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Summer STEM from Your Library Coordinator needed

Do you love working with kids, being outdoors in the summer, and all things related to STEM? If so, this temporary summer position might be perfect for you!

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA (Congressional Act passed in 2014) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. [https://www.doleta.gov/WIOA/Overview.cfm, Accessed 03/05/17]

Summary of 2017 Public Library Directors' Summit

The 2017 Public Library Directors' Summit was held on March 2 and 3 at the Red Lion Downtowner Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Fifty-one public library directors gathered for two days of focusing on re-thinking libraries and connecting with current library trends. Phil Eastman, Leadership Advisors, Inc., served as facilitator as well as led a discussion on leadership-driven strategic planning.

August 2017 - Trustee Connections Events

The Idaho Commission for Libraries will host Trustee Connections events for public library directors and trustees during the week of August 7 at four sites throughout the state of Idaho: Coeur d'Alene Public Library, Middleton Public Library, Twin Falls Public Library and Madison Library District in Rexburg.

ICfL offers grants for STEM summer learning-2017

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is happy to annouce a new grant opportunity for STEM learning this summer. 

National Library Week Is Here! Don't Forget Your Snapshot Day.

Idaho Snapshot Day 2017

National Library Week is April 9 - 15, 2017. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is a campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country. Each April, the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians are celebrated and library use is promoted. All types of libraries -- school, public, academic, and special -- participate.

Happy 10th Birthday - SPLAT!

Happy Birthday to the Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT)! This summer marks the tenth year that the Idaho Commission for Libraries-sponsored group has been working throughout the Idaho library community.

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Registration for Summer Summit 2017 for School Librarians is now open!

Idaho School Librarians:  This year's Summer Summit for School Librarians will be July 18th-20th at the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, outside Pocatello.  This 3-day summit is open to any school librarian from a publicly funded Idaho school.  Our guest speaker this year is Nikki D.

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ICfL Hiring Continuing Education Library Consultant for Boise Office

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Continuing Education Consultant, to be based in its Boise, Idaho office. For information about the position and to apply, please visit:

Get to Know: Explora for Public Libraries

Take some time this month to Get To Know Explora for Public Libraries.  The LiLI installation of Explora is designed to be our one-stop-shop for database searching. That is to say, every database we CAN link to it, IS linked to it. So you won't be able to search all our databases at one time, but you can search most of them.

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ICfL Hiring Library Consultant for Northern Idaho Field Office

The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is recruiting for a Library Consultant, to be based in its northern Idaho field office. For more information about the position and to apply, please visit:

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Libraries Impacting Economic Development

At a recent event I had the chance to talk with a number of library staff about their role in economic development. Have you ever taken a few minutes to think about all the library does for the local economy? I want to share a few examples of this, but let’s do it with a quiz. How many of these questions can you answer with a “yes”?

Get to Know: NoveList Plus!

Whether your patron is looking for a fiction or a non-fiction reading recommendation, NoveList Plus is there for you.

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Funding for Broadband Construction Available

The mechanism to partially fund the construction costs of bringing broadband Internet service to school and public libraries in Idaho is in place – and could reduce libraries’ cost to zero.

Known as BIIG, the broadband infrastructure improvement grant fund, was passed by the Idaho State Legislature in 2016, as Title 33, Chapter 910.

Applications for Fun with Math and Science now open!

Fun with Math & Science is a Read to Me program offered to publicly-funded Idaho public libraries. This STEAM program is targeted to preschool-aged children and their caregivers.

Applications for Every Child Ready to Read now open!

Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshop is a series of three 45-minute sessions that involve young children and their parents in learning about early literacy practices that help prepare children to b

The Idaho AfterSchool Network (IAN) needs input from libraries that offer any youth programs for grades K – 12.

Idaho Afterschool Network

The Idaho AfterSchool Network (IAN) needs input from libraries that
offer any youth programs for grades K – 12
.

Get to Know a LiLI Database: Chilton Library!

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You might already know about the popular Chilton manuals used by auto mechanics and do-it-yourselfers, but now they are available via LiLI.org.

Call for CSLP 2019 Themes and Slogans

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It's that time of year! The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is seeking your input regarding slogans for the 2019 theme "space" and general theme ideas for 2020.

Submit your ideas by here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019CSLP-slogans.

Can Your Library Use More Staff?

Get Involved logo with maps of participating states

How many times have you wished for more help in your library?  From Summer Reading to outreach, there isn't enough time to implement all your ideas.

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2017 Continuing Education Brochure

The 2017 Continuing Education Brochure lists professional development activities that the Idaho Commission for Libraries will be supporting during the coming year.  This is a great tool to use in creating your personal learning plan, as you look forward to increasing your skills in the coming months.  In ad

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My First Books Applications for 2017-2018 Now Open!

My First Books (MFB) is a Read to Me program that has been
successfully implemented since 1997. This program strengthens
partnerships between public libraries and local schools, preschools,
Head Start sites, and child care providers. The program is designed to
increase "underserved" children's access to quality print materials and

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School Library Access Mini-Grants Application Deadline is Approaching

Our youngest students need lots of books in their school libraries to check out and take home.  School library books allow young students to practice their newly acquired reading skills and they provide an opportunity for families to read together.  Developing a collection for pre-k, kindergarteners and 1st graders can be difficult and expensive, but $5,000 might help!