Friday, December 16, 2016

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Automatic Door Symbol of Library Access for All

The new automatic doors for the lower entrance at the library were dedicated to the memory of former Deputy Library Director Sandy Pratt Dec. 10. Pictured, left to right, are Director Bette Ammon; Sandy’s friend Bill Appleton: her son, Tony; her daughter, Amber McKenzie; and granddaughters Zeni and Solea McKenzie-O’Neill.
New Entrance Improvement Dedicated to Sandy Pratt
New automatic doors at the lower entrance to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are not just a convenience for parents with strollers and other who need a hand opening the door.
Dedicated Saturday, Dec. 10, to the memory of Sandy Pratt, the former deputy library director, the improved doorway represents something she believed in – access to library services for all people.
The button-activated doors were funded through memorial contributions from Sandy’s family and friends, with additional grants provided by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
“We’ve had automatic doors upstairs since the new library opened in 2007,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “That met the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we have always felt like to really serve the patrons we needed the same kind of access for the door facing the park. Sandy’s family agreed with us that this is a fitting memorial to the professional life of our friend.”
Born July 27, 1948, in Boise to Robert and Maxine (Carrell) Green, Sandy passed away Aug. 4, 2015 at Hospice House in Coeur d’Alene. Most recently she had been a resident of Post Falls.
Her love of reading, learning and sharing knowledge with others led her to her life’s passion: work in libraries. In her 40s, she attended Eastern Washington University, where she received her undergraduate degree, and then the University of Arizona earning a Master’s Degree in Library Science.  She worked for Spokane County libraries for several years before moving to Coeur d’Alene Public Library in 1998. She retired in 2014.

Jack Castle to Share Tips For Getting Published

Jack Castle
Presentations a Lead-In to Writers Competition
As the library prepares for the 28th annual Writers Competition, an author will lead a series of workshops designed to help writers get their work published.
Jack Castle, described by the Coeur d’Alene Press as the “Man of Adventures,” will lead the free series, “The Write Stuff: How to Get Your Book Published,” each Thursday at 7 p.m. during January beginning Jan. 5.
All sessions are free and no registration is required. Workshops will include:
► Jan. 5: “Is Your Book Sellable?”
► Jan. 12: “The All-Important Cover Letter”
► Jan. 19: “The Book Proposal”
► Jan. 26: “Marketing, Marketing, Marketing!”
Castle has traveled the globe as a professional stuntman for stage, film, and television. While working for Universal Studios, he met Cinderella at Walt Disney World and they were soon married.
After moving to Alaska, he worked as a tour guide, police officer, criminal justice professor, and certified weapons instructor. He has been stationed on a remote island in the Aleutians as a response team commander and his last job in the Arctic Circle was protecting engineers from polar bears.
He has had several Alaska adventure stories published along with articles in international security periodicals. His first science fiction novel, ‘Europa Journal’, was released in 2015 and became the No. 1 best-selling book in its class on Amazon.  His novel, “Bedlam Lost” was released to rave reviews, and his third novel, “White Death,” was released this fall. 
For more information on Castle and his books, visit:
Entry forms and rules for the library’s Writers Competition will be available at the library and online on Jan. 27.
The competition is for fiction and nonfiction entries of up to 2,000 words submitted in age categories of 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19+.
Each participant can submit up to two entries in either fiction or nonfiction categories or one of each. The competition does not include poetry.
Entries are judged by professional authors, reporters, editors, and educators.
The winning entries in each category and age group will receive cash prizes of $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third.
Sponsors for the competition have previously included the Coeur d’Alene and Panhandle Kiwanis Clubs with additional support from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
All entries in competition will be included in professionally bound books that will be added to the library collection. Entries from previous years can be found in the library’s Nelson History Room.

Library Offers Preloaded Kindles for Checkout

To meet the need for high-demand books – popular titles that quickly build up numerous hold requests – the library is experimenting with making preloaded e-readers available for check out.
For now, the simple, black and white, Kindle eReaders will be available to check out from the Research and Information Desk for up to 28 days. If demand increases, the loan period may be shortened.
The devices are not equipped with browsers – such as Chrome or Explorer – but are just set up to read the books loaded on them. The devices can be found on the library’s catalog as “High Demand Fiction (Coeur d’Alene) Kindle eReader.”
The Kindles can also be used by readers who need large-print materials. The fonts can be enlarged by readers for easier viewing.
There are currently five titles on each Kindle. More books will be added based on demand and availability.

