Saturday, December 23, 2017

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Mudgy & Santa Sing-Along

About 400 people attended the Holiday Sing-Along with Mudgy and Santa
on Dec. 9. Susan Nipp, author of “Mudgy & Millie,” led the
singing with help from her title characters and St. Nick during
the event which is organized by the author and sponsored
by the Library Foundation. Photo by Foundation President Ben Drake.

Open House Says Yes to Talking Books!

A celebration of the life of Louis Braille – the inventor of the raised-dot system used by blind readers – and the Talking Book Service (TBS) which provides audiobooks and special players to those with visual and physical challenges will be part of an open house at the library.
“Say Yes to TBS” will be Thursday, Jan. 11, 2-6 p.m., in the Community Room.
The event will include displays of TBS materials and a reading of “Six Dots,” the story of the young Braille. Local agencies serving people with vision loss and other issues have been asked to come with information about their services. Refreshments will be served.
TBS is administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The free service is available to any Idaho resident unable to read standard print dues to any permanent or temporary physical disability, including vision impairment or because the individual is unable to hold a book or turn the pages.
TBS users are provided a free playback device, books and magazines, and postage to return items. Materials are delivered directly to the user’s home. Braille materials can also be provided, as well, as downloadable audiobooks. There are currently more than 75,000 items available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
Additional information is available by contacting Outreach Coordinator Barbara Brambila-Smith, at 208-769-2316 or by e-mail at   TBS can be contacted directly at 800-458-3271.
Louis Braille was born in 1809. He lost his sight at 3 years old when he was using an awl in his father’s harness shop and it slipped and injured his eye. Infection developed and spread and he lost the sight in both eyes. At age 10, he began attending the Royal Institution for Blind Youth. He learned to read using its library of huge books that had large raised letters, a process the impatient young man found very cumbersome.
Then in 1821, a former soldier named Charles Barbier visited the school. Barbier shared his invention called “night writing,” a code of 12 raised dots that let soldiers share top-secret information on the battlefield without even having to speak. Unfortunately, the code was too hard for the soldiers, but not for 12-year-old Louis.
Braille trimmed Barbier's 12 dots to six, ironed out the system by the time he was 15, then published the first-ever braille book in 1829.  In 1837, he added symbols for math and music. But since the public was skeptical, blind students had to study braille on their own.
Even at the Royal Institution, where Louis taught after he graduated, braille wasn't taught until after his death in 1852.
Braille began to spread worldwide in 1868, when a group of British men, now known as the Royal National Institute for the Blind, took up the cause.

Talking Books Helps Give All Access to Reading

Idaho State Librarian,
Idaho Commission for Libraries

An easy-to-use listening device is provided free of charge to patrons
using the Talking Book Service.

