Friday, February 24, 2017

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Lecture Looks at State of Political Debate in U.S.

Foley Institute Director to Speak on ‘Crazy Politics’
Dr. Cornell Clayton
A lecture by a Washington State University professor on Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m., at the library will explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds.
“Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America” will be presented by Dr. Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government. 
Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy?
Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans.
Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.
A Coeur d’Alene resident, Clayton previously lectured at the library in 2014 on civility, and the lack of it, in American politics.
Clayton has written widely about American government, politics and law. His work on judicial politics has twice received the American Judicature
Award from the American Political Science Association, and his research has been translated and republished in five languages.
He is a frequent political commentator on local and national news media, and his research has been featured in the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and National Public Radio, among other places. He has presented his current lecture as part of the Speaker Bureau for Humanities Washington, the state-based affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He served for eight years as coeditor of Political Research Quarterly, the journal of the Western Political Science Association, and served as the chair of the Law and Court Section of the American Political Association. Other distinctions include two Fulbright Scholarships, the Truman Scholarship, the C.O. Johnson Distinguished Professorship, and the Wayne N. Aspinall Chair. He has been a visiting fellow and lecturer at many institutes and universities around the world.
Clayton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University. He came to WSU in 1992.
His published work includes “Civility and American Democracy,” edited with R. Elgar (WSU Press, 2012); “Governing Washington: Politics in the Evergreen State,” edited with N. Lovrich (WSU Press, 2011); “Washington State Government and Politics,” edited with L. Leloup and N. Lovrich (WSU Press, 2004); “Supreme Court Decision-Making,” edited with H. Gillman (University of Chicago Press, 1999); “The Supreme Court in American Politics,” edited with H. Gillman (University Press of Kansas, 1999); “Government Lawyers: The Legal Bureaucracy and Presidential Politics,” (University Press of Kansas, 1995); and “The Politics of Justice,” (M.E. Sharpe, 1992).

Teen Tech Week March 5-11

Teens in grades 6-12 can participate in a QR Code Scavenger Hunt throughout the Coeur d’Alene Public Library during Teen Tech Week March 5-11.
Teens can also visit Teen Central at the library for Teen Challenge Cards including stop-motion animation, LEGOs, IPad photos, and a surprise challenge.
Participants can select a card and check out the needed items for the challenge from Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskin’s office next door.
On Thursday, March 9, teens will have an opportunity to experiment with the library’s new stop-motion animation equipment during an open-door activity from 3:30 to 6 p.m. This will include using a green screen and working with editing equipment.
A video game tournament in the Shirley Parker Storyroom will wrap up the week Saturday, March 11, 1-5 p.m.
Regular teen programs for the month include:
Creative Writing Club: Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m.
Teen Book Club: Tuesday, March 14, 4 p.m.
Fan Fiction Author Meetup: Tuesday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Manga & Anime Club: Tuesday, March 28, 4 p.m.
► League of Legends: Meets each Friday at 4 in the storyroom.
For more information about teen programs contact the YA coordinator at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469 or by e-mail at

Spokane’s Natatorium Park is Next ‘Milestone’

The swimming pool at Natatorium Park.
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 through November.
Historian Robert Singletary will present the next program in the “Inland Northwest Milestones” series Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. with information and images from Spokane’s Natatorium Park.
Natatorium Park began as a trolley park, one of many that sprung up across the country. These parks were often owned by the trolley lines, and were placed at the end of the tracks to give riders a reason to ride.
Initially named Twickenham Park after a housing development of the same name, the park's first attraction was a first-class baseball diamond that went into service on July 18, 1889. Soon after, a hotel and casino were added to create additional interest in the park beyond the sporting events that took place there.
The park also featured a beautifully landscaped garden and picnic grounds, along with a lily pond and an elaborate outdoor fountain in its setting on the bank of the Spokane River.
More attractions were added over the years to keep interest in the park alive. Numerous zoo animals and top-name performers were brought in to entertain the crowds, the grounds were turned into a park setting, and amusement rides were added to the park. Reduced interest and smaller turnouts caused Natatorium to be closed for good after its 1967 season.
The free lecture series is 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:
 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.

Read Across America Celebrates Dr. Seuss

Saturday With the Symphony Family Concert March 4
America’s favorite family author will be celebrated Thursday, March 2, at the Library.
Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday will be in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level at 702 E. Front Ave. at 1 p.m. with crafts, snacks, and prizes.
Geisel adopted his "Dr. Seuss" pen name during his university studies at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. After serving as an illustrator and filmmaker for the Army during World War II, Geisel focused on children's books, writing classics such as “If I Ran the Zoo” (1950), “Horton Hears a Who!” (1955), “If I Ran the Circus” (1956), “The Cat in the Hat” (1957), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (1957), and “Green Eggs and Ham” (1960). He published more than 60 books during his career.
Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
Children’s activities this month will also include the Saturday With the Symphony family concert March 4 beginning at noon in the Community Room. The concert will feature a string quartet with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
Winter Reading Programs at the library continue through March 17 and 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 video games 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 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

