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Seventh Annual Adler Lecture at Library May 10

Dr. David Adler gestures during 2017 lecture at the library.
Talk About ‘Fake News, Freedom of the Press’
The seventh annual Coeur d’Alene Public Library lecture by Dr. David Adler will examines the freedom of the press as provided by the First Amendment in the age of social media and the deliberate planting of disinformation.
"Fake News and the Freedom of the Press" will be presented Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m., in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The doors will open for this program at 6 p.m.
The free lecture is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Press, the Idaho Humanities Council, the Friends of the Library, and CDA-TV.
Adler, President of Alturas Institute, a nonprofit organization created to promote civic education and civil dialogue, has previously lectured at the library on "Executive Orders and Executive Power in the Trump Presidency" in 2017, “The Supreme Court: Presidential Powers and Political Pressure,” in 2016; “The Second Amendment: Fundamentals and Myths,” in 2015; “The Constitution and Religion: Origins, Challenges and Accommodations,” in 2014; “The State of the Presidency: Constitutional and Political Challenges,” in 2013; and “Holding Government Accountable,” in 2012.
Adler has taught courses on the Constitution and the Supreme Court at all three universities in Idaho. He has held the Andrus Professorship at Boise State University and the McClure Professorship at the University of Idaho, where he held a joint appointment in the College of Law and the Department of Political Science.
Previously, he was Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at Idaho State University. He remains a lecturer at the University of Idaho College of Law. A recipient of teaching, civic and writing awards, Adler has published in the leading journals of his field, and has lectured nationally and internationally on the Constitution, presidential power and the Bill of Rights. He has delivered more than 600 public lectures throughout Idaho and writes frequent Op-Ed pieces for newspapers across the state.
The author of more than 100 scholarly articles, essays and book chapters, Adler has published widely on the Constitution and presidential power. His books include: the two-volume work, “American Constitutional Law;” “The Constitution and the Conduct of American Foreign Policy;” “The Presidency and the Law: The Clinton Legacy;” “The Constitution and the Termination of Treaties;” and “The War Power in an Age of Terrorism,” which was published in 2016.
His writings have been quoted and cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts, political scientists, historians and legal scholars, and invoked by both Republicans and Democrats in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. He has consulted with members of Congress from both parties on a variety of constitutional issues, including impeachment, the war power and treaty termination.
A frequent commentator on state and national events, Adler’s lectures have aired on C-Span, and he has done interviews with reporters from the New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, National Review, The Nation Magazine, Mother Jones, Fox News, NPR, NBC, CNN and the BBC. Adler has served as a member of the Board of Directors of various academic, corporate and civic organizations.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a doctorate from the University of Utah.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

‘Eat, Play, Grow’ Helps Families Form Healthier Habits

Looking for a creative, healthy, and fun activity for your family?
“Eat, Play, Grow” is a joint project of the library, St. Vincent de Paul, Panhandle Health, Pilgrim’s Market, and the Idaho Physical Activity and Nutrition Program that will be offered each Thursday in May, 4-5 p.m. at the St Vincent Help Center, 201 E. Harrison Ave.
The program is for children younger than 10 and their grownups. Each session will include music and motion activities, healthy snacks, an arts and crafts project, and a free book for each family attending each week. Books are provided through a grant from Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Topics for the sessions include healthy sleep, the five senses, choosing healthy foods, fun exercise games, and more.
If families attend all five sessions, they will receive a $25 grocery gift card from Pilgrim’s Market.
Space limited to 20 families. Sign up by contacting Char Beach at the library at 208-769-2315 or by email at

Spring Children's Programs Offer New Activities

Spring Reading Programs for children – Alphabet Antics – continue with some exciting additions to activities in the Seagraves Children’s Library.
On Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Paws to Read provide children the opportunity to read with a trained therapy dog – Mater the basset hound. Reluctant readers are often more comfortable reading to an animal rather than interacting with another person.
Sensory Storytime for preschoolers, ages 3-6, is offered Fridays at 10:30 a.m. This program is designed for children with developmental disabilities or sensory processing disorders accompanied by a caregiver.
The activity is presented by Erin Roan, a pediatric occupational therapist. This program is made possible by a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
Library staff will be on hand at the Silver Lake Mall Family Fun Fair on Saturday, May 5, 12-4 p.m. e with STEM activities and some free books for kids.
The regular Spring Reading Programs include:
► 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., 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.
Stay & Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., after Toddler Time, families can stay for fun and socializing.
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.
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

