Friday, September 28, 2018

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New Bike Racks are Wild(life)

New bike racks created by local artist 
Allen Dodge were recently installed in front
 of the library. Representing various
 animals, the racks were funded by the 
Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission.

Star Wars Reads Day Here Oct. 13

Star Wars Reads Day – a program to encourage early reading through the popular sci-fi franchise – will be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Pubic Library Saturday, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room.
The event will feature Star Wars games, crafts, activities, and snacks.
At 3 p.m. a free movie – “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) will be screened after the event.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 12 p.m., the Saturday with the Symphony concerts continue with musicians from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
The regular library Fall Reading Programs include:
► Family Storytime: Mondays, 4-5 p.m. Stories and a craft for the whole family.
► Book Babies Lapsit:  Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
► Toddler Time Music & Motion: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., fun, songs, movement, and a story for 2-3 year olds.
► Stay & Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., after Toddler Time and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. after Book Babies, 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.
► 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 and teens younger than 18 are no longer charged late fees. Patrons of all ages are still responsible for lost items.
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

Let Your Imagination Take Flight with Drones

It’s one of the world’s fastest growing technologies with a variety of practical uses and entertainment potential.
Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, 4-5:30 p.m., the library will offer Drone Club in the Community Room for ages 8 to 18. The first 10 participants at each session will get flight time with the library drone.
The club will meet for four Wednesdays in all continuing Oct. 24, and 31, and Nov. 14.

Decorate a Pumpkin Oct.6

A free pumpkin and the materials to decorate it will be available Saturday, Oct. 6, at the library.
Families are invited to come to the Community Room at 1 p.m. to select their pumpkin from those being provided by the City of Coeur d’Alene. The library will provide paint and other materials for decorating. Sorry, we won’t be doing any carving.
Participants can then take their decorated pumpkins home or have their pumpkins displayed at the library until Oct. 27 when they can be picked up.
Library patrons will vote on their favorites in child, teen, and adult categories and the winners will be announced on Halloween.

Pick a Side for ‘Human vs. Zombies’ Teen Night

It’s time to make a last stand with “Humans vs. Zombies” Teen Night Saturday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. on the upper level of the library.
This is an after-hours activity for teens ages 13-18 - an apocalyptic game of tag and role-play. Be part of the zombie hoard or save humanity from infection.
Bring your own nerf gun, or be provided with low-grade zombie protection.
For even more fun and gore join us for the free Teen Movie, Friday, Oct. 26, in the Community Room, for a screening of “A Quiet Place” (PG13).
In this horror movie a family’s survival depends on their absolute silence.
Weekly programs for October include:
► Teen Makerverse: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Room. There’s a universe of different making opportunities at the library –3 D printing, art, writing, jewelry-making, sewing, video game creation, and so much more. Basically, this is a creative hangout time. Come enjoy the social making atmosphere.
► Teen D&D: Thursdays, 4-6p.m. in the Gozzer Room. Be part of an epic campaign. Have grand fantasy adventures, using your imagination, strategic skills, and the power of teamwork. Beginners welcome.
► Library League of Legends:  Fridays 4-5:30 p.m.  in the Shirley Parker Story Room. Play the online game "League of Legends" with other teens. Bring your own laptop, or borrow one of ours. Snacks provided.
For more information contact Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

‘Lost Battalion’ Talk by Don Pischner

In honor of the 100th anniversary of WWI, area historian and former legislator Don Pischner will share the epic story of two local doughboys in a presentation at the library on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918. Roughly 197 were killed in action and about 150 missing or taken prisoner before 194 remaining men were rescued.
The battalion suffered many hardships. Food was short, and water was available only by crawling under fire to a nearby stream. Ammunition ran low. Communications were also a problem, and at times they would be bombarded by shells from their own artillery. Despite this, they held their ground and caused enough of a distraction for other Allied units to break through the German lines, which forced the Germans to retreat.
Pischner will relate the experiences of Ruben Hudlow and Irvin Pischner, the speaker’s dad, based in part on their correspondence.
This presentation is offered in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho.

Beginning Chinese Mahjong Classes Offered

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host a Beginner Chinese Mahjong Class starting Oct. 16, and reservations are being accepted.
Chinese beginner Mahjong is a social, four-player tile game of skill, strategy and an excellent mental workout. The tiles are based on Chinese characters and symbols, but you don't need to speak Chinese to play.
In this Beginner Class, new players are introduced to the tiles, the Chinese International Mahjong basic rules of play and those folks who would like to learn and have fun. Class size requires a minimum of four people to a maximum of 12.
Participants should plan to attend all four sessions offered on Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 16, 23 and 30, and Nov. 6 in the library’s Gozzer Room.   
For more information and reservations, contact Maureen Westfall at 208-292-4580.

Class Helps You Save Your Photos

Melode Hall
Remember when your family photos accumulated in boxes that you always intended to get organized? Chances are these days your photos are accumulating in your digital camera or your phone – different technologies, same results.
On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m., come to the Community Room at the library and learn to Save Your Photos. Melode Hall will discuss ways to create a back-up plan for your treasured photos and videos.
The free presentation will discuss how to be proactive and avoid heartbreaking losses, the importance of cloud storage, how to manage mobile phone photos, and steps to create a photo plan.
She will also discuss how to preserve outdated media such as videotapes, slides, film reels, and other items, scanning services for photos and albums, and how to protect your digital assets so they can be passed on to future generations.

