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Library Make-It Lab Opens Aug. 1

Reference Clerk JD Smithson, left, and
Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins
are the primary planners for the new Make-It Lab.
The much-anticipated Coeur d’Alene Public Library Make-It Lab is open as of Aug. 1 in the library’s former computer lab on the main level.
The Make-It Lab is designed to be a place for people with similar interests, including computing and technology, to gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
“The Make-It Lab enhances library resources by giving our patrons materials and tools to create items and to experiment with tools they may not be able afford at home,” said Library Director Bette Ammon.
She said the lab is a work in progress and resources, tools, and programs will be added based on user comments and interests.
“Like everything else in the library,” she said, “we count on user feedback so we can improve the services we provide.”
Make-It Lab users will be asked to sign a waiver for the use of some tools in the space. The waiver will need to be signed by a parent or guardian for users under 18, and unaccompanied young children will not be allowed in the space.
Tools in the lab include such items as a sewing machine, Cricut, a button maker, hand tools, and a die cutter. Tech will include Makey-Makey, Edison bots, Easy Circuits, and a stop-motion lab. The space will also have a dedicated computer.
The space will be open during regular library hours, but projects will need to be completed a half-hour before the library closes. Completed projects can be taken home, but all tools and materials will need to remain in the lab.
The lab is supported by the Make It At the Library Project through the Idaho Commission for Library with additional support from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.

Coeur d'Con: Geeks Invade Library Aug. 19

The geeks are coming.
The third annual Coeur d’Con on Saturday, Aug. 19, will fill the library with superheroes, villains, and all kinds of comic book, video game, TV, and movie characters. The day will feature vendors, gaming opportunities, crafts, fan meetups, discussion panels, and other activities inside and outside the library related to popular media.
Prior to Coeur d’Con the entries in the Fan Art Contest will be displayed at the library Aug. 6-19.
On Aug. 19, the doors will open at 10 a.m. and activities continue through 4 p.m. Scheduled activities will include:
► Panels – Community Room: “Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (PG-13),” 10:30 a.m.; and Nerdwest Geek Trivia, 1:30 p.m.
► Fan Meetups – Gozzer Room: The Heart of Geekdom, 10:30 a.m.; Kpop/Kdrama, 11:30 a.m.; Cosplay, 12:30 p.m.; RWBY/Rooster Teeth, 1:30 p.m.; and Overwatch, 2:30 p.m.
► Crafts – Children’s Craft Room:  DIY Lightsaber, 10:30 a.m.; and DIY Wand, 12:30 p.m.
► Activity Zones – Various Locations: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Meet the 501st, Shirley Parker Storyroom; LARP Group, outside; Canton of Silverheart; outside; Uncle’s Games, right fireplace; FATE Games, right fireplace; Archaic Realm RPG, right fireplace; League of Legends, Nelson Room; SPLAT Table, Makerspace.
► Cosplay – Storyroom and Community Room: Registration, 10-11 a.m., voting begins, 1 p.m., finalists announced, 2:30, contest 3-4 p.m.
► Gaming Tournaments – Left Fireplace: Arms, 10:30 a.m.; MarioKart, 11:30 a.m.; Smash Bros, 12:30 p.m.; Ultimate Street Fighter 2, 1:30 p.m.; Gamers’ Choice, 2:30 p.m.
More information is available at

Lake City Public Library Receives Cities’ Award

Lake City Public Library Branch Manager JD Smithson.
(Photo courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene Press)
The Lake City Public Library (LCPL) was recognized with a Community Engagement Award from the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) at its conference June 22 in Boise.
The award was one of two received by the City of Coeur d’Alene, which was also recognized with a Public Safety Award for its Community Action Team, which is partially funded through a federal COPS grant and proactively works with the community on crime prevention, relationship building and problem solving.
LCPL is a joint project between the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the city, and the Coeur d’Alene School District that created a public library branch at the school library within Lake City High School on Ramsey Road.
“This award is confirmation of what we set out to do,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “With the support of City Council Member and Library Liaison Kiki Miller and the cooperation of school officials we wanted to make the Lake City Library more accessible for the students and teachers while at the same time expanding library services to patrons in a fast-growing part of the city.”
The application for the library’s AIC award was submitted for the Community Outreach and Collaboration and Increasing Services and Low Cost category.
In the application Ammon noted that, “The Library’s long-range plan called for extending public library service as a future city need and constituents asked City Council members for library services to be provided near them.”
She noted that the Library Board of Trustees is aware of building and facilities costs and that finding an appropriate space and resources in an established school library would be more cost-effective. The proposal replicated a similar endeavor in Missoula, Mont., Ammon said.
LCPL was established following lengthy discussions between representatives of the School Board, Lake City High School administration, and the City Council.
“With the support from the City and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, this successful partnership brings public library service throughout the year to the fastest growing area of the city,” Ammon said. “Children can ride their bikes along well-planned trails and keep reading all summer long. Where equipment and materials languished during the summer, they are now in use all year long.”
The branch opened in January 2016 with J.D. Smithson as branch manager. She also serves as courier between the main library and the branch.
During the school year the library is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m., providing its own collection of books, Internet computers, and Wi-Fi services. The branch can be designated as a pickup site for holds placed by patrons living near the site, and its materials are listed in the catalog for the Cooperative Information Network – a group of 27 libraries in North Idaho and eastern Washington.
When school is not in session, during the summer and other breaks, branch hours are extended. The library is currently open 12-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The branch offers its own programs, a story time for children and a LEGO Club that incorporates robots. Additional programs are planned for the future.

