Library news from around the state

Photo of Payette library ribbon cutting

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Ada Community Library and Boise Public Library: This year’s community read, Read Me Treasure Valley, will celebrate the Boise City and Idaho territorial sesquicentennials with great reads and a full calendar of events. See for more information. Read Me Treasure Valley is presented in partnership with Boise State University’s Story Initiative, The Cabin, and the Idaho Statesman and supported by grants from the Idaho Humanities Council and the Boise City Arts and History Department.

American Falls District Library: Director Havilah Lyon was hired to replace retiring director Harriet Newlin and started at the beginning of January.

Boise Public Library branch manager Sarah Kelley-Chase won the School Library Journal/ Scholastic Dav Pilkey Sweepstakes out of over 3,000 entries. As the Grand Prize winner, her library will have a visit from Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers this spring. See more at

Grace District Library thanked retiring director Linda Rasmussen for 19 years of dedicated service and welcomed new director, April Smith.

Payette Public Library held a ribbon cutting for their new addition on November 13, 2012. An estimated 80 people attended the celebration. The City of Payette received a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and loan for the addition and Payette residents passed the Payette Library Expansion bond in 2010. See more.

Richfield District Library welcomed new director Clay Ritter in November.

Stanley Community Library: The new library building on Niece Avenue officially opened the doors to the public on January 2, 2013. Eighty-three people visited the new facility during an open house on January 7. The Grand Celebration is scheduled for July 6. See building photos at

University of Idaho: Dr. Lynn Baird, Dean Library Services, was the speaker for the University’s Fall 2012 Commencement on December 8 in Moscow. She was the first library dean to serve as commencement speaker in the University’s 110-year history. (See

Idaho Community Foundation Grants (

  • Boise Basin Library District --$2,500 to provide public Internet access and computer use
  • Bruneau Valley District Library --$750 to support the luncheon-speaker program for eight programs in 2013
  • Emmett Public Library --$2,500 to provide match dollars to complete tagging the collection for the security system
  • McCall Public Library --$700 to purchase blocks, storage units, block play related books, and math and language materials for the “Block Play Story Time” program. (See more about block play in the March 9, 2012 issue of The Scoop.