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Pageturners Group Reading ‘Balsamroot’
The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Balsamroot” a memoir by Mary Clearman Blew.
The discussion will be led by Nancy Casey on Aug. 26, at 10:15 a.m.
Pageturners discussions – held the fourth Wednesday of each month except December – are free and open to any adult reader. Books and discussion materials will be available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Copies of the August book are provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its Let’s Talk About It program The book club is supported by the Friends of the Library.
Upcoming books and discussions include:
► Sept. 23: “Carry Me Home” by Diane McWhorter, George Sayler discussion leader.
► Oct. 28: “Blackberry Wine” by JoAnne Harris, Dr. Virginia Johnson discussion leader. Harris is the speaker for this year's Idaho Humanities lecture in Coeur d'Alene.
► Nov. 25: “The Enders Hotel” by Brandon Schrand, Kathleen Sayler discussion leader.

Food For Thought Book Club Resumes
The Food for Thought Book Club resumes meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The book to be discussed at the September session will be “Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids.” by Anne K. Fishel.
The Family Dinner Projects co-founder and team member, Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
She has lectured and written about the benefits of family meals, including her popular “Food for Thought” column at
Upcoming discussions and titles for the group include:
► Oct. 7: “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms can Help Save the World,” by Paul Stamets.
► Nov. 4: “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us,” by Daphine Miller.
► Dec. 2: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver.
The Book Club, in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is open to anyone interested in food and all things food related.
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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.

Kris Runberg Smith, author of the new book, “Wild Place: A History of Priest Lake, Idaho,” will present a program on the book including photos of the historic community at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.
Published by Washington State University Press, the book offers the first comprehensive, accurate chronicle of Priest Lake, according to the publisher.
Smith’s family has had ties to the area since her great-great grandfather, a timber cruiser, arrived in 1897. Yet despite being a location one local newspaper branded “a cult with many vacationists,” no one had ever properly recorded its history—at least according to one family member.
“As a kid I listened to my grandmother complain about each self-published memoir, claiming they didn’t get the stories right,” Smith explained. Now a professor of history at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, she set out to change that.
Smith and Tom Weitz, a longtime resident and president of the Priest Lake Museum, spent a couple of summers there cataloging collections. Their work allowed them to utilize newly discovered historical sources and images as they pieced together the tale of an idyllic place long wrapped in myths.
Paying particular attention to significant, yet lesser-known accounts, the authors trace human survival there through multiple generations. They examine the enduring tension created by the mix of public and private lands bordering its shores. They also explore a variety of influences that impacted the region, including failed attempts at mining, the logging industry, the Forest Service, tourism, summer cabins, and fires.
The book describes one example through the words of Betty James. Threatened by fire in 1926, vacationing families buried valuables in the sand and fled to an island on the lake.
“Some 70 years later I can still recapture the terror I felt,” she recalled.
The season’s fires were devastating, and in the aftermath, the Forest Service decided to replace much of the burned acreage with more marketable timber, permanently altering the makeup of Priest Lake forests.
Smith and Weitz answer other questions, too, including how and why Priest Lake escaped grand turn-of-the-century development to remain relatively wild, how Idaho came to own its eastern half, and why its surrounding land is divided between federal and state governments.
To celebrate publication of the book, the Priest Lake Museum has created a summer 2015 exhibit to highlight topics related to Wild Place, and the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce has designated “Priest Lake Memories” as the theme for their summer programs.
A nonprofit academic publisher concentrating on trade-oriented scholarly books with a cultural or historical relationship to the Pacific Northwest, WSU Press is associated with Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the library program with a portion of sales benefitting the Friends of the Library.

A flurry of special programs will wrap up Summer Reading Activities for July at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The main event will be Super Hero Training Academy Thursday, July 30, 1-4 p.m. in the Community Room with activities, crafts, games, and snacks designed to bring out the hero in all ages.
But before that, the children’s library will host several other programs including:
► Baby Mouse Character: Baby Mouse, the main character is the children’s graphic novel series about an imaginative young rodent, will visit the library at noon on Monday, July 27, and again on Wednesday, July 29. She’ll also be on hand for the Super Hero Training Academy.
► Firefighter Programs: Representatives from the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate their equipment and firetruck on Wednesday, July 29, at 10 a.m., and again on Friday, July 31, at 2 p.m.
► Police/K-9 Demonstration: The Coeur d’Alene Police Department will bring a canine officer to the library on Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m.
► Build-A-Comic Book Workshop: Tap your imagination and talent to create your own book to take home Wednesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.
Children can continue to record their reading time in their Summer Reading Logs through Aug. 31. For each three hours of reading or being read to children can collect prizes. Youngsters can also vote for their school each time they visit the library. The school collecting the most votes by the end of August will win the right to display the Summer Reading Traveling Trophy in its school library.
Children under 6 visiting the library 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.
For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.