Features from the Past

Free Music Download Service Renewed

The service that provides patrons with free downloadable and streaming music has been renewed by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library and the other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network.
Freegal is a free music service that allows patrons to download up to five songs per week using their library cards and to stream music from its collection of more than 9.5 million songs.
The collection offers more than 200 different genres from 80 different countries. More than 1 million songs were added in the last year alone. New music is available the same day it shows up in stores or on i-Tunes.
To use Freegal, patrons can go to the website for their home library. No special software is needed, but free Freegal apps are available for Apple and Android devices. The service is only available to library cardholders.

Winners of the 2016 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library include: Front row, left to right, Maricela Nelson, Kaelah Hoit, Elizabeth Fields, Alyssa Harrison, Maren Larson, Ava Dafs, Emily Dodd, and Payson Irwin. Middle row, Abigail Tabladillo, Ryland Hoit, Noah Tabladillo, Isaac Harrison, Logan Graham, Isaiah Harrison, Samuel Cuentas, and Toby Tabladillo. Back row, Jordan Lo, Justin Gates Jackson Graham, Garrett Weller, Victoria Collins, Angela Gates, Glenn Graham, and Rebecca Crouse. Not pictured: Elizabeth Ryssel, Brenda Bergelin, Marge Huntington, Grace Clark, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Grant Lupien.

Winners Named for 2016 Writers Competition

Winners in the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition Saturday, May 14, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Cash prizes for the competition are made possible through grants provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by the Friends of the Library.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors, published authors, and educators.
The Writers Competition was created by former Library Director Julie Meier in 1988 to encourage excellence in writing and reveal authors in our community.
Winners receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In the case of ties duplicate full prizes are awarded. In addition, all entries in the competition are included in professionally bound books added to the library’s reference collection.
Winners for 2016 and their entries included:
► Nonfiction 6-8: First, Maricela Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “Abraham Lincoln” – Second, Kaelah Hoit, Hayden, “Echo’s Crazy Life.” (Only two entries in this category and age group.)
Nonfiction 9-11:  First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “My Favorite Hobbies” - Second, Ava Drafs, Coeur d’Alene, “The Saddest Day” - Third, Emily Dodd, Coeur d’Alene, “Titan and Jewell.”
► Nonfiction 12-14: First, Abigail Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Leaving a Legacy” - Second, Ryland Hoit, Hayden, “All About That Bass” - Third, Noah Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Mother of us All.”
Nonfiction 15-18: First, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “The Day I See You” - Second, Elizabeth Ryssel, Hayden, “It Was Love” - Third, Toby Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Voting: Our Civic Duty.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus:  First, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley,  “You can Lead a Chicken to Freedom …” - Second, Brenda Bergelin, Coeur d’Alene, “Ghost Cat” - Third, Victoria Collins, Coeur d’Alene, “She Has No Idea.”
Fiction 6-8: First, Elizibeth Fields, Hayden, “Lucy The Brown Horse” - Second, Alyssa Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Princess and the Bear” - Third, Maren Larson, Coeur d’Alene, “A Timb Gets Back Home.”
Fiction 9-11: First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “Lord of the Penguins” - Second, Grace Clark, Coeur d’Alene, Lost and Found” - Third, Payson Irwin, Coeur d’Alene, “The Quilt of Many Dreams.”
Fiction 12-14: First, Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Completely, Absolutely, Most, Definitely True Story of Stone Hedge” - Second, Logan Graham, Hayden, “Treasure of Ohadi” - Third, Isaiah Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “Shadow of the Mountain.”
Fiction 15-18: First, Jordan Lo, Hayden, “A Martian Connection” - Second (tie), Justin Gates, Hayden, “War Hunt” - Second (tie), Jackson Graham, Hayden, “Blinded by Conviction” - Third (tie), Elizabeth Hamilton, Hayden, “Metaline Falls” - Third (tie), Garrett Weller, Coeur d’Alene, “Opportunity.”
Fiction 19-Plus: First, Angela Gates, Hayden, “Writers Block” - Second, Glenn Graham, Harrison, “The Cost of Inspiration” - Third, Rebecca Crouse, Post Falls, “Higgenpop’s.”

Remote, Wireless Printing Service Offered

Need to print an airline boarding pass but your printer at home is out of toner? Are you at the library and have a document on your smart phone, laptop, or tablet that you would like to print?
No problem.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library has recently added a new capability – wireless and remote printing services.
“This is something patrons and visitors have been asking for since we opened the new building,” commented Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator for the library. “We are very pleased to finally provide that service.”
The new capability has been funded by The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
The service works in three ways:
From an Internet-equipped device in the library or any remote location access the library website – cdalibrary.org – and click the SERVICES link and the link for Printing or go directly to http://www.printeron.net/cdpl/frontave. The user will then be asked to provide an e-mail address and to select the document to be printed.
Documents can be e-mailed from any location to cdpl-frontave-bw@printspots.com for black and white or to cdpl-frontave-color @printspots.com for color printing by adding the documents as attachments.
From iOS or Android devices upload the PrinterOn app. Once installed, tap the QR button to scan the QR codes on the special bookmarks at the library to add its printers to your device then print as you normally would.
Printing can be picked up at the library during open hours the day it is sent. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page and color copies are 20 cents a page. The print-release station is located at the Research and Information Desk. Print jobs that are not picked up are automatically deleted from the system. Printing is limited to letter-size pages printed on one side and $10 of printing per project.

The Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club met May 15 at the Meadowbrook Hall on Cougar Gulch Road to recreate in spirit a photo taken of the club in 1914. Pictured are, back row, left to right, Karen Ebert, Amy Lyons, Janet Anderson, Jean Ortiz, Wilma Vail, Lorna Wasson, Judy Edwards, Paula Dasher, and Helen Darst. Middle row, Connie Carns, Judy Roehr, Karen Olson, Judy Carlson, Bev Hyde, and Janet Crane. Front Row, Jo Russell, Deb Townsend, Marian Van Stone, Mary Ann Scoggins, Mary Ann Mathews, Peggy Appleman, and Eula Hickam.

Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club, circa 1914. 

Library’s Founding Group Recreates Historic Photo

The Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club, the founders of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library met May 15 for their final spring luncheon at the Meadowbrook Hall on Cougar Gulch Road and took a few minutes to recreate – at least in spirit – a historic photo of the club taken in May of 1914.
The club was established on Oct. 14, 1904, with Mrs. James Spalding as its first president. The club’s purpose was to sponsor a public library for the city of Coeur d’Alene. The membership of 48 women got the ball rolling.
A reception was given by the Woman’s Club at Blackwell Park Feb. 8, 1905, (now City Park) to collect books as the nucleus for the library. The event garnered 235 books, five magazine subscriptions and numerous back issues. History tells us a wheelbarrow was used to haul the donations away.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library opened its doors April 10, 1905, in the store of E.B. Keller and Co. two doors east of the intersection of Fourth Street and Sherman Avenue. Owners E.B. Keller and Charles Dittmore donated three shelves. Miss Anna Elderkin was in charge of the library – open 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The photo that is now part of the commemorative plaque at the current library was actually taken in 1914 and depicts several members at a picnic table with a fine array of stylish hats.

Being Green is Easy When You Use the Library


Since the 1960s the world’s awareness about environmental issues has expanded as we learn more about how the planet works and the impact our choices have on the Earth’s health.
But minimizing waste and recycling for the good of the community are old hat for libraries.
Our favorite institution isn’t always at the top of the public funding list so the managers and staff of libraries have always had to learn how to do more with less. Looking around my office I see several items used for youth programs that began life as cardboard from shipping materials and office paper waste. Each summer our youth supervisor puts out a call for paper towel and toilet paper tubes to use for craft projects.
Frugality is second nature to us. We don’t just pinch pennies at the library. We squeeze them until they cry.
But beyond that, the library model is based on reuse. When most people buy books – and we encourage you to do so – one, two, and maybe a few more people in your immediate family may read it, and perhaps pass it on to friend, but eventually it ends up on shelf or in a box somewhere.
A book at the library has a much more active life. Some may be read by hundreds of folks. We have a literary pool that people can just keep coming back to. It’s the same story with things like magazines and DVDs. Because people can share these items, the number of things that need to be produced from resources such as paper and plastic is reduced.
We even provide a place where people can donate the books and other items they are no longer using. Anything that can’t be added to the library collection is passed on to the Friends of the Library for the Second Story Books bookstore where they can be used to raise money for programs and other needs.
Even our discarded books rarely go directly to the landfill. Through the Friends we feed donations to charitable second-hand stores where they are given one more opportunity for a useful life.
Increasingly we also are expanding our collection of books that are produced and shared without using hardly any resources at all. As e-readers and other tablets are becoming more popular we see a growing demand for e-books and e-audiobooks available through the OverDrive system. Not to mention you can also stream and download Freegal music selections without ever touching a CD.
As much as we like you to visit our nice facility we understand it isn’t always convenient to come in to do business with us. That’s why our website has been designed to provide services to you from your home computer, tablet, or smart phone.
Go to cdalibrary.org and you can manage your library card account, search our catalog along with 26 other libraries, place holds, arrange for books to be delivered to the library closest to you, and check out the aforementioned e-books and music.
And let’s talk online resources. You can learn a language, research a vacation, study for your GED or professional license, read an automotive manual, use up-to-date reference materials, learn about literature and history, find illustrated stories for children, and tap into your family history – all while sitting in your bathrobe and slippers in your own home. No need to turn the ignition on your car. And all those resources are available to you at any time of the day or night.
Finally, modern libraries help you to reduce your environmental footprint by encouraging the use of e-mails – no paper, no envelopes, no stamps, no fuel used to run messages back and forth. We also do a lot of business over the phone.
Libraries are, in short, environmental superstars.
We come by it naturally.

