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Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 10:16am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a third of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control. Most have been diagnosed, though that's less common among the young.

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Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 9:13am

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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ICfL Board Tours SW Libraries

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - November 25, 2014 - 8:49am
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See tour photos at www.flickr.com/photos/icflphotos/sets/72157646940178723/.

The Idaho Board of Library Commissioners visited seven libraries in southwest Idaho in October. The Board tours libraries annually, choosing a different area of the state each year. This year’s tour included Desert Sage Elementary School; Ada Community Library, Lake Hazel Branch; College of Western Idaho library; Caldwell Public Library; Meridian Library District, main branch; and Garden City Public Library on October 9; with a tour and a regularly scheduled board meeting at Mountain Home Public Library on October 10.
 
At the Desert Sage Elementary School library, librarian Karen Stahlecker, Principal Lisa Hahle, and 2nd grade teacher Jean Boyer described how they worked on Idaho Commission for Libraries’ (ICfL) Summer Slide Pilot Program with our VISTA volunteer and Ada Community Library staff. Kids loved the book choices the program offered; being able to choose was a powerful experience for them. Next year they will add more presentations from community members, as well as a toddler component because entire families came in during the summer program.
 
At Ada Community Library, after a welcome from director Mary DeWalt, Anna Langrill and Alex Hartman gave the tour. They explained how they use the Glades system, a blend of bookstore and Dewey decimal; described how their “Dog tale” stories get kids reading out loud; and demonstrated their maker area and resources, with 3D printers, squishy circuits, snap circuits, and soldering irons. The library is also in the second of five years of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. 
 
College of Western Idaho’s Kim Leeder described how starting a new library is both a challenge and an opportunity with freedom to try new things. Since 2009, the college has gone from 0 to 19,000 students. The library supports a variety of technical programs and staff is slowly building a collection for the many different degrees and certifications, many times purchasing books on demand. The library serves the community as well as the students, allowing use of Wi-Fi and computers and making every effort to give back to the community.

Caldwell Public Library was getting ready for the October 23 Grand Reopening of their children’s and community/programs areas. Director Lacey Welt and board chair Larry Blackburn explained that the sturdy 1970s architecture of the building is able to handle the remodel and they gave the Commissioners a sneak preview. The colorful murals in children’s room are interchangeable and the entrance that kids can crawl through is sure to be a hit. The remodeled community room has a demonstration area for programs like cooking. The library is also building a self-checkout and a “book store” area, revitalizing itself to better serve the community.

At Meridian Library District, director Gretchen Caserotti and librarian Cheri Rendler described the massive changes and growth in the district, which is still a blend of urban and rural. The library is well supported and well used by the community, with an annual circulation of 1 million. Using an RFID automated sorter and a self-checkout makes staff more available for reader services. Meridian tries to make the library as welcoming as possible. They posted signage that tells people what they can do rather than what they can’t do, enclosed the teen area to allow for  reasonable noise without disturbing other patrons, and built a 24-hour holds section in the lobby. They are participating in ICfL’s Make It at the Library project and developed Make It–Take It maker kits for check out.

Garden City Public Library was preparing for the October 23 Grand Opening of their Legacy Courtyard, which was funded by their Library Foundation. Director Lindsey Pettyjohn and trustees Jim Owens and Carolyne Pietz were happy to give the Commissioners a peek. Garden City has a wide range of income levels and they are currently researching demographics on cardholders. The library is open 54 hours per week and sees about 600 people per day, 40-50% of whom use computers. 67% of residents are card holders but staff is trying to take the library to people in lower-income neighborhoods who can’t make it in to the library. Their Bells for Books bookmobile already distributes books and snacks, along with mittens and hats in the winter.

On Friday, at Mountain Home Public Library, director Luise House, Mayor Tom Rist, two trustees, and the entire staff greeted the Commissioners. Trustee Kelly Everitt led the tour and explained that the architect designed the building for 2nd story expansion. The library entrance is a spacious commons area, with a café and beverages, frequently used for community presentations and a place to do homework. The library is committed to serving Spanish speakers and also works closely with area schools. Their Tech Center is well-used; a patron working at a computer realized that the Commissioners were on a tour and she took the time to tell them how much she appreciated public access at the library because she needed to create a presentation and didn’t have the software at home. 

The annual fall tour of libraries is a highlight for the Commissioners. They enjoy getting into libraries; meeting the librarians; and seeing first-hand the range of services, facilities, and challenges in Idaho. 

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 8:24am

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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District Libraries: 2015 Election Calendar

Idaho Commission for Libraries Blog - November 25, 2014 - 8:13am
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In 2015, district libraries will have, at a minimum, two trustee positions open.

Remember that if you have a trustee resign (or there is a vacancy for any reason), the person who is appointed to that position will have to stand for election in the May election. If elected, they will serve out the term of the trustee whose place they took. (33-2716)

If you are planning a “special question” election (i.e., bond, temporary or permanent levy override or plant facilities levy), this is the time to let the county clerk know and save yourself additional notification.

Below are links to an election calendar for 2015 (including statutory dates for the general election in November) and 2015 election FAQs:
- 2015 Calendar
- 2015 Election FAQs

Questions? Contact your regional field consultant, your county clerk, or the Secretary of State.

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'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 8:05am

Kinsey Wilson was NPR's chief content officer when he was forced out last month by the network's new CEO, Jarl Mohn.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 7:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 7:02am

The federal probe is examining whether Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown's civil rights. Justice Department veterans say proving he violated federal criminal law will be difficult.

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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.






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Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 6:52am

Coming of age can also mean a whopping 58 percent jump in the cost of your insurance. Shop carefully to pick a plan that strikes the right balance between benefits and cost.

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Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 5:32am

The big question in this case is whether police Officer Darren Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up. Witnesses differ on what they say they saw.

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Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 4:23am

Art imitates life for Chris Pearce — English teacher by day, comic artist by night. Inspired by his students, the material practically writes itself.

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Ferguson Documents: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:52am

Wilson told a grand jury in September that Michael Brown punched him twice in the face and "the third one could be fatal if he hit me right." The grand jury declined to charge him in Brown's death.

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Ferguson Documents: How The Grand Jury Reached A Decision

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:41am

The grand jury was presented with hours of testimony and thousands of pages of documents. Their job was to decide if there was enough probable cause to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

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Brown Family Attorney Blasts Grand Jury's Decision In Fatal Shooting

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:01am

Attorney Benjamin Crump said the decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown showed the system was broken. The decision sparked protests.

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As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 12:51am

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 12:51am

Environmentalists are suing to stop Alabama from using nearly $60 million in BP oil spill recovery funds to build a new hotel on the beach. The project is one of dozens underway across the region.

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Crowds Confront Police, Businesses Burn In Ferguson Chaos

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 11:26pm

Vandalism, violence and a dozen fires broke out in pockets of St. Louis County, Mo., in the tense hours following a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

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Want A Calorie Count With That? FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 8:34pm

Years in the making, the new rules will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus. Even movie theaters and vending machines are covered.

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Obama Discusses Ferguson Jury Decision In Michael Brown Case

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 7:09pm

"There are Americans who agree with it," President Obama says of the jury's decision, "and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. It's an understandable reaction."

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