School Libraries - Idaho Commission for Libraries

School Libraries - Idaho Commission for Libraries


Although ICfL's offices are shut as of 3/26, ICfL staff is still working! In compliance with the governor's self-isolate order, we are working from home. You can still reach us via email or phone, so please contact us with any questions or concerns. Stay well!
Have you submitted your proposal to Big Talk From Small Libraries 2018? Better hurry - the deadline is Jan. 12! #BTSL2018
New ALA graphics READ posters that feature John Green, John Cena (Ferdinand), & Daveed Diggs for "Wonder". My two new ones just arrived yesterday!
Here's a great shot from a librarian from the Collister branch during #LibraryInThePark this summer.
In addition to helping children avoid the summer slide, the Around-the-World Summer Reading Program can earn books for children and schools. Free ebook access for elementary-age students to travel through books this summer. The dual-language ebooks feature word highlighting and speed control for struggling readers and language learners. And we are adding tappable sounds to make reading more fun. Information available here:

Assisting school libraries to expand their capacity to serve students and teachers and the greater community.

Operating as usual

School Library Access Mini-Grants 01/18/2022

School Library Access Mini-Grants

A new SLA Mini-Grant for a new year! More Idaho schools are now eligible to apply for the ICfL's School Library Access Mini-Grants. High schools? Middle schools? Jr. High Schools? Yep! Even schools that have already received one or more SLA Mini-Grants are eligible to apply with some timing restrictions.

Interested publicly funded schools in Idaho can find more information and apply at

School Library Access Mini-Grants 2022-2023 School Library Access Mini-Grant Application Opens January 18, 2022 with Big Changes! School libraries play a vital role in ensuring Idaho's students learn and continually develop strong literacy skills from their earliest grades, throughout their


Can't make the trip to the Idaho State Museum? Try the virtual tour! Get all the details at:


Idaho public and school libraries: Idaho Family Reading Week 2021 registration is now open! There is space for 100 school and public libraries and the program registration is open until filled.

Program info and registration form can be found here:


The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program allows high school juniors the opportunity to take an engaging online NASA-developed course on space exploration. It teaches STEM skills that are aligned with Idaho Content Standards. The deadline to apply is November 1. For more,


The application for the Idaho Lottery Bucks for Books Program is now open! Idaho public elementary schools can apply for up to $3,000 to purchase books for the school library collection. Find more information and apply at

Info2Go! 08/17/2021


Join us for the next Info2Go!

Next Steps Idaho: Tools for college and career ready patrons.
Thursday, September 9 from 10-11am PT / 11am-12pm MT
Library workers help their students and young patrons become college and career ready. One tool that can assist in this effort is Next Steps Idaho, a comprehensive “one-stop shop” for the discovery and pursuit of higher education, training, certification, self-actualization, and professional advancement in Idaho.

Join us to learn all about Next Steps Idaho and how you can foster the career aspirations of young Idahoans in your libraries. Presented by Byron Yankey, Idaho State Board of Education.

Find more information and register at

Info2Go! Info2Go! is our series of monthly webinars showcasing current topics in Idaho libraries. The focus is on providing a platform for the library community and our partners to share knowledge. If you have a suggestion for a topic you think would make a great Info2Go! session, contact Annie Gaines. Upcom...

Summer Summit 06/30/2021

Summer Summit

Hey Idaho school librarians: due to a few last-minute cancellations, there are 3 spots open for Summer Summit 2021! Check out the agenda, and register at: As always, ICfL covers the cost of the conference, and eligible travel expenses for those traveling more than 50 miles. Hope to see you there!

Summer Summit Summer Summit 2021 is a hybrid event and school librarians may choose to attend either in-person (at Boise High) or remotely (from anywhere you might be). With support from IMLS, the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, and the Idaho State Department of Education, this year's s...

Eric Carle, Creator Of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' Has Died 05/27/2021

Eric Carle, Creator Of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' Has Died

RIP Eric Carle.

Eric Carle, Creator Of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' Has Died The beloved author and illustrator drew more than 70 books for kids — often about friendly bugs like that famous caterpillar. He said he got his inspiration from nature walks with his father.

National Ambassador Appearance Proposal Fall 2021 05/24/2021

National Ambassador Appearance Proposal Fall 2021

Calling all ID State Rural School Libraries!
Check out this opportunity to bring Jason Reynolds to your school library:

He is hoping for audiences from Grades 5-12.

All you do is complete this Google Form:

Go for it! Proposals due June 25!

(Big thanks to the WA Library Association and Kiersten Kerr for sharing this info!)

National Ambassador Appearance Proposal Fall 2021 Jason’s goal for the Ambassadorship is to connect with small, underserved communities that don’t often have the opportunity to host authors. We are currently planning for all events to be virtual in 2021. For Jason Reynolds Ambassador events, we would like the audience to be in the 5th – 12th ...


Summer Summit 2021 Registration is open! It's a virtual event with in-person participants in Boise and remote participants in any corner of Idaho! Visit for details, agenda, and registration!

BCCCA Nominees 04/26/2021

BCCCA Nominees

Miss the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Awards this year? Help your 2nd and 3rd graders get in on the action with next year's nominees! Thanks, OLA, for including everyone! Get the details at

BCCCA Nominees The 3rd grade classroom is getting a pet and Frankie thinks a rat would be perfect. But her best friend, Maya, doesn't think a rat would be great at all. They are kind of gross and not as cool as a hermit crab, which is Maya's top choice.


It's Drop Everything and Read Day! What are you reading?

Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grants 03/29/2021

Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grants

Good news!

The application deadline for the School Library Access Mini-Grant has been extended to April 7, 2021!

In more good news, Idaho elementary schools who serve upper elementary students, but not Pre-K, kindergarten, or grade 1 students may now apply for a Mini-Grant using the Application for Upper Elementary found at

Apply today!

Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grants Congratulations 2020-2021 Mini-Grant Recipients! Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring Idaho children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental presc...


Learn to create cool and professional materials for your library! Join Kiersten Kerr for a webinar covering Canva Wednesday, 2/23/21 at 10:00 am PST/11:00 am MST at See you there!


The application deadline for Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grants is coming up! The last day to apply for both Rounds 1 and 2 is March 26th. Find all the eligibility and grant requirements and details on how to apply at!

Alyson Hannigan Video PSA 02/19/2021

Alyson Hannigan Video PSA

A new PSA from Allyson Hannigan and ALA!

Alyson Hannigan Video PSA [video: ] Fans of Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning book, "Flora & Ulysses," will be excited to hear that Disney is bringing the story to life in a new film streaming now on Disney+. Alyson Hannigan, who plays Phyllis Buckman in the movie, is celebrating the rel...

Doodle for Google - Enter Submissions for the Contest 02/17/2021

Doodle for Google - Enter Submissions for the Contest

It's Doodle for Google time! Last day to submit is February 26th at

Doodle for Google - Enter Submissions for the Contest Doodle for Google's annual contest is accepting submissions for the Google logo to be featured on the local Google homepage. Submit yours today.


Hey, High School Librarians! Maybe you have a student interested in library science? There's a grant for that! It's an opportunity to collaborate with your public library to connect an interested student with their local library to help develop the future library workforce in Idaho! Get all the details at: 02/01/2021

The Walter Awards

WeNeedDiverseBooks announced the 2021 Winners of the Walter Awards! Check them out here: Inaugurated in 2016, the annual Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children’s Literature recognize diverse authors (or co-authors) whose works feature diverse main characters and addres… 01/27/2021

ALA Youth Media Awards

Just in case you've not seem them yet:

My reading list got a lot longer! Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Award...


It's time to apply for the ICfL's Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant! Get all the details at and submit by March 26, 2021!


Been thinking about an MLS? Emporia State University is holding an information session on January 30, 2021. Register for the online session at for information on this hybrid program and how it all works. 01/21/2021

School Library Statewide Chat

Calling all Summer Summit 2020 Alum: join us this afternoon at 3:30pmMST/2:30pmPST for a reunion! Bring your questions, comments, suggestions, concerns about your Zine project. You could even show off your completed project, if you like. Get all the details at:

Hope you see you soon! School Library Statewide Chat Can we talk?Join ICfL staff and school librarians around the state on the third Thursday of each month for a little chat. We'll center the discussion on a different school-library related topic each month, and there will be plenty of time 01/14/2021

Summer STEM Grants

January. It’s cold. It’s the start of a new year. And it’s a great time to start planning for summer! Applications for this year’s Summer STEM from Your Library grant are now open. This grant is open to publicly-funded school, public, or academic Idaho libraries that meet the ICfL’s grant eligibility requirements (found here: ). Eligible applicants are awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Find out more about the Summer STEM grant here: The Idaho STEM Action Center provides funds to the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) to award up to 66 public, school, or academic libraries $500 each to help pay for materials or presenters to support STEM outreach efforts during the summer. The ICfL also provides 12/30/2020

Make It at the Library

Get Ready! The application for this year's Make It at the Library program will open on January 4th, and it's all online this year! Check out the information and details at! Project Overview: The project is designed to support the creation of Makerspaces in Idaho libraries and encourage the delivery of library services to digital users “where they live.” The Commission will provide the necessary materials and trainings to implement creative, STEAM-based programming ... 12/28/2020

SPLAT Curiosity Report: Volume 7, Issue 3

See the shout out to school librarians in the current edition of the Curiosity Report at! Message from the editor Do you enjoy reading the Curiosity Report? Do you see change as an opportunity to learn and grow? Do you find yourself going with the flow when things don't go as planned? G...


Another great tool from our friends at IPTV! Your families with young children will thank you!


Hope to see you there!

Join us Wednesday- December 16, 4 pm. MST/3 pm PST, to learn how your school district might join the Idaho Digital E-book Alliance (IDEA). Please bring your questions.
Meeting details can be found at 12/10/2020

Library and Information Science Department

College of Southern Idaho is offering online Library Science classes! Classes start January 11, 2021, so check out the details now at The primary focus of the Library and Information Science program is the Associate of Arts degree, which prepares students to enter library and information careers. Students acquire the knowledge, skills, and values that are fundamental to professional competence in the library and information servic... 12/04/2020

ICfL is Recruiting for a Library Technology Consultant The Library Technology Consultant is available to help Idaho libraries of all types, but especially public libraries, with issues relating to technology, the internet, and computing. The Library Technology Consultant can provide guidance, recommendations, and suggestions to help libraries keep curre... 11/17/2020

COMIC: A Kids' Guide To Coping With The Pandemic (And A Printable Zine)

Check out this zine that could be a help when talking with kids who are just done with this pandemic. It's been months of the pandemic and you might be feeling frustrated or upset. But there are lots of different ways to deal with your worries — like giving yourself a big hug! 10/26/2020

REALM Resources for Libraries Operating during COVID-19 | Infopeople

Free Webinar: REALM Resources for Libraries Operating during COVID-19. Will cover up-to-date information on the effectiveness of methods for cleaning and disinfecting materials and spaces. Get the details and register at: The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project is drawing upon authoritative scientific research and Battelle laboratory testing to produce, disseminate, and periodically update evidence-based information that can inform operational considerations for reducing the risk of transmissio... 10/22/2020

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten

Hurray! The 2020 Teens' Top Ten List is here! About the Teens' Top Ten I TTT Nominees I Previous Winners I Promoting the TTT I About YA Galley YALSA has launched the Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and m...





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