New YA Coordinator Wants Your Input

Angela Flock
The Library has a new Young Adult Coordinator, Angela Flock, previously the Inter Library Loan Clerk, and she wants to hear from teens about what they want from the library.
The Volunteen Floats & Feedback meeting will be Friday, May 11, 6-7pm in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. Come chat with Angela about everything you’d like to see the library do for teens while you’re sipping on a root beer float. Not a teen volunteer yet? This is a great time to get an application and figure out what it’s all about, too.
Teen Movie Night, with “Thor: Ragnarok” (PG-13), will be Friday, May 25, 6-8:15pm in the storyroom.  Have a Ragnarok-ing good time watching one of the latest Marvel films to hit the big screen. Snacks provided.
Angela will continue to coordinate LLoL (Library League of Legends) – every Friday in the Storyroom from 4-5:30 p.m. Meet your friends for online gaming and enjoy the snacks provided.
For more information contact Angela at or call 208-769-2315.

Pageturners Book Club to Discuss ‘Empire Falls’

The Pageturner Library Book Club will discuss “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo led by scholar Nancy Casey, when it meets Wednesday, May 23, at 10:15 a.m.
The book club is participating in a Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) program with books provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
All of the titles in this series are also being made available through the Talking Book Service.
The final book in the series will be “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner and that discussion will be June 27.
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

Milestones to Examine 50 Years of the Museum of North Idaho

The first home of the Museum of North Idaho was in the
Fort Sherman Powder House on the campus of North Idaho College.

“The Museum of North Idaho, Celebrating 50 years of Keeping History Alive” will be the subject of the next Inland Northwest Milestones Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m.
Hosted by the library in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, the monthly series is presented by regional historian Robert Singletary, program and marketing director for the museum.
This is the final program in the current series. A new series is expected to begin in September.

STCU Workshop Aims to Help First-Time Home Buyers

Never owned a home before? No problem! Learn all about home buying and home ownership at STCU's free Home Buying 101 workshop Wednesday, May 9, at noon in the Gozzer Room.
The Workshop will include:
Factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent.
Learn how to find the right home for you.
Learn what happens between making an offer to buy and "closing" the deal.
Find out what it really means to be a homeowner.
A light lunch is included. To Register visit or call 855-753-0317.

Oral History Interview Basics, Organizational Skills Offered

An Oral History Workshop will be offered by the Idaho State Historical Society at the library on Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of Idaho Archaeological & Historic Preservation Month.
Historian Brandi Burns will lead the workshop which will be in two parts. Part one covers interview basics and part two is for groups interested in conducting a community oral history project.
Basics include such things as identifying people to interview, developing questions, how to use digital recording equipment, and how to preserve the recordings for future use.
The second hour covers how to plan a community oral history project, including developing a budget, writing a project plan and assigning roles, and what to do when the project is complete.
The society is also sponsoring a guided-history bike tour of the historic rail-to-trail Route of the Hiawatha on June 23.
For a complete list of events and more information visit

Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club Welcomes All Skill Levels

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month – May 1 and 15 – at 2:30 p.m. in the Jameson Room.
All skill levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Materials and refreshments are provided.

Writers Competition Awards will be Presented at Event

The Awards Ceremony for the 2018 Writers Competition will be Saturday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Community Award.
All winners are notified by letter, email, and phone. Winners’ placement is not announced until the ceremony.
Cash prizes - $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third – is provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
All entries in the competition are collected and bound in hardcover and can be viewed in the Nelson History Room at the library.

Get Creative and Caffeinate at Library’s Coffee & Coloring

Coffee and Coloring for adults meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, May 8 and 22, at 10 a.m.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

‘Klee Wyck Journal” to be Shared by Author May 25

Lou McKee will read from and discuss her book, “Klee Wyck Journal,” Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
This book is full of illustrations and the stories of the people and adventures involved in the building of a coastal wilderness shelter hidden among old rain-forest firs and cedars and dense salal bush.
The author, her husband, family and friends reach this remote shore by kayak. There are no roads nor pathways. No docks nor safe buoys. They land on a little sheltered spit in a bay that is otherwise open ocean surf. In time, a trail is forged into the woods to build a cedar cabin to shelter them from the rain that can drench (and beautify) this sea coast.
McKee is a professional artist, a kayaker and now, an author. Born on the coast of British Columbia, the sea and misty islands are in her blood and still call her to travel and explore in Sweet Chariot, her 47 year old kayak. Her husband, David Verwolf, also shares this sea-kayaking spirit.

