Library Foundation


About the $17 for 17 Campaign

If you believe in the power of public libraries, investing just $17 for 2017 (or more) in the Boise Public Library Foundation can help change lives and keep our community strong! Our goal of $50,000 will help fund exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs:

  • ROBOTS & ROBOTICS KITS provide a fun way to teach kids basic coding and logic. ($10,000) 
  • SUMMER STEAM CAMPS serving families and children ($10,000) 
  • PRINT & DIGITAL STEAM MATERIALS for our physical collection ($8,000) 
  • MULTI-WEEK CODING CLASSES for adults ($8,000) 
  • MOBILE ART WALL & SUPPLIES, including new vinyl cutters, large format printers, and an innovative gallery space ($12,000) 
  • MOBILE VR STATION  ($2,000) 
  • KIDPACKS UPDATE would revamp over 100 popular themed activity kits for Pre-K, from Africa to Zoo ($5,000)  
  • ACTIVITY KITS & RESOURCES FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS & RESIDENTS, providing new materials and resources to seniors and residents of facilities served by our Homebound Services, geared towards maintaining physical and cognitive abilities ($5,000) 

As always, our programs and materials are available to YOU at no charge.

To donate online, click here; to donate by phone, call (208) 972-8258; to donate by mail, enclose a check payable to "Boise Public Library Foundation, Inc". Mail to: 

Boise Public Library Administration
715 South Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702

Please specify if this is a special gift in memory of or in honor of an individual.

Thanks to Our $17 for 2017 Donors!

Thank you to everyone who is giving their time and money to make this campaign a success. The result? New library programs and services for you and your family to enjoy!  See $17 for 2017 Donors To-Date

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, Surel's Place)
  • 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.
Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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