. These free workshops will cover these topics:

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April is National School Library Month!

Celebrate with AASL's theme for 2014, Lives change @ your library!  Go to  AASL's website to download public service announcements from Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, school library month posters, and lots more.   Use April to toot your

Open positions in AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Program

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Apply Today! Gain Job Skills, Earn Money for College, and Make a Difference! There are 10 open positions for AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates through a partnership with the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho Foodbank.

Notes from ICfL

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Good news: The Governor signed the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) FY2015 appropriation bill (HB 606) on March 26. We are happy to report that ongoing funding for LearningExpress Library has been officially approved.

USDA Rural Development Grants and Loans Available for Small, Rural Libraries

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The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program has funds in the form of loans and grants available for the development of essential public community facilities in the most financially needy rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. This round of funding will focus on assisting public libraries in our small, rural communities of 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

Idaho Library Snapshot Day 2014

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Idaho Library Snapshot Day is being held during National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014.
Pick any day during that week and “snapshot” away!

Upcoming Celebration Weeks and National Library Events

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  • School Library Month, April 2014, is the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April, school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s education.

U.S. Citizenship and Libraries

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by Shirley Biladeau, continuing education consultant

SWIM Graduates: Where are they now? Part 2

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In the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of the Nexus e-newsletter we followed up with several graduates of the South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana (SWIM) Regional Collaborative Library Education Project, which was funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Following are stories from some of the other SWIM graduates.

SPLAT Corner: SPLAT Members Engage ICfL Commissioners

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On February 21, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Board of Commissioners attended their regularly scheduled meeting and then enjoyed a presentation by the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT) members.

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Applications Open for Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) Family Workshops is a series of
three 45-minute workshops that involve young children and their parents in

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Adult Programs Assessment Success Story

In April 2013 I shared the results of Adult Programs community assessment surveys conducted by Ada Community Library staff.

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Community Awareness -- Free Content

All librarians are encouraged to use and repurpose the articles on ALA's public awareness website,, to highlight the resources available every day at libraries.  All the information is available under a Creative Commons license that allows libraries to repurpose content in either an online or offline format, with proper crediting to   So w

Opening for Public Library Consultant

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The Idaho Commission for Libraries has an opening for a Public Library Consultant in our Eastern Field Office.

Let’s Talk About It application deadline May 23

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Idaho libraries are invited to apply for the 2014-2015 Let’s Talk About It series by completing the application now available on the ICfL website ( application 2014-2015.pdf).

Snowdrops in Spring

I may not attract much attention in many aspects, but around my neighborhood there are a couple of things that I’m noted for. First and foremost would probably be my firm belief that grass is highly over-utilized as a landscape medium.  For me, grass is boring. I prefer trees; I prefer bushes; and I definitely prefer flowers.

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Calling all New School Librarians: Summer Summit 2014 is for you!

Registration for Summer Summit 2014 is now open!  This year's summit is for new school librarians at any level of K-12 education with two or fewer years of experience.   Join us July 15, 16 & 17 for a retreat-style workshop in Boise.  Get more information and register here! 

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    Idaho libraries fuse Teen Tech Week and the maker movement

    This year libraries are celebrating Teen Tech Week, March 9–15, with a “DIY @ your library” theme. More than 60 Idaho public and school libraries will offer teens an opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom—where they can explore, create, and share content.