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Ruskovich to Share Her Novel, ‘Idaho’

Emily Ruskovich
‘Reading for the Library’ Benefit Nov. 19
“Reading for The Library,” a benefit for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, will feature regional author Emily Ruskovich, discussing her novel, “Idaho,” Sunday, Nov. 19. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person, and include a soup dinner – provided by Soul Soup – bread, desserts, and beverages. Tickets are available online at
The evening is being underwritten by the Columbia Bank, Pita Pit, and the Coeur d’Alene Dental Center.
“Idaho” is the first novel for Ruskovich, who grew up in North Idaho on Hoodoo Mountain. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope, One Story, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.
Ruskovich was the winner of a 2015 O. Henry Award and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She currently teaches creative writing at Boise State University and lives in Idaho City.
In the novel, Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in North Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband’s memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife and to their daughters.
In a story told from multiple perspectives—including Ann, Wade, and Wade’s first wife Jenny, now serving a life sentence in prison — we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in “Idaho.”
Information: Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, 208-769-2315 or

New Search Feature Taps Wealth of Library Resources

Library patrons now have a choice when looking for information and
materials through the catalog search tool. When looking for books and other
physical items held by the libraries click on the option on the right.
To search all library resources – including databases – click the option on the left.
Library patrons looking for information now have a new tool when using the computer catalog for the Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries and the Community Library Network (CLN).
While patrons can still find books and other physical items through the catalog as usual, the new feature allows a search to expand beyond titles into the libraries’ tremendous collection of information.
A single search not only taps into the libraries’ catalog, but also includes thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference materials in the libraries’ databases.
The search tool is available through the libraries’ websites as well as at in-library computer catalogs.
If a user wants to save or print an article from a copyrighted database, the library card number needs to be entered and the user password — the cardholder’s last name in all caps.
The card number and password only need to be entered once during the session.
The CLN and the Coeur d’Alene library share catalog services as part of the 28-member Cooperative Information Network (CIN) library consortium in North Idaho and eastern Washington. During this “soft roll-out” of the system not all libraries have opted to begin using it.  
For more information, contact your local library.

2017 Library Holiday Craft Fair Nov. 17-18

Make-It Lab Features Paper Blooms
The Library Holiday Craft Fair will be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in the Community Room.
On Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can try your hand at a craft yourself by making paper flowers in the library’s Make-It Lab.
Some vendor spaces are still available for the craft fair. Registration forms can be picked up at the library at the Research and Information Desk or requested by e-mail from Registrations will not be accepted over the phone.
This event features regionally produced handmade products.
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 needed.
“Make-It Lab Makes Paper Blooms” was rescheduled from an earlier date. Come and learn to make paper flowers, a simple, quick, and inexpensive way to decorate your home, party, or event. Refreshments will be provided. The activity is free and all materials are provided.
The Make-It 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.

Kid’s Programs Include Family Reading Evening

Saturday With the Symphony Nov. 4
Children’s Fall Reading Programs continue through Nov. 17 and will feature a special Family reading Evening, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
“Tell Me a Tale,” in the Seagraves Children’s Library will celebrate Idaho Family Reading Week with a puppet show, free books, and other fun activities.
On Saturday, Nov. 4, beginning at 12 p.m., Saturday With the Symphony will feature musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony performing in the Community Room.
Following a break during Thanksgiving week, the library’s Holiday Programs will begin Nov. 27 and continue through Dec. 22.
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. (Will continue during Thanksgiving week.)
► 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

3D Maker Club for Young Patrons

The library will introduce its new 3D printer with a Maker Club for young patrons which will begin meeting Tuesdays on Nov. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
The library received a grant through the Idaho STEM Action Center funded by the Digital Harbor Foundation in Baltimore, Md., which provided for 3D printer and staff training. Local funding for related supplies was provided by a $1,000 grant from the Friends of the Library.
Registration is required for the 3D Maker Club, which is open to youth in grades 5-9, about ages 10-14. The group will meet weekly into 2018 with breaks on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

NaNoWriMo A Chance to Draft Your First Book

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and once again the library will provide teens space to work on their novels.
NaNoWriMo Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. The project focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author's discretion.
The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, but by the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words.
The library will provide teens scheduled writing hours beginning on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. and continuing each Monday at 4 p.m. through Nov. 27.
Writing prompts, writing materials, and snacks will be provided.
The will be no other teen programs during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 19-25.
Other teen activities in November include:
► Library Dungeons and Dragons: Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
► 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.
► Breakfast Book Club: Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy a book discussion and a late breakfast.
For more information contact Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins, or call 208-769-2315 Ext. 469.Teen activities are also highlighted at

