Bucks for Books! Idaho Commission for Libraries is partnering with the Idaho Lottery Commission on a program to help Idaho’s elementary school libraries purchase the books students need to become proficient readers. We know that fingertip access to high-quality children’s books in the home, whether those books are owned by the family or borrowed from the library, is an essential element for students to become proficient readers. Reading with and reading to students at home with their adults is key to developing the vocabulary and background knowledge necessary for comprehension, which is now being measured by the new IRI.
How can you participate? Let’s count the ways:
1. During September buy Idaho Lottery Mascot Scratch Tickets and support Idaho’s school libraries along with your favorite public university! Whether you are a Bronco, a Bengal, or a Vandal, there is a ticket for you. Become a Lottery VIP Club member and donate VIP points to programs you’d like to support. Thank you Idaho Lottery VIP Members for funding the Bucks for Books program in a single day!
2. On October 1, 2019 program applications will be available, and elementary schools can begin applying for the funds. It will be a first come, first served process, provided each applicant meets eligibility requirements. Mini-Grants will be awarded in increments of $1,000 up to $3,000. Watch for the application to open on the ICfL website, the School Libraries Facebook Page, on LibIdaho, and in the October edition of The Scoop.
3. From September 14 – 20, 2019, shop the Bucks for Books Fair at Barnes & Noble. Up to 15% of purchases go toward purchasing books for school libraries in Idaho. Customers may also buy a book and donate it at the store.
Spread the word to help support Idaho’s School Libraries!