Operation Paperback Delivers Books to Armed Forces

Cheryl Christiansen is the chief cataloging technician here at the library and one of the people who plays a key part in getting the books to our patrons in a timely manner – cataloging new books and other items and overseeing the process that takes these items from the mailroom to the library shelves. She is very good at her job.
Cheryl Christiansen

Over the past few years she has been involved in getting books to another group of readers – some as far away as Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
Cheryl has been active in Operation Paperback --  www.operationpaperback.org -- a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania, whose volunteers nationwide collect gently used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, they have shipped more than 1.9 million books to locations around the globe.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library – like many libraries – receives nearly daily donations of used books, some in like-new condition. Some can be added to the library’s collection, and others are passed along to the Friends of the Library to be resold at Second Story Books, the shop in the library lobby. But Cheryl has put some of these books aside and when she has filled a box she has shipped it off to benefit the men and women serving in the armed forces around the world.
Cheryl said she came across the organization online while looking for projects to support the people in the arm forces. 
“When I looked at the Operation Paperback website I thought it would be a good fit with working in the library and the wonderful donations we receive,” she said.  
With approval from Library Director Bette Ammon she began sending boxes in December of 2010.  She has since shipped 32 boxes to 21 different military posts, five to VA hospitals, and six to military families for a total of about 950 books.

The Library is also a Gathering Place, Showplace for Art

A glance in the front doors tells you the primary purpose of the library. Books – some new, some more experienced – line the shelves upstairs and down. To a lesser extent we offer audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, and video games.
Over the past couple of decades libraries have also become known as an electronic resource for people who need access to computers, online resources, digital books, and WiFi sites.
But in Coeur d’Alene we are fortunate to have a library that can also be a gathering place and a showplace for arts and culture.
On the lower level the library offers three rooms that people can reserve for meetings and programs. Detailed information on using meeting rooms is available at the Research and Information Desk. We try to keep the rules to a minimum, but the basics are these:
Gatherings need to be free and open to the public. Admission can’t be charged and anyone can attend your meeting if they want. Sorry, no private parties, weddings, or anniversary gatherings.
Library meeting rooms aren’t used for profit-making or fund-raising not related to the library. Even authors or crafters selling something give a percentage to the library through the Friends of the Library.
Rooms can be reserved up to three months in advance and no organization can make the library its permanent meeting site at any set day and time. Meetings are scheduled during open hours at the library.
Rooms are free. The Community Room has a $20 janitorial fee if you are serving refreshments.
The Community Room is probably best known to most people. It has seating for up to 200 people and 30 or so tables are available in different sizes and shapes. It is used for a variety of library programs, for City Council meetings, and the larger city commissions. It has a small serving kitchen.
The Community Room also has the library’s Heritage Wall and the Louise Shadduck Legacy Wall recognizing the history and families of our community as well as major donors to the library. Coeur Mines Corp. contributed for naming rights to this space.
We also have two smaller meeting rooms. The Gozzer Room seats up to about 20 people and has four small tables that can be set up in different configurations. The Jameson Room can accommodate 10-15 people and has one large conference table.
We reserve the exhibit space in a similar way to the rooms. The Parkside Gallery – surrounding the main stairwell and along the ramp on the lower level – can be reserved by artists, art groups, photographers, schools, and organizations up to three months in advance. All or portions of the gallery walls can be reserved.
Locking glass display cases visible from the ramp and the Seagraves Children’s Library can also be reserved for 3D items. More recently the library added lighted cases in the lobby upstairs next to the “Moose Ends” statue and these are available for public use, too.
For more information on using these library resources, call 208-769-2315 or visit the library.

From left, Susan Thorpe, Library Youth Supervisor, Georgina K. Dingman, Head Start Kootenai Center Supervisor, and Barbara Brambila-Smith, Library Outreach Coordinator.

Library Wins Zigler Award for Outreach
Program Boosts Early Literacy with Books for Head Start Children

An outreach project by the library to encourage early literacy has received the 2014 National Head Start Association Edward Zigler Innovation Award.

The award recognizes work by Youth Services Supervisor Susan Thorpe and Outreach Coordinator Barbara Brambila-Smith to get books into the hands of children attending the North Idaho College Head Start. Books were given to 170 children through the First Books program. Books were provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Susan and Barbara conducted monthly reading programs, similar to those offered at the library, at Head Start for nine months and distributed books and a Bookworms newsletter to the children.
The library also hosts an annual meeting specifically for Head Start families and conducts a tour of the library with the goal of explaining the benefits of early childhood literacy.
“We know that the books received by these children create home libraries and early literacy skills,” said Library Director Bette Ammon.” We know that owning and reading books increases the desire to learn and helps children develop reading skills that will help them throughout their school years.”
As the recipient of the Edward Zigler Innovation Award, the library staff receives a free registration for the 2014 NHSA Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., April 28 – May 2, 2014, and two tickets to the Scholarships & Awards celebration to be held at the conference.