Books on Boise’s Bench!

There’s a new resource for Boise readers and book-lovers — conveniently located near the Orchard/Fairview intersection. Opening in August, they have around 2,000 books on the shelves, and their inventory is growing. Mostly used, but some are new, including books in languages other than English.

They cover all the genres, but have a classics section, as well as a few rare books. There’s a well-stocked kids’ corner. When I visited I also saw an Idaho-interest section. (For those also interested in visual arts, there are onsite classes and events as well, for the entire family.)

Their philosophy is inclusive, seeing books and reading as a way to counter ignorance and to empower those who might struggle with literacy.

The owners are a mother-daughter team; Kayla is books, and Mickey covers the art activities.

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Kayla shared more about their goals: We aim to fill a gap in quality of life. Life is more than the grind of work, school and improvement. That’s why we have cute tea pots to sit with on a rainy day with a book. Why we do open paint to encourage creative outlets. It’s why we strive for a comfortable homey atmosphere. We have free wifi for someone wanting to relax with coffee and write. It’s why I’d be more than happy to read to a group of kids so moms can have a break. We have a place for self care. A place to slow down. Life is crazy busy, but it’s also crazy short and should be enjoyed.

Books On The Vine is the name of the store, and it’s located at 5208 Fairview Avenue. Store hours are currently 10 to 6, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays).

I found the store a great place to browse, and was happy to add to my mystery (Louise Penny and Anthony Horowitz) collection. I will be back!