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.
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.
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.
Friends of the Library
Spring Book & Bake Sale
Friday, March 20th from 11:00am to 5:00pm &
Saturday, March 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Paper backs are just .50¢ each
Hard backs, videos & audios are just $1.00 each
We need volunteers to help with the sale & donations of baked goods! If you would like to help set-up, clean-up, sell & organize books, etc., please contact the library at 347-3147 or email@example.com for more information. If you would like to donate items for the bake sale, please drop your items off on Thursday, March 19th between 11:30am and 5:30pm. All funds raised will be used to support the library! Thank you for your support.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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