"I learn something new, and make new friends and connections every time I attend the Read to Me Rendezvous, and I've been attending for over 11 years! I leave with tools to improve my programming, and knowledge to refine the way I provide services at my library."
The Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Read to Me program is excited to host the biennial Read to Me Rendezvous this spring. This two-day convening for Idaho library staff has been held for over 25 years, and focuses on how library staff can support early literacy/early learning through programs and services. To learn more about ICfL’s Read to Me programs visit https://libraries.idaho.gov/rtm.
2022 Theme: Essentials and Potentials
The Rendezvous this year is focused on the fundamentals of early learning (essentials), and incorporating those fundamentals into library services, materials, and partnerships (potentials). Content will apply to both experienced staff and novice staff. The majority of the content will be facilitated by Idaho early learning professionals. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Brain development and research
- Developmental milestones
- How children learn
- Kindergarten readiness standards
- High-quality programming and materials (such as K Ready programs and early learning kits)
- Library environments that support best practices
- Developing children’s mathematical thinking
- Resources for library staff
- Early learning partners and community partnerships
We had hoped that Covid transmission rates would have decreased to a level in which we could host an event similar to events held in prior years; however, the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant and high community transmission rates in Boise require us to use extreme caution and consider every safety measure possible.
There will be TWO tracks for the event:
- An in-person track, to be held at the Oxford Suites in Boise on March 16 – 17, 2022, with restricted attendance and safety measures/requirements
- A self-paced, online set of modules, based on video recordings of the live event, to be completed in April, 2022 and to include live discussion sessions through Zoom
Which option is best for me?
If any of the following apply, you should register for the Virtual Option:
- Cannot attend both full days of the in-person event March 16 – 17, 2022
- Are immunocompromised or live with an immunocompromised person
- Are unable to travel to Boise
- Are uncomfortable wearing a face covering for long periods of time, or have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering
- Are not comfortable spending long periods of time in close proximity to others in an indoor setting
- Have more than one person from the library who wishes to attend (only one person per library can register for the in-person event)
Ready to Register?
Please read through ICfL’s Travel Reimbursement Guidelines to determine how travel will be reimbursed and what lodging you are eligible for:
Non-employee Travel Guidelines