On Being Grateful: Day Two - Nampa Public Library

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com Designated Broker DB29503

In yesterday's post On Being Grateful: Day One - Glasses, I mentioned that my kids and I spent part of Halloween at our local public library. I actually live in the county, so we have to pay $50 per year for my family to have access to the library. But it is well worth it. The city built this library as part of a project to revitalize downtown Nampa. It's only about three years old; in fact, it opened just a month prior to us moving to our home here in Canyon County from the next door Ada County.

It's a huge building with three levels, and it was so well thought through in my opinion. They provide an enormous amount to the public and there is something for everyone, no matter what place you are in your life. They have internet and computers, tablets, areas specific to certain age groups (Tweens feel cool being the only ones allowed in that area and the Teens love their special chairs and sideways bookcases along with workstations to do homework.) There is a full Spanish section, audio, large print, and even a balcony that overlooks the downtown. And, the number of books available in all genres is outstanding. 

They also excel at programs. They do so many events and programs, again there is something for everyone. My kids are now in school, but I brought them to a weekly preschool storytime and STEM program for nearly three years. They grew to love going to the library and still request to go despite our large collection of books at home. As I mentioned, we experienced Virtual Reality on Halloween. One storytime they showed us how a 3-D printer worked, as they were donated a small one for teaching purposes. These are things that I would have never sought out, but are really neat and are technologies that are changing the world. They do movie nights, Spanish storytimes, ESL classes, events for writers, and so much more. I used to go to the library in our previous county, but I've never been to one quite like this one. I just love it. I'm extremely grateful that my family and I can participate and learn, and that I can teach my kids the love of books and education from a place like this.

For more information about the Nampa Public Library, check out their website. And if you are local, make sure to take advantage of its many opportunities. 

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Kasey, I love libraries and never heard that you had to pay to join, what a shame, but I am so glad to hear that you love the library in spite of having to pay. I just got back from Boston and will do a blog about that library later... I grew up loving libraries...Endre

Nov 09, 2018 06:40 PM #1
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Lottie Kendall
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Nampa library sounds superb; no wonder you and your family are such fans. Our libraries do so much these days; real community centers.

Nov 09, 2018 06:57 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Endre Barath, Jr., the city library is a benefit for the taxpayers who live in city limits. We don't live in city limits, don't pay city taxes (and can't vote for city politics). We live in the county, but they allow us use and full access as non-city-resident for $50/ year for the whole family. It's well worth the cost (and probably much cheaper than city taxes! :-) -Kasey

It's a City Library as opposed to a County library. We didn't have to pay for use of Ada County library when we lived in Ada County but outside of Boise city limits because it was a county library. I really don't mind the cost for the benefits it provides.

Nov 09, 2018 07:01 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Lottie Kendall that is a perfect way to describe it. It's a great Community Center. -Kasey

Nov 09, 2018 07:03 PM #4
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Kasey & John,

Libraries are amazing places. If you do not know something, you can find out.

Nov 09, 2018 08:37 PM #5
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Kasey... since I was a child and learned to read, libraries have been one of my favorite places in the world.

Nov 10, 2018 04:47 AM #6
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Kasey & John Boles -  I love the new libraries we have near us.  They are so different than before and the connection to technology expands their reach to virtual.

Nov 10, 2018 04:52 AM #7
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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This sounds like a wonderful set up that the Nampa Library offers.  I hope public libraries never go away.

Nov 10, 2018 04:55 AM #8
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kasey and John. Have not been to a library since college. Will be going to a branch library here in Chicago shortly! Enjoy your next visit!

Nov 10, 2018 05:27 AM #9
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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We have a great library system here on the Space Coast. We love to head over and find a book or two we would otherwise never see.

Nov 10, 2018 07:48 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kasey,

We both love libraries.  By the way, we saw Michael Thornton at dinner this past week in Yountville, CA.  And we told him about your husband listening to that podcast and we told John about it also.  A

Nov 10, 2018 12:32 PM #11
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Laura Cerrano
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It’s like me almost forget that the library is free because almost nothing is free in this world anymore, but it’s such a great miracle of a thing! :)

Nov 10, 2018 09:12 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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@dorte libraries really are excellent! -K

Nov 10, 2018 09:12 PM #13
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Laura Cerrano
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel I totally understand that and that’s good that you have that bond of the library and that you, like me, have a lot of events going on in your library. :)

Nov 10, 2018 09:13 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Nina Hollander my kids are growing up with a love for libraries as well, and that makes me very happy! -K

Nov 10, 2018 09:13 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Grant Schneider, I appreciate that the libraries are tapping into the technology as well, but I don't want them to lose their history of books, and this one certainly hasn't! -K

Nov 10, 2018 09:14 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Me too Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, they are a great community place. There are always a lot of people at our library, so I'm glad that it is well received and appreciated. -K

Nov 10, 2018 09:16 PM #17
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Wayne Martin enjoy your visit to the Chicago library! -Kasey

Nov 10, 2018 09:17 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel John and I talked about that podcast tonight. He has so much respect for Michael and thinks his story is amazing. And also for John for being a part of it, and the museum and non-profits. Did Michael know which podcast you were talking about - Jocko Podcast? I forgot to send it to you after my visit down there. -Kasey

Nov 10, 2018 09:21 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Kasey & John Boles
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Laura Cerrano it is something that taxpayers should take advantage of. It's not technically 'free' because we pay taxes, but it is a great benefit that we receive for our taxes paid. -K

Nov 10, 2018 09:22 PM #20
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