24.05.2019

Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries are going fine free for all ages as of June 3, joining a national trend and a change in policy by several other area libraries.
The Library Board of Trustees voted May 22 to eliminate overdue fines in conjunction with the Community Library Network (CLN) and review the results in one year.
“We have been fine free for children and teens this past year and have seen an uptick in children using the library as well as increased circulation of children’s materials,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We anticipate more people using the library. Eliminating fines can really change the way people use libraries and we’re excited about that.”
The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries will, of course, continue to track when items are checked out and the failure to return material will have consequences. If a patron has overdue items on their card they can be blocked from checking out more and from using library computers. Previously this happened when a patron’s fines reached $3.
Patrons will continue to be financially responsible for lost items.
Most library materials can be checked out for four weeks and renewed for an additional four weeks, unless another patron has placed a hold. DVDs and video games check out for one week and the checkout time for new books and other high-demand items is two weeks.
Along with the CLN libraries, Priest Lake, St. Maries, and West Bonner District libraries have also discontinued fines.

18.05.2019

The winners in the 2019 Julie Meier Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were announced Saturday, May 18, in a ceremony at the library.
In 30th year, the competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose with age groups from kindergarten to adult. The late Julie Meier, for whom the competition was named last year created the program to encourage writing excellence and to recognizes talented writers. Prize money - $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third – is provided through grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The competition is judged by professional writers and editors, English educators, and by library employees.
All entries in the competition, winning or not, are bound into books that are added to the library’s collection.
The winners for 2019 are:
► Grades Kindergarten to 2 Fiction/Nonfiction: First, Hazel Anne Stevenson, “The Squirrel and the Mouse;” Second, Eleanor Myers, “The Dead Man;” Third, Juniper Renee Stevenson, “The Fox and the Ring.”
► Grades 3-5 Nonfiction: First, John Paul Hersey, “An Unexpected Accident;” Second, Maren Larson, “Terrible Air Pollution;” Third, Alyssa Harrison, “Lost and Found.”
► Grades 6-8 Nonfiction: First, Micah Green, “Home of the Brave;” Second, Thomas Hersey, “The Elements of Fun;” Third, Blessing Allen, “A Soldier is Trusted.”
► Grades 9-12 Nonfiction: First, Isaac Harrison, “Itchy Fat Cat;” Second, Kade Finger, “Take Action;” Third, Elisabeth Baldwin, “The Journey to Success.”
► Adult Nonfiction: First, Meagan Myrberg, “Of Dreams and Dreamers;” Second, Dr. Carol Graham, “How Much is That Pencil?;” Third, Nina Eckberg, “October Fourteenth.”
► Grades 3-5 Fiction: First, Eliza Murphy, “First Riders;” Second, Brylie Moore, “Rescue;” Third, Lucia Barton, “Every Boy Needs a Dog.”
► Grades 6-8 Fiction: First, Linnea Rose Erickson, “Defect;” Second, Sydney Baker, “Retard;” Third, Christina Turbes, “The Life of a Cutting Board.”
► Grades 9-12 Fiction: First, Grace Hamilton, “Letters From Home;” Second  , Penelope Duran, “Stage Fever;” Third, Lyssa Bivens, “Far From Home.”
► Adult Fiction: First, Becca Crouse, “Five Days Not in San Francisco;” Second, Alahna Harrison, “Parsnip Stew;” Third (Tie), Angela Chandler, “Kyra and the Eagle;” Third (Tie), Emily Moore, “Swara and the Bone Whistle.”

30.01.2019

Mandi Harris started as the new Youth Services Librarian at the library on Jan.  23.
She fills the position previously held by Susan Thorpe, who recently retired after 17 years of service.
Mandi holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon and will receive her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in March.
For the last six years, Mandi worked as a Youth Services Specialist for the Community Library Network, where she developed and implemented various story time programs for children to enhance their love for reading.

 

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