Mayor David Bieter, with the help of Judge Christopher Bieter and Dr. John Bieter, will dedicate Boise Public Library’s new Idaho Room in a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. on the third floor of the main library downtown.
The room was moved this summer to a larger space that was used for storage before. The new room features lower shelves, wider aisles, lots of windows and large tables to make the space a comfortable place to look into Idaho history. A large meeting room has taken the place of the Idaho Room on the third floor, with seating for 50 and the installation of a SmartBoard.
The Idaho Collection, housed in the new room, includes nonfiction books and documents by Idaho authors or pertaining to Idaho, a file of Idaho news, sound recordings by local musicians, Boise city directories and historic maps of the state. Items cannot be checked out.
Library Director Kevin Booe asked the brothers Bieter to dedicate the new Idaho Room “for several reasons.”
“The Bieter family has been an important part of Idaho history, and strong supporters of Library services. Dr. Bieter [an adviser and professor at Boise State University] is a frequent user of the Idaho Collection,” Booe said in a press release.
The collection includes Dr. Bieter’s book, An Enduring Legacy: the Story of Basques in Idaho
, and the Bieters' father’s book, The Basques in Idaho