Read to Me- ICfL

The Idaho Commission for Libraries' Read to Me program provides support to public and school librari Find out what's happening with early literacy in Idaho.

To learn more about the Read to Me program, please visit

Operating as usual


So many reasons the early learning community supports Idaho libraries!


"Indigenous Idaho: Future, Past & Present" - 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. Registration now open. Learn more here:


The voting for the summer reading (CSLP) upcoming 2025 slogan and 2026 theme has been tallied. The winners are:
2025 Slogan (theme of Art): Color Our World
2026 Theme: Dinosaurs

Start making your plans!

American Library Association (ALA) - Webcast 2021 - Powered by Webcastinc 01/21/2022

American Library Association (ALA) - Webcast 2021 - Powered by Webcastinc

The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced this coming Monday, January 24 starting at 7:00 a.m. MST during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. See the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and more at

American Library Association (ALA) - Webcast 2021 - Powered by Webcastinc The 2021 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT during the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits virtual conference. Libraries, schools, and book lovers worldwide are welcome to follow results by visiting ALA’s streaming platform at http://ala.unikron.c...


We are pleased to announce that the ICfL will once again receive a donation from the Scottish Rite Masons of Idaho to support Idaho summer library programs in 2022! We are honored to be chosen by their Foundation, and the funds will be used to purchase books to support children in summer library programs and outreach. More details to come in January!


ICfL's Welcoming Libraries Grant now open! ICfL will award up to 10 grants of $1,000 each to the Idaho public and school library applicants with the highest grant application scores received for addressing the stated grant goals.


Attending the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Annual Meeting, chatting with the 2022 "Oceans of Possibilities" illustrator Sophie Blackall. She is so lovely, and very excited to share her artwork for the upcoming summer reading theme!


Calling all Idaho public and school libraries! Registration for Idaho Family Reading Week 2021 opens one week from today - on September 15th! Check out all the great resources for this year's "Believe and Achieve" theme and preview the program registration form at:


Check LibIdaho or contact Jennifer at ICfL for code for free registration for a limited number of Idaho Library staff

Are you working to support Idaho youth? Register for the 2021 Power Up Summit at Come share what you know, learn, and help Build Up Idaho's amazing out-of-school programs.

Photos from Eric Carle's post 06/23/2021

Join us on June 25th to honor one of children's literature's greatest author/illustrators!

Read 1,000 books before kindergarten? It can be done 03/04/2021

Read 1,000 books before kindergarten? It can be done

Great publicity for Latah County Library District's Kindergarten Readiness Grant and project activities!

Read 1,000 books before kindergarten? It can be done A new early literacy program adopted by local libraries is challenging parents to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten.

LITT: Early Learning in Idaho Libraries 03/03/2021

LITT: Early Learning in Idaho Libraries

Join us on March 30!

LITT: Early Learning in Idaho Libraries How is your library supporting early learning and/or kindergarten readiness? Are you looking for additional resources to support your services and programs? Would you like to hear what other libraries are doing for young children and families in their communities? Libraries are recognized as a criti...

Turning Pages | Treefort Music Fest 02/03/2021

Turning Pages | Treefort Music Fest

Check out this project that was created for the Tree Fort Music Festival: Turning Pages.
The short video-clips series will engage teachers, parents and K-6th grade learners as they hear from BIPOC role models and listen to stories that bring the BIPOC experiences to the forefront. Each episode allows young students, teachers, parents and viewers to gain insight, empathy and a broader understanding of the diverse voices and experiences these books and leaders bring into the world.

Turning Pages | Treefort Music Fest Featuring twelve BIPOC leaders in the Boise area who will be reading and discussing children's books (by other BIPOC authors). Each 10-minute episode will include the reader's personal journey and how each selected book has enriched, inspired and educated them.

Fighting hunger year-round 01/22/2021

Fighting hunger year-round

A shout-out to our friends at the Community Library Network! Thanks for feeding minds and bodies!

Fighting hunger year-round Community Library Network and Second Harvest team up for weekly grocery giveaways


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:

Let’s get ready for summer! Apply for a Summer STEM grant today:


This is wonderful news for Idaho families with young children! Stay tuned for information about how Idaho libraries will be included in the grant activities...

Idaho Awarded $6 Million Grant to Support Early Childhood Learning and School Readiness!

Idaho AEYC and the Idaho State Board of Education will partner to continue our successful efforts building a foundation for a better-connected early childhood system that will prepare Idaho children for a successful start in school.

“This funding will make a meaningful difference as Idaho’s communities develop and implement early learning programs that are tailored to their individual needs,” Beth Oppenheimer, Executive Director of Idaho AEYC, says.


ICfL and ILA would like to invite Idaho library staff to subscribe to our new listserv!


Check out this new podcast from our friend, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. Dipesh is a former children's librarian, a pediatrician, and a spokesperson for Reach Out and Read. Some of you will remember his dynamic keynote presentation at the Early Years Conference a few years ago. Should be a great podcast!

'The Baby-Sitters Club' Cast: Libraries are great entertainment for kids and the whole family! 07/17/2020

'The Baby-Sitters Club' Cast: Libraries are great entertainment for kids and the whole family!

A great library PSA from the cast of the new Babysitter's Club series on Netflix. Feel free to share on your library's or school's website!

'The Baby-Sitters Club' Cast: Libraries are great entertainment for kids and the whole family! You heard it from the cast of "The Baby-Sitters Club," libraries are great resources for summer reading and learning!” Help us spread the message about the v...


A great opportunity for Idaho small and rural libraries! Apply by July 20.


