Upcoming Training

Save the Date: Read to Me Rendezvous – March 16 – 17, 2022

Read to Me Rendezvous is a two-day convening of youth services library staff from around Idaho. The ICfL will cover the cost of your travel and lodging (with some limitations) to bring you to Boise for this unique training and networking event. In 2022, Rendezvous will be held in the spring, on March 16 & 17. Save the date!

Foundations of Early Literacy (Library Juice)

Course Description: Both using and expanding on the early literacy information in the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative (from ALA’s Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children), you will become familiar with the early literacy skills (phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge) and practices (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing). Building on this knowledge, we will explore ways to apply them to your work, including ways to make library environments supportive of staff sharing early literacy information and activities with parents and caregivers. Here is the direct link to the course to learn more.

Dates: Jan. 3 – Jan. 30, 2022 AND May 2 – May 29, 2022

Instructor: Saroj Ghoting

Instructions: The ICfL is offering FREE access to this course for a limited number of people. To attend, fill out the Library Juice Course Access Request form for the January course before Jan. 24, 2022, and for the May course before May 22, 2022.

Click Here to Fill Out Form

Past Read to Me Trainings

Reimagining School Readiness

Your library plays a unique role in helping families prepare children for school. This half-day virtual workshop will help you improve your current school-readiness programs and develop new programs and services based on the most recent research in child development and school readiness. This workshop was held on April 27, 2021, and May 6, 2021. It will be held again in-person at Read to Me Rendezvous in March 2022. Training materials were sent to attendees via email. Due to the grant requirements of this training, we cannot share slides to those who didn’t attend. The Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit is available to anyone from the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and can be found here: https://bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/resources/educator-resources/library-toolkit

Read to Me Rendezvous: Building Bridges, Connecting Communities

Nov. 6 & 7, 2019

Day 1:

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Idaho Libraries

Presenters: Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Sherrer


Lunch Presentation: ICfL Continuing Education Opportunities

Day 2:

Early STEM is Early Literacy

Presenters: Heather Lee, Idaho STEM Action Center & Director of the BSU Children’s Center; Jennifer Redford, ICfL



Kindergarten Readiness

ICfL Presentation – Counting Down to Kindergarten 



Peer-to-Peer Presentations on ICfL Programs

Creative Community Partnerships

Community Partners Presentation 

Partner Descriptions/Services & Contact Info



Read to Me Spring Training, 2019 (Pocatello, Boise, Moscow)

Non-ICfL Presenters/Resources:

  • Kindergarten Readiness Grantee Presenters:
    • Franklin County District Library – Teresa Rasmussen
    • Meridian Library District – Megan Egbert
    • Kuna Library District – Glenna Rasmussen
    • Coeur d’Alene Public Library – Char Beach
  • Treasure Valley Youth Services (TVYS) Network group –
  • Discovery Center of Idaho/National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE):

Storytime Fundamentals Training, January 2018

Read to Me Rendezvous Presentation and Handouts, November 2017


Lapsit Program – Infant Storytime by Julie Patricia:

Serving Homeschoolers at the Library by Travis Porter

Introduction to Early Literacy Skills by Staci Shaw & Tammy Hawley-House

Outcomes-Based Measurement, Program Evaluation & Grant Writing Tips by Patrick Bodily, Megan Egbert & Krisitna Taylor:

STEM and Beginning Readers: How math and science activities support the development of literacy by Sesha Hammond

List of all Presenters/Panelists, Agency Name & Contact Info

From the Youth Services Fall Training, October 2013

The following are handouts and chart notes from each Summer Reading workshop:

Coeur d’Alene, October 18, 2013

Boise, October 22, 2013

Pocatello, October 25, 2013

Some helpful websites that were shared:

Science Bob: www.sciencebob.com: Easy experiments, science fair ideas, videos and more.
Steve Spangler Science: www.stevespanglerscience.com: Library of hands-on science experiments, science fair projects, professional
demonstrations, and science videos.

From the Read to Me Spring Meeting, March 5 – 6, 2012