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Salmon River Public Library named Idaho Public Library of the Year

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Salmon River Public Library Director Susan Hollenbeak has fun with library users.


Contributed photo Salmon River Public Library Director Susan Hollenbeak has fun with library users.



— Salmon River Public Library has earned a huge honor.

Each year, the Idaho Library Association awards excellence in the form of professional recognition awards and scholarships.

This year, the top honor of Idaho Public Library of the Year will be awarded to the Salmon River Public Library. At its helm is director Susan Hollenbeak. The awards will be presented Oct. 4, during the ILA Annual Conference Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the University Inn/Best Western in Moscow.

Hollenbeak has worked as the library’s director for nearly 12 years. She said the library is supported with user fees, along with program funding through the City of Riggins.

The library serves patrons in and around Riggins. Patron letters of support affirmed the library’s efforts to increase computer literacy and provide Internet access to rural patrons and praised the library’s selection of high quality reading materials.

“We loan out approximately 8,000 books and movies a year,” Hollenbeak said.

The library is utilized year-round and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also offers special summer programs.

“The annual Summer Reading Program features a different theme each year and is intended for children ages 1 through seven,” Hollenbeak explained. “This is offered once a week during a six-week period during the summer months, and provides books, crafts and activities to promote the love of books and reading.”

She said the Salmon River Public Library has a large selection of children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, books on CD, and movies available for checkout. The library also has a number of computers available for use by the public with wi-fi, printing and scanning available. Copying and fax service is also available at the library for a small fee. Riggins school children use the library frequently.

The library is located at 126 N. Main Street; call 208-628-3394.



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