Slovenian Culture Subject for Novel Destinations

Overlooking Bled in the Republic of Slovenia – formerly part 
of Yugoslavia and the subject of a Novel Destinations program on Oct. 19.
The history, culture and geography of Slovenia and how it commemorates World War II through sport and physical activity will be the subject of a Novel Destinations presentation at the library on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.
Sharing images and information will be Pullman, Wash., resident and Slovenian citizen Mateja Lončar, Ph.D. She is in the process of organizing a trip to her native Slovenia for the 63rd March Along the Barbed Wire and Run of Trios, a walk and racing event that commemorates the liberation of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, at the end of World War II.
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

Knitting, Coloring Groups Offer Time to Create, Converse

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month – Oct. 2 and 16  – at 2:30 p.m. in the Jameson Room.
All skill levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome. Materials and refreshments are provided.
Coffee and Coloring for adults meets the second and fourth Tuesday each month, Oct. 9 and 23, at 10 a.m.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

STCU Workshop Provides Tools to Help You Become Debt Free

STCU will offer a free workshop – Become Debt Free – Wednesday, Oct. 17, at noon in the library’s Gozzer Room.
The workshop is designed to provide information on determining where your finances are now and where you want them to be; get tools to make debt-free living possible; and learn the importance of celebrating milestones.
To register online visit or call 855-753-0317.

Pageturners Library Book Club Reading ‘Passages West’ Stories

The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Passages West: Nineteen Stories of Youth and Identity” edited by Hugh Nichols and will discuss it Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 10:15 a.m.
This is the third 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.
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 final book in the series, “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich, will be discussed Nov. 28.
The Pageturners Library Book Club is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.

Inland Northwest Free-mo-N Train Layout Here Nov. 2 & 3

The library will host the free Fall Open House for the Inland Northwest Free-mo-N model railroad group Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The group boasts the largest operating modular train layout in North Idaho and it will be set up in the Community
The Inland Northwest Free-mo-N group was begun in March 2015 and models in the n scale – 1:160 inches.

Food For Thought Book Club Looks at Our Comfort Foods

The Food For Thought Book Club is reading “The History of Spices, Salt, Sugar, Fat” by Michael Moss and will be discussed, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m., in the Gozzer Room.
In this Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative report Moss shows how we ended up here. Featuring examples from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Frito-Lay, Nestlé, Oreos, Capri Sun, and many more, Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, eye-opening research.
Held in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, discussions are open to anyone interested in the science, cultivation, and preparation of food.
The upcoming title and its discussion date is “Butter: A Rich History” by Elaine Khosrova, Dec. 5.
For more information visit

Storyteller Programs Will Be Part of American Indian Month

In honor of American Indian Heritage Month in November, the library will have two programs featuring Grandmother Tales from Sarai Mays, Indian Education Coordinator for Coeur d'Alene School District 271. Attendees will hear stories, make a dreamcatcher, and snack on maple popcorn.
The programs will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Both programs will be in the Shirley Parker Storyroom in the Children’s Library.
The library will also install a storywalk exhibit in McEuen Park featuring two Native American stories.
The Pageturners Library Book Club will be reading and discussing “Love Medicine,” by Louise Erdrich. The discussion will be Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10:15 a.m. Pageturner discussions are open to all adult readers. Copies of the book will be available at the Research and Information Desk.

Naturalist, Historian Jack Nisbet Will Discuss New Book Nov. 8

Author, naturalist, and  historian Jack Nisbet will discuss his book, “The Dreamer and the Doctor: The Northwest Odyssey of Carrie and John Leiberg,” Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
Spokane-based teacher and naturalist Nisbet is the author of several books that explore the human and natural history of the Intermountain West, including the story collection “Purple Flat Top and Singing Grass Burning Sage,” an illustrated exploration of the flora and fauna of the dry side of the Cascade Range. His essay book “Visible Bones” won awards from the Washington State Library Association and the Seattle Times.
Since 1994, Nisbet has worked extensively on Northwest fur agent and geographer David Thompson. He has also produced two books that detail Thompson’s travels and cartography west of the Continental Divide: “Sources of the River” and “The Mapmaker’s Eye.”
“The Dreamer and the Doctor” is about John and Carrie Leiberg, who lived in North Idaho in the 1880s and ’90s and passed through Coeur d’Alene many times.
This presentation is in partnership with The Well-Read Moose.

Milestones Series on Lake City Has Two Programs in November

The new series of Inland Northwest Milestones at the library, based on material researched for Robert Singletary’s upcoming book, “Coeur d’Alene: Beautiful and Progressive, 1887-1990,” will have two programs in November.
There are no programs in October.
The Wednesday, Nov. 7, presentation will be “The Timber Boom, then World War I” followed on Thursday, Nov. 29, by “The Dynamic ’20s.”
There will be no program in December.
Singletary, is a regional historian and Program and Marketing Director for the Museum of North Idaho, the library’s partner for this series. 

Movie From Bozeman Film Celebration Will Be Screened

A film from the Bozeman Film Celebration will be screened Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.
“Mankiller,” the winner of the Documentary Feature Award, has been a popular pick so far, as it has a regional relevance and is social justice-driven.
“Mankiller” is the story of Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.
Bozeman Film Celebration spotlights women filmmakers, writers, directors, actors and producers who understand that film is a powerful medium to convey their dreams and passions.