Louis Braille, the inventor of the raised-dot system that lets the blind read, had a brilliant vision: to help the visually impaired not just read but be treated as equals.
So do Idaho libraries: to ensure all the approximately 45,000 eligible users are aware of Idaho’s Talking Book Service and help them register for this free program that notably improves the quality of users’ lives.
This Braille and audio book library is available to any Idahoan who is unable to read standard print due to a physical disability. It applies to permanent and temporary disabilities and includes people who are legally blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold a book or turn pages.
Although the Talking Book Service has traditionally been known as a program for the blind, people dealing with diseases and physical disabilities affecting motor function, such as Parkinson’s and paraplegia, enroll in it, too.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries maintains a collection of 82,000 Braille and audio book titles and adds another 2,000 annually. This includes audio books about Idaho and the Pacific Northwest recorded in our in-house studios. Similar to collections you’d find in any public library, Idaho’s Talking Book Service offers nonfiction works on everything from astronomy to zoology and fiction genres ranging from mysteries and romance to westerns, sci-fi, and children’s books.
It also offers more than 300 national magazines, including a half-dozen from Idaho, plus 50 or so newspapers, including The Idaho Statesman, Post Register, and The Spokesman-Review.
Books and magazines are available in many languages besides English, and 15 percent of the collection is in Spanish.
Statewide users can call a toll-free number — (800) 458-3271 — to talk with knowledgeable staff able to help users find the perfect reading materials.
All materials — including a digital player — are mailed directly to your home free of charge with return postage included. Plus, you can download many of the materials from an online database if you have high-speed Internet access.
You must be certified as eligible to use the Talking Book Service, but staff at your local library can easily handle that.
Need more incentive to check out the Talking Book Service? A recent University of Idaho study finds most patrons think highly of the program, with 96 percent rating it “good” or better and 72 percent rating it “excellent.”
Chief among the many quotes from survey respondents that sum up the Talking Book Service well is this gem: “This has been a lifesaver; it keeps me going and in contact with the outside world.”
Many Idaho libraries will celebrate the 209th anniversary of Braille’s birth Jan. 4. As this milestone approaches, please help us realize his important vision by referring those in your life who may benefit from the program to:                or to their local library.
In addition to helping people overcome challenges and normalize their lives, Idaho’s Talking Book Service demonstrates how libraries enrich communities and promote a culture of inclusivity.

New Pageturners Series Begins

Talking Book Editions Available for Qualified Subscribers
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Pageturners Book Club begins a new series as part of the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) program with books provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
All of the titles in these series are also being made available through the Talking Book Service.
“Stone Angel” by Margaret Laurence will be discussed on Jan. 24, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. Barbara Meldrum will be the scholar for the discussion. The Talking Book number for “Stone Angels” is DB04762.
The upcoming titles, their discussion dates, and the Talking Book numbers include:
► “Memory of Old Jack” – Feb. 28, DBC00873.
► “Women of Brewster Place” – March 28, DB025314.
► “Crossing to Safety” – April 25, DB09441.
► “Empire Falls” – May 23, DB052601.
The theme for the series is “Growing Older, Growing Wiser.” Discussion leaders for the series are provided by the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is also sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local funding is provided by the Friends of the Library.
The print copies of the books will be available at the Research and Information Desk. Discussions are open to any adult reader. Talking Book Service users can reserve their books for the series by calling 800-458-3271. To see if you qualify for Talking Books, contact Barbara Brambila-Smith, outreach coordinator for the library, at 208-769-2316 or by email at

New Inland Noirthwest Milestones Series Begins with Library

The library was housed for a time on the second floor of the Exchange
Bank, now a local coffee shop. (Retouched photo.)

The history of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be featured Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., as regional historian Robert Singletary begins a new Inland Northwest Milestones series in the Community Room.
The series, featuring the people, events, and developments that shaped the region, is presented in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, where Singletary is the director of marketing and programming, with additional support from the Friends of the Library.
The new series will continue through May and is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month at the same time and location.
The library was founded by the Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club. The club was organized in 1904 and the following year asked the community to contribute books, magazines, and subscriptions for a new public library at a reception in what was then called Blackwell Park.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library opened its doors in the store of E.B. Keller and Co. two doors east of the intersection of Fourth Street and Sherman Avenue. Owners E.B. Keller and Charles Dittmore donated three shelves. Miss Anna Elderkin was in charge of the Library – open 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The library went on to occupy a series of buildings – none of which was designed to be a library – until the current building was constructed in 2007.
The library became a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene in 1909 when it was housed in the City Hall building built the year before on Sherman Avenue.
The Museum of North Idaho is located at 115 Northwest Blvd. in front of the Coeur d'Alene City Park. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 1 to Oct. 31. The museum library and office are open by appointment year round. For more information call 208-664-3448.

