Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Come Celebrate Ten Years on Front

Patrons entering the library for the first time
following its dedication ceremony on Sept. 9, 2007.
The building was officially opened for business on Sept. 10.
On Sept. 10, 2007, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continued more than a century of service to the community when it opened its doors to the public at 702 E. Front Ave.
The library and its support organizations want to celebrate 10 years in the “new” building with a party, Sunday Sept. 10, beginning at 12 p.m.
The celebration begins with the ninth annual Mudgy & Millie Birthday Party in the Community Room with a reading of “Mudgy & Millie” by author Susan Nipp, video presentations about the creation of character statues by sculptor Terry Lee, a visit from Mudgy and Millie themselves, book signing, birthday cake and more.
A well-known children’s author, who co-created the Wee Sing books and music series, Nipp conceived of the book after seeing the bronze statues of the characters from the book “Make Way for Ducklings” in Boston. Along with illustrator Charles Reasoner, she created the story of a moose and mouse playing hide and seek in downtown Coeur d’Alene and it was published in 2008 accompanied by the five statues created by Lee along the city’s 2.5-mile Mudgy Trail.
After the birthday party the celebration moves outside for an afternoon of entertainment.
Activities will include music by Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and the Coeur d'Alene Youth Marimbas performing in the pavilion in McEuen Park. There will be three bounce houses from Jump for Joy, a clown with a magic act, book giveaways for children, games coordinated by Kip Sharbono from the Salvation Army Kroc Center, and food and beverage vendors.
Inside the library the staff will offer crafts and show off features in the library such as its new Make-It Lab.
The celebration is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation with support from Mountain West Bank, the Walsh Law Group, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Murray Group, and Centennial Distributing.
The library was founded in 1905 by the Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club – an organization that still exists – and was first opened in the E.B. Keller and Co. grocery store on Sherman Ave. The owners donated three shelves and Miss Anna Elderkin was in charge, operating the library 2-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Later the same year the library moved into two rooms in the Exchange Bank, now the location of The Vault Coffee Shop and in 1909 it moved to the second floor of the newly completed City Hall, which now partially houses Crickets Restaurant and other businesses.
The library moved in 1945 to a building at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Lakeside donated by Ralph S. and Jeanette Nelson. (A Nelson History Room is still a features at the library.)
It remained there until 1985 when it moved to the building at 201 E. Harrison Ave. built by the Louisiana Pacific Co. and later used by the GTE telephone exchange. The Harrison Avenue building continues to serve the community as the St. Vincent DePaul HELP Center.
The Front Avenue building was the first facility in Coeur d’Alene actually designed to be a public library. The 38,500 square-foot building was a joint project of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, the City of Coeur d’Alene, and the Lake City Development Corp. (ignite cda).  The main floor includes the adult and young adult libraries, the Make-It Lab (in the former computer lab) and the Nelson Room, a collection of history books and other materials related to North Idaho and the Inland Northwest.
The lower floor houses the Seagraves Children’s Library, the Community Room, two smaller meeting rooms, Technical Services, and administrative offices.
A branch, the Lake City Public Library, opened in 2016 within the Lake City High School library and offers library services that extend beyond the school day. It is joint project of the Coeur d’Alene Pubic Library Board of Trustees, the Coeur d’Alene School District, and the City of Coeur d’Alene.

Coeur d’Con Cosplay, Fan Art Winners Named

The runners-up and winners of the Coeur d’Con Cosplay
Contest on Sept. 19. Photos by Lindsay Moore.
The winning Youth, Adult, and Teen entries in the Fan Art Contest.
Cosplay and Fan Art contests winners for Coeur d’Con 2017 were selected, in part, by library patrons and event participants.
Cosplay participants at Coeur d'Con Aug. 19 at the library were voted on by attendees to determine the finalists. Winners and runners-up were then selected by judges in the final activity for day. Runners-up and winners respectively included: Youth - Collin Decker, Batman, and Samantha Sexton, Rose Quartz; Teen - Raya Moore and Maddie VanBlaricom, Ariel (before and after), and Andrea Golden, Pepe the Frog; Adult - Matt VanBlaricom, Logan (Wolverine) and Jaden Ferguson, Belle from Beauty and The Beast; and Professional, Allison Wier and John Hartney, Ashaeda and Artonyx, and Sydney Morgan, Draenei.
Fan Art was voted on by library patrons in the week leading up to Coeur d’Con and during the event itself. The winning entries, fandom, and artists included:
► Youth – “Apagando Las Luces/Turn Out The Lights,” Fandom: Overwatch, J.T. Owens, 12.
► Teen – “Dark Personality,” Addy Harris-Novak, 14.
► Adult – “Rem and Ram,”Fandom: Re: Zero, Sabrina Collier, 18.