‘Being Mortal’ Looks at End-of-Life Issues

Atul Gawande
Hospice of North Idaho introduces critically-acclaimed Frontline documentary “Being Mortal” in a free community screening on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. at the library.
Atul Gawande, acclaimed author and surgeon pitches some of life’s biggest questions to his readers; questions about our death and how we deal with it.
In his book, and later-developed documentary, Gawande explains what he learned about tough questions, tough decisions, and the various ways people manage fact, reality and fear in the face of death.
Encountering patients’ fear is not uncommon for clinical staff at our area’s local, community-owned Hospice of North Idaho. For 36-years, Hospice of North Idaho has been the area’s trusted community Hospice. Last year nearly 4,500 people received Hospice care, palliative care, and grief and loss care from this local non-profit. Hospice’s approach is to help their patients realize what they most want in their end-of-life experience and to show them the many choices they have. 
Hospice’s Community Palliative Care Nurse, Peggy Hodge, says, “It is easy for people to feel disempowered after receiving a life-limiting diagnosis, especially if they are not presented with a different perspective. Our philosophy is to provide compassionate care, giving as much information as we have to empower our patients to make decisions they are satisfied with.”
Fear often clouds-over the personal path to self-choice. The book and documentary “Being Mortal” provides examples of how to have the hard conversations as life draws to a close. Kelly Rey, Hospice of North Idaho Director of Social Services helps our community walk through that process. “We, as a society don’t really talk about our wishes for our death. We do have a choice to die with peace and dignity, without pain, regrets, or suffering.”
Explore your goals and empower your voice. Join the discussion with panelists Robert Ancker, MD: Kootenai Health Palliative Care Physician and Hospice of North Idaho Co-Medical Director; Cindy Reed, RN, CHPN Director of Hospice of North Idaho’s Schneidmiller House, and Executive Director Kim Ransier RN.

Final Milestones Looks at Skiing for Nov. 30 Session

The final presentation in the current Inland Northwest Milestones series with Robert Singletary will look at the history of skiing in North Idaho. The program will be Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., one week later than usual due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
A regional historian, Singletary is program and marketing director for the Museum of North Idaho.
There will be no Milestones program in December, but Singletary will begin a new series of programs in January.

STCU Offering Free Finance Workshop

“Organize Your Finances” is the next free STCU workshop at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 1, beginning at noon.
The workshop includes a light meal and will feature information on
the benefits of getting organized, how to develop an efficient bill-paying system, what records need to be kept and for how long, and what to have handy in case of a natural disaster.
Registration is requested. Sign up online at or by calling 855-753-0317.

Beyond the Book Club Meets Nov. 7

The Beyond the Book Club is reading “The Glass Castle,” by Jeanette Walls and will discuss the book and create a related watercolor on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 11:30 a.m. The group will also meet Nov. 21.
The book for the Dec. 5 and 19 discussions will be “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

Knitting Club, Coloring Programs Invite Members

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.

‘Lab Girl’ the Selection for Pageturners Book Club

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

Food For Thought Club Reading ‘My Organic Life’

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “My Organic Life” by Nora Pouillon. The book will be discussed Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
Growing up on a farm in the Austrian Alps and later in Vienna, Pouillon was surrounded by fresh and delicious foods. So when she moved to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s, she was horrified to discover a culinary culture dominated by hormone-bloated meat and unseasonal vegetables.
First as a cooking teacher, then as a restaurateur, and eventually as the founder of America’s first certified organic restaurant, Pouillon redefined what food could be, forging close relationships with local producers and launching initiatives to take the organic movement mainstream.
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
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Help Yourself, Library With Up-To-Date Information

If you change your phone number, address, e-mail address or your name, be sure to contact the library to update your library card account.
If you don’t have your e-mail on your account, it’s a good idea to add it. E-mail is often the easiest way for the library to contact you about holds and due dates.
E-mail also helps the library reduce costs by eliminating paper products and postage and keeps waste paper out of the landfills.
Treat your library card as if it was a credit card and do not share your number with others. Cardholders are financially responsible for materials checked out in their name.

Holidays Will Affect Library Hours, Meetings

Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving will result in closures during November and will also impact the meetings for the Friends of the Library and the Library Board of Trustees.
The main library will be closed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, for Veterans Day and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, for Thanksgiving. The Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 22 and 23.
Except for the LEGO Club at the Lake City Public Library Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m., there will be no children’s programs during the week of Nov. 19-25.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Friends of the Library will conduct a combined November-December meeting on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The Library Board will also meet Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.
Inland Northwest Milestones with Robert Singletary – normally offered the fourth Thursday of the month – will be presented on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
When the library is closed many services are available through the website, Patrons can access their library records and place holds; download e-books through the OverDrive system and free music from Freegal; and utilize numerous online resources through the library databases.
Most online resources do require a user name and password. Obtain these before you need them by calling or visiting the library during open hours.

International Games Day Event 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.