Boise Public Library will hold its annual spring book sale to benefit the library April 4-7.
The sale is in the warehouse across from the Main Library at 762 River St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
If you can't make it the first day, don't worry. Additional books are stocked throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.
A preview sale on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. will give members of the Friends group the chance to shop early.
All kinds of books, and vintage magazines, LP records, CDs and VHS movies, are priced to sell - as in, $9 by-the-bag pricing for most items. Sunday will have half-price on everything that's left.
Last year, various book sales raised more than $140,000 to benefit the library, providing money to enhance the collection, programs and events, including the summer reading program. And this is cool. To learn more about donating books or joining the Friends organization, call 384-4238, or visit the library's website at www.boisepubliclibrary.org.
INMATE QUILTING PROGRAM NEEDS CLOTH DONATIONS
Inmates at the South Idaho Correctional Institution have found a beneficial way to spend their time - making quilts for good causes.
Over the years, inmates have made quilts for Boise's Ronald McDonald House, the Ten Mile Christian Church in Meridian and other nonprofit organizations. The quilts go to needy families or are auctioned to raise money for charitable causes. The program is entirely self-sufficient, supported by donations.
Many of the quilts are made of unexpected materials, including worn out prison-issued jeans, uniforms and other "in-house" cloth.
The program is asking for donations of more quilting material - batting and backing are especially in demand.
Donors can drop their contributions at the IDOC's Central Office, 1299 N. Orchard in Boise. For more information, contact SICI Deputy Warden Jay Christensen via email, email@example.com, or by calling 336-1260, ext. 5102.
NEW LIFE FOR OLD INSTRUMENTS
"Instruments for Kids" is a drive to collect used band or orchestra instruments for local schools in need.
The drive continues through April. Bring items to Dunkley Music, 410 S. Capital Blvd.
THE MISSION'S 'CAN DO' SPIRIT
Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has announced its 2nd Annual Can Castle Contest. The organization is inviting local businesses to participate by holding drives to collect cans of food and other non-perishables, then transform the goods into free-standing "can castles."
Drives continue through April 18. There are several prize categories, including tallest castle, most food raised, people's choice and more.
All food collected will benefit people in need in the community. If you would like to participate, or would like more information, contact Megan Korthals at Boise Rescue Mission, MeganK@BoiseRM.org or 861-9295.
Also find Boise Rescue Mission Can Castle 2013 on Facebook.
GOOD JOB, HORIZON ELEMENTARY
Friday, April 5, is a big day for the students at Horizon.
Representatives from Boise Parks & Recreation's Adaptive Recreation program will talk to students about disability awareness, and the students will present the Free Wheelchair Mission with a check for $1,940.76. The money, collected by students through a month-long coin donation drive, will pay for 27 wheelchairs. They will go to people in need in developing countries.
Because the Horizon student body is so diverse, this project has special meaning for students, said school nurse Chris Potter.
Many of the young donors come from countries, including Vietnam, Haiti, China, Congo and Sudan, where the wheelchairs are distributed through this charity.
LOCAL BUSINESSES TEAM UP TO SUPPORT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
Sixteen local businesses have found a creative way to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise.
Buy a card for $10 at Blue Cow Frozen Yogurt, 2333 Apple St. between Park Center and Boise Avenue in Boise (open seven days a week from noon to 10 p.m.). The card will get you discounts worth more than a combined $160 at all 16.
The $10 price of the card goes to the Ronald McDonald House, the home away from home for families with young children being cared for at local hospitals.
Anna Webb: 377-6431