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Boise launches online TV channel during shut down: Be Well Boise

The City of Boise quietly launched a new online video effort to bring city programs to citizens, without leaving home.

Be Well Boise already features dozens of videos on a variety of topics tied to city programs and projects.

“Be Well Boise is our commitment to bringing Boiseans together during this challenging time,” the city wrote on its website. “Departments throughout the City of Boise will be offering a wide variety of programming so you can connect, learn, and engage.”

Nearly every weekday features a variety of live programs, streamed to YouTube, and made available on demand. For instance, each morning at 10:30am, Boise Public Library produces Virtual Storytime. Library staffers welcome kids, do some warm-up activities, then read a book. Each day’s video is made available as an archive, with nearly 30 episodes available.

Zoo Boise started posting Zoo To You videos – with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the activities at the zoo. One video features a hyena training session, while another gives ideas on how to explore ‘backyard biology.’

Boise’s Parks & Rec Department features videos targeted at slightly older Boise residents. One shows folks how to make a home pottery studio, while another series gives instructions on how to salsa dance. A fun video we’ve shown here before showcases the Boise River Greenbelt from the air in 1970, before the project got rolling.

Dozens more virtual events are scheduled in coming days and weeks. The city keeps a complete calendar of offerings on its website.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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