Banned Book Week Activities Planned for Teens

Teens will mark Banned Book Week (BBW) with a Make-It Lab project and a Breakout Room, during the nationally observed week, Sept. 24-30.
BBW is sponsored each year by the American Library Association to call attention to books that are challenged and banned by schools, government agencies, and though the efforts of groups and members of the public.
The Make-It Lab program will be offered Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in the lab at the south end of the main library.
The activity on Friday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m., will be open to all ages. Groups will enter 4 at a time and have 40 minutes to “breakout.”
Other teen programs in September are:
► Library D&D:  Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and 19, at 4 p.m.
► Collaborative Art: Thursday, Sept. 7, 3:30 p.m.. The piece to be created will hang in the library gallery. So come with a concept in mind that conveys what the library means or represents to you. Materials will be provided.
► League of Legends: Each Friday at 4 p.m.
► Anime Club (ages 12-15): Tuesday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m.
► Teen Craft: Tie-Dye, Thursday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m.
► Breakfast Book Club: Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. September's genre is dystopian futures. Breakfast is provided.
► Anime Club (ages 15-18): Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.
For more information contact YA Coordinator Talley Gaskins, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469, or by e-mail at

Don’t Go Back to School Without a Library Card

The need to read doesn’t end when children go back to school in the fall. Library programs enhance and compliment their formal education.
School supplies for the fall should always include a library card for kids.
Fall Reading Programs at the main library resume on Monday Sept. 11, but the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road will offer its program for kids beginning Sept. 5, the same day it resumes school year hours (see age 4), with its version of LEGO Club, on Tuesdays at 4 p.m.
Programs at the Front Avenue library include:
► Spanish Bilingual Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Learn some Spanish through stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3-5.
► Book Babies Lapsit:  Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
►Toddler Time Music & Motion: Tuesdays, 11 a.m., fun, songs, movement, and a story for 2-3 year olds.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., stories and a craft geared to ages 3-5.
► Code Club: Wednesday, 4 p.m., learn coding basics with robots and video games. For ages 7-11.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4 p.m., free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs.  Generally for ages 5 -10.
► Stay & Play: Fridays, 11 a.m., after Book Babies families can stay for fun and socializing.
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

Make Paper Blooms in the Library Make-It Lab

Are you curious about the library’s newest feature – the Make-It Lab? Here’s a chance to check it out with a fun project.
Come to the Make-It Lab, on the south end of the main library, on Saturday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and learn to make paper flowers, a quick simple inexpensive way to decorate your living space.
The Lab opened in August and is a place for people with similar interests, including computing and technology, to gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
Patrons are welcome to use any of the materials in the lab to create projects. To use the power tools and sewing machine in the space, users need to sign a waiver. The waiver will need to be signed by a parent or guardian for users under 18, and unaccompanied young children will not be allowed in the space.
Tools in the lab include such items as a sewing machine, Cricut, a button maker, hand tools, and a die cutter. Tech will include Makey-Makey, Edison bots, Easy Circuits, and a stop-motion lab. The space  also has a dedicated computer.
The space is open during regular library hours, but projects need to be completed a half-hour before the library closes. Completed projects can be taken home, but all tools and raw materials remain in the lab.
The lab is supported by the Make It At the Library Project through the Idaho Commission for Libraries with additional support from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.

Book Launch to Feature Live Raptors

Jane Veltkamp, president and executive
director of Birds of Prey Northwest
and coauthor of “Beauty and the Beak,”
with the book’s subject.

