Upcoming Training

“Indigenous Idaho: Future, Past & Present”

an Idaho Library Continuing Education Course – October 2022

About the Course:

Come learn alongside your library peers about Idaho’s federally recognized tribal nations. Past, present, and future perspectives will be explored. Learn how public and school libraries can partner with, better serve, and celebrate Indigenous people and cultures. The course was created in partnership with Mandi Harris, Cherokee Nation citizen, former Coeur d’Alene children’s librarian, current doctoral student at the University of Washington, and recipient of the distinguished Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship “Catalysts for Change.” This free course is three weeks in length and will utilize a blend of independent learning/reading via the ICfL’s Niche Academy, paired with three online, live meetings for discussions and local presenters.

Course Objectives:

  • To increase understanding by Idaho library staff of Idaho’s Indigenous cultures, both historic and current.
  • To foster and increase relationships and partnerships between Idaho libraries and Idaho tribes and Indigenous peoples.
  • To create Idaho library services, materials, and programs that are high-quality, relevant, and sensitive to native peoples in Idaho.
  • To improve library communication, promotion, membership, and outreach efforts with members of Idaho’s tribes and other organizations that serve native peoples.

Registration Details:

Priority will be given to participants who can attend all three real-time meetings, to be held on Oct. 12, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. MT. (Live sessions will not be recorded).

This first round of the course is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. (NOTE: We plan to offer the course again in the near future.)

Participants who complete the course will receive 10 new hardcover books for their library collection written and/illustrated by Indigenous authors/artists. If more than one staff member from the same library completes the course, the library will only receive 1 set of these books. Books will be for a range of ages – children through young adult.

Registration opens on Thursday, September 1st until filled.

Click here for course registration form.

Questions? Contact Kristina Taylor, ICfL Youth Services Project Coordinator

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