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Helping Works by Anna Webb: On your mark, get set, buy books

Anna Webb.
Anna Webb.

It’s time once again for the 33rd annual Spring Friends of the Boise Public Library Book Sale, April 9-12. The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday (when remaining items are half-price).

The sale will take place across from the library’s main branch in the warehouse at 762 River St.

There will be a preview sale for Friends members from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. (New members can join at the door that night. Membership levels range from $10 to $250).

Sale items include paperback and hard bound books for all ages. Most paperbacks are 50 cents and most hard bounds are $1 — or $9 for all you can stuff in a bag (some items excluded).

Some first editions, oversized books, cookbooks and local interest books are individually priced, as well as records, video and audio tapes and CDs, magazines, prints and posters.

Proceeds from the annual sale help buy items for the library’s collection and support library projects, programs and events. Last year, the Friends raised over $150,000 to benefit the library through book sales, online sales and the Friends Bookstore at the Main Library.

Erin Logan, a member of the Friends board, said this year’s sale is focusing on the new Bown Crossing Branch Library. The goal is to raise $40,000. She wants shoppers to know that the sale will feature more than 25,000 items, with new items put out on the shelves each day of the sale.

Logan also notes Nonprofit Library Day, which will take place a few weeks after the sale and which will offer free books to nonprofit organizations with proper credentials. Staffers from interested organizations should call Diana at 972-8247 for details.

To learn more about donating books or joining the Friends organization, visit the library’s website.


G.I. Jobs Magazine has named Boise State University a “Military Friendly School” for six straight years.

About 2,000 of Boise State’s 22,000 students — roughly one in 10 — are veterans. In addition, more than 100 faculty and staff members are veterans.

Those who have served now have a new space on campus located in the Veterans Services Center in the first floor of the Lincoln Parking Garage at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

The center’s new lounge includes game tables, comfortable furniture, a TV and a kitchen area.

The Veteran Services Center, staffed by veterans, is a kind of “one-stop shop” for Bronco veterans and their families. The center helps connect veterans to job and other opportunities in the community. Future plans include having a dedicated vocational rehabilitation coordinator on site. Contact the center at 426-3744.

Reminder for nonprofits: Deadline to register for “Idaho Gives’’ is April 3

Nonprofit organizations can now sign up to participate in Idaho Gives, a day of online giving on May 7. Donors can give to nonprofit organizations of their choice on a single website.

Last year, the event raised more than $780, 000 for more than 600 different causes. Organizations can register online.


The Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council wants to get the word out about its event, “Do the Right - Day of Kindness” on Wednesday, April 8.

The idea is simple: do something kind for the person on your right, then and encourage others to do the same. Contact Ken Corder, community relations specialist for Meridian at or 489-0535.

On a related note, the group Be Kind Idaho (known for placing “Ben’s Bells” — hand-painted windchimes around the community to remember boy who died suddenly at a young age), is hosting several windchime painting open studios for those who want to share their artistic talents.

•  Saturday, April 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m, Good Samaritan Boise Village.

•  Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Meridian Community Center.

•  Saturday, April 25, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Meridian Community Center

Open studios at the Meridian Community Center require registration through Meridian Parks & Recreation Department online, in person or by phone. Call 888-3579 for details.


•  The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation gave a $15,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County towards construction of its $2.6 million gym and teen center project.

•  Local Girl Scouts Tylee Lydon and Lindsay Atkinson recently received recognition from the national Girl Scout organization for outstanding achievements and volunteer work. In 2014, Girl Scouts of Silver Sage performed more than 200,000 hours of community service.


The girls’ tournament is leaving Boise for the first time and will be held in Hailey, Idaho, on April 4 at the Community Campus.

The event is open to girls in grades K-12. All abilities are eligible. Festivities include chess movies in the CC Theater (“Brooklyn Castle,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” and “Knights of the Bronx”), chess analysis by chess champion Desmond Porth and more.

The Wood River Inn and The Coffee House will offer discounts to chess folks. For details about joining the competition or enjoying it as a spectator, contact Adam Porth at or call 450-9048.

Why does chess matter for girls? Research shows that playing chess improves student math and science skills. It also shows that boys outnumber girls nearly 20-1 when it comes to playing chess.

The Idaho Chess Association is hosting the Girls Scholastic Chess Tournament to give girls an opportunity to play each other in a supportive environment.