Friday, July 27, 2018

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Newspaper Archives Now Online

The back issues of newspapers are a valuable resource for those researching the history of a community, doing genealogical work, or who just enjoy images and stories from the past.
But handling bound volumes of newsprint can be cumbersome and the paper becomes more fragile with time. Each use threatens to damage the resource.
Past newspaper editions are available on microfilm but even that presents disadvantages. Newspapers that are not in a digital format can only be searched by date.
But a new service available through the Coeur d’Alene Public Library website – the Coeur d’Alene Digital Archives (CDA) – will make searching those back issues easier. CDA can be accessed at
The archives will eventually include all available issues of the Coeur d’Alene Press currently in the public domain – 1892 to 1964. The resource was created by scanning the library’s microfilm collection of the newspaper.
The project is being funded by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – through a grant from the Friends of the Library – the Community Library Network, and the Molstead Library at North Idaho College.
Library Director Bette Ammon noted that users should be aware that the quality of the images can be limited based on the condition of the newspaper pages used to create the microfilm and on the condition of the microfilm itself.
“In some cases with the older editions, pages are taped together or torn and some issues were missing,” she said. “But users are going to enjoy how much easier their searches will be using digital images.”
The view can be enlarged, rotated, copied, and printed from the computer with results that are superior to the microfilm viewer’s optical system and its printer link, she said.
Also the material can be word searched rather than searched by date alone, although search capabilities are limited to the condition of the print.
“For example,” Ammon said, “if you want to find each reference to your family name through the years, the digital archive can do that for you.”
The library still has its collection of bound Coeur d’Alene Press dating from 1945 to 2016. The microfilm, produced by the Idaho Historical Society from its archives in Boise, dates from 1892 to the present.
NewsBank, a database which can also be accessed through the library’s website – – offers text-only newspaper stories and legals dating from October 2003 for the Coeur d’Alene Press and from July 1994 for the Spokesman-Review.

Celebrate All Things Geek at Coeur d’Con

Cosplay competitors in 2017.
It’s the busiest day of the year at the library.
Coeur d’Con – our celebration of all things geek – is Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 10 a.m. Activities and vendors’ booths will fill every public space in the building and overflow into the park outside.
Entries in the Coeur d’Con Fan Art Contest will go on display in the library on Aug. 5. The art will be judged by the public during the two-weeks leading up to the main event.
Going on throughout the day on Aug. 18 will be the Cosplay Contest. Registration begins at 10 a.m. when the doors open and participants will be scheduled to have their photos taken. Registration ends at 11:30.
Cosplay voting by the public will begin at 1 p.m. based on photos posted along the ramp leading to the Community Room.
The top 10 participants in each category will then be judged beginning at 3 p.m. for the final winners.
Categories are Professional (self-proclaimed); Youth, ages newborn to 12; Teen, ages 13-18; and Adult, 18+.
Vendors will display their wares on both floors of the library. A portion of all sales benefit the Friends of the Library and future Coeur d’Cons.
Three special panels will be offered in the Community Room beginning at 10:30 a.m. with “Star Trek Generations: Behind the Scenes featuring Victoria Slater, who worked as the directors assistant for the series. “Saturday Morning Cartoons: My Life in Animation” begins at noon with Tom Cook, an animator and director for “Classic TV Cartoons.” Nerdwest is back this year with “Nerdwest Geek Trivia” beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Fan Meetups will be offered in the Gozzer Room, workshops will be in the Children’s Craft Room inside the children’s library, Activity Zones will be going on throughout the day at various locations, and a series of Gaming Tournaments will be offered at the left fireplace upstairs. For times, locations, and details consult your program.
For more information visit our Facebook page: @coeurdcon or visit our website: or email

Mudgy & Millie Will Mark Decade with New Book

Birthday Party, Book Release Sept. 8
Ten years after they began a hide-and-seek game in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Mudgy & Millie’s new adventure will be revealed Sept. 8 at the annual birthday celebration for the pair at the library.
The fun begins at 11 a.m. in the Community Room when author Susan Nipp will read the new book, “Mudgy & Millie Adventures: Australia” and share a new Mudgy & Millie song.
The new story is illustrated by Charles Reasoner, who created the art for the first book back in 2008. He will be at the upcoming party along with sculptor Terry Lee.
The book is the first of a planned series that will take the moose and mouse to different countries around the world in their hot-air balloon. Copies of the book – in both hard and soft covers – will be available for purchase and signing on Sept. 8.
Participants are, of course, invited to bring copies of the original “Mudgy & Millie” for signing as well.
As with all previous birthdays, the Mudgy and Millie characters will be there, too, and the Coeur d’Alene Resort bakers will provide birthday cake.
All royalties for “Mudgy & Millie Adventures: Australia” will benefit the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. The original book has sold more than 27,000 copies through six printings and has raised nearly $150,000.
Nipp said that the new book will also be used to encourage reading by children of all ages. Copies are being donated to schools in the Coeur d’Alene School District by Figpickels Toy Emporium – the publisher of “Mudgy & Millie” books – the Library Foundation, and Charlie and Susan Nipp. An online teacher/parent guide is being added to the Mudgy & Millie website:
Reasoner and Nipp will be visiting eight local schools the Monday and Tuesday after the celebration.

