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What Makes a New Boise Branch Library? Start With an 'Opening Day Collection'


Construction will get under way this fall on the the new $8.5 million Bown Crossing Library—the latest edition of the Boise Library network of neighborhood branches. The library will be framed by Riverside Elementary School to the west, East Boise Avenue to the south, Parkcenter Boulevard to the north and Bown Way to the east.

Preliminary designs indicate building materials would have regional and historic significance, including sandstone and natural timber accents. United Water has also been identified as a sponsor of a nearby garden. A so-called revised "hearth" design reveals a sitting room that would include a fireplace.

More important, plans are already in the works to fill the library with an "opening day collection," including tens of thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and other materials that will be available on shelves when the library swings its doors open in December 2016. The Boise City Council, after reviewing bids from three companies, has selected Tennessee-based Ingram Library Services to create the collection. According to the contract, the cost is not to exceed $585,000.

The Boise Library Board of Trustees will get an update on the construction project Wednesday, Sept. 2. Meanwhile, the Bown Homeowners Association has given its approval to site designs, the permitting process has begun and the project is on schedule for a November groundbreaking.

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