Saturday, June 23, 2018

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The library recently added a new outreach resource in the form a golf cart being used as a LOMPU (Library Outdoor Mobile Program Unit), replacing the hand-drawn cart that was being used. Outreach Coordinator Barbara Brambila-Smith, left, watches as young patrons pick out free books at a recent Farmers Market in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The LOMPU will also be used for activities in the park, at schools, and for parades. The electric-powered golf cart was funded by a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. The Friends of the Library are also providing support for the project.

Coeur d’Con ’18 Gearing Up for Aug. 18 Event

There is still time to get involved with Coeur d’Con 2018, the library’s celebration of all things geek, coming Aug. 18.
Entries for the Coeur d’Con Fan Art Contest can be submitted through July 31.
Entries in the contest, open to all ages, will be exhibited at the library beginning Aug. 5.
Artists can select a graphic novel, movie, book, or video game and create a piece of fan art or submit their own original art. Up to three entries per person can be submitted.
The art will be judged by the public during the two-week exhibition prior to Coeur d’Con.
Entry forms and rules are available at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., or can be downloaded at An entry form must accompany each entry.
Entries can be made from any medium, may be 3D or 2D, and should depict images that are appropriate for a public library setting.
In addition to art, the convention will include discussion panels, fan meetups, and other activities.
And, of course, there will be cosplay.
To participate in the cosplay contest, check in at the registration desk and obtain a number to schedule a photo. Photos will then be posted on the wall outside the Community Room for the public to vote on. The top 10 participants in each category will then be judged for the final winners. Categories are Professional (self-proclaimed); Youth, ages newborn to 12; Teen, ages 13-18; and Adult, 18+.
For more information call 208-769-2315 or email

Vote Locally, Nationally for Great American Read

PBS is on a quest to find the best loved novel and your vote can count.
And the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is polling its patrons to discover our community’s favorite piece of fiction, too.
To vote locally visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave., check out The Great American Read Display and fill in a ballot.
PBS unveiled a list of America’s 100 best-loved novels, chosen in support of The Great American Read, a new PBS television series and multi-platform initiative that celebrates the joy of reading and the books we love. National voting has begun and will run through Oct. 18. In order to vote, you may select one of the following options:
Phase One:
 By using the voting app on the Great American Read website – You’ll have to register before your first vote, using either your email address or a Facebook login, but after that you’ll be able to vote with just a few clicks.
 By posting an original post to Facebook or Twitter using the official hashtag for your favorite book. The hashtags for each book can be found on the individual book pages. You can place one vote for each book every day.
Phase Two: 
When the full series of The Great American Read launches on Sept. 11, two extra ways to vote will be available:
 By calling a toll-free phone number for each book. PBS will add the phone numbers for each book on Sept. 11.
 By sending an SMS with a unique code for your favorite book. These numbers will also be available Sept. 11. All voting methods will close on Oct. 18 at midnight PT. The winner will be announced Oct. 23.

Teen Karaoke, Movie on the July Schedule

Summer Reading for Teens will include two special events during July.
A Teen Karaoke Party will take the stage Saturday, July 21, 4-6 p.m. in the Community Room. Come share your musical talents, enjoy karaoke-related games, have a snack.
Teen Movie Night on Friday, July 27, beginning at 6 p.m. will feature “Ready Player One” (PG-13) in the Community Room. Flashbacks to the ’80s and retro gaming nostalgia abound in this movie that’s based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline.
Continuing through the summer, teens also have these regularly scheduled activities:
 ► Summer Reading Logs: Track your reading time and collect prizes. Logs can be started on June 8 and Aug. 31 will be the final day to turn in logs. Logs will be available both at the main library and the Lake City Public Library – temporarily housed this summer at Skyway Elementary School – and prizes can be collected at both places.
 ► Teen Maker Club: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Make-It Lab. Supplies and equipment are provided for whatever your mind can imagine. The library’s Laptop Cart will be available for Web-based programs like Tinkercad (for 3D designs) and Scratch (video game design).
 ► Teen Zone Takeover: Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m. Hangout in the library’s Teen Zone and play with tabletop games such as Catan, Apples to Apples, and Exploding Kittens. Or play D&D or play with the library’s Nintendo Switch. (The libraries are closed on July 4, of course.)
 ► Teen Book Club: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. in the Gozzer Room. Choose whichever book you want and come and discuss it. A booklist will be created from each week’s discussion that can be shared via social media (FB: @cdateens or IG: @cdalibrary).
 ► Library League of Legends: Fridays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. Snacks are provided.
For more information contact Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

