“The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” has been selected as the North Idaho Reads (NIR) book for 2018 and author Kelli Estes will read from and discuss her book at area libraries during programs in April.
NIR is organized each year by area libraries and volunteers and encourages readers in the region to share a book and participate in related programs and discussions.
Participating libraries and organizations include Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum, Wallace Public Library, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Lake City Public Library, and the Community Library Network: Athol, Bookmobile, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Spirit Lake.
The website for the program is at www.NorthIdahoReads.org.
Estes will be in North Idaho April 18-22 and will do library programs that will include a presentation at the Hayden Library, Wednesday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.; the Post Falls Library, Thursday, April 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m.
Estes’ visit to North Idaho is made possible through a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In addition to the April 20 presentation, the Pageturners Library Book Club at the Coeur d’Alene library will meet to discuss the book Wednesday, April 25, at 10:15 a.m., in the Shirley Parker Storyroom. Book club discussions are open to any adult reader.
At the Depot Museum in Wallace, Vicki Allmann will lead a discussion of the book on Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. A look at a tea ceremony will follow the discussion.
The Spokane Chinese Dance will demonstrate the richness of Chinese cultural heritage through the art of Chinese dances Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m., at the Post Falls library.
 “The Girl Who Wrote in Silk” is Estes’ debut novel and is inspired by true events. In the book Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an intricately embroidered piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lien, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before.
Through the stories Mei Lien tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core — and force her to make an impossible choice.
A native of eastern Washington, Estes earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Arizona State University and before her life took a literary turn she went to work for an airplane manufacturer in the Seattle area as a buyer and contract administrator.
“I’d always had a love of travel, having grown up in a travel-loving family, but this job took me to places such as New Zealand, Belgium, Switzerland and Scotland,” she said. “I should have realized I was a writer when, while visiting these countries and touring fabric and carpet mills, which I found fascinating, my imagination was on fire with story ideas. Still, I didn’t think I could write.”
And then one day, while visiting with her now-husband’s brother and his girlfriend, the girlfriend mentioned she was writing a book.
“She was the first person I’d ever met who professed to be a writer and she appeared normal, not like the fabled creatures of my imagination,” Estes said. “It was then that I realized that anyone can write. I could try to write a book! That girl, Carolynn, is now my sister-in-law and I will forever be grateful to her for opening my world to the possibility that I could be a writer.”
Not long after, Estes quit her buying job to pursue writing full-time as well as to become a wife and mother. She lives near Seattle with her husband and two sons.


The Cooperative Information Network (CIN) – which includes the Coeur d'Alene and Lake City public libraries a group of 27 other libraries in North Idaho and eastern Washington – now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons.
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.
“We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons,” said Coeur d’Alene Public Library Director Bette Ammon. “Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun.”
To learn more about Mango, stop by a CIN member library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through their nearest library’s website.
The libraries of the Cooperative Information Network share a computer catalog, circulation services and a common library card in order to provide patrons in North Idaho and eastern Washington with better and more convenient access to library services and materials. The shared catalog can be accessed at: www.cinlibraries.org or through any of the websites for the CIN member libraries.
Founded in 2007, Mango Languages is the leading provider of language-learning resources in North American libraries. Mango is privately owned and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich. Guided by its core purpose to enrich lives with language and culture, Mango Languages creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. To learn more about the company visit www.mangolanguages.com.


A new library book club will combine reading and painting.
Beyond the Book Club will be held every first and third Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with great discussion, participants will also create individual watercolor art inspired by the book being read.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, where participants will collectively decide on the first book to read and create watercolor bookmarks. Come to read, chat, and create.

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.