Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sharma Shields Picked for ‘Reading for the Library’

Sharma Shields
Sharma Shields, winner of the 2016 Washington Book Award for fiction, will discuss her book, “The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac,” at a special event at the library, Friday, Nov. 18.
“Reading for the Library” is a benefit event sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Tickets for the program are $30 per person and are available at A soup dinner from the Soul CafĂ© and dessert will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the library Community Room and the discussion will begin at 7 p.m. Wine and beer will be available to purchase at this after-hours event.
Copies of the book are available at the Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene for a 20 percent discount.
In addition to this novel, Shields is the author of a short story collection, “Favorite Monster.” Her writing has appeared in Electric Lit, Slice, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. Shields received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Washington (2000) and her master for fine arts from the University of Montana (2004).
She has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children. She is a board member for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane's Spark Central.
For more information contact the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380 or by e-mail at More about the Library Foundation can be found at its Facebook page.

Craft Fair at Library Nov. 4&5

The annual Library Holiday Craft Fair will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, on the lower level in the Community Room and gallery areas.
The craft fair features regionally produced handcrafted products. Admission is free and a portion of all sales will benefit the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Vendor registrations are still being accepted. Vendor spaces are free, but 15 percent of sales are given to the Friends. Tables and chairs are provided. Forms are available at the library’s Research and Information Desk or by e-mail request at
Registration cannot be completed by phone.

Family Reading Week, Symphony Part of Children’s Fall Programs

Fall Reading Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will include Special Idaho Family Reading Week activities Nov. 13-19 and a Saturday With the Symphony.
An Evening Family Story Time will be hosted by the Seagraves Children’s Library on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. The evening will include a puppet show, games, and crafts. Throughout the week there will be daily jokes, giveaways, and prize drawings.
The next Saturdays With the Symphony concert with woodwind performers from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony will be Nov. 19 beginning at noon in the Community Room. This program is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Families can also participate in ReadyRosie, an early education tool using video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.
The service is available to residents within zip code areas that include 83814, 83815, 83816, and 83835. Families can register for the free service at The project is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene School District.
Call or visit the Seagraves Children’s Library for details on the schedule for these events.
The regular Fall Reading Programs continue through Nov. 18.
These free activities do not require registration:
Book Baby Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.
Tales for 2s and 3s: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 2-3.
Stay and Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 to noon (following Tales for Twos and Threes) and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. (following Book Babies), hang out in the storyroom for playtime and socializing).
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages 3-5.
Music and Motion: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2-2:30 p.m., get into the groove, sing old favorites and learn some new songs, for ages 2-6.
LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., free play with the library’s huge LEGO collection for ages 5-11.
Lake City LEGO Club: Offered at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Holiday Programs at the library begin on Nov. 29 and will feature free movies and crafts.
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

Teens Will Have NaNoWriMo Time This Month

Sundays Also Set Aside for Novel Writing Sessions for All Ages
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) so the Teen Creative Writing Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will focus on that when it meets Nov. 1, 15, and 29 at 4 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Story Room.
The library will also host two “Come-Write-In” sessions for teens on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m., in the Gozzer Room on Nov. 7 and the Jameson Room on Nov. 21 for those trying to meet the 50,000 words for November.
These will be a quiet space to write. The library will provide writing tools and writing prompts for those that need them.
In addition, the library has reserved the Gozzer Room for NaNovWriMo sessions for all ages each Sunday in November, noon to 5 p.m.
The Teen Book Club will discuss “Throne of Glass” on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom and the Nov. 22 session will be a Readers’ Choice discussion.
League of Legends online gaming will meeting Fridays from 4-5:30 in the storyroom on Nov. 4 and 18.
For more information on teen programs, contact Talley Gaskins at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469 or by e-mail at

Book-A-Librarian Service Offers Help Sessions

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library now offers a Book-A-Librarian service for patrons who may need more help with technical issues or using library services than can be handled by an unscheduled visit to the Research and Information Desk.
One-hour one-on-one sessions can be scheduled with staff members for assistance using computers, e-readers, and tablets; downloading e-books or free music; using the databases for business planning or market research; working with Microsoft software; placing holds; books recommendations;  or similar questions.
Patrons with Internet access will be able to fill-out an online request under the SERVICES link on the library website:
Patrons can also call the Research and Information Desk, 208-769-2315, or visit the library for assistance filling out a request. The patron will then be contacted to set up an appointment for their help session.

