Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Mudgy & Millie Will Sing Along With Santa Dec. 10

Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., at the library with a special family activity, the fifth annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library. Easiest access will be from the lower parking behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children’s author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” book and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the children in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos -- so be sure to bring your cameras.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of “Mudgy & Millie.”
The book, which also features the illustrations of Charles Reasoner, was first published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Information: 208-769-2380.

Book a Librarian for Technical, Resource Assistance

The 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.

Computer Education Week Includes Coding Programs

Dec. 5-11 is Computer Science Education Week. The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries will include programs on coding – the language of computers – during the week.
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., an “Hour of Coding” for ages 7 to 12, will be offered in the Shirley Parker Storyroom using the library’s mobile laptop lab. Children will learn about coding using games from the Hour of Coding website.
Coding programs will be offered for teens – including robots and other technology – in the Shirley Parker Storyroom on Monday, Dec. 5, at   4 p.m., and again on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m., at the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road.

Other Children’s Programs
Holiday Programs began in the Seagraves Children’s Library on Nov. 29 and a full program schedule will continue through Dec. 23. The library will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 for Christmas, but after the holiday the children’s library will continue to offer a free daily Movie Festival through Dec. 30.
Programs will include:
► 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, 1-1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2-2:30 p.m., get into the groove, sing old favorites and learn some new songs, for ages 2-6. The Dec. 21 program will include local author Kristen Cooper-Herby, who has written a new book, “Stewy.”
► 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 Movie Festival: Titles to be determined. Offered at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30, and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 and  21 in the Shirley Parker Storyroom.
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

Other Teen Programs
Teens are invited to get creative and have fun at the library over the holiday break. During Dec. 18-31 crafting materials and tabletop games will be available in Teen Central and the 4Teens rooms on the main floor of the library during open hours. (The library closes early, at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, and Dec. 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and 26.)
Other programs include:
► Creative Writing Club: Tuesdays, Dec. 6 and 20, 4 p.m., in the storyroom.
► Teen Book Club: Tuesdays, Dec. 13 and 27, at 4 p.m., in the storyroom.
► League of Legends: Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 30, . in the storyroom.
 Afternoon of Gaming: Online and digital gaming, Monday, Dec. 19, 12;30-3:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
► Teen Movie: (TBA) Free, refreshments provided. Friday, Dec. 30, 5:30-8 p.m. This will be an after-hours teen event. All participants need to be in the building when the library closes at 6.
 For more information contact Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins or call 208-769-2315 Ext. 469.

Holidays Will Impact Library Schedules

Sunday holidays will result in two-day closures for the libraries for Christmas and New Year’s.
The library will close early, at 5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 24, for Christmas Eve and will be closed Sunday and Monday, Dec. 25 and 26, for the Christmas holiday. All other city offices will also be closed that Monday.
The holiday schedule for the Lake City Public Library – in the high school on Ramsey Road  – will be 1-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Dec. 19-22, and Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 27-29. The branch will also be closed Monday, Jan. 2.
The main library will also close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, and will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2, when city offices will again be closed.
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.
Contact the library during open hours for needed user names and passwords.

Great Bear Rainforest Subject of Program

A nine-day kayaking trip in the Great Bear rainforest in British Columbia will be the subject of a Novel Destinations program Saturday, Dec. 10, at the library, beginning at 7 p.m.
Mary Sanderson will share stories and photos from her trip along Canadian Coast. The trip was organized by Mothership Adventures – a co-sponsor of this program – with its Columbia III ship used as the kayakers’ base of operations.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., calls the Great Bear Rainforest “the planet's last large expanse of coastal temperate rain forest.” Stretching for more than 250 miles along the coast of British Columbia, the 21-million-acre wilderness is sometimes called the Amazon of the North.
The vast, sodden land encompasses 1,000-year-old cedars, waterfalls spouting off the sides of moss-covered mountains, granite-dark waters, and glacier-cut fjords. This remote expanse is home to many First Nations communities as well as abundant wildlife: coastal gray wolves, grizzly bears, Sitka deer, cougars, mountain goats, orca, salmon, sea lions, sea otters, humpback whales, and its most celebrated resident, the rare, cream-colored Kermode bear, or spirit bear, considered sacred by the T'simshian people.
Novel Destinations, sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, are travelogues based on trips taken by area residents who share their photos and stories.
These after-hours library programs are free, but donations are welcome.
Anyone with a travelogue to share at the library is asked to contact the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380 or by e-mail at

Adult Activities Include Knitting, Coloring

Two creative adult activities are scheduled for December – 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, Dec. 6, 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, Dec. 20, 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.

