Director’s Update – June 15, 2021

Happy summer, Boise! After more than a year of library services primarily designed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m delighted to share we are able to re-introduce more in-person Library programs and services. Please know we have missed having you in our buildings as much as you’ve missed your Library. We’ve learned a lot over the last year, and we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community as we plan for future expansions later this year.

Library DirectorEarlier this month, we launched our Summer Reading program, giving readers of all ages an opportunity to make reading a fun, daily habit. (And also to win prizes!) I’m thankful to our team of dedicated staff who put together such a wonderful and engaging program, and I’m also grateful to the Friends of the Boise Public Library for their generous sponsorship of the Summer Reading program. If you haven’t already registered, I highly encourage you to sign up, pick up your first prize book, and start reading!

On June 1, we also expanded our browsing hours across all five of our locations to give the community more opportunities to visit us in-person. We know how important and meaningful it is for everyone in our community to have the opportunity to browse shelves, connect with our staff, and have a space to learn. It has been wonderful to see more people in our buildings over the last few weeks. We also brought back some of our most beloved in-person programs in local parks this summer, including Storytime and Read to a Therapy Dog. Make sure to check out our online calendar for the full schedule of summer programs.

In early fall we expect to be able to expand our hours and services even further. And as we consider what programs and services to prioritize, we look forward to hearing from you how the Library can better meet your needs. We’ll have a great discussion to identify what you want the impact of the Library to be and how you want it to support the future of Boise.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at any time at, and I hope to see you in the Library this summer!


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Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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