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Our new logo highlights six important pieces of the library.
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On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!
Help us race to the top of Clifty Mountain for our annual Summer Reading Program! We need to read over 6,000 books by July 27th in order to reach the top!
Schedule of Library Events:
Story Times (1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month @ 10:30am & 1:30pm)
July 20th – Going Buggy!
July 27th – Summer Reading Finale Feat. Dave the Magic Man! 1:00 – 3:00 @ The Fairgrounds
August 3rd – Dino Day!
August 17th – My Best Friend!
August 24th – School Bus Safety Program
Lego Club (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
Space and Science Programs
July 22nd - “Songbirds” Presented by Biologist Amy Maggi - (Grades Pre K – 2nd @ 1:00pm & 3rd – Adult @2:00)
August 5th - NASA Presentation: Roving on Mars - (Grades 3rd – 8th @ 1:00pm)
August 19th - NASA Presentation: The Moon - (K – 4th @ 1:00pm)
Visit Boundary County Library’s Event Calendar to see these dates and more!
The Boundary County Library holds 2 annual reading programs for all ages. This year, our Winter Reading Program was a “latte” fun! With a total of 3,928 books read, it was our biggest winter turnout yet!
We’ve had awesome programs over the years, and we’re excited to get everyone involved in this year’s Summer Reading Program; “On your mark, Get set, Read!”
Check in with us around June to receive Summer Reading Logs and Bookmarks!
Special thanks to all those great readers out there who participated!
*2011's Summer program was a little different - so it's not included here.
Craig Anderson, well-known Bonners Ferry High School teacher, was chosen to succeed Sandy Ashworth as the director of the Boundary County Library District by the district’s Board of Trustees. Anderson will assume the directorship on October 1, 2016, after completing the school year and working closely with Sandy, her staff, and the district’s Board of Trustees throughout the summer.
“The trustees were pleased with the response to the posted job opening and felt fortunate to have a number of viable candidates to interview,” said Ashworth, “however, Craig’s professional experience as an innovative, award-winning educator combined with his vision of the library’s role and mission—past, present, and most of important of all, its future potential—made him their unanimous choice.”
Born and raised in Boundary County, Anderson sees the library directorship as continuation of his decades of experience fostering the life-long enjoyment of learning for his over 3,000 satisfied students, “This library has been making a difference in our county with its willingness to give. Through hard work and ingenuity, Sandy, her staff, the trustees, and community members are creating a powerful new learning center that, coupled with its ground-breaking fabrication center or Fab Lab, can provide the people of Boundary County with a bridge toward a positive, productive future. A culture of opportunity is in the making, and I am excited to be part of it.”
The Boundary County Library is beginning a new chapter; with eBooks and the Fab Lab coming on the horizon, we are bringing more to the community than ever before. We offer digital sources for learning everything from basic computer skills to official Microsoft Office courses, and for certain fields we offer testing for certification.
On our website, under Learning Center -> Digital Learning, you’ll find this information:
GCFLearnFree.org - This site is one of the best resources for anyone who feels “computer illiterate.” It has simple, easy-to-use tutorials that cover a broad range of skills.
Global Road Warrior - An excellent source for information on almost every country and culture. It is updated frequently, and has answers to many questions for travelers, students, and curious minds.
Libraries Linking Idaho - Libraries Linking Idaho is an online compendium of free resources for seniors, students, job seekers, employees and more.
Microsoft Academy – A new addition to our resources list is Microsoft IT Academy. This site has free courses provided by Microsoft are available to patrons through the Boundary County Library.
Lynda.com – This site offers video courses on a broad range of subjects, including software, creative skills, and business skills.
After learning with these free resources, you can become certified in specific fields with Certiport.
Visit Certiport's website to view their full index of available certificates. The Boundary County Library is an authorized testing center, and offers a limited number of free vouchers for specific certificates relating to Microsoft Office. Other vouchers may be purchased through their website. [1}
At a local scale:
Whether you grow organic produce, write novels, or build houses, technology is affecting how you engage with your customers. As a professional on a local, national, or global scale, integrating the products of the Digital Age is inevitable. Visit us at the library for a computer basics crash-course, or borrow one of our many books on the subject--including A World Gone Social and the magazine MIT Technology Review.
Art and illustration have long been part of human story-telling...
The official definition, from the Fab Foundation:
Fab Lab is an abbreviation for Digital Fabrication Laboratory. With a quick Google search you can see what these labs are doing around the world. People from urban and rural towns are designing and developing products from the ground up, and actually putting their creations to work! At the core of this newly-founded avenue of innovation is open-source software, which means that anyone with an internet connection can begin the process of creation. Although it takes practice and training, using the tools in the Fab Lab creates skills which can be used to further education and careers.
The possibilities are endless; beyond learning programming—beyond learning how to use the machinery—Fab Labs at their core are about collaboration and innovation.
Anyone can assemble the machinery that makes up one of these laboratories, but it takes special partnerships and commitments to education in order to become a “Fab Lab.” At the Boundary County Library, life-long learners of all ages will be welcome to learn how to use the Fab Lab to create, innovate, and revolutionize local and global markets. Staff will be there to assist and mentor the learning process for those who wish to further their education through this unique avenue.
The Boundary County Library Digital Fabrication Laboratory is connected to the United States Fab Lab Network and the Fab Foundation. Follow the links below to learn more:
The Boundary County Library will continue, as always, to deliver educational and enjoyable material for generations to come.