19.01.2018
The third annual Seed Swap will be hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-3 p.m. in the Community Room.
The swap is offered in partnership with The Inland Northwest Food Network and True To Seed: Seed Lending Library.
A seed swap is where growers bring their extra seeds – home-saved or purchased – to share with others and to take home seeds from others for spring planting.
You will also learn about seed saving from some of our region’s avid seed savers, and take home seed varieties that you won’t find anywhere else and that are well-adapted to our growing conditions.
No seeds to swap? Come anyway, and consider making a donation to help cover costs and help the seed program grow.
For more information about guidelines and what to expect contact Char Beach, 208-769-2315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the library or visit: www.inwfoodnetwork.org.
 
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.
18.01.2018

Coeur d’Alene Program Will Accept IPTV Contest Entries


The rules for the 29th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are changing. Creating entries will be simpler and entry fees have been eliminated.
The library is also partnering with Idaho Public Television to encourage young writers to participate in the PBS Kids Writers Contest.
“If a child creates an entry for the PBS Kids Writers Contest, that entry can also be submitted to our competition,” said David Townsend, library communications coordinator and the Writers Competition organizer. “To make this possible, it’s been necessary to modify our rules somewhat to bring the two activities into alignment.”
Townsend recommended that families who are interested in participating in both contests first create an entry complying to 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 a registration form and create a title page for the Coeur d’Alene library competition.
Copies of the new rules and entry forms will be available at the library beginning Jan. 31 and will also be available online at the Writers Competition link at www.cdalibrary.org/events. A newly 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 mail.
Entries need to be mailed or delivered to the library no later than Saturday, March 31.
The biggest change in the writers competition is the elimination of entry fees, which previously were $1 for entries in age groups 6-12, and $2 for entries in other age groups.
“For many years this has been the only library program that had a charge,” Townsend said, “and we decided that it was time for that to change.”
For 2018 the competition age groups have been changed to reflect grade levels for school-aged participants. The age groups are now 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.
Also beginning this year only one entry per participant will be accepted for the competition. Entries can be fiction or nonfiction up to 2,000 words and participants need only submit one clean copy along with their registration form.
“Up until 2016 participants had to send us five copies of their entries,” Townsend said. “Most of our judges are now receiving digital copies of the entries. This has greatly reduced our paper waste and postage costs.”
He said that the rules have also been simplified for how the entries are formatted – how they appear on paper.
“If you have been a little frustrated by the competition rules in the past, obtain a copy of the new rules,” he said. “I think you will be pleasantly surprised.”

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.

10.01.2018

A new Inland Northwest Milestones series will begin Thursday, Jan. 25, with a look back at the history of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Hosted by the library in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, the monthly series is presented by regional historian Robert Singletary, program and marketing director for the museum, in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.
The first program takes the library from its founding by the Coeur d’Alene Woman’s Club on three shelves in a grocery store to the construction of its current state-of-the-art building in 2007.
The other programs in the series will be:
► The Sacred Heart Mission: Feb. 22 – the story of the oldest building in Idaho and its role in the history of the region’s first people, the Coeur d’Alenes.
► Lewis & Clark in Idaho: March 22 – The Corps of Discovery members were some of the first people of Euro-American descent to visit the area that would become Idaho and faced some of their greatest challenges here.
► Fort Sherman and the Beginning of Coeur d’Alene: April 26 – In the aftermath of the Battle of Little Bighorn, a fort and a town were born in the Idaho Territory.
► The Museum of North Idaho: May 24 - From its beginnings in the Ft. Sherman Powder House on the campus of North Idaho College, the museum is celebrating 50 years of keeping regional history alive.
Inland Northwest Milestones will not continue through the summer months. A new series will be offered in the fall.
The Museum of North Idaho is located at 115 Northwest Blvd. in front of the Coeur d'Alene City Park. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 1 to Oct. 31. The museum library and office are open by appointment year round. For more information call 208-664-3448.

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.

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