Idaho Day, March 4

Idaho Day, March 4

Idaho Day, March 4, was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.


Idaho Day is a way for communities to come together and celebrate the Gem State.


As part of the celebration, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) offers public libraries the opportunity to hold a special book read and discussion for their patrons. The ICfL shares Idaho-themed books with participating libraries. There are 13 available titles from which to choose. Please visit the ICfL’s Idaho Day page for more information, including the book list: If you have questions about the book read, please contact the ICfL’s Karen Parsons at:  208-334-2150 / 800-458-3271 /


The theme chosen for Idaho Day 2018 is a patriotic one, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 -- the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea, and air in World War I between the Allies and their last opponent, Germany.


Of the available titles for the book read, three have a patriotic (Civil War) theme. Those are: 


March is a novel. “Reverend March, the husband and father from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, leaves Connecticut to become an army chaplain during the Civil War.”


America’s War is an anthology of readings about the Civil War. (Your patrons could read/discuss just a section of this book, rather than the entire book, if desired.)


Crossroads to Freedom: Antietam describes the pivotal battle of Antietam. (Your patrons could read/discuss just a section of this book, rather than the entire book, if desired.)



The Idaho Day event at the Statehouse will held Monday, March 5, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the Lincoln Auditorium.


And, if you would like to learn more about the Idaho Commission for Libraries, we will host a table at the Statehouse, 1st floor, Rotunda, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 5th. Stop by and say hello -- and check out some of the ideas and offerings from the ICfL.

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