Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nonfiction Added to Library’s Kindle Collection

A nonfiction option has been added to the preloaded Kindles available for check out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
In December the library added Kindles loaded with high-demand fiction and now has thre of the simple black and white devices that patrons can place holds on like printed books.
A fourth Kindle has been loaded with nonfiction books that library records indicate patrons have placed on hold numerous times.
The available nonfiction titles on the device include: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”  by J.D. Vance, “Love Warrior: A Memoir” by Glennon Doyle Melton, and “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” by Michael Lewis.
For now, the 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 Nonfiction (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.
Information on the new service is available at 208-769-2315 or by visiting the Research and Information Desk at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Inland Northwest Milestones

Kyle Walker, “Mr. Coeur d’Alene.”
New History Series Examines Events, Developments, People
The events, developments, and people who have shaped the history of our region will be examined through a series of programs sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho and the library beginning in February.
Historian Robert Singletary will present “Inland Northwest Milestones” beginning Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. with the history of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, which dates from 1912, and profiling Kyle Walker, chamber director from 1948 to the 1970s.
Known as “Mr. Coeur d’Alene,” Walker used just about every medium possible to promote the city. He was also very active in the community and served as master of ceremonies from everything from rodeos to beauty pageants.
The free lectures will be offered in the Community Room, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month, except for the final program which will be presented on Nov. 30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Singletary will step away from the lectern on April 27 when songwriter and storyteller Tracy Morrison will present “Idaho Women: Stories and Folksongs.” This program is made possible through the support of the Speakers Bureau at the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Local support is provided by the Friends of the Library.
Additional programs in the Milestones series will be:
►March 23: Spokane’s Natatorium Park.
May 25: The Military in North Idaho.
June 22: Farragut College and Technical Institute.
July 27: Coeur d’Alene Regattas.
Aug. 24: Farming in North Idaho.
Sept. 28: Inland Empire Electric Line.
Oct. 26: Kirtland Cutter: Spokane’s Master Architect.
Nov. 30: History of Skiing in North Idaho.

28th Writers Competition Under Way

Contest for fiction, nonfiction entries up to 2,000 words
The 28th annual contest to find great writers in our community has begun at the library.
The Writers Competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose – no poetry please – up to 2,000 words. Entry forms, rules and a guide to creating an entry are available by visiting the library, by e-mail request to dtownsend@cdalibrary.org, by download at /cdalibrary.org/writers/, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-4012.
The deadline for entries is Friday, March 31. Each competitor may submit up to two entries in whatever combination of fiction and/or nonfiction they choose.
Entries will be judged in age groups 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19-plus by professional writers, editors, and educators. Winning entries will receive cash awards in each category and age group, $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Professionally bound volumes containing all entries in the competition will be placed in the library collection.
The Writers Competition has previously been funded by the Hecla Mining Co., the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club, and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by Friends of the Library.
Winners will be notified by phone and e-mail and will be announced publicly at the Awards Ceremony hosted by the Friends on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in the library Community Room.
Information: David Townsend, communications coordinator, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or

Get Ready for Spring With a Seed Swap

Feb. 4 Program Sponsored by Library, INW Food Network
Believe it or not spring is just around the corner. Get in the mood for planting with the Seed Swap at
the library, 702 E. Front Ave., Saturday, Feb. 4, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room.
This event is co-sponsored by the Inland Northwest Food Network.
Participants can bring seeds to swap and take home new varieties, learn about seed saving, and learn about the seed-sharing program at the library, /truetoseedcda.org/.
You don’t have to have seeds to swap to participate.
For more information visit /inwfoodnetwork.org/seed-swap/.

Ethiopia to be Featured for Novel Destinations

Most Christians in Ethiopia are members of the Coptic Church.
A truly novel country will be featured as a Novel Destinations Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at the library.
Bob Schaffnit will share images and stories from his visit to Ethiopia in 2005 after receiving an invitation from the Coptic Ethiopian Church.
“We were able to visit some sites as well as islands which are off limits even to Ethiopian countrymen,” Schaffnit said. “We visited the capital of Addis, Axum, Lalabella, and then Bahir-dar.”
The journey also included villages where people lived as they did 4,000 years ago, he said.
“We pieced together an ancient history of the Ark of the Covenant as we attended the Timket festival, Schaffnit said. “Ethiopia is the only nation that claims to have the Ark, yet does not care if anyone even knows about this claim. The highlight of the expedition was visiting Lalabella to explore the churches that have been hewn out of rock and then carved out from the inside out.”
After our trip to Ethiopia the History Channel did their own film documentary that was based off of their itinerary, he said.
Novel Destinations is sponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation with a grant from Mothership Adventures. 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 cdalibraryfoundation@gmail.com.