New Teen Programs Begin in January

Teens will be able be involved with some new writing and reading opportunities during Young Adult programs at the library in January.
All programs begin at 4 p.m. and offered in the Shirley Parker Story Room.
The Creative Writing Club will continue to meet the first Tuesday of each month, Jan. 3 and the  Teen Book Club will meet the second Tuesday. Jan. 10..
But beginning Jan. 17, the third Tuesday will be scheduled for the Fan Fiction Meet Up for participation by teens interested in writing new stories about characters from popular fiction, movies, games, and television.
The Manga & and Anime Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 24, for those interested in these Asian influenced graphic novels and films.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, there will be a Teen Make It & Take It program.
The League of Legends online gaming sessions will be offered each Friday in the story room.
For more information about teen programs contact YA Coordinator Talley Gaskins, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469 or by e-mail at

Code Club, Bilingual Story Time Added to Children’s Programs

Saturdays with the Symphony Concert Jan. 14
Winter Reading Programs at the library begin Jan. 10 and will include two new offerings in the Seagraves Children’s Library.
On Wednesdays at 1 p.m. a Spanish Bilingual Story Time for ages 3-5 will offer an opportunity for children to learn Spanish words through stories, activities, and crafts.
Also Wednesdays at 4 p.m. the children’s library will host Code Club. Children ages 7-11 will learn about coding – the language of computers – through video games and robots.
The next “Saturdays With the Symphony Family Concert” is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Community Room. It will feature cellists from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony playing classical music.
Winter programs continue through March 17 and will also include these programs
► 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 1:30-2 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.
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.
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

12th Annual LEGO-rama at Library Jan. 21

‘Build a Better World’ is Theme for Competition
LEGO-rama – the program for young Master Builders will be Saturday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Community Room at the library.
“Build a Better World” is this year’s challenge theme. Competitors can create something depicting an invention or scenario that will help to make the world a better place to live. The only limit is their imaginations.
Competitors need to also write a brief background story to display with your entry. (Adults can assist younger competitors who may not be able to write yet.)
One entry per participant is allowed in the contest for ages 4 to 13. Entries must be original designs – not a LEGO or compatible brand kit – built by the participant without adult assistance. Entries are limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint (the space it occupies on a table). Judging will be in age groups 4-7, 8-10, and 11-13.
For the fifth year, judging and this year’s program will be provided by members of the Tera Viks FIRST Robotics Club at Coeur d’Alene High School. This year’s exhibits will also include a LEGO train layout and a table of SPLAT science and technology experiments.
Entries should be built prior to being brought to the library and can be delivered to the Community Room as early as 10:30 a.m. Judging will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Certificates will be awarded in each age group. A People’s Choice award will also be made based on audience voting.
Anyone age 14 and older may display designs, but these will not be included in judging. Exhibition Category entries are also limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint.
Complete rules are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library or online at
LEGO-rama, like all youth programs at the library, is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

Extra Knitting, Coloring Sessions Scheduled

Extra sessions have been added for two popular adult programs beginning in January.
The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club will now be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 2:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 3. 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 will be offered the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. in the Community Room beginning Jan. 10. The library provides the materials and the coffee, or bring your own.
No registration is required for either program.

STCU Beginning New Series of Workshops

STCU will begin a new series of workshops at the library with “Budgeting 101” on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at noon. These workshops include a light meal.
Subsequent workshops will include “Organize your Finances,” on March 8; “Become Debt Free,” on April 12; and “Protect Your Credit Scores,” on June 14. (STCU is also offering programs at other locations on other dates. Check its website for more information.)
Registration in advance is required for the workshop at: or call 855-753-0317.

Great Bear Adventure to be Screened Again

Back by popular demand, Mary Sanderson will again share her nine-day kayaking trip in the Great Bear rainforest in British Columbia as a Novel Destinations program Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., at the library.
She will share stories and photos from her trip along the Canadian coast organized by Mothership Adventures, a sponsor for Novel Destinations along with the Library Foundation.
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 sprit bear, considered sacred by the T'simshian people.”
The program is 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

Pageturners Reading Another LTAI Series

The Pageturners Library Book Club will discuss “Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold when it meets Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the library. The discussion will be led by Nancy Casey.
Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader and is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
This is the start of 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.” Other titles and discussion dates for the upcoming year include: “Desert Solitaire,” Feb. 22; “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” March 22; “Prodigal Summer,” April 26; and “Solace of Open Spaces,” May 24.
The books in this series are also available in an audio format  through the ICFL’s Talking Books program. To sign up for Talking Books, contact Barbara Brambila-Smith, the Outreach Coordinator for the library, 208-769-2315 Ext. 316. Talking Book participants can call 800-458-3271 to reserve any of the books to be used in the series.

‘Unprocessed’ Topic for Food for Thought Talk

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food,” by Megan Kimble. The book will be discussed Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room at the library.
In the tradition of Michael Pollan’s bestselling “In Defense of Food” comes this remarkable chronicle, from a founding editor of Edible Baja Arizona, of a young woman’s year-long journey of eating only whole, unprocessed foods — intertwined with a journalistic exploration of what “unprocessed” really means, why it matters, and how to afford it.
The book club is offered in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network. For a list of upcoming books, check the INWFN website:

Holidays Will Close Libraries at Christmas, New Year's

The library will be closed for two days for New Year’s. Because the holiday falls on Sunday, Jan. 1, the library will be closed that day and on Monday, Jan. 2, for New Year’s. The Lake City Public Library branch in the high school on Ramsey Road will also be closed Monday, Jan. 2.
Both libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.