Friday, January 26, 2018

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Rules Changed for 2018 Writers Competition

The rules for the 29th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are changing. Creating entries will be simpler and entry fees have been eliminated.
The library is also partnering with Idaho Public Television to encourage young writers to participate in the PBS Kids Writers Contest.
“If a child creates an entry for the PBS Kids Writers Contest, that entry can also be submitted to our competition,” said David Townsend, library communications coordinator and the Writers Competition organizer. “To make this possible, it’s been necessary to modify our rules somewhat to bring the two activities into alignment.”
Townsend recommended that families who are interested in participating in both contests first create an entry complying with IPTV rules by going to, where they can register online. To submit the entry in the library contest they will then need to fill out a registration form and create a title page for the Coeur d’Alene library competition.
Copies of the new rules and entry forms will be available at the library beginning Jan. 31 and will also be available online at the Writers Competition link at A newly updated guide to creating an entry can also be found at this site.
Forms can also be requested by email to and can be requested by mail.
Entries need to be mailed or delivered to the library no later than Saturday, March 31.
The biggest change in the writers competition is the elimination of entry fees, which previously were $1 for entries in age groups 6-12, and $2 for entries in other age groups.
“For many years this has been the only library program that had a charge,” Townsend said, “and we decided that it was time for that to change.”
For 2018 the competition age groups have been changed to reflect grade levels for school-aged participants. The age groups are now Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Adult – ages 19 and older. Homeschooling families can determine the age group that best suits their children.
Also beginning this year only one entry per participant will be accepted for the competition. Entries can be fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words and participants need only submit one clean copy along with their registration form.
“Up until 2016 participants had to send us five copies of their entries,” Townsend said. “Most of our judges are now receiving digital copies of the entries. This has greatly reduced our paper waste and postage costs.”
He said that the rules have also been simplified for how the entries are formatted – how they appear on paper.
“If you have been a little frustrated by the competition rules in the past, obtain a copy of the new rules,” he said. “I think you will be pleasantly surprised.”

Play Uses Lewis & Clark to Teach Several Lessons

Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater (CST) On the Road uses the story of Lewis and Clark to teach about history and the modern-day social challenges faced by students in a presentation coming to the library, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
“Across the Divide” is the production written CST’s Artistic Director Jadd Davis and Director of Education Aimee Paxton, for the 2017-18 school year for presentation in regional schools, grades K-8. The production also features original music composed by Henry McNulty, resident music director at Spokane Civic Theatre and a regular performer and musician/music director for CST.
In the play, Lizzie’s class is assigned in pairs to create a presentation about Lewis and Clark’s flora and fauna discoveries. Unpopular Lizzie and her cool-kid bully Ava are assigned to work together and must overcome the obstacles of how different they are. Through Lizzie’s imagination, the characters of Lewis and Clark become real and help her address both the assignment and her social challenges.
Davis said “Across the Divide” addresses:
Curriculum-based history of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Contemporary natural history.
Issues of bullying and cyberbullying.
The nature of friendship and family.
The value of unplugging and getting outdoors.
CST on the Road was created 2015 as a curriculum-based “edutainment”-style touring theatre program. CST commissions and develops original musicals themed around local history and relevant issues to present in fully-staged, 100 percent portable productions. Requiring only a 15x15-foot footprint, the program can be presented in spaces as large as gymnasiums or as small as classrooms.
Davis said CST on the Road reached more than 12,000 students with the inaugural show “Living Through the Fire,” about the exploits of Edward Pulaski and the "Big Burn" of 1910 that was also presented at the library.
For more information contact or 208- 660-2958.

Find Romance at the Library

In honor of Valentine’s Day the library has a pair of activities for patrons with romance on their minds.
On Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m., join us for “Make-It: Valentine Roses,” as JD Smithson demonstrates how to make a bouquet of paper roses. The program, for older teens and adults, will begin in the library’s Make-It Lab at the south end of the main library and will spread into the Nelson Room for more work space.
As Valentine’s Day approaches the library will again display its “Blind Date With a Book.” The exhibit will feature books that are covered except for their library barcodes. Each book will have a description to entice the reader.
Take home and tear open the books that pique your interest. If the date doesn’t work out, bring it back and pick another.

Enjoy Cd’A Symphony Musicians at the Library

Representatives from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony will share their talents in a family program at the library Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon.
Members of the symphony orchestra play classical music 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.
Winter reading programs continue through March 16 in the Seagraves Children’s Library.
The New Author Blackout BINGO game for children continues through Feb. 28. BINGO cards are available at the Checkout Desk in the children’s library. There are two age groups for the game.
For 8 to 12 year-olds, the game encourages them to read books by authors they have not read before. Participants will receive prizes and raffle tickets for a grand prize for completing rows or blacking out their BINGO cards with titles from authors they have not previously read.
There is also a card for participants who are age 7 and younger with similar prize opportunities. The younger readers are encouraged to try new authors, but are not required to do so to participate in the game.
The 3D Maker Club for 10 to 14 year-old patrons continues utilizing one of the library’s new 3D printers. The program meets Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Nelson Room at the southwest corner of the main library.
Registration is required to participate in 3D Club. Call or visit the library to sign up.
The program may lead some participants to compete as part of the library’s team at the upcoming Idaho FabSLAM 2018 in February.
Winter reading programs for kids, “Alphabet Soup,” also includes these free programs:
► Spanish Bilingual Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Learn some Spanish through stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3-6.
► Book Babies Lapsit:  Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
► Toddler Time Music & Motion: Tuesdays, 11 a.m., fun, songs, movement, and a story for 2-3 year olds.
► 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: 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.
► Stay & Play: Fridays, 11 a.m., after Book Babies, families can stay for fun and socializing.
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 Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at

Teen Gaming Event Offers Pizza, Fun

Participants ages 12-18 are invited to attend the Teen Game Event Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the library with pizza and friendly competition. There will be a Switch, so feel free to bring your own devices.
Library League of Legends is offered Fridays at 4 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom
C.R.A.S.H. (Cool Random After-School Hours) are Monday through Thursday, 4-6 p.m. Craft supplies, games, and other activities will be available in the library’s Teen Central area, and Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins will be available to provide assistance and reference services.
For more information contact Gaskins at or call 208-769-2315, Ext. 469.

Poet, Radio Host to Share Program

Stephen Pitters
Presentation in Honor of Black History Month
Stephen Pitters, host of “Spokane Open Poetry” on the Thin Air Community Radio Station, 88.1/92.3 FM, will share personal memories, readings, songs in honor of Black History Month, Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m., in the library Community Room.
His experiences include being the first black student to live on the all-white campus of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., in 1967.
“Some of these experiences were life-threatening and others life-illuminating for myself as well as for those who sought to establish friendships with me,” he said. “I wrote poems about some of these occurrences.”
He will read poems from some of his four titles, available on Amazon and Kindle:
“Bridges of Visions,” “Walks Through the Mind,” “Currencies of Life ..Enlisted Behaviors,” and, his most current, “Conversations on Altered Roadways,” the first, of a five -part series. He will also bring songs made from a few poems and visual art pieces that represent other poems.
Pitters holds masters degrees in Clinical Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work, Boston Mass., and the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. He has a Teaching Certificate from Gonzaga University. He taught stress and anger management, couples communication, parenting, and marketing.
Pitters has hosted the “Open Poetry Program” since 2004. He currently produces “Poetry Rising” on the Northside at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Northtown Mall in Spokane.