Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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Julie Meier Writers Competition Marks Its 30th Year

As the Julie Meier Writers Competition marks its 30th year, it begins its second year under a new name, a new set of rules, and the elimination of entry fees.
The library is again partnering with Idaho Public Television to encourage young writers to participate in the PBS Kids Writers Contest.
The PBS contest is for children in kindergarten through third grade. The rules for the library’s Writers Competition were changed last year to reflect the grade level of participants younger than 19 in order to better fit the PBS contest rules.
It’s recommended that families who are interested in participating in both contests first create an entry complying with the IPTV rules by going to, where they can register online. To submit the entry in the library contest they will then need to fill out the local registration form and create a title page for the Coeur d’Alene library competition.
Copies of the new rules and entry forms will be available at the library beginning Jan. 31 and will also be available online at the Writers Competition link at A newly updated guide to creating an entry can also be found at this site. Forms can also be requested by email to and can be requested by mail.
Entries need to be mailed or delivered to the library no later than Sunday, March 31.
The biggest change in the writers competition was the elimination of entry fees, which previously were $1 for entries in age groups 6-12, and $2 for entries in other age groups.
The age groups for the competition are Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Adult – ages 19 and older. Homeschooling families can determine the age group that best suits their children.
As last year, one entry per participant will be accepted for the competition. Entries can be fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words and participants need only submit one clean copy along with their registration form.
The rules have also been simplified in terms of how the entries can be formatted – how they appear on the page.
Despite the changes, participants are encouraged to read through the rules and make sure they are understood before they begin writing. It’s especially important that adults who are organizing classes or other groups of children to submit entries make sure they read and understand the entry requirements.

A Holiday Tradition

Santa, Mudgy, and Millie, led by “Mudgy & Millie” author Susan Nipp
and assisted by Coeur d’Alene sculptor Terry Lee, joined a capacity family crowd
Dec. 8 at the annual Holiday Sing-Along sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public
Library Foundation. Along with sharing some holiday music, the author
and sculptor signed copies of the “Mudgy & Millie” books while  Mudgy and
Santa posed for holiday photos with the children and families.
Copies of the books are available at Second Story Books at the Library
as well as at local stores. Royalties from the books and the sale of the
plush animals benefit the Library Foundation.

Library Hosting READY! for Kindergarten Workshop

The library will host the first of two workshops designed to help families prepare their children to begin kindergarten on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.
The free READY! for Kindergarten program is designed to build strong parent engagement and teach families new skills and helpful tips to nurture a child’s development; foster essential early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills; and provides learning targets, and take-home activities and tools equip parents and caregivers to help toddlers and young children develop strong brain connections for success in school.
The workshop, in the library Community Room, will include free materials, toys, and refreshments. Participants are asked to register by calling 208-667-8112 to ensure that sufficient materials are available.
A spring workshop at the library is scheduled for March 13.
New Author BINGO continues in the children’s library. 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.
Following the New Year’s holiday, weekly children’s programs at the library resume Jan. 7 and include:
► Bilingual Preschool Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Stories and other activities in Spanish and English for ages 3-5.
► Family Storytime: Mondays, 4 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/Minecraft 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.

Teens Win With Winter BINGO

Winter Reading BINGO for Teens continues at the library through Feb. 28.
Participants read and do library-related activities to fill out a BINGO card that gives them free books for a BINGO line and an entry into a grand-prize drawing for a Kindle Fire for a blackout. BINGO cards with more information are available at the Adult Checkout Desk.
The free Teen Movie on Friday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m., is “Venom” (PG-13), the origin story of one of Marvel’s most-dangerous anti-heroes. Pizza will be provided.
Teen Choice Tuesday voting is open. Teens can now vote on what weekly club the library will offer on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. starting in February 2019. Vote at the Teen Zone at Cd’A Library Facebook page or at the library.
Other January teen programs include:
► Scribbler Society Writing Club: Jan. 14 and 28, 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 D&D: Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., beginning Jan. 24, in the Gozzer and Jameson rooms. 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., resuming Jan. 18, in the Shirley Parker Story Room. Play the MOBA “League of Legends” with other teens. Use our laptops, or bring your own. Snacks provided.
► Volunteens Cocoa & Convo: Friday, Jan 18, 6-7 p.m. in the Story Room - Chat with the teen librarian about what you’d like to see the library offer for teens while you’re sipping on a hot cocoa. Not a teen volunteer yet? This is a great time to get an application.
For more information contact Angela Flock at 208-769-2315 Ext. 463 or by e-mail at

