Monday, March 25, 2019

‘The Deep Dark’ is 2019 NIR Book

Author Gregg Olsen to Visit North Idaho for Programs“The Deep Dark,” by Gregg Olsen is the 2019 North Idaho Reads (NIR) selection and the author will
NIR is a joint project of regional libraries as well as a Silver Valley museum to encourage area residents to read a single title and discuss the book and related topics. NIR began in 2011 when the first title selected was “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.
Olsen will attend programs at the Post Falls Library-Community Library Network (CLN), Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m.; the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m.; Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum in Wallace, Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m.; and at the Hayden Library-CLN, Friday, May 3, 5 p.m.
These programs are funded, in part, by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from regional Friends of the Library groups.
Copies of the book will be available at the Well-Read Moose bookstore in Coeur d’Alene.
In connection with the NIR activities, Valerie Wade, an environmental scientist with the Panhandle Health District, will present programs on “The History of Mining – the Bunker Hill Superfund Success,” at programs at these CLN libraries: Spirit Lake, Saturday, April 6, 1-2 p.m.; Pinehurst, Monday, April 22, 6-7 p.m.; Post Falls, Tuesday, May 7, 5:30-6:30; and Hayden, Wednesday, May 8, 6-7 p.m. Her program includes photos of the Silver Valley before and after the mining cleanup.
The book will also be discussed by the Pageturners Library Book Club, on Wednesday, April 24, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader. Copies of the book will be available to check out at the Research and Information Desk at the Coeur d’Alene library.
For nearly a century, Kellogg was home to America’s richest silver mine, Sunshine Mine. On May 2, 1972, 174 miners entered Sunshine Mine on their daily quest for silver. Aboveground, safety engineer Bob Launhardt sat in his office, filing his usual mountain of federal and state paperwork.
From his office window he could see the air shafts that fed fresh air into the mine, more than a mile below the surface. The air shafts usually emitted only tiny coughs of exhaust; unlike dangerously combustible coal mines, Sunshine was a fireproof hardrock mine, nothing but cold, dripping wet stone. There were many safety concerns at Sunshine, but fire wasn’t one of them. The men and the company swore the mine was unburnable, so when thick black smoke began pouring from one of the air shafts, Launhardt was as amazed as he was alarmed.
When the alarm sounded, less than half of the dayshift was able to return to the surface. The others were trapped underground, too deep in the mine to escape.
Scores of miners died almost immediately, frozen in place as they drilled, ate lunch, napped, or chatted. No one knew what was burning or where the smoke had come from. But in one of the deepest corners of the mine, Ron Flory and Tom Wilkinson were left alone and in total darkness, surviving off a trickle of fresh air from a borehole.
The miners’ families waited and prayed, while Launhardt, reeling from the shock of losing so many men on his watch, refused to close up the mine or give up the search until he could be sure that no one was left underground.
In “The Deep Dark,” Olsen looks beyond the intensely suspenseful story of the fire and rescue to the wounded heart of Kellogg, a quintessential company town that has never recovered from its loss. A vivid and haunting chapter in the history of working-class America, this is one of the great rescue stories of the 20th century.
Throughout his career, Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A No. 1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, 17 novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
“The Deep Dark” was named Idaho Book of the Year by the Idaho Library Association and “Starvation Heights” was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, “Envy,” was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival. “The Boy She Left Behind” was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers (ITW) award for best YA novel in 2018.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Wash., with his wife and twin daughters.

Shred Day Fights Identity Theft

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will help you defend yourself against identity theft with a free Shred Day Saturday, April 13.
A document-shredding truck operated by Devries Business Services will be in the upper parking lot for convenient drive-up service 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – or until the truck is full. Bring any old financial or other confidential documents have them safely destroyed.
Participants are asked not to include any binders or other items not made of paper.
To extend the time for the event as long as possible, participants are asked to not bring more than five boxes per vehicle.
Shred Day is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.

Eighth Annual Adler Lecture May 9

Dr. David Adler
The eighth annual Coeur d’Alene Public Library lecture by Dr. David Adler will examine the limits the Constitution places on the executive branch of the federal government.
"Constitutional Conservatism and the Limits of Presidential Power,” will be presented Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m., in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The doors will open for this program at 6 p.m.
The free lecture is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Press, the Idaho Humanities Council, the Friends of the Library, and CDA-TV.
A renowned constitutional scholar, Adler is President of Alturas Institute, a nonprofit organization created to promote civic education and civil dialogue.