The library will host a book launch for “Beauty and the Beak,” a children’s nonfiction book that shares the story of the effort to help a bald eagle that lost its beak in an illegal shooting, Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. in the Community Room.
The free program will also feature live birds from Birds of Prey Northwest (BPN) in St. Maries.
Written by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp, BPN president and executive director, “Beauty and the Beak” relates through words and pictures how the eagle was rescued and received a pioneering 3D-printed prosthetic beak. During the months of engineering and surgery the eagle was hand fed and provided water before she could again feed and drink on her own.
This book will resonate with stories of other animals endangered or in need, and with stories of humans, from young children to military veterans, in need of prosthetic limbs, who are being given new lives with state-of-the-art devices.
The book includes expanded information about bald eagles as a top predator species, their near extinction in most of the U.S., their successful reintroduction back into the wild, and efforts to conserve this critical raptor species today.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase for signing.

Knitters, Coloring Group Continue Programs for Fall

The library’s ongoing adult programs continue into the fall.
The Well-Kit Tale Knitting Club is offered the first and third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in the Jameson Room.
All skill levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Bring yarn, needles, and patterns. Refreshments provided.
Coffee and Coloring for adults meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 10 a.m. Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

Used Eclipse Glasses Being Collected for 2019 Event

The library is collecting used eclipse glasses to send to schools in South America and Asia for a 2019 eclipse The glasses can be dropped off at the checkout desk.

Pageturners Reading Book by Humanities Council Lecturer

The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading a book by the featured lecturer for the annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner.
The book club will discuss “American Gospel” by Jon Meacham, with George Sayler leading the discussion, when it meets on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 10:15 a.m.
The next discussion will be Oct. 25, with George Ives leading a discussion of William Kittredge’s “Who Owns the West.”
The discussion is open to any adult reader and the books can be checked out at the Research and Information Desk.
Meacham’s talk, which benefits the Idaho Humanities Council, will be Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. For information go to or call 888-345-5346.

Singletary Examines Electric Railroad for Next Milestones

The Inland Empire Electric Line will be the subject of Inland Northwest Milestones Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Regional historian Robert Singletary, program and marketing director for the Museum of North Idaho is the presenter for this series which examines the people and developments that influenced regional history.
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.
Additional programs in the Milestones series will be:
► Oct. 26: Kirtland Cutter: Spokane’s Master Architect.
► Nov. 30: History of Skiing in North Idaho.
The Museum of North Idaho is located at 115 Northwest Blvd., in front of City Park, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31.

‘Unlikely Vineyard’ is Text for Food For Thought on Oct. 4

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir” by Deirdre Heekin.
The book will be discussed Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
Named one of the Best Wine Books of 2014 by The New York Times, “An Unlikely Vineyard” tells the evolutionary story of Heekin’s farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment.
It also presents, through the example of their farming journey and winegrowing endeavors, an impressive amount of information on how to think about almost every aspect of gardening: from composting to trellising; from cider and perry making to growing old garden roses, keeping bees, and raising livestock; from pruning (or not) to dealing naturally with pests and diseases.
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
Upcoming titles and their discussion dates include: “An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir” by Deirdre Heekin, Oct. 4; “Salt, A World History” by Mark Kurlansky, Nov. 1; and “My Organic Life” by Nora Pouillon, Dec. 6.
For more information visit

Registrations Accepted for Library Holiday Craft Fair

Registration is now open for the 2017 Holiday Craft Fair at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Registration forms can be picked up beginning Sept. 1, at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., at the Research and Information Desk or requested by e-mail from Registrations will not be accepted over the phone.
This event is intended only for regionally produced handmade products and not for the resale of manufactured products or other commercial services.
Vendor space is free, but vendors agree to give 15 percent of sales to the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Vendors must have a permit to sell in Idaho and will be provided forms to report sales tax information. The library provides one table per vendor and as many chairs as are needed.

Libraries Closed Sunday, Monday for Labor Day

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Lake City Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3 and 4, for the Labor Day holiday.
On Sept. 5, the Lake City branch, in the high school on Ramsey Road, will resume its school-year hours, 3-6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
When the libraries are closed many services are still available through Patrons can access their library accounts to check due dates and place holds; download e-books and music; and use other online resources.
Call or visit the library during open hours to obtain necessary user names and passwords.