The mission of the Meadows Valley Public Library District is to provide patrons of all ages equal access to library services and resources, as well as to inspire a passion for literacy.

Speaker & Travelogue Programs

All speaker programs are free to attend and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  As a courtesy to speakers, please be on time for programs.  For more information about any of our programs, please call 347-3147.

Mongolia Travelogue - guest speakers, Pete & Norma Walker

Tuesday, February 17th  @ 7:00pm

In this video presentation, New Meadows locals, Pete & Norma Walker, will share their recent September 2014 trip to Mongolia.  Wild and untamed, Mongolia is a spiritual land of nomadic cultures and dreamy landscapes of snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, grassy steppes and the Gobi Desert.  Even today, Mongolia evokes a time when Genghis Khan and his warrior horsemen thundered across the steppe to establish the largest land empire the world has ever known.  The Walkers discovered Mongolia's diverse land and people, from the bustle of Ulannbaatar, the capital, and alpine beauty of Khovsgal Lake, to the vast expanse of the Gobi Desert.  They also visited many nomadic yak, horse and camel herding families and spent most nights in traditional gers (yurts).

Building for War: The Saga of Wake Island - guest speaker, Bonita Gilbert

Thursday, March 19th @ 7:00pm

This presentation opens with an overview of the story of civilian contractors, many from the Inland Northwest, who came to Wake Island to build a navy base in 1941.  Ms. Gilbert will discuss Wake's location, Pan American role, Wake's strategic importance, buildup, the shocking descent into war, and the fate of the Wake men.  This saga offers a new perspective on WWII and why they U.S. was caught by surprise in December 1941.

Bonita (Bonnie) Gilbert teaches history at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene and is the author of "Building for War: The Epic Saga of Civilian Contractors and Marines of Wake Island in World War II". Gilbert has an MA in history from the University of Oregon, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and taught at colleges in the Denver-Boulder, CO area for a decade before moving to North Idaho.  She is actively aiding the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command in its Wake mission and was honored to be invited to Wake Island in the fall of 2011, where she provided a historical tour for visiting USAF generals of the Pacific Command.

The Dynamiters (Steunenberg Assassination) - guest speaker, Robert Sobba

Thursday, April 9th  @ 7:00pm

On December 30, 1905 former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg walked through the gate to his home and set off a dynamite bomb that took his life.  A person later identified as Albert Horsley, also known as Harry Orchard, was arrested for the murder.  Idaho Governor Gooding knew Idaho didn't have the resources to investigate this crime, so he hired the well known Pinkerton Detective Agency, with James McParland (known as "The Great Detective") to do the investigation.  He also appointed two prominent Idaho layers, James Hawley and William Borah to help prosecute the case.  Orchard confessed to the Steunenberg assassination and stated that he was hired by the leadership of the Western Federation of Miners Union to murder Steunenberg in retaliation for his actions against the union when he was Governor.  This lead to a series of events that brought three union leaders, defended by the well known attorney Clarence Darrow, to trial for the murder in what has been called the "Trial of the Century".  The investigation, arrests and the subsequent trials all make for an interesting story in Idaho's history.

Robert Sobba served thirty-six years in law enforcement in the Boise area, including eighteen as chief of police in Caldwell, ID.  He also spent four years on the Caldwell City Council.  He is a graduate of BSU, the FBI National Academy, and has a masters degree in Administration.  Bob has published several articles on law enforcement and history subjects.  He has written a history of the Caldwell Police department, and recently published a book on the history of Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, "A Century of Conservation: Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge 1909-2009."

The Lin Tull Cannell, Stephen Sylvester, Bonita Gilbert and Robert Sobba programs are funded in part by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Last updated: January 22, 2015 - 10:38am by meadowsvalley

Friends of the Library Recent Book Additions

Click on a book title for a book review and additional book information.



Full Force and Effect by Tom Clancy

The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall

Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson

Unitended Consequences by Stuart Woods

The Amish Midwife by Mindy Clark

Dead Run by Dan Schultz

Last updated: January 23, 2015 - 3:11pm by meadowsvalley

Book Discussion Group

Book Group  Book Discussion Group

Meets the 1st Wednesday

each month @ 7:00p.m.

 Book Group is for people who like to read and then get together once per month in a very relaxed setting to discuss each months book selection. Book selections are made by group members on a rotating basis. Light refreshments & fun & interesting conversations are served at each meeting. New Members may join any time and may participate on a month to month basis.

Last updated: January 7, 2015 - 11:45am by meadowsvalley


Story Time is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month during the school year from 3:15 to 4:00pm.  During Story Time we read a couple of books, make a craft or play a game and have a treat.   

Upcoming Story Time Dates and Themes:

February 11th - Make A Friend

March 11th - Nutrition

April 8th - Zoo Lover's Day

May 13th - Jumping Frogs!

Story Time is open to all children & their families and is always free to attend.  For more  information, please contact the library at 347-3147 or

Last updated: January 20, 2015 - 12:48pm by meadowsvalley

Hours & Directions

Our Hours

Winter Hours - November 1 - March 31

Monday - Friday : 11am to 6pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays

Summer Hours - April 1 - October 31

Monday - Friday : 11am to 6pm
Saturday : 11am to 2pm
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays


400 Virginia, New Meadows, ID  83654
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Last updated: November 4, 2014 - 2:24pm by meadowsvalley

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