Pageturners Taking a Break for December

The Pageturners Library Book Club will not meet during December, but will be back in January with a new series.
Pageturner discussions are normally held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. and are open to any adult reader. The club is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
The group 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 books will be available to check out at the Research and  Information Desk during December.

Food for Thought January Book ‘We Are as Gods’

On Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. the Food For Thought Book Club will discuss “We Are as Gods” by Kate Daloz.
Between 1970 and 1974 ten million Americans abandoned the city, and the commercialism, and all the inauthentic bourgeois comforts of the Eisenhower-era America of their parents. Instead, they went back to the land. It was the only time in modern history that urbanization has gone into reverse.
Kate Daloz follows the dreams and ideals of a small group of back-to-the-landers to tell the story of a nationwide movement and moment. And she shows how the faltering, hopeful, but impractical impulses of that first generation sowed the seeds for the organic farming movement and the transformation of American agriculture and food tastes.
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, c
heck the INWFN website:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Final Hall of Fame Program Rescheduled to Dec. 9

Ray Fahringer
The final presentation in the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been moved from Thursday, Nov. 17, to Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.The presentation by regional historian Robert Singletary will be about Ray Fahringer, an outstanding band and orchestra director in the Coeur d’Alene public schools from 1915 to 1953.
Fahringer established a tradition of excellence which continues to this day, Singletary said. 
“During his 38 year tenure Fahringer, a violinist and graduate of the Valpariso Music Conservatory, became known throughout Idaho and the Inland Northwest for his integrity, strict discipline, and the quality of his music programs,” he said.  “Several of his students are still involved in area music organizations. Some of them have been invited to be a part of the program that will honor Ray Fahringer as a member of the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame.”
The series, which profiles the men and women who have shaped the history of our region, is presented in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, where Singletary is the programming and marketing director. Additional support has been provided by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Library Board, Friends Meeting Dates Changed

Because of the holidays two library groups have moved their meeting dates.
The Library Board of Trustees will next meet Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m., in the Jameson Room and will combine their November and December business. The board normally meets the fourth Wednesday of the month. Library trustee meetings are open to the public.
The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library did not meet in November and will conduct its next meeting on Dec. 13, at 10:30 p.m., in the Gozzer Room. The Friends normally meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in supporting the library is invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Library is Drop Site for Jingle Books, CFA apps

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is beginning to get into the holiday spirit by serving as a drop site for two community activities. Participants are invited to sign up for a library card.
New and gently used books for children kindergarten age through the third grade can be left in the box in the library lobby, 702 E. Front Ave., through Dec. 10.
The books will be distributed to children in schools districts in Kootenai County. Financial donations are also being accepted to buy books for young readers. Donations should be sent to: Coeur d’Alene School District No. 271, c/o Jingle Books, 1400 N. Northwood Center Ct., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
Volunteers interested in helping with this project are asked to call Annette at 208-667-8112 Ext. 104.
The library is also a collection point for applications to receive support during the holidays from the Coeur d’Alene Press Christmas for All program. The deadline to submit an application is Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. Only one application per family may be submitted.
Distribution of gift cards will be Dec. 15, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Dec. 16, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kootenai County Fire & Rescue Facility, 5271 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls.
Applicants who do not already have a library card are encouraged to apply for one while they are at the library. A photo ID and proof of address is needed to receive a library card. A parent or legal guardian must sign the application for people younger than 18. The card is good for use at any member library in the Cooperative Information Network.