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!
Editor’s note: Check out the notes from the May 10 Adult Services LITT Chat where we talked about summer reading programs and digital literacy.
- July is National Ice Cream Month
- July 4 is Independence Day
- July 30 is International Day of Friendship from the United Nations
- August is American Artist Appreciation Month
- August is National Golf Month
- August 9 is Book Lovers Day
- August 13 is International Left Handers Day
- Let’s Talk About It – The final presentation in the series will take place on June 23 with Reyna Grande, best-selling author of the memoir “The Distance Between Us.” Open to libraries and the general public! Includes time for live Q&A with the author. See our event page for information and registration.
- Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) 2022/2023 Library Application is now open to public libraries. If your library is looking for adult programming that is fun, educational, engaging, and easy to implement, then this scholar-led book discussion series may be a great fit for your community. The deadline to apply is June 23. Visit the LTAI website for themes, booklists, and programming details.
- Host a community art swap – where new and gently used art materials are exchanged. Community members are encouraged to trade secondhand supplies, all of which are available for free.
- Apply by June 15 for your library to host the Smithsonian’s traveling “Sparks! Places of innovation” exhibit. This program brought to you by the Idaho Humanities Council. The Spark! exhibit explores what ignites innovation. Themes include the spirit of ingenuity, creativity, resiliency, and optimism. Stories in the exhibit are exclusively pulled from the rural communities across the US and will feature new and exciting ways to interact, including augmented reality! It is also the first Smithsonian exhibit under this program to be entirely bilingual (English and Spanish).
- Info2Go! “Library Programming in the Great Outdoors” June 1 (recording will be posted after) – During this Info2Go session, we will hear from the Twin Falls Public Library and Donnelly Public Library about how they have moved their programming outside. Michelle Youngquist, from Project Learning Tree, will also share resources for Idaho library staff to learn more about the outdoors and help plan high-quality outdoor programming.
- Mental health resources from the Network of the National Library of Medicine on coping with mass shootings.
- Benefits that older adults in Idaho might qualify for, from the National Council on Aging.