Library News From Around the State

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Bellevue Public Library mourned the sudden loss of co-director Betsy Castle The library community will miss Betsy’s cheerful enthusiasm, spirit of cooperation, and talent for grant writing, all part of the library’s formula for success. Read more in this Mountain Express tribute

Boise Public Library, Collister welcomed new branch manager Natalie Nation.

Challis Public Library welcomed new director Becky Mitchell.

Coeur d’Alene,  Lake City Public Library (LCPL) in the Lake City High School Library, held an official Grand Opening on Monday, February 1. LCPL has its own book collection and makes use of the school computers for Internet access. Library director Bette Ammon, speaking at the Grand Opening, said that City Council Member Kiki Miller, who is the city government’s liaison to the Library Board, initiated discussions about expanding library services to other parts of the community. A review of population growth in the community indicated the area near Lake City High School as prime area for the new branch. Read more in this CDA Press article.

College of Idaho broke ground on its new three-story library in February. Read more in this Idaho Press Tribune article

Community Library Network welcomed new library mangers at Rathdrum and Athol. Linda Mahon started at Rathdrum February 16, while Jill Roche took the reigns at the Athol Library on Monday, March 1. The positions became vacant after the previous managers retired.

Glenns Ferry Public Library welcomed new director Jennifer Trail.

Lewiston City Library librarian Heather Stout helped select the best audiobook of 2016 to win the American Library Association’s Odyssey Award. Because of Stout’s dedicated work, the library also received 599 audiobooks and other materials worth $18,300. See more at Moscow-Pullman Daily News 360 magazine.

Meridian Library District, unBound: Congratulations to Nick Grove – 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker! See Director Gretchen Caserotti said, “Nick has done a lot in serving our resident community and library community. I'm so proud of all his hard work and creativity! Congratulations Nick!”

Notus Public Library welcomed new director Ann Misner.

Ola District Library welcomed new director Robin Close.

Prairie District Library welcomed Julie Cook as new director.

West Jr. High School Library: Librarians from Ada Community Library’s Lake Hazel and Victory branches visited West Jr. High School Library at lunch on Friday, March 11 to share some of their cool tech gizmos. They also passed out flyers to invite students to their Divergent After-Hours Teen Party. Teacher librarian Becky Proctor said, “Our students love school visits from our local public librarians!”