Spring Book Sale Anticipates Soon-to-Open Bown Crossing Branch for Boise Library 

click to enlarge Anne Flickinger is a volunteer with Friends of the Boise Public Library who was working the Boise Public Library Spring Book Sale April 7.

Harrison Berry

Anne Flickinger is a volunteer with Friends of the Boise Public Library who was working the Boise Public Library Spring Book Sale April 7.

click to enlarge - Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, members of the Boise City Council and other stakeholders broke ground on the Boise Public Library Bown Crossing branch in October 2015. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, members of the Boise City Council and other stakeholders broke ground on the Boise Public Library Bown Crossing branch in October 2015.
Books are made for telling stories and, sometimes, they have stories of their own.

Cheryl Levi, a volunteer with Friends of the Boise Public Library, was on hand April 7 at the Boise Public Library Spring Book Sale sorting patrons' books near the cash register. She said she has found cash in the pages of donated books, but most often, she finds plane tickets.

"We see a lot of boarding passes in the pages. People buy books at the airport and drop them off at the library," she said.

Boise Library book sales are the largest one-time used book sales in the Treasure Valley. According to the FBPL website, every year the organization raises more than $180,000 through sales at the book store inside the main branch of the Boise Public Library and at used book sales like the one taking place through Sunday, April 10.

Though such events are a regular occurrence, the current sale is raising funds so BPL can start a new chapter—literally.

"We've committed to $500,000 to the new Bown Crossing branch library," Friends of the Library board member and former President Jo Ann Michaels said. "So this year's spring book sale is as important as ever."
- A rendering of the completed Bown Crossing branch of the Boise Public Library. -  - FFA ARCHITECTURE/CITY OF BOISE
  • FFA Architecture/City of Boise
  • A rendering of the completed Bown Crossing branch of the Boise Public Library.
Officials broke ground on the Bown Crossing branch in October 2015, when Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and several members of the Boise City Council ceremonially began the $8.625 million project. The new branch will include an opening-day collection of 35,000-45,000 items, internet access on 28 computers and 12 mobile devices available for check-out. It is slated to open in autumn 2016.

At the groundbreaking, Michaels and Bev Harad, of the Boise Public Library Foundation, handed Bieter an oversized check for $1 million on behalf of the organization, but additional help came from an unexpected source: the passage of the so-called Boise Fire Bond in November 2014.

The bond, which totaled $17 million for a new fire station, freed millions of dollars in city capital funds for the new library at Bown Crossing. It was a tough fight for the Boise City Council, which was reflected in Bieter's remarks.

"We're supposed to love our libraries equally, but we love this a little better," Bieter said.
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