30.07.2020

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Board of Trustees approved hiring a new library director at its meeting Wednesday.
Michael Priest, currently the director of the Prairie River Library District, will assume his duties Oct. 1. He replaces Bette Ammon who retires Friday, July 31, after serving as director for 15 years.
Melissa Searle, references/technical services librarian, and Tyler McLane, circulation manager, will serve as interim co-directors until Priest takes up his new position.

24.07.2020

Following the directive from the Board of the Panhandle Health District approved Thursday, it will be necessary for patrons to wear protective facemasks when entering the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“We have been concerned in recent weeks that as the number of COVID-19 cases have increased, that we have not seen a corresponding increase in the use of facemasks by patrons,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “Until this point, the library staff has not had the authority to require masks and we are grateful that the issue has been decided by health specialists.”
The library will provide masks for patrons who do not have them and will provide accommodations for people who, for some reason, cannot wear a mask, Ammon said.
The library will provide door-front or curbside services for patrons who cannot enter the building. Books and other materials can be placed on hold by cardholders by visiting the library website at cdalibrary.org and logging in to their accounts. Holds can also be placed by calling the library at 208-769-2315 during open hours – Monday through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5. Holds will be brought out to the door on request. Patrons who are unable to leave their vehicles can collect materials curbside.
As always, other libraries in the Cooperative Information Network can be designated as pickup sites.
Pending a pattern showing a decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, the children’s library, the teen areas, the Make-It Lab, Nelson Room, seating areas, and study rooms will remain closed. Reservations for meeting rooms continue to be suspended.
Summer Reading activities for children and teens will continue, but programming for those age groups will be online.
Summer Reading participants can visit the library during open hours and pick up a paper reading log. They can also track their reading through an online site: summer.cinlibraries.org. Take-and-Make craft kits are available in the main library for families to take home. Children’s story times can be viewed on the library’s children’s Facebook page - www.facebook.com/cdachildrenslibrary.
Teens are invited to hop on the Teen Discord Server, where teen events are happening Monday through Friday online. For an invitation, go to https://tinyurl.com/cdateendiscord. Teen activities begin online each day at 2 p.m.

01.07.2020

Beginning July 5, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will resume Sunday hours – noon to 5 p.m. – for the first time since it was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, for the Independence Day holiday.
Beginning Monday, July 13, the library hopes to reopen its children’s and teen areas for patrons wishing to browse for books in those collections. Seating will be reduced to encourage distancing.
 “We understand that the library is an inviting place for socializing, but as long as the number of COVID cases continues to rise in our area we must continue to ask our patrons to be cautious,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We are happy to be able to expand the space that the public can use to browse for books and to use computers, but we still can’t be a place for gathering in large groups, close together.”
She said that the library will again take reservations for the use of the Community Room, provided groups use distancing during their activities. The library encourages patrons to wear face masks and will provide masks to people who do not have their own, she said.
Summer Reading activities for children and teens have begun, but programming for those age groups will continue solely online.
Participants can visit the library during open hours and pick up a paper reading log. They can also track their reading through an online site: summer.cinlibraries.org.
Families visiting the library can pick up a Take-and-Make kit with everything they need to make a craft at home. Children’s Librarian Mandi Harris is providing programs Monday through Friday at www.facebook.com/cdachildrenslibrary.
The teens also have take-home activity packets, called the ActiviTEENs Challenge Guide, which includes fun activities that can be done from home and has secret codes that can be used with the Summer Reading online program for prizes. They can pick up a paper packet at the library.
Teens are invited to hop on the Teen Discord Server, where teen events are happening Monday through Friday online. For an invitation, go to https://tinyurl.com/cdateendiscord. Teen activities begin online each day at 2 p.m.
For information about Summer Reading call the library at 208-769-2315, Ext. 439 for Miss Mandi, or Ext. 463 for Teen Librarian Angela Flock. Information is also available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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