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Bown Crossing Library! groundbreaking

Photo courtesy of the city of Boise.

Photo courtesy of the city of Boise.

Boise Mayor David Bieter, Boise City Council members and residents of southeast Boise celebrated the groundbreaking Oct. 28 for the Library! at Bown Crossing, Boise’s newest branch library.

When it opens in late 2016, the city will have four full-service neighborhood libraries complementing the Main Library in downtown Boise. The 16,000-square-foot branch will be located next to Riverside Elementary School. Visitors will find a comfortable “living room” reading area with fireplace, a gallery/gathering place in the building’s entry way, and spaces for reading, studying, and children’s programs. Two meeting rooms, outfitted with AV and smart technology, will be available for public use.

The city is aiming for a Silver V4 LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building’s design and construction. Sustainable features include efficient use of energy and water, the use of recycled and local materials, environmentally friendly storm water management and water-wise landscaping. United Water plans a water demonstration garden on the site.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, representatives of the Friends of the Boise Public Library and the Boise Public Library Foundation presented the city with checks worth $1 million to apply toward the library’s capital costs. An additional $7.625 million will be covered by the city’s capital contingency fund. The total project budget of $8.625 million includes furniture, fixtures, equipment and the opening-day collection.

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