Guthrie Concert To Benefit Library

A benefit concert sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation will feature the music of one of America’s favorite musical icons.
“Woody Guthrie: Tunes & Tales of the Columbia River,” featuring Laura Sable and Bill Wiemuth, will be presented Friday, April 21, in the Community Room. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance begins at 7:30 pm.
Sable and Wiemuth previously performed at the library with a benefit concert featuring the life and music of Patsy Cline.
Admission is $30 person. Tickets are available online at: /
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Okla. During the Great Depression, Guthrie took to the road and the rails and gathered experiences that were reflected in his music.
In May 1941, after a brief stay in Los Angeles, Guthrie moved his family north to the Portland, Ore., neighborhood of Lents, on the promise of a job.
The Department of the Interior hired him for one month to write songs about the Columbia River and the construction of the federal dams for the soundtrack for a documentary film to be called “Columbia.” Guthrie toured the Columbia River and the Pacific Northwest.
About the region, Guthrie said he “couldn't believe it, it's a paradise,” which appeared to inspire him creatively. In one month Guthrie wrote 26 songs, including three of his most famous: “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On,” “Pastures of Plenty,” and "Grand Coulee Dam.” The surviving songs were released as “Columbia River Songs.” The film "Columbia" was not completed until 1949.
Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. Woody Guthrie died from complications of Huntington's disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. During his later years, in spite of his illness, Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

Deadline for Writers Competition March 31

The 2016 winners.
The deadline to submit entries to the 28th annual Writers Competition at the library is Friday, March 31, when the library closes at 6 p.m.
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, by download at /, 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.
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 Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club recently provided a $750 grant to the library in support of the Writers Competition. The contest has previously been funded by the Hecla Mining Co. 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 on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in the library Community Room.
Information: David Townsend, communications coordinator, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or

STCU Workshop on Organizing Finances

STCU continues its workshops at the library on Wednesday, March 8, at noon with “Organize Your Finances.”
This workshop will examine the benefits of getting organized, how to develop an efficient bill-paying system, what records to keep, where, and for how long, and what to have handy in case of a natural disaster.
The next program will be “Become Debt Free,” Wednesday, April 12, at noon.
These free programs will include a light meal for participants.
Please register in advance for these workshops at: or call 855-753-0317.

Previously Postponed Seed Swap on March 11

A Seed Swap postponed due to the weather last month will be held March 11, 1-3 p.m. in the Community Room at the library.
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, /
You don’t have to have seeds to swap to participate.
For more information visit /

Knitters Making Blankets For Humane Society Pets

Happiness may be a warm puppy, but the Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library wants to create something to keep that puppy warm.
Participants are knitting/crocheting blankets for the shelter animals at the Kootenai Humane Society during March.
Anyone is welcome to join the club Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, 2:30-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room to work on the blankets. All skill levels for knitting and crocheting welcome. Bring yarn, needles, patterns, and projects if you have them. Refreshments will be provided.
You can also knit/crochet blankets at home and then drop them off at the library.
The blankets will be given to the Humane Society and will go home with pets as they are adopted to provide something in their new homes with which they are familiar
For more information, contact Mary at

Coffee & Coloring Lets You Create, Socialize

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, March 14 and 28.
The library provides coloring materials, snacks, and coffee, or bring your own.

Pageturners Reading ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’

The Pageturners Library Book Club will discuss “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard Wednesday, March  22, at 10:15 in the Community Room. The discussion will be led by Barbara Meldrum, professor emerita of English at the University of Idaho.
Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader and is 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: “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.

Food For Thought Book Club Reading 'Hidden Half'

The Food For Thought Book Club is reading “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health” by David Montgomery & Anne Bikle. The book will be discussed Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room at the library.
The book provides a riveting exploration of how microbes are transforming the way we see nature and ourselves―and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine.
The book club is offered in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network. For a list of upcoming books, check the INWFN website: /

Protect Your Privacy With Library’s Shred Day

Shred Day 2016.
The library will help you to defend yourself against identity theft with a free Shred Day coming Saturday, April 15.
A document-shredding truck operated by Devries Business Services will be in the upper parking lot 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for convenient drive-up service. Bring old financial or other confidential documents to have them safely destroyed.
Participants are asked to not bring more than five boxes of documents per vehicle so the capacity of the truck will not be overloaded.
Shred Day is made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Looking for Love? Try a Blind Date From the Library

Sometimes love is hard to find and we need to just take a chance.
How about a Blind Date at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – a Blind Date with a Book, that is.
Just visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. and check out the Blind Date exhibit. The books are covered except for the bar code and each has a hint as to the contents. Check the book out normally and if the date doesn’t work out, bring it back and pick up another one.