History of City Park Making Return Engagement

Jon Mueller
A popular presentation on the history of Coeur d’Alene’s City Park will make a return engagement to the library Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
The closure of Fort Sherman and the building of a railroad line that brought new tourists to the young community of Coeur d’Alene were among the factors that led to creation of City Park.
Landscape architect Jon Mueller will share stories and images from his new book, “Private Park, Public Park: A Story of Coeur d’Alene and its First Park.”
“This is the story of the creation of Coeur d’Alene’s first park and one of the oldest in the State of Idaho,” Mueller said. “Its origins are found in the will of determined local people and newly arrived captains of industry. Its frame of reference is not only intertwined with and a part of the state and local history of the time, but also with the national movements of the era.”
Originally known as Blackwell Park, it would eventually be called Coeur d’Alene City Park and become a centerpiece in the life, economy, and culture of the community.
 Jonathon Mueller is a landscape architect with more than 35 years of experience and a background in park and recreation planning and design. His list of completed works includes projects in seven western states.
A native of Coeur d’Alene, he also has an interest in history and governmental affairs.  He enjoys photography as a leisure pursuit and understands the power of images in storytelling.
Mueller is a past national president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  He was elected to ASLA’s prestigious Council of Fellows in 2007, and a recipient of the ASLA President’s Medal in 2015.  He continues to make his home in Coeur d’Alene.
Copies of the book, also available through the Museum of North Idaho, will be available to purchase for signing at the event.

Novel Destinations Features African Safari

Mary Sanderson will share photos and stories from an African Safari that took her into Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, and South Africa Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m., in the library Community Room.
The trip included two weeks with a tour organized by Overseas Adventure Travel and then three weeks of a self-guided safari and explorations. The rip included a unique park in Mozambique being restored by philanthropist Greg Carr, the Southern Africa Kruger Park, wine country, and the Capetown region. 
Novel Destinations, sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, are travelogues based on trips taken by area residents who share their photos and stories.
These after-hours library programs are 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

Freegal is the Library Item You Can Check Out and Keep

Check out library books — you have to bring them back or face a fine. The same is true of DVDs and music CDs.
But the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network do offer one entertainment format that you can check out and keep.
Freegal is a free music service that allows patrons to download up to five songs per week using their library cards and to stream music from its collection of more than 9.5 million songs.
The collection offers more than 200 different genres from 80 different countries. More than a million songs were added in the last year alone. New music is available the same day it shows up in stores or on i-Tunes.
To use Freegal, patrons can go to the website for their home library. No special software is needed, but free Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android devices. The service is only available to library cardholders.

BINGO Continues for Winter Reading Programs

Winter reading programs begin Jan. 8 and will continue through March 16 in the Seagraves Children’s Library.
The New Author Blackout BINGO game for children continues through Feb. 28. BINGO cards are available at the Checkout Desk in the children’s library. There are two age groups for the game.
For 8 to 12 year-olds, the game encourages them to read books by authors they have not read before. Participants will receive prizes and raffle tickets for a grand prize for completing rows or blacking out their BINGO cards with titles from authors they have not previously read.
There is also a card for participants who are age 7 and younger with similar prize opportunities. The younger readers are encouraged to try new authors, but are not required to do so to participate in the game.
The 3D Maker Club for 10 to 14 year-old patrons continues utilizing one of the library’s new 3D printers. The program meets Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Nelson Room at the southwest corner of the main library. The club will not meet Jan. 2.
Registration is required to participate in 3D Club. Call or visit the library to sign up.
The program may lead some participants to compete as part of the library’s team at the upcoming Idaho FabSLAM 2018 in February.
Winter reading programs for kids, “Alphabet Soup,” also includes these free programs:
► Spanish Bilingual Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Learn some Spanish through stories, activities, and crafts for ages 3-6.
► 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 7-12.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4 p.m., free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs.  Generally for ages 5 -11.
► 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

