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Training for Youth Services staff; Sept. 13, 2016

Read to Me

Idaho library staff are invited to attend a day of free training hosted by ICfL’s Read to Me program and the Meridian Library District on September 13, 2016.

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Continuing Education Grant Opportunities

The Idaho Career & Technical Education (ICTE) will be soliciting applications for federal grants for the purpose of providing adult education and literacy activities.

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Who's Up for a Challenge?

Happy New Year to all!  Whether it is super snowy, super cold, or both in your neck of the woods, January is a great time for curling up with a good book for educators and students alike. Looking for ideas for titles or themes to support your student and staff reading habits? Maybe a reading challenge would fit the bill!

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Make It at your library application process is now open

Does your library need some cool robots? Do you want to learn how to start a coding program? Interested in incorporating low cost maker activities into your already existing programs? 

Get to Know LiLI-D: Explora (Primary & Secondary)

There are so many LiLI Databases, it's hard to know them all. So get to know them one (or two) at a time. For January, take a look at the Explora Primary and Explora Secondary Databases.

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ICfL's Budget Enhancement Requests for FY2018

The Idaho Commission for Libraries' (ICfL) budget enhancement requests (for new funding) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 concern the Talking Book Service and the emerging technologies and maker initiatives.

Idaho Day 2017 -- Book Read for Public Libraries

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Idaho Day Book Read for Public Libraries

Idaho Day is March 4, 2017. The official Idaho Day was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.

Bailey-White Named Deputy State Librarian

Stephanie Bailey-White, Deputy State Librarian

State Librarian, Ann Joslin, announced Stephanie Bailey-White has been named Deputy State Librarian.

Bailey-White has been with the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) since 1991, when she was hired as the Public Information Officer. After several years in that position, Stephanie worked on numerous outreach programs and was instrumental in developing the Read to Me program.

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Meeting Notice - Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs 2017

The Commission is now accepting applications for Bright Futures
Summer Outreach Programs. These opportunities are designed to reach more
children with summer reading programs, especially those considered
“underserved.” Each program is designed to achieve specific outcomes and
participating libraries must report results in the ICfL annual summer

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Idaho Dept. of Labor Poster--Education and Training Pay

The Idaho Department of Labor has provided a poster outlining Idaho's annual wages, as they correspond to educational level attained. Please feel free to post this in your library.

http://libraries.idaho.gov/files/Ed_Training_Pay_11x17.pdf

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    ICfL 2016 Highlights Video

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) assists libraries in building the capacity to better serve their communities.

    We produced a highlight video of our 2016 accomplishments that we hope you will take a few minutes to watch.

    Perhaps you will get some ideas of ways the ICfL can facilitate the realization of your goals.

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    Advertise your library's kid/teen programs for free

    Did you know the Idaho
    Afterschool Network
    has a great database for identifying afterschool/out-of-school
    opportunities throughout Idaho?  This is the perfect place for public and school libraries to advertise kid and teen programs.

    Idaho Libraries Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Family Reading Week

    Public and school libraries across the state are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Idaho Family Reading Week with programs during November 13-19, 2016. Celebrations are planned to encourage parents and caregivers to connect with their children by reading aloud and sharing favorite books to inspire them to become lifelong learners.

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    ICfL Target

    The Idaho Commission for Libraries is pleased to announce the first edition of ICfL Target.  This is a new quarterly publication identifying "need to know" activities and deadlines.  Communication is critical in today's world, more so than ever before.  This publication is designed to b

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    LiLI News: Publication Finder Now Available

    Publication Finder is now available as a part of the LiLI
    Databases.

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    Financial Assistance Available to Attend Idaho Early Years Conference

    The Idaho Early Years Conference is a two-day statewide conference for early childhood educators, practitioners, parents, library staff, and library trustees. This year the conference is scheduled for November 15-16, 2016 and will be held at The Riverside Hotel in Boise. There are two options for assistance:

    Local Postal Carrier Recognized as the Year’s Best

    Sandpoint, Idaho – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) Talking Book Service (TBS) recently presented its Postal Carrier of the Year Recognition for 2015 to Postal Carrier Vicky Shilling, of the Ponderay Post Office in Ponderay, Idaho.

    $200,000 Awarded to Schools throughout Idaho

    BOISE, ID – The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) awarded $200,000 to 47 elementary schools throughout Idaho for the purchase of books to serve students pre-kindergarten through first grade and to allow five schools to open their libraries during the summer. The funds were in the form of mini-grants, for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000, each. 

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    ESSA and the School Library

    On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation.  In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.

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    Robots in the Library!

    Idaho Libraries, are you interested in having a robotics
    team in your library?

    Idaho has received some funding for expanding the
    national FIRST Robotics
    program through the Idaho Afterschool Network.

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    Notice of Idaho Board of Library Commissioners Meeting

    A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. MDT at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, 325 W. State Street, Boise, ID 83702, in the Table Rock Conference Room on the main floor.

    ICfL Board Library Tour

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    The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners visited seven libraries in southeast Idaho in April. The Board tours libraries annually, choosing a different area of the state each year.

    Library News From Around the State

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    Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries.

    Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.