Bigger & Better - our 2nd Library Comic Con!
Our second annual Library Comic Con is right around the corner - coming up on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. We had a great turnout last year at this free, family-friendly event. Take a look at what's in place for 2014!
- Cartoon College Screening: We're kicking off this year’s Con with the inspiring documentary, Cartoon College, presented in partnership with The Flicks on Friday evening, August 29. The film follows students trying to achieve their creative dreams while earning a Masters from the Center for Cartoon Studies. The event is free, but advance tickets are required. They’ll be available at the Main Library starting August 1, while supplies last.
- Main Library Events: Join us on Saturday, August 30, from 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to celebrate all things comic! Main Library events include a costume contest, panel discussions, Tolkien Time, Whedonverse and My Little Pony.
- Artist's Alley: Almost 30 comic creators are slated to appear in the Artist’s Alley. Get their autographs and browse original artwork, comics and other items for sale. The long list of creators includes Paul Pope, a New York City cartoonist whose iconic Batman: Year 100, has won numerous awards, and whose science fiction comic strip Strange Adventures (DC Comics) won the 2010 National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award for Best Comic Book of the year. Pope's newest graphic novel, Battling Boy, just received the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens! Artist's Alley will be held in the Friends’ warehouse at 762 River Street, across from the Main Library.
- Friends Comic & Science Fiction Book Sale: Look for our Friends group in Artist's Alley, too - they'll be holding a special sale of comic books and science fiction. All proceeds benefit the Library. Even if you don't plan to buy, stop by to say "Thanks!" The Friends use funds raised through their book sales to sponsor many library services, collections and programs - including Library Comic Con!
Summer Fest Wrap-Up Parties
Help us wrap-up this year’s program with a big party!
- Friday, August 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Main Library Hayes Auditorium
- Friday, August 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Library! at Cole & Ustick
- Saturday, August 2, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Library! at Hillcrest
- Saturday, August 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Library! at Collister
Many thanks to our 2014 Summer Fest sponsors - the Friends of Boise Public Library, Flying Pie Pizzaria, The Human Bean, Idaho IceWorld, Marie Callender's, Mister Hotshine, Mongo's Grill, Powell's Sweet Shoppe, Roaring Springs Water Park, Snake River Stampede and the Western Idaho Fair!
Other Featured Programs
Through August 7- Literacy in the Park: We're partnering with the Idaho Food Bank and the Idaho Commission for Libraries to offer storytimes and related activities in the parks during the summer, for kids ages 2-10. Books will be available for check-out, and free lunch will be provided by the Idaho Food Bank.
August 7 - First Thursday ~ Old School: Join us on First Thursday as we travel back to the 80s and celebrate National Back to School Month by kicking it old school. All ages. Main Library
August 8 – The Planets (Anything Can Happen): Kids will bounce, slide, dance, and parachute their way through the solar system! Based on Gustav Holst's orchestral suite and presented by Paige Moore. Main Library
August 21 – Nonprofit Resource Thursday: Nonprofits, get free help finding resources at these monthly drop-in sessions. Offered in partnership with the Idaho Nonprofit Center. August Roundtable - Volunteer Management. Main Library
August 22 – Good Neighbors Extravaganza Party: Join us for a great time with new ideas, amazing puzzles, and a sweet treat! Sponsored by the Friends of the Boise Public Library. Library! at Cole & Ustick
August 30 – Nature Printing: Use nature to create a one-of-a-kind work of art as you explore process foilography with Amy Nack of Wingtip Press. Adults. Library! at Collister
Free Legal & Nonprofit Resources
Programs for Kids & Teens
- No closures in August. All locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day. (Our branch libraries are closed on Mondays year around.)