Coeur d’Con – your local opportunity to get your geek on – is gearing up with activities at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library leading to the main event on Saturday, Aug. 13.
This is the second year for the library’s celebrations of comics, graphic novels, movies, and video games.
Friday, July 29, is the deadline for the Coeur d’Con Fan Art Contest. Entry forms can be picked up at any of the public desks at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, and at Lake City Public Library, 6101 N. Ramsey Road. The forms are also downloadable from
Artists are invited to submit original work or to select a graphic novel, movie, or video game to depict. Entries will be displayed at the library leading up to and during Coeur d’Con and will be judged by the public.
A workshop for teens to create their own comics is offered Saturday, July 30, noon to 4 p.m. The session will be taught by Lucas Hutson, a teacher at the Tech Lab at Skyway Elementary. Materials and refreshments are provided for this free workshop. Registration is required by calling 208-769-2315 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Friday, Aug. 5, is the deadline for cosplay contest submissions. Participants who do not have their own photo to submit can come to the library on Aug. 6 and 7, 12-3 p.m., to have their photos taken in the Gozzer Room downstairs.
Online voting will take place at Aug. 8-12. In-house voting on Aug. 13 will close at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3:15 p.m.
Coeur d’Con itself begins at 10 a.m. at the library and will include activities throughout the day including papercrafts, comic book workshop, board game lounge, video game lounge, League of Legends Lounge, the SPLAT table, photo booth, and the Legends of Zelda Slingshot Challenge.
Panels for the day will include:
► 10:30 - Speed Runs: Finishing Video Games Quickly.
► 11:30 - Podcasting 101.
► 12:30 - Creating Fantasy Worlds.
► 1:30 - Women and the Future of Comics.
► 2:30 - Performing Cosplay.
Fan Meetups will include:
► 10:30 - Creating a Geek Group.
► 11:30 - Adventure Time.
► 12:30 - Avengers Q&A.
► 1:30 - Funny Superheroes.
► 2:30 - Reboot Revolt: Remakes in Hollywood.
The Geek Storytime schedule includes:
► 10:30 - High-Tech.
► 11:30 - Low-Tech.
► 1:30 - Superheroes.
► 2:30 - Star Wars.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.



Regional historian Robert Singletary will give a presentation at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front, on Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm about three local historical characters: Coeur d’Alene Chief, of a lecture series sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho and the Library. It is free to the public.
Andrew Seltice was born near present day Post Falls just a few years after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. He served as Chief of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe from 1865 to his death on April 29, 1902 serving as Chief through some very difficult times for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. He was always known as a man of peace and for his diplomacy and speaking ability. He was presented a medal by President Grover Cleveland in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1887.
Theresa Graham was one of the most prominent and influential women in northern Idaho during the first half of the 20th century. After the death of her husband, James Graham, in 1906, she became very involved in business and politics. She was the first woman to attend a major political convention as an official delegate. She was a personal friend of President Woodrow Wilson. Mrs. Graham hosted many famous dignitaries at her home on East Lakeshore Drive.
One of the most active and influential architects in northern Idaho was George T. Williams. For over twenty years he designed many of Coeur d’Alene’s finest buildings including the Masonic Temple, First Methodist Church, City Hall, Coeur d’Alene High School and the Roosevelt Elementary School. He also designed buildings in Sandpoint, St. Maries and Spirit Lake. Many of his building have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Information: Robert Singletary, Museum of North Idaho, 208-755-1308 or Museum of North Idaho Director Dorothy Dahlgren 208-664-3448 

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.

Children and families have another reason to read this summer.
A new online resource on the website for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library provides more than 600 free children’s e-books from any device with Internet access.
The fiction and nonfiction books from the Fable Learning site can be accessed by visiting and clicking the EXPLORE link. On non-library computers patrons need to log in with their library card number.
Fable Learning allows users to search for a title by name, author, or subject and to select titles based on grade level or Accelerated Reading searches.
Or users can simply browse all titles and covers  to see what captures their imaginations. The interactive books allows children to read the books as they would normally or to have the books read to them as words are highlighted on the page.
Remember, e-books still qualify as time for Reading Logs for Summer Reading at the library, even if the title is read to the child. Reading logs are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level and at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road.
Fable Learning is one of several services for younger readers available online through the library’s EXPLORE link.
Others include:
► Tumble Books: Books younger readers can listen to.
► Novel List K-8 Plus: Books recommendations based on the readers’ interests.
► World Book Kids: Reference materials.
► Book Adventure:  A Sylvan Learning-maintained site with a free reading motivation program for ages K-8.
► Storyline Online: Streaming video from the Screen Actors Guild featuring actors reading children’s books.
► OverDrive: The library’s main e-book source also offers children’s titles that can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and e-readers for up to two weeks. Most books can also be read online where Internet access is available.
For user names and passwords associated with online resources call 208-769-2315 or visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Some services are provided courtesy of the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.