Monday, September 25, 2017

Hospice of North Idaho to Share ‘Being Mortal’ Program

Atul Gawande
Hospice of North Idaho introduces critically-acclaimed Frontline documentary “Being Mortal” in a free community screening on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. at the library.
Atul Gawande, acclaimed author and surgeon pitches some of life’s biggest questions to his readers; questions about our death and how we deal with it.
In his book, and later-developed documentary, Gawande explains what he learned about tough questions, tough decisions, and the various ways people manage fact, reality and fear in the face of death.
Encountering patients’ fear is not uncommon for clinical staff at our area’s local, community-owned Hospice of North Idaho. For 36-years, Hospice of North Idaho has been the areas trusted community Hospice. Last year nearly 4,500 people received Hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss care from this local non-profit. Hospice’s approach is to help their patients realize what they most want in their end-of-life experience and to show them the many choices they have. 
Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Nurse, Peggy Hodge, says, “It is easy for people to feel disempowered after receiving a life-limiting diagnosis, especially if they are not presented with a different perspective. Our philosophy is to provide compassionate care, giving as much information as we have to empower our patients to make decisions they are satisfied with.”
Fear often clouds-over the personal path to self-choice. The book and documentary “Being Mortal” provides examples of how to have the hard conversations as life draws to a close.   Kelly Rey, Hospice of North Idaho Director of Social Services helps our community walk through that process. “We, as a society don’t really talk about our wishes for our death. We do have a choice to die with peace and dignity, without pain, regrets, or suffering.”
Explore your goals and empower your voice. Join the discussion with panelists Robert Ancker, MD: Kootenai Health Palliative Care Physician and Hospice of North Idaho Co-Medical Director; Cindy Reed, RN, CHPN Director of Hospice of North Idaho’s Schneidmiller House, and Executive Director Kim Ransier RN.

Friday, September 22, 2017

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Ten-Year Honors for Friends

The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized for their ongoing support for the library with a plaque from the Library Foundation during a reception on Sept. 9 marking the ten years the library has been on Front Avenue. Pictured, left to right, are Foundation President Ben Drake, current Friends President Peggy Appleman, and past Friends President Judy Edwards. The Friends of the Library formed in the 1970s to raise funds for library programs, books, and equipment along with building a new library. The Friends contributed nearly $250,000 toward the current building where their volunteers operate Second Story Books in the lobby.

A Vietnam Dialogue for Educators

Library, IPTV Partners for Screening, Discussion
Educators and other interested adults are invited are to a special screening of The Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam War at the library on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. with staff from Idaho Public Television.
“A Vietnam Dialogue: Ken Burns for Educators” will include the screening followed by a discussion and a review of the free educational resources available for teachers from PBS.
The 63-minute compilation melds pieces of the longer 18-hour documentary into an intense and evocative overview of the entire series, which first began airing Sept. 17. The documentary, by Burns and Lynn Novick, took 10 years to complete and examines the Vietnam War conflict from all sides, including both the North and South Vietnamese viewpoints.
It utilizes graphic footage and photos from the war which may be disturbing to some viewers. In light of this, the free public event is not recommended for children.
Direct U.S. military involvement ended on Aug. 15, 1973. The fall of Saigon in April 1975 marked the end of the war.
The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million. Some 240,000–300,000 Cambodians, 20,000–62,000 Laotians, and 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the conflict, and a further 1,626 Americans remain missing in action.

Star Wars Reads Day Oct. 7

Saturday With the Symphony Resumes
Star Wars Reads Day – a program to encourage early reading through the popular sci-fi franchise – will be hosted by the library Saturday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room.
The event will feature Star Wars games, crafts, activities – and a visit from the 501st Legion.
At 3 p.m. a free movie – Rogue One (PG-13) will be screened  in the Community Room. “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” – the two-part pilot for the animated series –will be screened in the Shirley Parker Story Room, also at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 12 p.m. the Saturday With the Symphony concerts resume with musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. The performers will play on the library’s veranda and the audience is invited to bring lawn chairs, lunches, and blankets to the park to listen.
Another concert is scheduled for Nov. 4 at noon, that will be hosted in the Community Room.
The regular library Fall Reading Programs include:
► Spanish Bilingual Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Learn some Spanish through stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3-5.
► 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 7-11.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4 p.m., free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs.  Generally for ages 5 -10.
► 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

Weekly Sessions of Library Dungeons & Dragons Offered

Teen patrons will be able to enjoy weekly sessions of Library Dungeons and Dragons throughout Oct. The activity is offered each Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
Other teen activities will include:
► Teen Anime Club: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. locations to be determined.
► Library League of Legends: Fridays 4-5:30 in the Shirley Parker Storyroom.
► Teen Read Week Reading Challenge: Oct. 9-14. Read, take selfies, post to social media and be entered in to a drawing to win movie tickets.
► Breakfast Book Club: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy a book discussion and a late breakfast.
► Make-It Lab Hour: Thursday, Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m. We will be upcycling items to make creepy Halloween themed crafts.
► Teen Movie and Game Night: Friday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room.
For more information contact Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins, or call 208-769-2315 Ext. 469. Teen activities are also highlighted at

Ten-Year Party

The library marked “Ten Years on Front” Sept. 10 with a community party that began with the ninth annual Birthday Party for Mudgy & Millie and then grew to include activities inside and out including live music—with Coeur Marimba and Deep Roots, jump houses, puppet shows, free books for kids, and other fun.