Aug. 31, 2015

What Makes a New Boise Branch Library?

Construction will get under way this fall on the the new $8.5 million Bown Crossing Library—the latest edition of the Boise Library network of neighborhood branches. The library will be framed by Riverside Elementary School to the west, East Boise Avenue to the south, Parkcenter Boulevard to the north and Bown Way to the east. 

Preliminary designs indicate building materials would have regional and historic significance, including sandstone and natural timber accents...

Dec. 11, 2015

Nampa Library Square Chosen as 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year

The new Nampa Library Square has been chosen as the 2015 Intermountain Project of the Year. The new Nampa Library is the focal point of Nampa Library Square, the redevelopment of an entire downtown city block. The three-story, 62,000-sq-ft library anchors the square and is accompanied by a new 300-stall, 100,000-sq-ft parking structure and two single-story office and retail buildings. Redevelopment of this city block has transformed the square into the focal point of downtown, creating a showpiece that has energized the community and motivated other local businesses to upgrade their properties as well.

Sep. 18, 2015

Meridian Library Joins Partnership with School District, YMCA

Meridian Library District officials are partnering with the West Ada School District and YMCA in hopes of building a multipurpose library at the site of new elementary school.

On Nov. 3, library officials are asking voters to approve a $12 million bond issue to build two new library branches. If approved, the approximately 20,000 square-foot South Meridian branch would be built on a section of donated land near the intersection of Amity and Eagle Roads.

Oct. 28, 2015

City of Boise Celebrates Ground Breaking for Library! at Bown Crossing

by City of Boise

When it opens in late 2016, this new branch library will fulfill the City of Boise’s plan to provide library services throughout the entire community, with four full-service neighborhood libraries complementing the Main Library in downtown Boise. The library’s location in Bown Crossing was chosen for being centrally located in southeast Boise, the most underserved region of the City and Ada County.

Besides traditional library services, including an opening day collection of 35,000-45,000 items, the new library will offer a variety of online digital resources, such as ebooks, emagazines, streaming music and videos, and homework resources.  Wireless Internet access will be available, as well as Internet access via 28 public-use computers and 12 mobile devices.  

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May. 18, 2015

Albertsons Library Makes Room for New Student MakerLab

by Kathleen Tuck, Boise State University

Construction will soon begin on the first floor of Boise State's Albertsons Library to make room for the brand new MakerLab. The lab is a student center for creation, innovation and experimentation, featuring 3D printers, vinyl cutters, numerous tools for creating and designing computers, circuits and more. The space will also facet the new Gaming Interactive Media and Mobile (GIMM) technology degree program, part of the new College of Innovation and Design (COID). 

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Mar. 16, 2015

New Nampa Library Open for Business

Nampa's brand new library opened it's doors to the public Saturday morning after nearly a decade of planning and construction. The new building offers open spaces and natural light, designed to serve as a gathering place for the community and draw people downtown Nampa. 

Oct. 27, 2017

New College of Idaho Library Aims To Open Next February

The College of Idaho will soon be home to one of the most architecturally beautiful, state-of-the-art buildings in the Gem State — one that will serve as a new intellectual commons for C of I students, faculty and the entire campus community.

In February 2016 the C of I broke ground for Cruzen-Murray Library, which will serve as a new campus gateway at the intersection of 21st Street and Cleveland Boulevard. The building is a gift from the estate of the late Deborah Cruzen Murray and her husband, Glenn Richard Murray, Jr.

Cruzen-Murray Library will stand out on the College’s historic campus. Its light-infused, glass-and-steel design has a sleek, modern look and feel. The three-story, 60,000 square-foot facility will include traditional holdings of books and journals, as well as private and group study areas, a 24/7 study space, multimedia classrooms, a café, and public spaces for readings, lectures and exhibitions.

Mar. 2, 2017

Boise Library Provides Emerging Technology

Virtual reality and augmented reality is projected to become a $40 billion to $120 billion industry by the year 2020, according to the Idaho Virtual Reality Council. The Boise Library, through fundraising and donations, is now able to prepare Idahoans for this emerging industry. Every library in Boise is now outfitted with their very own virtual reality system.

People can reserve times and days throughout the week or drop-in on Wednesday for the library's VR Wednesday. Today was the first day the public got to try out the library's newest resource, and for 7th grader Thomas Michael Witt, it didn't disappoint.

Mar. 10, 2016

LIV Boise City, Library Superheroes

LIV Boise City, Library

In Boise, the Library is the driving force behind Comic Con.  This is an annual comic book convention, and what really makes it special are the people who bring ideas to life.

Feb. 23, 2015

Nampa Library Book Brigade

Photo by City of Nampa

Nearly 1,000 volunteers showed up to support the new Nampa library by taking part in the Great Book Brigade of 2015. The volunteers started at the old library and created a line that stretched five blocks long to Library Square and the new building to pass 1,000 children's books from person to person until they reached their brand new home.

Jan. 26, 2016

Once Homeless, Boise Man Creates Video Game Using Library Resources

“Right there,” Ryan Zehm said, pointing to the ground next to a Dumpster pushed against the exterior wall of Boise’s Downtown library. “That’s where most of my first video game was built. The library had everything I needed: books on programming, free Internet and a place to warm up when I needed it.”

Zehm struggled. He lost his home to foreclosure. His family helped, but he wanted to do things his own way. Fiercely independent, he found himself homeless — first living in a car, then in a tent along Bogus Basin Road, then at the River of Life shelter. “It wasn’t a great place, but you got a meal and a place to sleep,” he said. “I never asked anyone for money. That’s when I said I’m going to make video games until I get off the street.” That’s what he did, borrowing library books and the library’s surprisingly strong Wi-Fi connection to learn the ins and outs of video-game development. In 2010, after about five months’ work, “Space Blast,” built entirely at the Boise Library, was ready for release.

Today, Zehm is the award-winning founder of NurFACE Games, a video-game development studio that designs and creates games for mobile and PC platforms. Zehm’s vision is to build Idaho’s first 100-plus employee independent game studio. 

Jan. 26, 2015

Library! at Bown Crossing Tops Four Capital Projects to be Considered by Mayor and Council

by ​Jess Flynn

A new branch library for East Boise and a series of three investments in park infrastructure and land acquisition will be before Boise City Council.

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May. 30, 2017

Grow Here: Gretchen Caserotti on Storytelling and Service

by Marissa Lovell

Gretchen Caserotti’s career calling became crystal clear to her during children’s story time at New York Public Library.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Gretchen grew up in a home entrenched in the arts. After graduating high school, Gretchen bounced around the country uncovering pieces of herself in communities from Portland to New York City. In 2006, while working as an actress and waiting tables in the Big Apple, she realized that as much as she loved storytelling and performance art, acting wasn’t the outlet for her passions.  

She decided to make a change and hit the books twofold – as a graduate student at Pratt Institute and as a Children’s Librarian at New York Public Library. Amongst rows of books, Gretchen discovered her love of storytelling and passion for service colliding. As she worked toward earning her Master’s in Library Science, she learned about the human thought process. Matching this understanding with creativity, she discovered ways the library could be even more useful to the local community.

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