Donna Bain to Share Poetry, Art for Special Program

In honor of National Poetry Month, children ages 8-12 are invited to spend an hour with artist and poet Donna Bain Tuesday, April 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Bain will read from her book of poetry and lead children in brainstorming a group haiku. Children will then write and illustrate their own haiku to take home.
Bain is a reading teacher with the Coeur d'Alene School District and an art instructor at North Idaho College. She has created public artworks such as “Catch the Wind” — brightly colored sails at the junction of Seltice Way and Northwest Boulevard. “Imagine” is a permanent art installation in the children's section of the Post Falls Library. Her “Portrait of Gandhi” is displayed in the Human Rights Institute. “In the Soft Moonlight” is her first book of her own haiku poetry and includes her own watercolor and collage illustrations.
Rescheduled from March 13, the free READY! for Kindergarten program will be held in the Community Room Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 6 p.m.
 The workshop is designed to build strong parent engagement and teach families new skills and helpful tips to nurture a child’s development; foster essential early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills; and provides learning targets, and take-home activities and tools equip parents and caregivers to help toddlers and young children develop strong brain connections for success in school.
It will include free materials, toys, child care, and refreshments. Participants are asked to register by calling 208-667-8112 to ensure that sufficient materials are available.
Families will be able to enjoy two special music activities during April.
On Saturday, April 20, 1-2 p.m., in the Community Room members of Lake City Strings will play classical music in a program just right for children. After the short program, children can get up close and personal with musicians to find out what it is like to play an instrument.
 Saturday with the Symphony is offered April 27, 12-1 p.m., and features members of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra. After the performance, families are again invited to talk with the performers and learn about their instruments.
Children ages 2-6 are invited to a tree-rific story time in honor of Arbor Day. Sing songs and hear stories. Also, learn about the trees in our area with Coeur d'Alene Urban Forester Nick Goodwin. Each child will receive a free sapling to take home. After story time, take a closer look at trees with our fun STEM activities.
Weekly children’s programs at the library continue through May 1 and include:
► Sensory Story Time: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For children ages 2-6 with developmental disabilities or sensory processing disorders, and their caregivers. Sensory Story Time provides a welcoming environment to nurture a love of reading and enhance literacy skills.
► Family Storytime: Tuesdays, 4 p.m. Stories and a craft for the whole family.
► Book Babies Lapsit:  Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
► Toddler Time Music & Motion: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., fun, songs, movement, and a story for 2-3 year olds.
► Stay & Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., after Toddler Time and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. after Book Babies, families can stay for fun and socializing.
► Lake City LEGO Club: Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., stories and a craft geared to ages 3-5.
► Code Club/Minecraft Club: Wednesday, 4 p.m., learn coding basics with robots and video games. For ages 7-12.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4 p.m., free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs. Generally for ages 5 -11.
Children under 6 visiting the libraries need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Mandi Harris, Youth Services Librarian, at The Branch Manager for Lake City is JD Smithson, and she can be reached at 208-763- 0814 or

Teens Offered ‘Bad Poetry Party’

April is National Poetry Month, and teens are invited to the library to create some questionable verse.
The “Bad Poetry Party” is Saturday, April 13, 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Are you a poet, and you didn't know it? Create some bad poetry at one of several funny stations. Magnetic poetry, blackout poetry, and so much more will be represented. Prizes and snacks will be provided.
Teen Movie Night is Friday, April 26, 6-8:15 p.m. in the Community Room. The movie is “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13). Come watch the next exciting installment of “Fantastic Beasts,” set in J.K. Rowling's fantasy world. Pizza will be provided.
Other April teen programs – beginning April 8 – include:
► Scribbler Society Writing Club: Mondays, April 8 and 22, 3-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room. This is an all-ages activity for patrons who want to improve and share their writing skills.
► Anime Club: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Watch anime shows, like "My Hero Academia,” while you interact with other teens who love anime as much as you do. For ages 13-18.
► Teen D&D: Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., in the Gozzer and Jameson rooms. Be part of an epic campaign. Have grand fantasy adventures, using your imagination, strategic skills, and the power of teamwork. Beginners welcome.
► Library League of Legends:  Fridays 4-5:30 p.m., resuming Jan. 18, in the Shirley Parker Story Room. Play the MOBA “League of Legends” with other teens. Use our laptops, or bring your own. Snacks provided.
For more information contact Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

BINGO Winners

The winners of Winter Reading BINGO were Katherine MacPhee,  left,
with the 7 and under grand prize, and Mia Whiting with Kindle Fire
she won in the 8-12-year-old group.

Library will be Closed April 21 for Easter Sunday Holiday

The library will be closed Sunday, April 21, for Easter.
When the libraries are closed many library resources are still available through the websites: and
Patrons can access their library records using their library card numbers to check due dates, renew checkouts, and request holds from the Cooperative Information Network catalog.
Through the EXPLORE link the websites also provide access to numerous online resources. Patrons can also download e-books through the OverDrive system. The Freegal Music Service allows cardholders to download and keep up to five songs a week and to stream music on Internet-linked devices.