Lake City Branch Closed Aug. 7-21

The Lake City Public Library, in the high school on Ramsey Road, will be closed Aug. 7-21, due to annual school maintenance.
During the closure patrons can visit the main library at 702 E. Front in Coeur d’Alene and arrange to pick up holds at any of the other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network.
Many library services are also available through the libraries’ websites, or Patrons can access their library accounts to check on due dates or place holds, utilize online reference materials and other resources, download music to keep from the Freegal service, and check out e-books through the OverDrive system.
The Lake City branch will resume its summer hours, Monday through Thursday, 12-5 p.m., on Aug. 21. School-year hours, Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m., resume on September 5. Lake City will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor Day.
During the first week of August and the last two weeks the branch will continue to offer its Summer Reading programs: LEGO Club, Tuesdays 4-5 p.m., Storytime with a Snack, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m., and Lego Club with Robots, Thursdays, 4-5.

Library Looks Skyward with Eclipse Programs

Dialogue with Homeschool Families Also Scheduled
Two programs for families at the library will shed some light and dark on the upcoming solar eclipse.
Eclipse Readiness 101 is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. This program will include what an eclipse is and what we can expect in our area, important safety considerations, and the construction of a pinhole projector for viewing the eclipse. Each family attending the program will receive a pair of solar-eclipse glasses.
The day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, the library will host a Solar Eclipse Party beginning at 8:30 a.m. The eclipse begins at 9:13 a.m. The first 100 people attending this program will receive solar-eclipse glasses.
In preparation for fall, the library’s youth services will also host Back-to-(Home)-School Day on Thursday, Aug. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., in the Community Room for families who are considering homeschooling and those who are more experienced with home education. Library Circulation Clerk Amy Bardwell, who has experience as a homeschool mom, will lead the discussion about library and community resources and hear suggestions for additions to the library collection.
Young patrons can continue to track the time they read – or are read to with reading logs. Children who pick up a reading log at the Coeur d’Alene library can have any overdue fines on their library cards waived. For every three hours of reading time logged they can pick up a prize in the Seagraves Children’s Library. The final day to turn in reading logs will be Sept. 2.
Each time children visit the library they can also vote for their school. The school to win the most votes will earn the right to house the Summer Reading Traveling Trophy in their school library for the next school year. In addition, for each 50 votes a school receives their school library will receive a book.
Children under 6 visiting the library 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

Teens Have Movie, DnD Activity

Teens will have a free movie and a Library Dungeons and Dragons game as Summer Reading activities for young adults continues at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The free film for teens will be the 2017 release, “Power Rangers” (PG-13), to be screened in the Shirley Parker Storyroom beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
The Library DnD event will be Friday Aug. 11, 3:30 to 6 p.m., in the Nelson Room off the main library and will replace that day’s regularly scheduled League of Legends activity.
Teens have their own Reading Log to keep track of their Summer Reading and to win prizes – any kind of reading counts. Any teen with overdue fines on their library card who participates in Summer Reading by picking up a reading log will have those fines forgiven.
Other teen programs in August are:
► Creative Writing Club:  Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m.
Teen Book Club: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4 p.m.
Manga & Anime Club (ages 12-15): Tuesday, Aug. 15, 4 p.m.
Manga & Anime Club (ages 15-18): Tuesday, Aug. 22, 4 p.m.
Make-It @ the Library: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 4 p.m. in the Library Makerspace.
Teen Makerspace: Thursday, Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Teen Craft: Paint ‘n’ Sip, Thursday, Aug. 31, 3:30 p.m.
League of Legends: Each Friday at 4 p.m. (except Aug. 11).
For more information contact YA Coordinator Talley Gaskins, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469, or by e-mail at