ICfL staff members have had their eyes out for relevant stories, tools, and tricks so you don’t have to. We hope you find these resources useful and inspiring. Enjoy!
- June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. This month-long celebration demonstrates how LGBTQ Americans have strengthened our country by using their talent and creativity to help create awareness and goodwill. June is Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.
- Saturday, June 19th is Juneteenth a holiday celebrating the emancipation on June 19, 1865 of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on June 19 throughout the United States, with varying official recognition.
- Sunday, June 20, at 9:32 p.m. MDT is the Summer Solstice Summer Solstice facts, folklore, and suggested activities.
- Sunday, June 20th is Father’s Day Learn about the origins of the holiday.
- Taking programming outdoors includes community gardening, whispering libraries, story walks for adults, and many more ideas
- Taking programming online includes show-and-tell, recording oral histories, and take-home artistic packets. The link at the bottom takes you to Traditional Arts Indiana’s 41 page activity and resource guide full of ideas!
- Adult Field Trip kits from Ada Community Library are a great way to encourage adults to get out and explore
Now that most graduations have come and gone, what are graduates in your community up to? Here are some tips from NPR’s Life Kit that might help with their next adventure.
- For High School Grads: College, Trade School, Other?
- For College Grads: Now What?
- For Navigating a New Stage of Life:
Digital literacy for adults
- Techboomers.com is a free educational website that aims to improve the quality of life for older adults and other inexperienced technology users by empowering them to learn how to use popular and trusted websites and Internet-based applications. Techboomers provides three main services:
- Introducing users to trusted new websites and Internet-based applications
- Providing free video and article tutorials in a language suited to those who may not be the most tech-savvy.
- Keeping users informed of important news and information about their favorite products
- Sign up for Tech-Talk a weekly, technology-focused e-newsletter for Idaho library staff delivered to your email box. Each issues is full of tips and tricks you might pass along to your non-techie community members. Your subscription entitles you to a collection of 1000+ articles and how-to-videos.
- Goodwill Community Foundation’s GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and e–mail, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactive and games, completely free.