Star Wars Reads Day Winners

Star Wars Reads Day was offered by the children’s library staff Saturday, Oct. 15, as part of a national program to get children and families excited about books through the Star Wars Universe. Winners of the Costume Contest were, right to left, first, Launa Anderson, as Rey; second, Will Ohlenkamp, as Boba Fett; third, Siena Bayer, as a Jawa.

Libraries Closed for Two Holidays in November

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Lake City Public Library will be closed due to two holidays in November.
The libraries will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. The main library will close early, at 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and the Lake City branch will be closed for the day. The libraries will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.
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 such as reference materials, career planning, practice tests, automotive repair manuals, genealogy resources, travel guides, language learning and English as a second language services, and more.
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.

Exhibit Honors Local Veterans for Service

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, the Library will be featuring a display highlighting materials for checkout that showcase the military. These materials will be both fiction and nonfiction books, audiobooks and DVDs.  Additionally, it will feature facts and statistics about veterans and the history of Veterans Day.
As an added feature, local veterans and current military members are asked to place their name, branch of service and years served on a list so that our patrons can take a few moments to honor our local veterans and military members. 
Vets are also encouraged to enter their names in a drawing to be held at the end of the month for prizes or gift certificates donated by local businesses to be awarded to some of these honorable men and women who served us all.

Adult Activities Include Knitting, Coloring

Two creative adult activities are scheduled for November – A Well Knit Tale Knitting Club and Coffee and Coloring.
The Knitting Club will meet 3-4 p.m. in the Jameson Room on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with all skill levels for knitting and crocheting welcome. Bring yarn, needles, patterns, and projects if you have them. Refreshments will be provided.
The library’s Coffee & Coloring program for adults continues on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room. The library provides the materials and the coffee, or bring your own.
No registration is required for either program.

Credit Scores Subject of STCU Nov. 9 Workshop

STCU will offer its next financial workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 9, beginning at noon in the Community Room.
The free workshop, “Protect Your Credit Score,” includes a light meal.
The session will cover why a good credit score is more important than ever, how your score is determined, how to earn and maintain a good credit score; and where to go for help.
Registration in advance is required for the workshop at: or call 855-753-0317.

Pageturners to Share Holiday Gift Book Ideas

The Pageturners Library Book Club will share suggestions for books for Christmas gifts when it meets Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader and is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
The group does not meet in December, but in January will begin a new “Let’s Talk About It” series with books provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and scholars from the Idaho Humanities Council. Additional funding is provided by US Bancorp and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
The theme for this series is “Our Earth, Our Ethics.” Titles and discussion dates for the upcoming year include: “Sand County Almanac,” Jan. 25; “Desert Solitaire,” Feb. 22; “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” March 22; “Prodigal Summer,” April 26; and “Solace of Open Spaces,” May 24.
The books will be available to check out at the Research and Information Desk during December.

Last Hall of Fame Session to be Presented Nov. 17

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday “Inland Northwest Hall of Fame: The Men and Women Who Shaped the History of Our Region,” will be presented one week earlier than normal on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
This is the final program in the current ten-part series and is offered in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho. The speaker, Robert Singletary, is the Programming and Marketing Director for the museum.

December Book Club Talk ‘Botany of Desire’

On Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. the Food For Thought Book Club will discuss “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan. This book helped make the author, the New York Times bestselling author of “Cooked” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” one of the most trusted food experts in America.
Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide.
In “The Botany of Desire” Pollan demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship, linking four fundamental human desires —sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control — with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato.
The Food For Thought Book Club meets the first Wednesday of Every Month in the Gozzer Room at the library. The book club is offered in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network. For a list of upcoming books, check the INWFN website:

Keep Your Library Card Contact Info Current

If you change your phone number, address, or  e-mail address, be sure to contact the library to update your library card account.
If you don’t have your e-mail on your account, it’s a good idea to add it. E-mail is often the easiest way for the library to contact you about holds and due dates.
E-mail also helps the library reduce costs by eliminating paper products and postage and keeps waste paper out of the landfills.
Treat your library card as if it was a credit card and do not share your number with others. Cardholders are financially responsible for materials checked out in their name.