‘Pig Tales’ Takes a Look at Pork Raising Experiences

The Food for Thought Book Club is reading “Pig Tales” by Barry Estabrook and will discuss it Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room.
The author of the New York Times bestseller    “Tomato-land” now explores the dark side of the American pork industry. Drawing on his personal experiences raising pigs as well as his sharp investigative instincts, he covers the range of the human-porcine experience.
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

Library will be Closed Two Days for Memorial Day Holiday

The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 27 and 28, for Memorial Day.
When the library is closed many library services are available through the library website – – including reference materials, career planning, travel information, automotive manuals, and more. Patrons can download e-books and music, and log on to check due dates and to place holds.
Most resources do require a user name and password. Obtain these before you need them by visiting the library or calling 208-769-2315.

Library Foundation Special Insert for May 2018

Mudgy & Millie Take Flight in New Book Series

Mudgy & Millie Day, Sept. 13, 2008, illustrator Charles Reasoner, left,
author Susan Nipp, and sculptor Terry Lee at the unveiling of the
life-size bronze statue of the characters at the library.
The moose and mouse take off for new adventures in a
new book to be published this year in September.
Mudgy and Millie are on the move again.
Ten years after Coeur d’Alene’s favorite children’s book characters began a game of hide-and-seek in the heart of the Lake City, the pair will reach new heights as author Susan Nipp sends them on their first international trip in a new book.
Nipp, the nationally recognized children’s co-author of the Wee Sing books and music, begins a new book series, “Mudgy & Millie Adventures,” with illustrator Charles Reasoner. The author said that the new series will take her characters to different countries around the world as they travel in a colorful hot air balloon.
“It’s an opportunity for kids to learn about other places as Mudgy and Millie have adventures with whimsical animals unique to their country,” she said.
The first book in the adventure series takes the duo to Australia. From koalas to echidnas to emus, the diverse wildlife makes for humorous storytelling.
“I started with Australia because we have visited my Aussie cousin there several times and loved seeing some very unusual animals,” she said, adding that Reasoner, who illustrated the original “Mudgy & Millie,” is having a great time working on the project as he creates quirky new characters for kids to enjoy. 
Like the first book, all of Nipp’s and Reasoner’s royalties from book sales and any related products will go directly to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, for which Nipp is a board member.
“Chuck and I are such strong advocates for encouraging kids to read that we look forward to creating more titles,” Nipp said.
To make the new series more affordable, the books will be available in paperback for $8.95 but also in hardcover for $16.95. The Australia book is intended to be entertaining, but also a learning tool, Nipp said, so it will include a glossary of common Australian words and expressions. An online teachers' guide and a new song are also being developed. The new book will be available for the public to purchase throughout the community on Sept. 8, when the tenth Birthday Party for Mudgy and Millie occurs.
Since its release in 2008, “Mudgy & Millie” has gone through six printings of 27,000 copies. Its publisher, Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d’Alene, has just ordered the seventh printing. Nipp said that, to date, the book has raised about $95,000 for the Library Foundation.
The original inspiration for the book came from “Make Room for Ducklings,” by Robert McCloskey. The title characters of McCloskey’s book are immortalized in a bronze sculpture in the Boston Public Gardens.
Nipp thought it would be wonderful for Coeur d’Alene to have its own book with characters that could also be pieces of public art. In creating “Mudgy & Millie” she had multiple goals, she said, including support for the library, writing a book families could enjoy together, creating public art, and giving families a reason to enjoy outdoor activities together.
To those ends, Coeur d’Alene sculptor Terry Lee created five life-size Mudgy and Millie bronze statues based on Reasoner’s illustrations that are installed along the Mudgy and Millie Trail, a 2.5-mile route that extends from the base of Tubbs Hill near the Third Street boat ramp, to the library, to Sherman Avenue, through City Park, and ending at Independence Point. The bronzes and the trail were a community effort involving the Library Foundation, the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, the City Parks and Recreation Department, and numerous donors.
It all came together on Sept. 13, 2008, which was officially declared “Mudgy & Millie Day” in Idaho by Gov. Butch Otter, when the community-wide celebration saw the unveiling of the statues. While Nipp says nobody knows how old Mudgy and Millie are, their birthdays are celebrated at the library each September with a reading of the book, the singing of the “Mudgy & Millie Song,” a slideshow on the creation of the statues, and, of course, birthday cake supplied each year by the bakers at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
At this year’s tenth birthday party on Sept. 8, Charles Reasoner and sculptor Terry Lee will join Nipp at the celebration where the new book will be read and Mudgy will share in the singing of the new Australia song.
Mudgy and Millie are also the featured guests for the annual “Sing Along with Mudgy and Santa” at the library in December. Nipp has read the story and performed the song for countless groups of children and adults at schools, conventions, and at the library over the past ten years.
Nipp isn’t saying where her beloved characters will travel next, but said, “I have some interesting places I want to travel so I can meet more fascinating animals!”
With the energy Mudgy and Millie have accumulated this past decade, we can expect they will be going strong for many years to come.

