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The BLIP! 

Welcome to the Boise Library Information Post — the BLIP! Brought to you each month by the Library Foundation, the BLIP highlights a library program, event, or offering that you may not have heard of, or that we think warrants a bit of extra attention. We enjoy writing it, and we hope you'll enjoy reading it. Onward! 

October 2017

Halloween Happenings

Halloween is upon us, meaning streets filled with costumed ghouls, the “Great Pumpkin” on TV, and far too much candy corn. Oh, and we have some tricks and treats lined up for you here at the Library!  

Some things - like "The Great Pumpkin" - never get old.

Our creative demons have been busy cooking up Halloween festivities to suit every age and preference. Pumpkin carving, costume making, scary movies – even a two-day “spooktacular” – all this is on deck, and more.

If scary movies are your thing, you won’t want to miss “HalloWednesdays” at the Main Library. Each Wednesday in October we’ll feature a dark room, free popcorn, and a spine-tingling thriller. It all kicks off Oct. 4 with Alfred Hitchcock’s “Pyscho,” one of the all-time horror classics. Next up is the genre-bending “Scream,” which lives up to its name and even serves up a laugh or two. As an added bonus, the Idaho Horror Film Festival will be raffling off passes to a few lucky attendees. On Oct. 18, “The Ring” will make your skin crawl, and we’ll wrap it all up with “The Cabin in the Woods,” which features an ending you’ll never see coming. Like everything we do, the movies are free of charge, but they aren’t for kids: grownups 18 and older for this one, please.

If this is your idea of a good time, don't make plans for Wednesdays. 

Don’t worry, we have plenty of kid- and family-friendly activities, too. Head to our Cole & Ustick branch the weekend of the 28th for a Harvest Fest Spooktacular! On Saturday, the pumpkins and carving supplies are on us, and we’ll be serving up light refreshments. All you need to bring is your imagination. Sunday is the main event, with a pizza party and a free screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Costumes are definitelyencouraged for this one.

"Here, have a pumpkin. Nothing to be afraid of..."

If you haven’t noticed by now that we’re not your typical library, here’s one for you: Come to our Hillcrest branch Oct. 18 and make your own cat costume. That’s right: Cat. Costume. There’s really nothing else that needs to be said about this one.

If there's one things cats love, it's getting dressed up.

If that’s still not enough, we have one more post-Halloween event for you. Our Collister branch will host a Dia de los Muertos party on Nov. 1, suitable for ghouls ages 6 – 12.

Halloween may be over, but there's still "the Day of the Dead!"

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

That’s all for this month. Happy Halloween from the entire Library staff, and our best wishes for a safe, sweet, and mischief-free holiday. As always, please send your questions, comments or suggestions to our Foundation chair at

About the Foundation

Led by influential community leaders, the Foundation facilitates funding of a library system of the future and secures needed private dollars to sustain library projects.  Funds raised through the Foundation are used exclusively for the benefit of Boise Public Library and are not part of the City budget.

Towards these goals, Foundation directors focus on educating the broader Boise public about the library’s benefits and on implementing an ongoing fundraising strategy. They also provide fundraising training to new directors, develop relationships with current and potential stakeholders, estate planning advisors and attorneys, and promote the potential for naming the Foundation in a legacy. 

Foundation Board Members


  • Bev Harad, Chair
    (Community Advocate)
  • Katy Dang, Vice Chair 
    (Executive Director, Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors; Assistant Editor, Rocker Magazine)
  • Mike Turner, Secretary/Treasurer
    (Founder & CEO, Front Street Brokers)


  • Brian Manship (Vice President/Branch Manager, First Interstate bank)
  • Camille Franks (Human Resources, BMC, Inc.)
  • Carina Davio (Education Management, CoBro Consulting, LLC; BeWell Village) 
  • Celynda Roach (General Manager, Cable One) 
  • Charlene Ripke (Community Advocate)
  • Christian Lybrook (Bruneau Pictures)
  • Greg Bernhardt (Software Developer, WhiteCloud Analytics) 
  • Janice Davis (Morgan Stanley)
  • Kellie Gough (Community Advocate)
  • Ken Bass (Mornings on 94.9, The River) 
  • Margo Healy (Library Board of Trustees Liaison and Center for School Improvement, BSU)
  • Ronald Williams (Williams Bradbury, P.C.) 
  • Ryan Hill (Communications, Boise School District)
  • Shannon Davis-Jones (Volunteer Coordinator, International Rescue Committee) 
  • Zach Powell (Boise Police; Idaho Air National Guardsman)

Advisory Board

  • Bert Ellis (Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch) 
  • Dr. John Werdel (OB/GYN, St. Luke's Health System)

Library Leaders

Library Leaders are members of the community who have lent their names and support to the Boise Public Library Foundation to help build awareness of the value that libraries provide to the Boise community.  See list of Library Leaders.

Foundation History

The Boise Public Library Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1985 as a nonprofit corporation to benefit the Library.  The Foundation's first major achievement was the raising of $850,000 through a direct donation drive that was used to convert the third floor of the present Main Library building into public service space and to remodel the first and second floors. This remodeling provided space in which to house additional materials added to the Library's collection and to expand some areas to allow for better service to library users. 

Other fundraising projects have included:

  • The Bucks for Books campaign, which raised raised $50,000 toward the purchase of library materials.
  • Masquerade Balls and At Home events, which raised $8,000 annually for the purchase of materials andlibrary equipment.
  • Completion of the community room at the former Boise Towne Square Mall library branch.
  • Installation of a local area computer network for public and staff access at the Main Library.
  • Plans are underway for a permanent endowment fund to benefit Boise Public Library.
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Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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