07.01.2020

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 
                                                                                                                 
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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.”

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