We are excited to announce that ICfL is once again partnering with
the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to offer free state
park passes to Idaho libraries hosting summer reading programs.

The Youth Explorer Passes from Idaho State Parks will waive the entry
fee for one vehicle for one day to any Idaho state park. The passes may
be used for summer reading in a variety of ways: Distribute when
children sign up for summer reading; give out as prizes for summer
reading; to take to outreach events.

IDPR and ICfL share a common goal to reach those hard-to-reach
children and families– for the libraries, the goal is to keep them
reading; for Parks it is to get them outdoors and enjoy adventures in
our state parks. No Child Left Behind, and No Child Left Inside! Please
help us meet this goal by targeting those hard-to-reach families. These
passes are not to be used for in-house storytimes or programming.

The only requirements are:

  1. Must be used for the library’s summer reading program as an incentive to read over the summer.
  2. Must be distributed to children ages birth – 18 for youth summer reading.
  3. Must be an Idaho library (public, volunteer, or community).
  4. Participating libraries will also need to stamp each pass with library name and make sure child’s name is written on pass.

We are not providing passes to school libraries at this time. If you are a school library with no public or volunteer library nearby, please contact Staci Shaw for possible options.

To order passes, simply submit this form.

We will begin shipping in March. We will also send a poster to
promote the passes, and additional copies can be printed from the PDF

Questions about the State Parks Passes offer may be directed to staci.shaw@libraries.idaho.gov.

Update on Fred Meyer Corporation books: We have been
invited to apply for Fred Meyer funds that would allow us to purchase
books to support Idaho summer library programs; we hope to notify
libraries by April whether funds will be available.

To find out how to order free Drawstring Backpacks for summer reading promotion, see http://libraries.idaho.gov/page/state-parks-passes-and-drawstring-backpacks.

Good luck with your summer programs!