CSLP Summer Reading with Author Carmen Agra Deedy

Author Carmen Agra Deedy is sharing stories now, watch!

Y Kid Adventures: Episode #2 - Jedi Academy 04/10/2020

Y Kid Adventures: Episode #2 - Jedi Academy

Check out this fun kids program from our friends at the YMCA

Y Kid Adventures: Episode #2 - Jedi Academy Hey Treasure Valley Y Kids!! Join us in our Jedi Academy Adventures where we will explore our emotions, tell stories, use our imagination, make new friends, ...


Check out how Donnelly Public Library is reaching older kids

💜 We are launching a just for 💜 Please help spread the word. Today’s group will just be about making yourselves more familiar with and checking in. We will discuss the book we will be reading for next week. I am looking forward to reading with you all. For the password please leave a comment that says and Miss Sherry will send you the secret password. Donnelly Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 978 227
Password: (Leave a comment and Miss Sherry will send it to you.) PS be ready for a


Idaho Voices for Children

Today is Census Day! If a child is staying with you today and has no other permanent address, make sure you count them on your form. Include children of all ages (from newborns to teenagers) and of any relationship to you (your kids, grandkids, foster kids, nieces and nephews, your friend’s kids, or any other kids staying at your home most of the time). PLEASE SHARE!


A great STEM resource from our friends at Idaho STEM Action Center

[email protected]

The Idaho STEM Action Center, in response to the current environment of students, parents, and teachers working and studying from home will be launching [email protected] – a one stop-shop for STEM-tastic activities, experiments, and other STEM-related resources! These FREE resources will help ensure our STEM enthusiasts stay engaged during school closures, and that educators have the online learning tools they need to explore STEM horizons in new ways.

A [email protected] tile has been added to our Resource Portal to make it easy to find activities, experiments, informative articles, curriculum, and YouTube videos by age or grade and subject area. In addition, we will be highlighting a select few cool activities for all ages through posts on FaceBook and Twitter to get you electrified by the possibilities!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook at: or Twitter at:

If you have great ideas you want to share, we encourage you to visit our Resource Portal at submit resources for possible inclusion in [email protected]! And we'd love to see how you are using our resources so post photos or comments of an activity you did on our FB page and let us know how it went!

The STEM Action Center, as part of the Idaho STEM Ecosystem, is committed to providing our fantastic Idaho students, families and educators with the best resources available… right at your fingertips!

In addition to following us on social media and check out our [email protected] Resource Portal starting March 23rd!

Wait! We are not done yet…….Be sure to follow our Media Partner – CBS2 for a FB Live experiment every morning a 9:00 am at:

Stay STEM-spired! 03/18/2020

The Scoop Newsletter

Special Covid-19 issue of The Scoop: The Scoop is a monthly e-mail newsletter containing fun, inspiring, and innovative ideas for library youth services. It is published by Read to Me, a service of the Idaho Commission for Libraries for school and public library staff who are interested in improving services to children and


Idaho Commission for Libraries - ICfL

The ICfL's kindergarten readiness outreach workshops use a program-in-a-box model that includes talking points, supplies for staff, and school supply kits for each participating family. For more, visit:


A nice article by Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb and Representative Janie Ward-Engleking about the Preschool Development Grant awarded to Idaho. Libraries will have the opportunity to support the goals of this grant, especially through Activity 3, "Parental knowledge and choice." var idahoednewspixeltrack = new XMLHttpRequest(); var ori = document.getElementById('idahoednewstracker').getAttribute('data-original'); var loc = window.location; var nom = document.title; var getrequest = "" + loc + "&o=" + ori + "&t=" + nom; idahoednewspixeltra...


Love seeing all our friends at Early Learning Day at the Idaho State Capitol


If you or your staff plan on applying for ICfL grants (such as the Underserved Children: Welcoming Libraries Grants, Summer STEM Grants, Continuing Education Grants, or the School Library Access Grants), this webinar will be very helpful and informative.

Join us Monday, January 13th!

January's Info2Go! webinar is coming up!

Join us on January 13th to discuss the basics of grant writing (including components, data sources, and best practices) and provide tips on applying for ICfL grant opportunities. Currently open ICfL grants that will be reviewed include: Underserved Children: Welcoming Libraries Grant (new!), Summer STEM Grant, Continuing Education Grants, and the School Library Access Grants (Round 1 and Round 2). If you or your staff plan to apply for any of these specific grants this winter/spring, please plan to attend this webinar. Presenters include: Jamie Mott, Kristina Taylor and Jeannie Standal.

Come with your big picture questions as well as your detailed, grant-specific questions to ask us and leave feeling more confident for your next grant writing adventure.

For more information or to register click here: 10/17/2019

Info2Go! Girls Who Code at your Library

Learn more abut coding programs at your library. Interested in starting a coding club at your library but don’t know where to start? The Girls Who Code platform is the perfect fit public and school libraries that want to host coding programs without a lot of training. Learn more about the curriculum and how it could have a positive impact on 10/07/2019

Info2Go! Girls Who Code at your Library

Join us for this webinar..................... Interested in starting a coding club at your library but don’t know where to start? The Girls Who Code platform is the perfect fit public and school libraries that want to host coding programs without a lot of training. Learn more about the curriculum and how it could have a positive impact on


Kootenai International Space Station 2019

We're blown away by the Summer STEM programs at Idaho Libraries this summer. Check out this video from Kootenai Elementary in Sandpoint - they made a cardboard version of the International Space Station!

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We have been doing STEM activities at our Literacy in the Park sites. We've tried to make these activities with material...





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