On November 6, Idahoans will let their choice be known not only on who will be the next President of the United States but also how their communities will be improved over the coming years.
It's story time at the North Bingham County District Library. Thirty-three kids along with 19 parents are enjoying the literary musings of author Antoinette Portis' "Not a Box."
"I am very limited with space and I get close to about 50 people per story time and so I’m very limited in the activities I can do," said Storyteller, Sesha Hammond.
Since 1997, the book repository has been housed in this location on Locust Street and as the population of Bingham County has grown so too has the library. On Election Day the library is asking residents for their help. The library is looking to make a move to the former BMC West building.
"Typically, you build a library once in your lifetime and this is big enough that I think it would go for years and years," said Heidi Riddoch, Director of the North Bingham County District Library, "and be a real asset to the community in terms of its location and the space and the things that we could offer. Looking forward as needs change, that building would be able to accommodate those needs and those changes."
The library is asking for a bond of $2.5 million to assist in the move. According to a tax impact analysis done for the library by Zions Bank a $100,000 home would see an increase in their tax bill of $16.98 per year. Riddoch is hoping for a different result than in 2010.
"We failed out last bond which was two and a half years ago to build new," Riddoch said, "and we knew in this economy, it was probably not likely we're going to get a new building anytime soon."
For Hammond, the building would be a wise investment for years to come.
"I think reading starts at a very early age," said Hammond. "If you can teach children to enjoy books from birth, they're not going to have problems in school and so a bigger building, with more opportunities for children to come enjoy literature and get a love for reading and learning, it's well worth the price paid."
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