The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City Public Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
When the libraries are closed many resources are still available through the websites: cdalibrary.org and lcplibrary.org.
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.


The Julie Meier Writers Competition begins its 31th year at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Jan. 31.
Copies of the rules and entry forms will be available at the main library and the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road and are also available online at the Writers Competition link at www.cdalibrary.org/events. An updated guide to creating an entry can also be found at this site. Forms can also be requested by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and can be requested by postal mail.
Entries need to be returned to the library no later than Tuesday, March 31.
There is no longer an entry fee for the competition, but unlike previous years participants may only submit a single entry – either in the fiction or nonfiction categories – of up to 2,000 words. No entry is too short. Only one clean copy of an entry needs to be submitted.
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.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each age group and category, $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third.
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.
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 www.idahoptv.org/writerscontest, 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 competition.
The entries will be judged by authors, reporters, editors, and educators. All entries in the competition will be professionally bound in books that will be added to the library’s collection.
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 to submit entries make sure they read and understand the entry requirements.
For more information about the Writers Competition contact Communications Coordinator David Townsend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 208-769-2315.


Historic Coeur d’Alene Homes – Then & Now – will be the focus of the new Inland Northwest Milestone Lecture series by regional historian Robert Singletary at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The series, presented in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, will feature some of the historic homes built on East Sherman Avenue in the early 1900s, beginning Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., with the J.C. White House, recently moved from Sherman Avenue to the base of Tubbs Hill in the
City Hall/Library campus. The White House will serve as the future home of the museum.
Original owners of these homes were men prominent in such industries as lumbering, railroading, steam-boating, banking and real estate.
“They came to Coeur d’Alene when it was a village of about 500, struggling to make a name for itself after years of being a military town,” said Singletary, who serves as Marketing and Program Director for the museum and who was recently named to the Coeur d’Alene Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves on the Historic Preservation Commission for Kootenai County.
In 1900, there were only a few private homes scattered around the city. By 1915, more than 70 new additions had been platted and hundreds of homes, ranging from simple cottages to mansions, were constructed.  Some of the earliest and most impressive homes were built on East Sherman Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown.
The lectures on each home will include information about the life of its original owner and their contribution to the area.
The planned scheduled of lectures – the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 – will be:
► Jan. 23: J.C. White House
► Feb. 27: F.A. Blackwell House
► March 26: William Dollar House
► April 23: J.J. O’Brien House
► May 28: Russell Blackwell House 
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 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..