Boise Public Library

UPDATE: In light of the events of this past weekend in Boise, the content of today's Idaho Matters is changing. At noon today we will be talking with city leaders about the mass stabbing that has affected people in our refugee community.

City of Boise

The design of the new main library for downtown Boise is out. Renderings of the proposed building show a curving glass structure that will act not only as a library but a community hub.

Michal Ronnen Safdie

As downtown Boise continues to be developed, plans are in the works to build a new library for the City of Trees. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

You may have heard of local used bookstores closing up and disappearing from the Treasure Valley. It’s not a new phenomenon. And as more stores shut down, people still hungry for physical books are turning to other sources to meet that demand.


Taylor Munson / Boise State Public Radio

Public libraries are providing more than books these days. The modern-day library is a gathering place featuring technology and innovation. The new library at Bown Crossing in southeast Boise is an example.

 

 

Branch supervisor, Sarah Kelley-Chase, wants it to be a community hub for exploration.

 

U.S. Attorney For Idaho Doing Public Meet And Greets

Aug 9, 2016
Adam Cotterell

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson and U.S. Marshal for Idaho Brian Underwood will meet with the public Tuesday and Wednesday at the Boise Public Library. For Olson, the meetings come after some recent decisions that have made some people in Idaho quite angry.

Ryan Zehm / NurFace Games

It’s a rags to riches story, starring a Boise man who lost it all, then found his way back through video games. Now Ryan Zehm owns and operates a thriving gaming company called NurFace Games.

A few years ago, Zehm went from working at a top tech company to living at a Boise homeless shelter. Now, he’s telling his story of how his perseverance and a little help from the Boise Public Library brought him back from the brink.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Comic book conventions, known has "cons", happen in nearly every city in the country. Some are money-making affairs, others are organized by fans for fans. But in Boise, the public library has gotten in on this pop-culture phenomenon.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A warehouse across from the Boise Public Library is bustling with activity, as dozens and dozens of boxes of books are brought in and unloaded.

“Boxes everywhere, we drown in boxes!” says volunteer Diana Cross. She’s helping set up for the 33rd annual Spring Book Sale, organized by the Friends of the Boise Public Library.

Boise Library Shelves Bookmobile

Aug 6, 2012
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A familiar sight on Boise streets and parking lots will soon disappear. The Boise Public Library plans to shelve (or rather garage) the bookmobile. Library Director Kevin Booe  says the decision is financial. Booe says the city cut his budget by $218,000 for fiscal year 2013.