Student Members Wanted for Library, City Boards

‘Volunteens’ to Share Ideas, Enjoy a Float

Teen users of the library are invited to enjoy a root beer float and share their ideas for Young Adult Programs Friday, Aug. 10, 6-7 p.m.
Ongoing and upcoming activities include:
► Summer Reading Logs: Track your reading time and collect prizes. Aug. 31 will be the final day to turn in logs. Logs are 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.
► Library League of Legends: Fridays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. Snacks are provided. (There will be no League of Legends on Aug. 24.)
► Coeur d’Con: Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library’s celebration of all things geek – comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, movies, and video games. Includes a cosplay contest. (See Page 1 for details.)
► Teen Movie Night: Friday, Aug. 31, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Community Room. An after-hours activity for teens, enjoy a free screening of “Avengers: Infinity Wars” (PG-13) and complimentary refreshments.
For more information contact Young Adult Coordinator Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

Enjoy a Cool Concert Inside the Cool Library

The Libraries Rock! Concert Series will move inside the library on Monday, July 30, due to a forecast of temperatures over 100 degrees.
Arvid Lundin & Deep Roots – performing Celtic, folk, original songs – will play in the air-conditioned Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., 5-7 p.m.
The free Libraries Rock! Concert Series is funded through a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and continues at the library each Monday through Aug. 27, normally in the mini-amphitheater on the McEuen Park side of the building.
The remaining concerts in the series include:
► 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.

August Offers Special Programs for Families, Chance to Beat the Heat

Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library shifts into low gear for August, but will offer series of special programs that will provide fun and learning, but also a chance to get out of the heat.
STEM Rocks! - a family program with science activities is offered Wednesday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Community Room. Make slime and silly putty! Experiment with forces and motion! Build with LEGOs. Get creative with paint! Snacks and fun provided.
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., in the Community Room, Savina Darzes, an environmental educator will use stories and songs to share facts and folklore about reptiles, birds and mammals with Animal Tunes & Tales.
Puppet Shows will be the featured programs on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m., in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. This activity includes a craft.
And Alaska Zoo Distance Learning: Feline Mountaineers rounds out the month on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m., in the Community Room. Come discover these amazing cold-weather cats, with their incredible survival skills and deceivingly cuddly appearances. This is a 30-minute live interactive video conference directly from the Alaska Zoo.
Reading log results can be turned in through the end of August 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.
Lake City continues to offer its children’s programs through August, too.
► LCPL LEGO Club: Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at Lake City Public Library.
► LCPL Storytime with a Snack: Thursdays, 12 p.m., at Lake City Public Library.
Summer Reading programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Fred Meyer, Coeur d’Alene Carousel, Subway, Chipotle, Mrs. Honeypeeps, Del Taco, Pepe Caldo Pizzeria 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 208-763- 0814 or

Pageturners Begin New Book Club Series

The Pageturners Library Book Club resumes meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 10:15 a.m., with a discussion of “Jackalope Dreams” by Mary Clearman Blew.
This is the first of four books in the club’s current series. The books are on loan from the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its Let’s Talk About It program.
Played out against the mythology of the Old West, “Jackalope Dreams” is the story of newly orphaned, spinsterish Corey and is a sometimes comical, sometimes poignant tale of coming-of-age a little late. As she tries to recapture an old dream of becoming a painter, Corey finds herself figuring in other dramas as well, in other lives already as lost as her own.
Pageturners discussions are open to any adult reader. Copies of the books for each month are available to check out at the Research and Information Desk.
The other books in the series and their discussion dates are:
► “Long Road Home” by Martha Radditz, Sept. 26.
►  “Passages West: Nineteen Stories of Youth & Identity” by Hugh Nichols, Oct. 24.
 ► “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich, Nov. 28.
The Pageturners Library Book Club is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.

Library Will be Closed Two  Days for Labor Day Holiday

The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2 and 3, for the Labor Day holiday.
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.

All Skill Levels Welcome to Join Well-Knit Knitting Club

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month – Aug. 7 and 21 – at 2:30 p.m. in the Jameson Room.
All skill levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Materials and refreshments are provided.

Create With Colors, Share the Conversation with this Group

Coffee and Coloring for adults meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, Aug. 14 and 28, at 10 a.m.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

Cast Your Vote to Determine the Great American Novel

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. The winner will be announced Oct. 23.

Food For Thought Book Club Reading ‘The Dorito Effect'

The Food For Thought Book Club is reading “The Dorito Effect: The Surprising Truth about Food and Flavor” by Mark Schatzker and will discuss the book Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., in the Gozzer Room.
The book is a lively argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
Upcoming titles and their discussion dates include: “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World” by Dan Koeppel, Oct. 3; “The History of Spices, Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss, Nov. 7; and “Butter: A Rich History” by Elaine Khosrova, Dec. 5.
For more information visit