Library

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.

 

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An old school bus, painted blue, pulls up alongside a wooden fence around a sprawling mobile home park in Garden City. It’s the Garden City library’s Bells For Books bus. All day in the summer and in afternoons during the school year, it goes to some of the Treasure Valley’s poorest neighborhoods. The idea is that even though this town, almost entirely surrounded by Boise, is only four miles long it has a lot of kids who can’t get to the library.

Nampa Library officials are asking for a 16 percent budget increase to help pay for new costs associated with their more expensive location.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the new facility is twice the size of the previous library and has been occupied since fiscal year 2015. It was funded and completed by the Nampa Development Corporation.

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When you live in a small town it’s important to have places for people to come together to create a community identity. That’s what Jane Summerville says the library is for the mountain town of Stanley.

“It provides story time for preschoolers, the only preschool activities available in Stanley. We have great book discussions,” she says. “I think more it’s a community center than anything, a gathering place.”

Courtesy City of Boise

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter gives his ninth State of the City speech Tuesday morning.  He’ll highlight developments over the past year and reveal new plans for the coming year.  A review of his past speeches, though, show some initiatives are still pending. 

During his State of the City speech two years ago, Bieter announced lease negotiations with Sunergy World.   The $45 million solar electricity project was supposed to create 40 jobs on city-owned property west of the Airport but that site is still empty.