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Got Plans the Week of Dec. 7th - 13th? Participate in the Largest Learning Event in History!

Register your Hour of Code event and learn to code with the likes of Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and more - there is something for everyone and kids of all ages!  Plus, your event will be registered on the Global Map, and educators are eligible for prizes!

Commissioner from SW Idaho Appointed to ICfL Board

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Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that Mark Alldredge, a Boise certified public accountant, has been appointed by the Governor’s Office to the Board of Library Commissioners for a five-year term ending June 30, 2019.

ICfL Volunteer Coordinator Wins 2015 Excellence in Volunteer Management Award

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Idaho Commission for Libraries' volunteer coordinator, Sheila Winther, has been awarded the Southwest Idaho Directors of Volunteer Services (SWIDOVS) 2015 “Excellence in Volunteer Management” Award! This award recognizes volunteer administrators for their outstanding contributions to the profession and for their promotion of quality volunteer experiences in Idaho.

Teen Read Week activities

School and public libraries celebrated Teen Read Week during October with a variety of activities and events.  Some libraries built on YALSA's "Get Away @ your library" theme by challenging teens to share their dream get away from a book in any media they found appropriate.  Teens submitted their ideas via Facebook, PowerPoint, sculpture, and videos.  All of the  submis

The Big Read accepting applications until January 27, 2016

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Books have the power to bring communities together and ignite conversations. The Big Read is now accepting applications for its 2016-17 grant program, which will award 75 organizations grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Applications are being accepted from nonprofit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs—to be held between September 2016 and June 2017.'s picture

Apply Now for Bright Futures Summer Outreach Programs 2016

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 reading programs report.

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PD and Jammies Can Happen at the Same Time - No Travel Required

Finding school library-specific professional development (PD) can be hard to manage. The big conferences and formal courses are expensive and most involve travel.  To further complicate the matter, getting time away from school, arranging a substitute (if that's an option), and myriad other obstacles make this best practice not practicable for many school librarians.

2016 Make It at the Library application now open!

Idaho libraries are leading the way in making, and your public library can join this exciting movement!

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Meeting Notice - Board of Library Commissioners

A conference call meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 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.

2015 What a Deal Idaho Tax Credit fact sheet available

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The “What a Deal” Idaho Tax Credit fact sheet for 2015, designed to help you promote donations to your public library or library district, is available here.  

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Dream Volunteers

Asking in order to receive is not a new concept. Whether the approach is based in religion or follows as outlined in pop culture books, the idea runs something like this: through the power of positive thinking, the thinker influences the outcome. No matter how outlandish or seemingly unattainable your desire, this philosophy states, all you have to do is ask and you will receive it.

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2016-2017 School Library Access Mini-Grants - Open Now!

Applications are now open for the 2016-2017 School Library Access Mini-Grants!

Dr. Stewart receives Special Services to Libraries award

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 Dr. Roger Stewart, Boise State University, College of Education, received the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Special Services to Libraries award. This award is given to someone who has offered exceptional support to Idaho libraries.  Dr.

State Librarian speaks at ILA Conference

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State Librarian Ann Joslin addressed attendees at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) All-Member Annual Business Meeting, Thursday, October 1.

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Registration Open for November Read to Me Rendezvous

Idaho public and elementary school library staff are

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Special Meeting - Idaho Board of Library Commissioners

A meeting of the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners will be held at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:30 A.M. MDT, in the Table Rock Conference Room.

Notice of Executive Session – Pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)(a) to discuss the merits of the candidates to fill an open seat on the Idaho Board of Library Commissioners.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel, activity and learning here at the School Libraries desk at ICfL.  Topping the list of favorites of the summer were opportunities to meet many Idaho school librarians from all parts of the state.  Running a close second was learning about new trends and developments in Libraryland to bring back to our state.  So, in the spirit of the tra

Notes from ICfL

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Share Your Thoughts about ICfL’s Overview Video

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 me know at

Armoral Tuttle Public Library, New Plymouth, welcomed new director Rosette Treat in August.

Banned Books Week: Sept 27−Oct 3, 2015

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Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Increasing Library Broadband through 4G

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Idaho Commission for Libraries’ broadband access survey documented that many Idaho public libraries, both small and large, don’t have adequate, affordable, or reliable broadband. Their challenges are likely to increase as more online resources are offered (such as Microsoft IT academy) and as more people bring their own devices to use the library’s Wi-Fi.

Is Your Broadband Sufficient?

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You might think that your broadband is completely sufficient for your library’s needs, but:

Recent Changes at logo

By Gina Persichini, technology & access services consultant has seen a lot of changes this year. Here is a recap of new content, and information about what you might see for the LiLI Portal in the near future: