Events calendar

Human Library
Human Library

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Books are on loan for 20-30 minutes sessions.

This year's Human Library is taking place during Mental Health Awareness month, on Saturday, May 19th, 1-5 pm at Storey Park in Meridian. This event will be in conjunction with the Indigo Idaho Art Fest. We are seeking books of all kinds who have experienced a stigma, stereotype or prejudice.

Your volunteering will consist of one (1) two-hour training session with coaches in April as well as the 4-hour event on Saturday, May 19th. Interested in telling your story? Please fill out the application form and we will contact you with further information.

Hat Trick Reading Program
Hat Trick Reading Program
For Kids

The CenturyLink and Idaho Statesman Hat Trick Reading Program is back!

If you're a hockey fan between the ages of 5 and 13, then stop by to pick up your reading log and check out a book... you'll win your first Steelheads ticket right then and there!

Win another ticket just by reading at least 20 minutes a day for 7 days.

Finally, if you bring us an essay or drawing about the Steelheads, you'll get a Steelheads baseball cap and an invitation to a free skate day from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on March 25!

The program ends February 24th, so stop by and get your first ticket today!

Sensory Enhanced Storytime
Sensory Enhanced Storytime
For Kids

This inclusive program has been developed for children who are on the autism spectrum or have other developmental disabilities, and is presented at a preschool level of development. Takes place every Second Saturday at 11:00 am. For ages 3 - 12.

Wish Jars
Wish Jars
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 4:30pm
For Teens

Write thoughts, wishes or words of wisdom on beautiful origami stars and fill your own decorated wish jar.

Color Me Calm
Color Me Calm
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
For Adults

Enjoy a relaxing time coloring beautiful, detailed designs by some of today’s top adult coloring book producers. The library will provide materials, soothing music, and a light snack.

Coding for Kids and Teens
Coding for Kids and Teens
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

Learn real-world coding techniques while creating a video game using Scratch or Python programming languages. Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. For ages 10 - 19.

Healthy Sleep Habits for Babies and Children
Healthy Sleep Habits for Babies and Children
Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 2:00pm

Exhausted? Baby won't sleep? Get sleep help now! Sleep Well Children Consulting is here to help. Learn how to get your child to sleep so everyone in the house can be happy and well rested again. Question and answer session included. This program has been designed for the caregivers of babies and children ages 3 months-6 years.

American Blues Music
American Blues Music
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 4:00pm

at the Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City

Blues music has its roots in African American spirituals and field songs. Spend a winter afternoon in a great venue, listening to Boise Blues Society musicians play blues/roots music and share some related spoken word. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Reserve your free seating at eventbrite.com. This is a Read Me Treasure Valley event. For more information, visit readmetv.com.

Teen Tech Week
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
For Teens

Come try out our tech! Make music with Sonic Raspberry Pi, try out our new VR games and more!

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
For Adults

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Abolitionist, Novelist, Remarkable American Woman

at Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N 8th St, Boise

Barbara Meldrum, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Idaho, introduces us to the woman whose antislavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, shook the nation. Stowe, a teacher and writer from a family of preachers, used her pen to express the truths her heart dictated. Lincoln, during the Civil War, is said to have greeted her by asking, “Are you the little lady who made this big war?” Living long after Lincoln’s untimely death, she and her husband wintered in Florida, teaching and preaching to former slaves, trying to help them thrive in their newfound freedom. Through slides of people, places, and books, Meldrum shares Stowe’s numerous experiences and accomplishments.

Computer Basics
Computer Basics
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:30pm
For Adults

Are you looking to gain or brush up on some basic computer skills? Come for hands-on computer training classes that cover various introductory topics, such as Keyboard functions, Microsoft Word, Facebook and Skype. Let us help you make sense of it all! To register, contact Molly at mkumar@adalib.org or 208-362-0181 ext 135.

Fenced In or Fenced Out?
Fenced In or Fenced Out?
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
For Adults

Join historian Betti VanEpps-Taylor as she examines today's polarizing and divisive "identity politics," as just the latest chapter in a long history of internal and world-wide upheavals that periodically require Americans to re-examine our image as a welcoming nation of immigrants. Tracing the historical concept of melting pot vs. protective fence building is a story that began in earnest for Americans at the end of the Civil War. Now, in the 21st century, with instant information, globalization, terrorist threats, and wars that have plunged much of the world into a massive refugee crisis, our internal polarization seems to demand more internal fences. Perhaps it is time to find ways to build gates of civility that will help us remember that we are, indeed, more alike than we are different.

Agricultural Fun Fair
Agricultural Fun Fair
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
For All Ages

Help celebrate the valuable contributions of American agriculture by visiting our free Agricultural Fun Fair between 2:00 and 4:00 pm! Learn about everything from gardening and farming, to beekeeping and worms. Enjoy fun crafts, free seed giveaways, a miniature tractor display and even a petting zoo! Farm and gardening attire is encouraged.

Lincoln: Wartime and Westward Expansion
Lincoln: Wartime and Westward Expansion
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 2:00pm
For Adults

At the Idaho State Archives Idaho History Center, 2205 Old Penitentiary Rd

Dr. Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, explores Lincoln arguments with respect to civil rights as being humane and respectful of the goals of union.  Part of Lincoln's war time leadership was Westward expansion, which he accomplished through the Homestead Act and other means of opening opportunity to the west. After the presentation, participants are encouraged to visit the “Abraham Lincoln: His Legacy in Idaho” exhibit on site.

Underground Railroad Film Screening
Underground Railroad Film Screening
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
For All Ages

View the PBS documentary featuring William Still, a most important yet largely unheralded hero of the Underground Railroad.

Join a special Makeiteers project just prior to the screening:

Make Henry's Freedom Box at 1:00 pm

Learn about Henry Brown and do a related hands-on project that encompasses engineering. Afterward, view the PBS documentary that includes Henry Brown’s story.

Paper Quilling
Paper Quilling
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
For Teens

Make beautiful flowers or poop emojis by curling paper into intricate shapes!

Victory Book Club
Victory Book Club
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
For Adults

Eat, chat and gab about your favorite new read! This bimonthly club meets the second Tuesday of the designated month. New members are always welcome and books are available for pick up at the library! This time we will be reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.