Novel Destinations Features the Southwest

The southwestern corner of the United States is an area of great natural beauty, though much different than what we are used to in the Inland Northwest.
On Friday, Jan. 18, ay 7p.m., George Sayler, will share stories and photos from a trip he and his wife, Katie, took through southern Utah and northern Arizona on a quest to visit four national parks, five national monuments and numerous archeological and cultural sights.
The couple traveled for two weeks, along with five friends, discovering the wonders of that part of the southwest.
The program will feature pictorial highlights of their trip, relevant travel information, commentary on the natural geologic features, cultural history of the ancient Puebloans, and more. Discover the amazing beauty of slot canyons, see what it is like to hike up a river, marvel at the bizarre beauty of Bryce Canyon National Park, and gaze in wonder at ancient petroglyphs and pictographs.
The program, sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, 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

Share Seeds, Info at Swap

The Seed Swap in 2016.
The annual Seed Swap will be Saturday, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m., in the library Community Room.
The program is offered in partnership with The Inland Northwest Food network and True To Seed: Coeur d’Alene Seed Lending Library
Participants are invited to bring their extra seeds, home-saved or purchased, to share with others and go home with lots of seeds for spring and summer planting.
Learn about seed saving from some of our region’s avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties that you won’t find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing conditions.
No seeds to swap? Come anyway and consider making a donation to help cover costs and help our seed program grow.
For more information contact Char Beach, or call 208-769-2315 Ext. 651.

Libraries Closed for MLK Jr. Day, New Year’s

The Coeur d’Alene and the Lake City public libraries will be closed due to two upcoming holidays.
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 libraries will also be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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.

Holiday Changes Schedule for Knitters, Colorers Stay the Same

Due to the New Year’s holiday, the Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club meets the third and fifth Tuesday of the month – Jan. 15 and 29  – 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 – Jan. 8 and 22at 10 a.m.
Drawing materials and refreshments are provided, or bring your own.

Improve, Share Your Writing Skills With New Library Group

A group for people who want to improve and share their writing continues at the library.
The Scribbler’s Society Writing Club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month – Jan. 14 and 28 – 3-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room.
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.
Participants are asked to bring their notebooks and/or laptops. Snacks, tea, and coffee will be provided.

STCU Works Offers Tips to Prevent Fraud, Identity Theft

“Prevent Fraud & Identity Theft” will be the next free workshop offered by STCU at the library on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at noon.
The presentation will include what attracts identity thieves and other criminals, how you can spot the warning signs of fraud, learning about trending scams, and key resources to keep your finances safe and protected.
The workshop includes a light meal.
Participants are asked to register by going to or by calling 855-753-0317.
The next STCU workshop will be “Protect Your Credit Score” and will be offered Feb. 20.

Pageturners Begin New Series With Ken Kesey Selection

The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Sometimes a Great Notion” by Ken Kesey. The group will discuss the book on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
This is the first of a series books on loan from the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its Let’s Talk About It program.
Kesey’s second novel follows the lives of a family in an Oregon timber town.
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.

History of Coeur d’Alene the Focus of Milestones Lectures

The Inland Northwest Milestones lecture series with Robert Singletary will resume on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.
A regional historian and the 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, 1878-1990.”
The subsequent lectures in the series will be:
► Feb. 28: Farragut’s influence on Coeur d’Alene.
► March 28: Coeur d’Alene After WWII and into the ’50s.
► April 25: Coeur d’Alene in the ’60s and ’70s.
► May 23: The Turbulent, but Progressive ’80s.

Food For Thought Book Club to Discuss Urban Farming Story

The Food For Thought Book Club is reading “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer” by Novella Carpenter. It will be discussed Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Gozzer Room.
When the author – captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency as the daughter of two back-to-the-earth hippies – moves to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovers a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door, she closes her eyes and pictures heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop.
What starts out as a few egg-laying chickens leads to turkeys, geese, and ducks. And not long after, along came two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals aren’t pets. Carpenter is raising these animals for dinner.
An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’s tips, and a great deal of heart, “Farm City” offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.
This book club is offered in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network. For more information visit