Benefit Concert Highlights ‘Song Birds’

Ruth Pratt, left, Bill Wiemuth, and Laura Sable,
will perform May 19 at the library in “Song Birds:
The Legendary Ladies of Song,” a benefit concert for the
Library Foundation.
The Love Your Library Concert to benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation is “Song Birds: Legendary Ladies of Song” Saturday, May 19. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30.
For this year’s concert, the Foundation is bringing together the voices that have sung to support the library for several past performances and who are popular community music makers. “Song Birds” will feature the talents of Ruth Pratt, Laura Sable, and Bill Wiemuth with selections from the best-known female voices down through the years.
The evening will also include a silent auction and no-host beer and wine served by Bakery By the Lake. The community sponsor for the concert is the Columbia Bank.
Tickets are $30 a person and are available online at
Pratt served as executive director for the Library Foundation from 2003 to 2014. Born and raised in Ohio, she has degrees in speech and speech pathology, and a Ph.D. in organizational communication. She has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 2002 and in addition to her work for the library has been an active member of the arts community. She was a recipient of a Governor’s Award in the Arts in 2010.
Pratt is a vocalist specializing in music of the 1930s-1940s: jazz standards and the "great American songbook." She currently performs with the Coeur d'Alene Big Band, Tuxedo Junction Big Band, and various smaller jazz groups in concerts around the Northwest.
Sable and Wiemuth live in Coeur d’Alene, but for the past several years they have performed at theatres, aboard hundreds of cruises, and at more than a thousand corporate events. They have performed for audiences from New York to Alaska to the Mississippi River to the United Kingdom to Australia.
Sable was born in Coeur d'Alene and grew up in Newport, Wash. She has worked as a professional singer and actress since the age of 18 when she got her first professional gig with the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre in the chorus of “Oklahoma!” Over the past two decades she has performed locally with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, the Lake City Playhouse, and she and Wiemuth were seen in Ellen Travolta's production of “Christmas with Friends” at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. 
The couple met while working as "showboat entertainers" onboard the Grand American Queen Steamboat in 1998 and have since produced and performed countless custom duo shows for audiences across the globe.
They have previously performed benefit concerts for the Library Foundation - a tribute to Patsy Cline and a concert featuring the life and music of Woody Guthrie.

Kilimanjaro Climb is Novel Destination Talk

Africa’s preeminent mountain will be center stage May 18 at 7 p.m. for a Novel Destinations Program at the library.
Brian and Lesley Samuels will share stories and photos from their ascent of the 19,000-plus-foot peak in a program they are calling “Kilimanjaro for the Non-Mountaineer.”
Brian said the couple took the Kilimanjaro challenge as a way to mark their turning 50 years old.
Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo,” “Mawenzi,” and "Shira,” is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, 19,341 feet above sea level. The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination.
Novel Destinations is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to provide area residents the opportunity to share their photos and stories from trips around the world. Anyone with a program to share is encouraged to contact the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380 or by email at