Winners Named for LEGOrama 2017

LEGOrama participants could try their hand at the resources in the SPLAT Idea Lab.
Master Builders of all ages were on hand Saturday, Jan. 21, for the 12th annual LEGOrama.
Funded annually by the Friends of the Library, this year’s event featured a special LEGO train layout provided by the Lee Calkins family and a SPLAT Idea Lab with hands-on demonstrations of robotics and other experiments. SPLAT, Special Projects Libraries Action Team, is sponsored by the Idaho Commissions for Libraries, and team member Crystal Miller is the Circulation Manager at the library.
Volunteer judges for the event were provided by the Tera Viks FIRST Robotics Club at Coeur d’Alene High School.
The theme for the LEGOrama building competition this year was Build a Better World – the theme for the coming Summer Reading programs. Competitors were asked to build an invention or scenario that would make the world better place to live.
The winners and their projects were:
►Ages 4-7: First, Sam Green, “Homeless Shelter;” Second, Breesen Ellis, “The Hot Lasers Race Car;” third, Payton Akers, “Kids Experiment Science Lab.”
Ages 8-10: First, Laurel Day Sanderson, “Sky Forest;” Second, Mailee Akers, “Build a Better World With Gardens;” Third, Micah Asher Chance, “Hover Truck.”
Ages 11-13: First, Noah Helmick, “Robots Will Help Build a Better World;” Second, Levi Bird, “The Soldier;” Third, Gavin Roth, “Solar Flair Back-Up System.”
People’s Choice: Based on audience voting, Micah Asher Chance, “Hover Truck.”
LEGO Scavenger Hunt Winner: Drawn from among correct answer sheets turned in, Luke Knight.

Winter Reading Programs Continue Through March 17

Winter Reading Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continue through March 17.
Winter programs 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.
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.
Lake City LEGO Club: Offered at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages 3-5.
Spanish Bilingual Story Time: Wednesdays 1 p.m., for ages 3-5. Learn Spanish words through stories, activities, and crafts.
Code Club: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Children ages 7-11 will learn about coding – the language of computers – through videos and robots.
LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., free play with the library’s huge LEGO collection for ages 5-11.
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 ReadyRosie.com/register. 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 sthorpe@cdalibrary.org.

Next Saturday With the Symphony March 1
The next Saturday With the Symphony Family Concert is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 4, in the Community Room. It will feature musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony playing classical music.

Teen Programs Offer Reading, Writing Options

Teens can join in writing and reading opportunities during Young Adult programs at the library in February.
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, Feb. 7, and the Teen Book Club will meet the second Tuesday. Feb. 14.
The Fan Fiction Author Meet Up for teens interested in writing new stories about characters from popular fiction, movies, games, and television meets the third Tuesday of the month, Feb. 21.
The Manga & and Anime Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 28, for those interested in these Asian-influenced graphic novels and films.
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 tgaskins@cdalibrary.org.

Paper Craft Program for All Ages

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the library will host a paper craft activity for all ages — “Enveloped With Love” — Friday, Feb. 10, 3-4 p.m. in the Seagraves Children’s Library craft room.
Materials will be provided for this free program which will involve creating cards and envelopes.

Create, Socialize With These Adult Activities

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 7 and 21 in the Jameson Room. 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, Feb. 14 and 28. The library provides the materials, snacks, and coffee, or bring your own.
No registration is required for either program.

‘Desert Solitaire’ Topic For Pageturners Discussion

The Pageturners Library Book Club will discuss “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10:15 in the Community Room. The discussion will be led by Paula Coomer, an English instructor at Washington State University.
Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader and are supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
The book club is participating in 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: “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.

Foof For Though Book Club Reading ‘First Bite’

We are not born knowing what to eat; as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves. From childhood onward, we learn how big a “portion” is and how sweet is too sweet. We learn to enjoy green vegetables—or not. But how does this education happen? What are the origins of taste?
In “First Bite,” award-winning food writer Wilson draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists, and nutritionists to reveal that our food habits are shaped by a whole host of factors: family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love.
The book club is offered in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network.
For a list of upcoming books, check the INWFN website: /inwfoodnetwork.org/.
The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “First bite: How We Learn to Eat” by Bee Wilson. The book will be discussed Wednesday March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.

Book-A-Librarian Can Help With Tech Learning

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: http://www.cdalibrary.org/component/proforms/online-library-forms/book-a-librarian.
Patrons can also call the Research and Information Desk, 208-769-2315, or visit the library for assistance filling out a request.

Libraries Closed Feb. 20

The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, for Presidents Day.
When the libraries are closed many library resources are still available through the websites: cdalibrary.org and lcplibrary.org.
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.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Libraries Collecting Makerspace Comment

Survey Seeks Community Ideas on Equipment, Programs
The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries are conducting a survey to determine what patrons want for makerspace equipment and programs.A makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common creative interests, often in computers, technology, science, art crafts, and sewing, can meet, socialize, and collaborate.
“Our community already has an excellent – fully equipped – makerspace at Gizmo,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “And it isn’t our plan to compete with that resource. The libraries are considering adding equipment and events to create a makerspace environment appropriate for our facilities and staff and we want to know what our patrons would like to see here.”
People can respond to the survey online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/92D3PW2 and can also fill out a paper version at the main library, 702 E. Front Ave., or at the Lake City branch in the high school on Ramsey Road.
Information: info@cdalibrary.org or call 208-769-2315.