‘Be a Maker’ at LEGO-Rama Jan. 20

LEGO-rama – the program for young Master Builders will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Community Room and other areas of the library.
“Be a Maker” is this year’s theme. Participants are invited to share their inventions and creative designs just for the pleasure of building.
One entry per participant is allowed in the design area for ages 4 to 13. Entries are limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint (the space it occupies on a table). In a change from previous years the judging will be done entirely by the audience. Each person will receive a ballot and will be ask to select a People’s Choice winner in each age group, 4-7, 8-10, and 11-13.
Entries should be built prior to being brought to the library and can be delivered to the Community Room as early as 10:30 a.m. Balloting will continue until 12:15 p.m.
The event will also include the LEGO Pit with free play time using the library’s collection of LEGOs and also exhibits and activities promoting making in the Community Room, but also in the Children’s Library and the new Make-It Lab upstairs.
LEGO-rama, like all youth programs at the library, is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

January Holidays will Close Building for Two Mondays

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the Lake City Public Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s.
The libraries will also be closed Monday, Jan 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.

Teens Invited to C.R.A.S.H. at the Library After School

Except for Library League of Legends – Fridays at 4 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom – all of the previously scheduled teen programs have been replaced by C.R.A.S.H. (Cool Random After-School Hours).
Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 6 p.m., craft supplies, games, and other activities will be available in the library’s Teen Central area, and Young Adult Coordinator Talley Gaskins will be available to provide assistance and reference services.
Gaskins described the concept as “pop-up programs.”
“This more informal structure will meet the kids where they are and hopefully help shake loose some more teen-led programming in future,” she said.
For more information contact Gaskins at or call 208-769-2315, Ext. 469.

Free STCU Workshop Looks At Protecting Your Credit Score

“Protect Your Credit Score” is the STCU workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10, at noon in the Gozzer Room.
The free program will include a light meal for participants.
The workshop will cover why a good credit score is more important than ever, how scores are determined, how to earn and maintain a healthy credit score, and where to go for help.
To participate register online at or call 855-753-0317.
The next STCU workshop will be “Organize your Finances” at noon on Feb 14.

Beyond the Book Club Reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain"

The Beyond the Book Club is reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” by Garth Stein, and will discuss the book and create a related watercolor on Tuesdays, Jan. 2 and 16, at 11:30 a.m.
The book is a 2008 novel — told from a dog's point of view - that follows the story of Denny Swift, a race car driver and customer representative in a Seattle BMW dealership, and his dog Enzo, who believes in the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a human.

Knitting, Coloring Enthusiasts Have Creative Library Programs

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.

Get Ready to Garden With Third Annual Seed Swap Feb. 3

The third annual Seed Swap will be hosted by the library Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-3 p.m. in the library Community Room.
The swap is offered in partnership with The Inland Northwest Food Network and True To Seed: Seed Lending Library.
A seed swap is where growers bring their extra seeds – home-saved or purchased – to share with others and to take home seeds from others for spring planting.
You will also learn about seed saving from some of our region’s avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties that you won’t find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing conditions.
No seeds to swap? Come anyway, and consider making a donation to help cover costs and help the seed program grow.
For more information about guidelines and what to expect contact Char Beach at the library or visit:

Food For Thought Reading ‘Plenty’ for February Discussion

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet” by Alisa Smith.
The book will be discussed Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
Like many great adventures, the 100-mile diet began with a memorable feast. Stranded in their off-the-grid summer cottage in the Canadian wilderness with unexpected guests, Smith and J.B. MacKinnon turned to the land around them.
They caught a trout, picked mushrooms, and mulled apples from an abandoned orchard with rose hips in wine. The experience raised a question: Was it possible to eat this way in their everyday lives?
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
For more information visit

Book-A-Librarian Provides Extended Technical Assistance

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.

For Better Service Keep Your Library Card Info Up To Date

If you change your phone number, address, email address or your name, be sure to contact the library to update your library card account.
If you don’t have your email on your account, it’s a good idea to add it. Email is often the easiest way for the library to contact you about holds and due dates.
Email 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.