Summer Reading Rocks for Kids

Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will wrap up in July with a family event in the
Savina Darzes
Community Room on July 31, at 1 p.m., “Seaside Tunes & Tales.”
Savina Darzes, an environmental educator will use stories and songs to share facts and folklore about the ocean.
“Libraries Rock” is the theme for Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene and Lake City Public libraries with a series of weekly and special programs continuing through July.
Reading logs are available and children can track the time they spend reading, or being read to, and for each three hours receive a prize. Reading logs and prizes are also available at the Lake City branch – operating this summer from the school library at Skyway Elementary.
Also, each time children visit the Seagraves Children’s Library, they will have the opportunity to vote for their school. For each 50 votes a school receives, its library will receive a book for its collection.
Weekly Summer Reading programs continue through July 27 and include:
► Sunshine & Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon. A family program with stories, songs, and activities outside near the Mudgy & Millie statue. In case of rain, activities will move inside the library.
► My Little Pony Club:  Mondays, 1-2 p.m. Activities and stories for pony enthusiast ages 5-10.
► Book Babies Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Stories, songs, and activities for ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
► Music and Motion Toddler Time: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Fun, music, motion, and a story for ages 2-3.
► Paws to Read: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Have reading time with Mater the basset hound, a trained service dog. For ages 6-8.
► Reading Rocks!: Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Stories and a craft for the whole family.
► LCPL LEGO Club: Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at Lake City Public Library.
► Preschool Story: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. For ages 3-5.
► Code Club: Wednesdays, 2-4 p.m. Learn coding with games on For ages 7-11.
► LCPL Storytime with a Snack: Thursdays, 12 p.m., at Lake City Public Library.
► Rock ‘n’ Roll Readers: Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. A multicultural reading program for ages 5-7.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. Extended playtime with the library’s large LEGO collection. For ages 5-10.
► Sensory Storytime: Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For children ages 3-6 with developmental disabilities or sensory processing conditions. Provides a welcoming environment for children and caregivers to nurture reading and enhance literacy skills. Funded by the Library Foundation.
► Summer Film Festival: Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Take a break from the heat and enjoy family films at the library, July 13 “A Wrinkle in Time” (PG), July 20 “The LEGO Batman Movie (PG), and July 27 “Wonder” (PG).
► Reading Buddies: An independent reading session in the children’s library. Come to the library, pick out a Beanie Baby, find a comfortable spot and read for 15-20 minutes. Earn a raffle ticket for a prize each time you turn your reading buddy back in. For ages 5-8.
Summer Reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Fred Meyer, Coeur d’Alene Carousel, Subway, Chipotle, and Idaho State Parks.
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 The Branch Manager for Lake City is JD Smithson, and she can be reached at

Former Coeur d’Alene Resident to Sign Books, Share Her Story

Jeanne Hardt
Former Coeur d’Alene resident and entertainer Jeanne Hardt, will sign copies of her book, “He’s In My Dreams,” which is set in the Lake City, when she visits the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Thursday, July 19.
Hardt will sign her book 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of Second Story Books – the used book store in the lobby operated by the Friends of the Library – and will speak in the Community Room beginning at 6 p.m.
“In the course of my life, I’ve always had a passion for the creative arts, Hardt said. “I believed that one day I’d be a singer with songs on the radio, and that I’d be touring from state to state – or perhaps even country to country – performing songs I’d written. However, our lives don’t always follow the paths we assume they will.”
“I had a dream in November of 2010 in which I was instructed by a college professor to write a romance novel based in a time of civil unrest,” she said.  “The story took place in Mobile, Ala., after the end of the Civil War. When I woke, I remembered everything: the characters, the plot, etc.  So, after pestering my coworkers with the details of my dream, they encouraged me to write it down.”
In the following year she completed three novels of more than 190,000 words.
She credits workshops she attended through Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, Music City Romance Writers, with advancing her work.
“I’ve met many incredible authors who’ve inspired and encouraged me to keep writing. I can never thank them enough,” she said.
Her debut novel, “Marked,” was published in June 2014. It and her other books are available on Amazon.
Copies of the book will be available for signing with a portion of sales benefitting the Friends of the Library.

Free Libraries Rock! Concert Series Continues on the Parkside

The Libraries Rock! Concert Series continues at the library each Monday through Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m., in the mini-amphitheater on the McEuen Park side of the building. In case of bad weather, the concerts will move into the library or to the park pavilion.
The free concert series is being funded through a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
Families are invited to pack a picnic basket and enjoy concerts featuring local talent on these dates:
► July 2: Four Peace – ’60s classics and more.
► July 9: Coeurimba – African marimba music.
► July 16: Living Well – Mix of folk, pop, blues.
► July 23: Rusty Jackson – country, classic rock, original songs.
► July 30: Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots – Celtic, folk, original songs.
► Aug. 6: Spring Tonic – blue grass, old-time.
► Aug. 13: Bill Bozly – Many genres of American popular music.
► Aug. 20: Kathy Colton – Folk, pop, original songs.
► Aug. 27: Coeur d’Alene Chamber Music Society – Three groups: Cd’A Brass Quintet, Gluteous Saximous, and the North Idaho Tumpet Ensemble.

Library Closed for Fourth of July Holiday, Use the Website

The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence 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.

Spin a Few Yarns with the Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month – July 3 and 17 – at 2:30 p.m. in the Jameson Room.
All skill levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Materials and refreshments are provided.

Create and Caffeinate With Coloring Group for Adults

Coffee and Coloring for adults meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, July 10 and 24, at 10 a.m.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

Workshop will Share Tools to Help You Become Debt Free

“Become Deft Free” is the title of the next STCU workshop at the library on Wednesday, July 28, at noon in the Gozzer Room.
The workshop will help participants gauge where their finances are now and where they want them to be, discuss tools to make debt-free living possible, and examine the importance of celebrating milestones.
The workshop includes a light meal. To register visit or call 855-753-0317.

Video Now Available From Dr. Adler’s May 10 Lecture

Dr. David Adler makes a point at his May 10 lecture.
Video of the seventh annual Adler Lecture recorded May 10 at the library is now available for viewing on the City of Coeur d’Alene’s YouTube Channel.
Dr. David Adler, constitutional scholar and author and president of the Alturas Institute spoke on “Fake News and the Freedom of Press,” during the program sponsored locally by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the Coeur d’Alene Press, and CDA-TV, the city’s cable access channel.
The video was recorded using the channel’s cameras and has now been edited by CDA-TV Producer Jeff Crowe. The lecture can be viewed at and doing a search for “Adler Lecture.”
DVDs of the lecture have been produced and have been added to the library collection.
The Adler Lectures are made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.