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.


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.