When he was a boy growing up in Boise, Dave Bieter used to go to the old Carnegie Library on Washington Street, “to look up Babe Ruth’s batting average.”
“But when I walked into that building, I felt like I was doing something profound,” he said. “It was pulling me up to do big things.”
Now as Mayor, Bieter champions libraries, working to build a network of branches across his hometown. And Thursday morning, he helped swing open the doors of the Library at Bown Crossing, the fifth branch in Boise library network (including the main branch on Capitol Boulevard).
Seven years in the planning, the 16,000-square-foot Bown Crossing branch is unlike any of the others, with its spectacular fireplace, 28 public computers, multiple study and meeting rooms, and 40,000 lending items. The building also has several sustainability features.
“I tasked our design team, [Portland,…
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