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Meridian Tiny Library - Opening October 2018!
As a partner of the innovative collaboration called The Hill, Meridian newest library location, the Tiny Library, will join the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, West Ada School District, St. Luke’s Health System, and the City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department on 22.5 acres near the intersection of S. Eagle and Amity Roads in Meridian, Idaho.
The Hill is open to everyone! It's where families, the community, and people of all ages can come together to have fun, be active, learn from each other, and achieve their potential through learning, wellness and fitness. Our desired future is to have a healthy community that values reading and learning. As part of our commitment to serving children and families in Meridian, we want all kids to be prepared to learn to read and succeed in Kindergarten.
Additional plans and information will be forthcoming - please check back for updates on this page.
- The Tiny Library is a repurposed shipping container turned into an interactive learning space for families with children ages 0-5.
- A successful book drive this spring resulted in hundreds of donations. We’ll be utilizing these donations in many ways including, and not limited to: placing the books in the Tiny Library for checkout, gifting them to underserved children in our community to build their home libraries, and placing them in honor collections in various locations in our city.
- The Tiny Library is planning a soft launch in September and will be fully open to the public in early October.
- The Tiny Library will be open approximately 20 hours per week Monday-Saturday with morning and early afternoon hours of availability.
Tiny Library, Big Impact
- In Meridian, Idaho, only 67% of children enter Kindergarten ready to read.
- Studies show that children who enter Kindergarten unprepared are more likely to fall behind in school and are less likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, and succeed in their careers than those who have attended high-quality preschool programs.
- Idaho is one of only 6 states that does not currently invest in public preschool options.
- 62% of Meridian parents say there is a lack of affordable, high-quality early childhood programs in their area.
But imagine this…
Thank you to the private donors, awards and grants that are helping to fund this innovative community project!
- Meridian Recycling Fund Grant (Solid Waste Advisory Commission, City of Meridian)
- Community Development Grant (First Interstate Bank Foundation)
- Library Innovation Award (Penguin Random House Foundation)
- Earl & Lila Hill (private donation for purchasing children's books)
Visit our support page to learn how you can get involved with your private or corporate donation and more.
In the Press
- Shipping container for Tiny Library arrives at The Hill (Meridian Press - July 16, 2018)
- The Hill opens 22.5 acre campus and holds ribbon-cutting for the South Meridian Family YMCA (Idaho Business Review - May 31, 2018)
- "The Hill" YMCA Opens in Meridian (Boise State Public Radio - May 29, 2018)
- Grand Opening of "The Hill" in Meridian (KTVB News Channel 7 - May 25, 2018)
- New Meridian YMCA Complex Opens Friday (KIVI News Channel 6 - May 24, 2018)
- South Meridian YMCA, The Hill anticipate May 25 opening (Meridian Press - May 8, 2018)