Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Annual Sing-Along With Mudgy & Santa Dec. 8

St. Nick, the moose and mouse available for photosJoin the fun Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m., at the library with a special family activity, the seventh annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library. Easiest access will be from the lower parking lot behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children’s author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” books and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the kids in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos – so be sure to bring your cameras and phones.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of the “Mudgy & Millie” books.
The original “Mudgy & Millie” was published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Earlier this year Nipp introduced a new series of “Mudgy & Millie Adventures” books that will take the pair around the world in the hot-air balloon they keep stowed away on Tubbs Hill. Their first adventure took them to Australia to learn about boomerangs and about Australian culture and wildlife. The latest book and the original were illustrated by Charles Reasoner.
Copies of the books will be available to purchase at the Dec. 8 event.
Information: Library Foundation, 208-769-2380

New Group at Library for Writers

A new group for people who want to improve and share their writing begins meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library in December.
The Scribbler’s Society Writing Club will meet beginning Dec. 3, 3-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room and will meet again Dec. 17.
The club welcomes writers of all ages to come together to crank out some words, edit drafts, and take part in critique sessions. It will offer the chance to set some post-NaNoWriMo writing goals and brainstorm with fellow writers.
Starting January 2019, the group will meet the second and fourth Monday of every month. Participants are asked to bring their notebooks and/or laptops. Snacks, tea, and coffee will be provided.
For more information contact Lindsay Moore, 208-769-2315 Ext. 469 or by email at

New Author BINGO Back for Young Readers

Young patrons at the library can win prizes while discovering new authors with New Author BINGO beginning Dec. 1.
Participants ages 8-12 can pick up a card at the checkout desk in the Seagraves Children’s Library. For each book they read by an author they have not read before, they can get their card stamped and collect a small gift bag or a ticket for the grand prize drawing.
Participants age 7 and under can also play, but don’t necessarily have to read a new author for each stamp.
The activity will continue through Feb. 28 and the grand prize winners will be selected March 4.
Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The free program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years.
Due to the Christmas and New Years holidays, there will be no children’s programs at the main library Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25.
The regular library programs for December  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.
► 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 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

Teens will Exchange White Elephant Gifts

Teen patrons – ages 12-18 – will have a White Elephant gift exchange Saturday, Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m., in the Community Room.
Participants are asked to bring a silly or serious wrapped gift worth about $5. The item can be new or used. Teens will be playing the classic White Elephant gift exchange game with them, where gifts can be swapped and stolen, as the rules allow. (Some gifts will be provided, in case the purchase of a gift is an obstacle to attendance.)
Time permitting, there will also be a sockball fight. Cocoa and popcorn will be provided. No one will go home empty-handed, but you might laugh at what you get.
On Friday, Dec. 28, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room there will be a free screening for teens of the holiday movie, “Elf” (PG), starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. Pizza will also be provided.
Other December teen programs include:
► Scribbler Society Writing Club: Monday, Dec. 3 and 17, 3-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room. This is an all ages activity for patrons who want to improve and share their writing skills.
► Teen Makerverse: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Nelson Room. This is a creative hangout time. Come enjoy the social making atmosphere. This is a great opportunity to make Christmas gifts for your family and friends.
► Teen D&D: Thursdays, 4-6 p.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.
► Winter Reading BINGO for Teens: Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, read and do library-related activities to fill out a BINGO card that gives you free books for a BINGO line and an entry into a grand-prize drawing for a Kindle Fire for a blackout. Visit the Adult Checkout Desk for the BINGO card that gives more information.
► Volunteens: Applications are always available for teens who’d like to volunteer at the library.
For more information contact Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

Libraries Closed for Christmas, New Year’s

The Coeur d’Alene and the Lake City public libraries will be closed due to two upcoming holidays.
The libraries will be closed be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas. The main library will close early, at 5 p.m., for New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31, and Lake City will be closed. Both libraries will be closed for New Year’s Day on Jan. 1.
The Friends of the Library are combining the November and December business in a single meeting on Dec. 4, at 10:30 in the Gozzer Room. The Friends normally meet the fourth Tuesday of the month. Their meetings are open to anyone interested in supporting the library.
When the libraries are closed many library resources are still available through the websites: and
Patrons can access their library records using their library card numbers to check due dates, renew checkouts, and request holds from the Cooperative Information Network catalog.
Through the EXPLORE link the websites also provide access to numerous online resources such as reference materials, career planning, practice tests, automotive repair manuals, genealogy resources, travel guides, language learning and English as a second language services, and more.
Patrons can also download e-books through the OverDrive system. The Freegal Music Service allows cardholders to download and keep up to five songs a week and to stream music on Internet-linked devices.

Great Bear Adventure to be Revisited Dec. 14

Mary Sanderson will share her new kayaking trip in the Great Bear rainforest in British Columbia as a Novel Destinations program Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., at the library.
She will share stories and photos from her trip along the Canadian coast organized by Mothership Adventures.
The vast, sodden land encompasses 1,000-year-old cedars, waterfalls spouting off the sides of moss-covered mountains, granite-dark waters, and glacier-cut fjords.
This remote expanse is home to many First Nations communities as well as abundant wildlife: coastal gray wolves, grizzly bears, Sitka deer, cougars, mountain goats, orca, salmon, sea lions, sea otters, humpback whales, and its most celebrated resident, the rare, cream-colored Kermode bear, or sprit bear, considered sacred by the T'simshian people.
The program is 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

Enjoy Creativity, Conversation With These Adult Programs

The Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month – Dec. 4 and 18 – 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 at 10 a.m. Due to the Christmas holiday, the group will only meet Dec. 11 this month.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

Book Club Reading About Ways to Fix the US Food System

The Food For Thought Book Club is reading “Fixing the Food System: Changing How We Produce and Consume Food” by Steve Clapp. It will be discussed Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Gozzer Room.
America's broken food system has provoked an outcry from consumer advocates seeking to align food policies with public health objectives. This book examines both sides of the conflict for solutions and traces the development of a national food policy proposed by food movement leaders.
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Pageturners Library Book Club Doesn’t Meet in December

The Pageturners Library Book Club does not meet in December, but will resume meeting Jan. 23, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. The group normally meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The books for the next series 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.

Singletary Lecture Series on Cd’A Resumes Next Month

Inland Northwest Milestones lecture series with Robert Singletary will not be presented in December, but will resume on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.
A regional historian and Program and Marketing Director for the Museum of North Idaho, Singletary will discuss “The ’30s in Coeur d’Alene” with information compiled by the speaker for his upcoming book, “Coeur d’Alene: Beautiful and Progressive, 1887-1990.”

Mudgymobile On Parade

Mudgy and Millie greeted enthusiastic fans while riding in the Mudgymobile as part 
of  Coeur d’Alene’s annual holiday kickoff parade Friday, Nov. 23.
 The moose and mouse will be at the library Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m.
 for the annual Mudgy & Santa Holiday Sing-Along.
 “Mudgy & Millie” author Susan Nipp will be joined by friends to lead the singing.
 Bring your camera and phones for photos with Mudgy and Millie and Santa.