July 21 2004 


Better Searches

Want to be able to better find what you need at the library? Boise Public Library's online catalog now boasts new search categories, easy links and more information. The public is invited learn how to make the most of the added features in free classes starting Tuesday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Librarians will offer easy tips for using the catalog from home or at the office, as well as on-site at the library. The improved catalog offers special search categories like audio books, DVD/VHS, large print, music and series. Users can limit a search by age, accessing materials only for children or for teens and adults.

Introductory classes will be held at Boise Public Library's main branch at 715 S. Capitol Blvd. For additional class times and to register call 384-4076.

More CDs

Ninety-six Idaho public libraries will soon receive more than 25,000 music compact discs as a result of a legal settlement with five of the largest U.S. music distributors of CDs and three large CD retailers. The settlement stems from an August 2000 antitrust lawsuit in which Idaho and 39 other states alleged in federal court that the defendant music distributors and retailers illegally entered into conspiracies to raise the price of CDs.

The CDs will span all genres of music and will be coming from the music distributors and retail chains involved in the case: Bertelsmann Music Group, Inc., EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Universal Music Group, Transworld Entertainment Corporation, Tower Records and Musicland Stores Corporation.

Boise Public Library alone will receive 3,660 new CDs; Ada Community Library will receive 760; Caldwell will receive 604; Emmett 143; Eagle 269; Meridian 1,117 and Kuna 299.

Meridian Teen wins National art Competition

Josiah Colt, an incoming senior at Meridian's Mountain View High School, is Idaho's First District winner in the 2004 Congressional High School Art Competition. Colt was in Washington for the opening of the Congressional Art Exhibit in the Capitol, featuring works by art competition winners from throughout the nation. His winning drawing of a rodeo bull ride, titled Maverick, will be part of the public display for the next year. Josiah and his parents, Kris and Milana Colt, and his high school art teacher, Ric Garner, were flown to Washington courtesy of Southwest Airlines to attend the opening.

Boise Peace Quilt Award

On Saturday, July 24, the Boise Peace Quilt Project will present one of its "Peace Quilt Awards" to Eve Ensler, playwright (The Vagina Monologues) and human rights advocate, for her heroic efforts to stop violence against women and girls. The quilt will be presented to Ensler by Boiseans Syrena Case Hargrove, Joanna Madden Ashmore, Laurel Defoggi, Karen Falvey, Christina Rosendaul and Lyn Winer during a private gathering following a performance of Ensler's latest play, The Good Body. The Good Body explores the experience of living in a female body through a series of monologues representing women from Bombay to Beverly Hills. The play is currently playing at the American Contemporary Theater in San Francisco where it has been described this way: "Whether undergoing Botox or living under burkhas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in with their particular culture, in order to be accepted, to be good."

The Boise Peace Quilt Project has been making quilts for organizations and individuals doing humanitarian work since 1981. Other recent quilt projects/award recipients include singer/songwriter and activist Rosalie Sorrels, environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, and a Universal Human Rights Quilt to hang in Boise's City Hall. For more about this group working to model, promote and inspire creative social action, visit www.boisepeacequilt.org.

Earlybird Producers Tickets

In other cities across the nation, tickets to the Broadway show The Producers have been extremely hard to come by. Anticipating a similar trend here in B-town, the Broadway in Boise folks have decided to allow any night-owl, eager-beaver types to get a head start. On Thursday night, July 23 at midnight until Friday, July 23 at 8 a.m., the public can log onto www.idahotickets.com to be among the very first people to procure the best seats to see The Producers during the five-night run in Boise, September 15-19. After this early bird window, tickets will be available beyond the web--via phone at (208) 426-1110 or (208) 426-1494, at the Morrison Center box office or all Select-a-Seat outlets. :

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