307 Cornell St. Middleton, Idaho 83644 208-585-3931
The Middleton Public Library began in 1960 with a collection of donated books that were loaned out by volunteers from City Hall. The library remained in the City Hall until 1973, when it was moved to a former power substation donated to the city by the Idaho Power Company. In 1982 the library moved acrosss the street into what is now known as "the old library," a former seed mill donated by the Simplot Company. This building served the community well, but with the growth of the city and increased need for library services, a new building was needed. In 2009-2010, with money allotted to us from the City, money from various fundraisers, and with funds generously donated by patrons, we built a new library that doubled the space we used previously.
The new library was painted by volunteer Craig Pierce with help from Chad Woodruff in the old library. Carpet was laid by volunteer Elwin Butler. Grant money from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation helped purchase carpet and tables for the old library, now being used for Preschool Story Hour. The Whittenberger Foundation grant funds enabled us to purchase additional tables and chairs for the children's area. With leftover building fund monies, we purchased adult chairs and tables. The old library - The Annex - is now used for our preschool storytimes and other programs. There are currently no plans to rent it to the public, but we hope to offer a variety of programs for all ages. If you have a program idea for us or if you want to present a program, please let us know. The more ideas and the more help, the better we can serve you!