Friday, September 22, 2017

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Ten-Year Honors for Friends

The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized for their ongoing support for the library with a plaque from the Library Foundation during a reception on Sept. 9 marking the ten years the library has been on Front Avenue. Pictured, left to right, are Foundation President Ben Drake, current Friends President Peggy Appleman, and past Friends President Judy Edwards. The Friends of the Library formed in the 1970s to raise funds for library programs, books, and equipment along with building a new library. The Friends contributed nearly $250,000 toward the current building where their volunteers operate Second Story Books in the lobby.

A Vietnam Dialogue for Educators

Library, IPTV Partners for Screening, Discussion
Educators and other interested adults are invited are to a special screening of The Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam War at the library on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. with staff from Idaho Public Television.
“A Vietnam Dialogue: Ken Burns for Educators” will include the screening followed by a discussion and a review of the free educational resources available for teachers from PBS.
The 63-minute compilation melds pieces of the longer 18-hour documentary into an intense and evocative overview of the entire series, which first began airing Sept. 17. The documentary, by Burns and Lynn Novick, took 10 years to complete and examines the Vietnam War conflict from all sides, including both the North and South Vietnamese viewpoints.
It utilizes graphic footage and photos from the war which may be disturbing to some viewers. In light of this, the free public event is not recommended for children.
Direct U.S. military involvement ended on Aug. 15, 1973. The fall of Saigon in April 1975 marked the end of the war.
The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million. Some 240,000–300,000 Cambodians, 20,000–62,000 Laotians, and 58,220 U.S. service members also died in the conflict, and a further 1,626 Americans remain missing in action.

Star Wars Reads Day Oct. 7

Saturday With the Symphony Resumes
Star Wars Reads Day – a program to encourage early reading through the popular sci-fi franchise – will be hosted by the library Saturday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room.
The event will feature Star Wars games, crafts, activities – and a visit from the 501st Legion.
At 3 p.m. a free movie – Rogue One (PG-13) will be screened  in the Community Room. “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” – the two-part pilot for the animated series –will be screened in the Shirley Parker Story Room, also at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 12 p.m. the Saturday With the Symphony concerts resume with musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. The performers will play on the library’s veranda and the audience is invited to bring lawn chairs, lunches, and blankets to the park to listen.
Another concert is scheduled for Nov. 4 at noon, that will be hosted in the Community Room.
The regular library Fall Reading Programs 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.
► Lake City LEGO Club: Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at the Lake City Public Library in the high school on
Ramsey Road.
► 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

Weekly Sessions of Library Dungeons & Dragons Offered

Teen patrons will be able to enjoy weekly sessions of Library Dungeons and Dragons throughout Oct. The activity is offered each Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
Other teen activities will include:
► Teen Anime Club: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. locations to be determined.
► Library League of Legends: Fridays 4-5:30 in the Shirley Parker Storyroom.
► Teen Read Week Reading Challenge: Oct. 9-14. Read, take selfies, post to social media and be entered in to a drawing to win movie tickets.
► Breakfast Book Club: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy a book discussion and a late breakfast.
► Make-It Lab Hour: Thursday, Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m. We will be upcycling items to make creepy Halloween themed crafts.
► Teen Movie and Game Night: Friday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room.
For more information contact Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins, or call 208-769-2315 Ext. 469. Teen activities are also highlighted at

Ten-Year Party

The library marked “Ten Years on Front” Sept. 10 with a community party that began with the ninth annual Birthday Party for Mudgy & Millie and then grew to include activities inside and out including live music—with Coeur Marimba and Deep Roots, jump houses, puppet shows, free books for kids, and other fun.

Peter Fromm To Discuss ‘Names of the Stars’

Peter Fromm
Missoula author Peter Fromm will discuss his latest book, “The Names of the Stars,” during an author talk Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the library presented in partnership with The Well-Read Moose. The event is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
At 20 years old, Fromm heard of a job babysitting salmon eggs, seven winter months alone in a tent in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Leaping at this chance to be a mountain man, with no experience in the wilds, he left his normal world. Thirteen years later, he published his beloved memoir of that winter, “Indian Creek Chronicles ― Into the Wild with a Twist.”
Twenty five years later, he was asked to return to the wilderness to babysit more fish eggs. But no longer a footloose 20-year-old, at 45, he was the father of two young sons. He left again, alone, straight into the heart of Montana’s Bob Marshall wilderness, walking a daily ten mile loop to his fish eggs through deer and elk and the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
“The Names of the Stars” (St. Martins, 2016) is not only a story of wilderness and bears but also a trek through a life lived at its edges, showing how an impulsive kid transformed into a father without losing his love for the wilds.
Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels, “If Not For This,” “As Cool as I Am,” and “How All This Started,” his story collection “Dry Rain,” and “Indian Creek Chronicles.” The film of “As Cool as I Am” was released in 2013.
He is also the author of four other story collections and has published more than 200 stories in magazines. He is on the faculty of Oregon’s Pacific University’s Low-Residency Master of
Fine Arts Program and lives in Montana.

Late Opening Planned Oct. 20 Due to Library Staff Training

The library will have a late opening on Friday, Oct. 20, in order to conduct in-service training for the staff. The library will be open from 12 to 6 p.m.

Knitters, Coloring Groups Offer Programs for Adults

The Well-Knit 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.

New Book Club Combines Reading, Watercolor Art

A new library book club will combine reading and painting.
Beyond the Book Club will be held every first and third Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with great discussion, participants will also create individual watercolor art inspired by the book being read.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, where participants will collectively decide on the first book to read and create watercolor bookmarks. Come to read, chat, and create.

‘Who Owns the West’ Next Book for Pageturners Club

The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Who Owns the West” by William Kittredge.
George Ives will lead a discussion Wednesday, Oct. 25 beginning at 10:15 a.m.
The discussion is open to any adult reader and the books can be checked out at the Research and Information Desk.
The November selection will be “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren with Joy Fitzpatrick leading the discussion. The group will meet one week later than usual, on Nov. 29, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The book club does not meet in December.

Inland Northwest Milestones Profiles Architect Cutter

Kirtland Cutter
Kirtland Cutter, Spokane’s master architect, will be the subject of Inland Northwest Milestones Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m., at the 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 final presentation in the current series will be the history of skiing in North Idaho and will be offered one week later than usual, on Nov. 30, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Museum of North Idaho is located at 115 Northwest Blvd., in front the City Park, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31.

‘Salt’ Seasoning for Food for Thought Discussion Nov. 1

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “Salt, A World History” by Mark Kurlansky
The book will be discussed Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
In his fifth work of nonfiction, Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind.
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
The Dec. 6 discussion will be for “My Organic Life” by Nora Pouillon.
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International Games Day Participation Planned

The library will join thousands of other libraries around the world celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for International Games Week 2017.
International Games Day will be hosted by the library on Saturday, Nov. 4, 4-7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Activities will include Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, League of Legends, board games, and more. Snacks and prizes will be awarded. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Reading for the Library to Feature Ruskovich Novel

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m., for a Reading for the Library event featuring author Emily Ruskovich discussing her book, “Idaho.”
Tickets for the fundraising event, sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, will be $20 and include soup, desserts, and refreshments.
Participants are encouraged to buy or check out a copy of the book and prepare to join the discussion.
“Idaho” is the first novel for Ruskovich, who grew up in North Idaho. She teaches creative writing at Boise State University.

Registrations Invited 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 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.

Book-A-Librarian Offers Personalized Tech Training

The library 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.