Library News From Around the State

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Find out what is happening in Idaho libraries.

Bruneau Valley District Library welcomed new director Michelle Ward in mid-June.

Election Results: Neither the Community Library Network plant facilities levy nor the Kuna Library District  bond passed in the May election. Community Library Network’s levy initiative needed to win by 55 percent, but was only able to pull in a 50.7 percent “yes” vote. The Kuna bond to expand the library got 52.8% approval, short of the 66 2/3% approval that is required.

Idaho Humanities Council Grants (
- Ada Community Library, Boise, received $4,500 for the 2016 “Read Me Treasure Valley” program, featuring Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
- Cambridge Community District Library was awarded $1,000 to help purchase and promote classic and curriculum-related audio books for younger readers.
- The Community Library, Ketchum, received $4,500 to help upgrade its oral history program and improve its extensive collection of oral histories by educating and training the library’s Regional History Librarian in the best practices of oral history collection, preservation, and archiving.
- Eli M. Obler Library, Idaho State University, Pocatello, received $6,000 to support a Special Collections and Archives Preservation Assessment .
- Garden City Public Library received $1,000 for continued support of their “Bells for Books” program. New books, including bilingual books, will be included in their mobile bus designed to bring library services to the community.
- The Friends of the Hailey Public Library received $1,000 to support the development of the community reading program “Wood River Reads.” The program involved libraries in three communities, Hailey, Bellevue, and Ketchum, and featured To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Prairie River Library District, Lapwai, was awarded $3,500 to support the 15th annual “Everybody Reads” program in northern Idaho, featuring Idaho writer Anthony Doerr’s book All the Light We Cannot See.
- The Smithsonian exhibition on ‘water’ will tour Burley Public Library, Idaho Falls Public Library, and Nampa Public Library.

Meridian Library District won the Meridian Chamber of Commerce 2016 Small Business Award in the category of 11–50 employees for reflecting exceptional business practices and customer services, demonstrating a high level of community involvement, and encouraging employees to participate in community activities through policy and process.

Salmon Public Library (Lemhi County District Library) had a Grand Opening for their new library on May 7. The new building is beautiful and has some great new spaces. Congratulations to the community of Salmon!

University of Idaho Library, Moscow, had a ribbon cutting for their newly renovated library on April 1. See more at