Friends of the Library

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THE FRIENDS AT FIFTY
TREE CITY BOOKS AND OTHER SALES
OUR MISSION AND LEADERSHIP
JOIN THE FRIENDS!
DONATIONS
VOLUNTEER

1970-2020

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: THE FRIENDS AT FIFTY

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In 1970—three years before Boise Public Library moved to its Main location—local citizens formed a nonprofit with the aim of making the library a center of learning, recreation and information. As the Friends of the Boise Public Library, we’ve been busy ever since, organizing annual book sales, running Tree City Books bookstore, selling books online and enticing our neighbors to be members of the Friends.

All proceeds raised have benefited the Library! Since 1970, we’ve raised more than $3 million for the Boise Library facilities, programs, staff education and services. The Friends have provided support for the Summer Reading program, Dinner and a Book, Boise Comic Arts Festival, and more.

In 2020, the Friends celebrated 50 years of service, and we joined the Boise Public Library as it celebrated its 125th anniversary. The Friends look forward to the years ahead with renewed commitment to our mission and to this wonderful community.

TREE CITY BOOKS AND OTHER SALES

Tree City Books, located in the Main Library, is open. Our current hours are: 

  • Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please note that the Friends have relinquished our warehouse and sales space at 752 River Street. The Friends periodically holds pop-up in-person sales and online auctions. Sales and events are announced in advance to members by email and to the public on the Friends of the Boise Public Library Facebook page. Become a member and follow us on Facebook!

OUR MISSION AND LEADERSHIP 

The mission of Friends of the Boise Public Library is to support and advocate for the Boise Public Library and to promote reading and literacy in the community.

This effort is accomplished under the leadership of a dedicated, volunteer board of directors:

Jill Johnson, President
Carole Stokes, Secretary
Celia Renner, Treasurer 
LaRae Archibald, Director 
Kayla Church, Director 
Diana Cross, Director
Keara Donick, Director
Mason Groom, Director
Jim James, Director
Vicky Loegering, Director
Eileen Oldag, Director
Cassie Runyan, Director 

JOIN THE FRIENDS

Friends members support the idea that a library is a most valuable community asset that needs nourishment and support above its set budget. They believe in the value of books and reading, regard a library as an impartial, reliable information center, and look upon it as a dynamic agency for the education of both youth and adults. 

 The Friends group is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that  raises funds to benefit the library through book sales and memberships. If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Library, print and complete this membership form, and mail it to: Friends of the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702.  

DONATIONS

The Friends have relinquished our warehouse and sales space at 752 River Street. For the latest information on donating, please call 208-972-8247 or email fobplmembers@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers of the Friends staff Tree City Books at the Main Library, process books for sale, and help with other activities as needed.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Friends, we encourage you to complete the complete the Friends volunteer application form and return it to: Friends of the Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702. We will contact potential volunteers with opportunities as they arise.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529
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Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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