In ‘Spring of 2009’ less than a mile away (or some 10 blocks), another branch of the Boise Public Library system will open up – West Boise branch.
The Idaho Statesman has a story about the increase in patron traffic. I’m in agreement with the thoughts of this guy, just some guy (John Reagan) visiting his neighborhood library at Hillcrest.
In my opinion, it’s the best social service there is. The services are wonderful, and they’ve expanded beyond books. Now I see video games and home media. It’s great for families that otherwise wouldn’t have access to these types of services.”
When we were kids, we utilized the library on 8th & Washington where the offices of Cosho & Humphrey are now. The current main branch of The Library! on Capitol Blvd was “outfitted to serve a city of 75,000” and was built not long after I graduated from high school. This city has grown to approximately 220,000 (or more), and so the main library is no longer capable of fully meeting the needs of Boise and, according to the current library director, hasn’t been for a good 25 years.
An advisory committee began meeting in November to find ways on financing new main library. Larry Booe, the library director, calls for it to be “21st century library.”
In addition to an expanded collection, the four-story facility would include a coffee bar, printing and mailing center, fixed-seating auditorium, gallery space and Internet cafe with up to 200 computers.
Any place where I can drink coffee and read, I’m up for – but, I’m usually always up for anything that involves books.