PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS –
Learn How to Design for the Web with Library’s New Treehouse Service
Boise Public Library Announces New DIY Learning Service
(Boise, ID – December 8, 2014) Aspiring web developers and designers now have a new resource for achieving their goals. All they need is a Boise Public Library card and the Library’s new Treehouse™ service. The online video and interactive learning platform teaches people how to design and develop websites and mobile apps.
Projects are taught through a combination of short videos, code challenges, and quizzes. Tracks include web development, web design, iOs and Android app development, Wordpress development and design, and various programming languages, including HTML, CSS, PHP and Ruby.
Interested in learning more? Check out Treehouse at www.BoisePublicLibrary.org/Treehouse, or, connect with library staff: call 384-4076, email email@example.com or stop by one of our libraries to chat. The Main Library is located at 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; the Library! at Cole & Ustick is at 7557 W. Ustick Rd.; the Library! at Collister is at 4724 W. State St.; and the Library! at Hillcrest at 5246 W. Overland Rd.
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Media Contact: Lindsay Zamara, Electronic Resources Librarian, Boise Public Library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 384-4076 or 384-4442
NOTICE OF CANCELLATION
of the Boise Public Library Regular Board Meeting
Due to the lack of a quorum, the regular board meeting on December 3, 2014, has been canceled.
For any questions, contact the Library Director’s office at 384-4238.
Linda Ugrin, Library Administrative Secretary
Boise Public Library
208-384-4238 or email@example.com
Plunge Into Hour of Code
(Boise, ID – 12/01/14) Boise Public Library invites students to participate in this year’s Hour of Code, hosted by the Library and Panucation. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The free classes will be held during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, at all four Boise Public Library locations, and are suitable for kids, teens and adults.
The class is scheduled three times at the Main Library – once on Friday, December 12, at 4:30 p.m.; and twice on Saturday, December 13, at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. All three will be in the third floor Marion Bingham Room.
A class is also scheduled at each of the library’s branches. On Thursday, December 11, it will held at the Library! at Hillcrest at 4:00 p.m. There’s another one on Friday, December 12, at 4:30 p.m. at the Library! at Cole & Ustick, and another on Saturday, December 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Library! at Collister.
To register for a class, please visit http://www.panucation.com/. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet and headphones, if possible. The Library will provide a limited number of laptops for those who cannot bring their own. A parent or adult caregiver should plan to attend with students who are under 10 years old.
Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. In one week last year, 15 million students worldwide tried computer science through the Hour of Code program. The Hour of Code movement hopes to reach 100 million students by the end of 2014.
For more information, visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org/calendar, call 384-4076 or email Coach Newt Antoniuk, Panucation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Main Library is located at 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; the Library! at Cole & Ustick at 7557 W. Ustick Rd.; the Library! at Collister at 4724 W. State St.; and the Library! at Hillcrest at 5246 W. Overland Rd.
Media Contacts: Sarah Kelley-Chase, Library! at Hillcrest: email@example.com or 208-562-4996; Coach Newton Antoniuk, Panucation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-208-866-6262
Boise Library’s Digital Airport Branch Opens
Selected Library Services Now Available at Gate B16
(Boise, ID – September 10, 2014) Boise Public Library and the Boise Airport celebrated the grand opening of a new digital library branch at the airport on Wednesday, September 10. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening at 11:00 a.m., with Mayor David Bieter, Airport Commission Vice Chair Bill Conners, Library Board of Trustees President Margo Healy, Library Director Kevin Booe and Boise City IT Chief Information Officer Garry Beatty doing the honors.
The new branch is located at Gate 16 in the middle of the busy B Concourse. Six 23-inch touch-screen PCs offer access to selected library services. There’s also a reading and study area with lounge seating, three laptop carrels for passenger devices and multiple charging stations. Boise Airport offers free WiFi throughout its facility.
Airport Director Rebecca Hupp was in the Philadelphia airport this spring and saw the digital library there. She brought the idea back to Boise, to the delight of Library Director Kevin Booe.
“It’s a perfect partnership,” said Booe. “Waiting passengers can use Library PCs to check email, do some research, or read our online magazines. Our children’s ebooks are perfect for entertaining small children. And if you live in Boise and forgot to download something for your flight, you can get a temporary library card here and use it to download an ebook, a magazine or some music before you leave.”
“The Library is a wonderful resource for the citizens of Boise and BOI’s digital library will be one of the first in the country,” said Hupp. “We are very fortunate to be able to partner with the Library to offer this amenity to travelers. This project is part of our ongoing effort to make the Airport more reflective of the community we serve. We expect the digital library to be very popular with passengers.“
Of the six PCs, one is devoted completely to children’s ebooks,. Kids can watch, listen and read animated picture books on the PC monitor through the Library’s popular TumbleBook Library service. Two PCs are preloaded with digital magazines, with complete, full-color content that updates monthly. Two more PCs offer filtered web browsing.
The sixth PC offers information about Boise and about Library services. These include City of Boise FAQs, local news and weather, the Library’s online catalog and tutorials on downloading ebooks and music to personal devices. Boise residents can also get a temporary library card, which can be used immediately for download services and streaming music.
The new branch is one of only a small number of airport/library collaborations in the U.S. The cost, under $25,000, came out of the Library’s existing budget.
To learn more about Boise Public Library, visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org. For information about the Boise Airport, visit http://www.iflyboise.com/. The Boise Public Library system also includes four full-service libraries—the Main Library at 715 South Capitol Boulevard; the Library! at Cole & Ustick at 7557 West Ustick Road; the Library! at Collister at 4724 West State Street; and the Library! at Hillcrest at 5246 West Overland Road.
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Notice of Library Closure
Boise Public Library holiday closure hours are listed below.
Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve: All locations will close at 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day: All locations closed.
Wednesday, December 31, New Year's Eve: All locations close at 6 p.m.
Thursday, January 1, New Year's Day: All locations closed.
Notice of Special Library Board Meeting
Tuesday November 25, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A joint meeting of the Boise Public Library Board of Trustees with Boise City Council will be held onTuesday, November 25, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the Boise City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 150 North Capitol Blvd., Boise ID 83701.
The Board of Trustees will attend the City Council Strategic Planning session to review the Main Library Vision Project options with Architectural Nexus.
Any person needing special accommodations to attend the above-noticed meeting should contact the City Clerk’s office at 384-3710 no later than three business days prior to the meeting.
Media Contact for Board-related inquiries:
Library Administrative Secretary
Boise Public Library