Library news from around the state

photo of Ann Nichols, director of the East Bonner County Library District

Ada Community LibraryLake Hazel Branch    
The Lake Hazel Branch of the Ada Community Library opened April 11. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot branch was opened in response to overflow crowds, a packed parking lot, teeming story times, constantly busy computer terminals, and insufficient room for expansion at the library’s 22-year-old main branch. See more at

Clearwater County District Library, Weippe   
The April 8, 2011 edition of USA Today featured Clearwater County District Library in Weippe in the story “10 great places to  take a library tour.” Check it out at

Community Library Network, Hayden    
Stephen Byrum, a Community Library Network teen, received Honorable Mention
at the state level in Idaho’s “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge 2011 for his video promoting the Summer Reading program to other teens.

East Bonner County Library District   
Ann Nichols has been named director of the East Bonner County Library District (EBCLD). Nichols has been serving as interim director since the retirement last fall of longtime library director Wayne Gunter. She joined the EBCLD staff in October 2005 as administrative librarian/assistant director. She previously held key positions with the Idaho Falls Public Library and the Idaho National Laboratory's Technical Library in Idaho Falls, ID. Read more at

Garden City Library    
Garden City Public Library teen Lorry Hernández’s video promoting the 2011 Summer Reading program to other teens was selected at the state level to be Idaho’s official “You Are Here” Teen Video Challenge winner for 2011. Read more at and

Hansen District Library    
Hansen District Library received a bequest of nearly $250,000 from Nora Anderson, a longtime resident of Hansen who passed away last fall. Anderson was a great friend of Frances Harris, who founded the library in 1975 and passed away in 2005. The library hopes to use this “once-in-a-lifetime” gift to expand the library building, purchase new computers, and do maintenance work on the rest of the building (new windows, possibly new carpet, etc.). The gift will greatly benefit the library and the community it serves.

Lewiston City Public Library   
In June, Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency approved  $195,000 in downtown property tax dollars for a new library building. This money is in addition to $160,000 in community development block grant funds approved by the Lewiston City Council. On April 25, the Lewiston City Council approved an agreement to purchase the Cornerstone/Erb Hardware building located downtown at 5th and D Street. The building will provide five times the space of the existing Thain Road structure. The city will pay $595,000 of the building’s $800,000 selling price. The owner, Bennett Industries, is donating the remaining $205,000.

 Libri Foundation Grant Recipients    
The Libri Foundation ( helps rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books. 2011 recipients are: Grangeville Centennial Library; Hollister Elementary School Library; Lizard Butte Public Library, Marsing; Notus Public Library, and Ririe City Library.