18.11.2017

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.

19.06.2017

Internet access is a necessity for most job searches, careers, school work, and popular entertainment, but nearly a third of local families do not have access to the Internet unless they visit places like the Coeur d’Alene Public Library where they can use computers or the free Wi-Fi.
Through a grant of $10,875 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation obtained by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, the library now offers patrons “Internet to go.”
“This is a significant step in bridging the digital divide in our community,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “This grant helps us provide access to the world for patrons who need to connect to family and friends, do online banking and job searches, use school resources, and for entertainment.”
Ben Drake, president of the Library Foundation, said that his group is proud of the role they played in obtaining the grant.
“The Library Foundation was involved in fundraising to build the physical library which opened 10 years ago,” he said. “We want to continue to help the library grow by enhancing the resources it offers the community.”
The library has 25 hotspots – portable devices used to create a wireless Internet access point – available to check out to library cardholders. The devices can be checked out for four weeks and can be renewed for an additional four weeks as long as there are no holds placed on them.
These hotspots can be used through the T-Mobile Network even if the user does not have cell phone, landline, or cable television service. Users can access the Internet from any location served by T-Mobile using a laptop, tablet, smart phone, or other wireless-equipped devices. They can also be used in conjunction with Rokus, or similar devices that permit streaming movies or other shows from the Internet. The library also has Rokus available to check out.
The hotspots will be checked out with instructions on how to use the devices and assistance will also be available from the library staff.

20.05.2017

Winners in the 29th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition Saturday, May 20, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Cash prizes for the competition are made possible through grants provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by the Friends.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors, published authors, and educators.
The Writers Competition was created by former Library Director Julie Meier in 1988 to encourage excellence in writing and reveal authors in our community.
Winners receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In the case of ties duplicate full prizes are awarded. In addition, all entries in the competition are included in professionally bound books added to the library’s reference collection.
Winners for 2017 and their entries included:
Nonfiction 6-8 (Two Entries): First, Lydia Ruth Kirkbride, Coeur d’Alene, “All About Phil Weidner” - Second , John Paul Hersey, Coeur d’Alene, “The Bad Horses.”
Nonfiction 9-11: First, Adison Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Adoption” – Second, Tyler Hamblin, Hayden, “The Battle of Vicksburg” – Third, Preston Chapman, Blanchard, “Glory and Fame Never Forgotten.”
Nonfiction 12-14: First, Megan White, Coeur d’Alene, “The Thoughts of Skeletons” – Second, Bryce Koontz, Liberty Lake, Wash., “The Day My Heart Was Stolen” – Third, Alyson S. Ward, Post Falls, “My Love for Animals.”
Nonfiction 15-18: First, Hannah Patin, Hayden, “Ready … Set … Row!” - Second, Annie Cuentas, Post Falls, “Swinging Through the Seasons” – Third, Alahna Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “Legacy.”
Nonfiction 19+: First, Rebecca Crouse, Rathdrum, “One More Day” - Second-tie, Brenda Bergelin, Coeur d’Alene, “A Requiem for Ragnar” - Second-tie, Victoria Collins, Coeur d’Alene, “When Writers Meet” – Third, Sherry Groeschl, Rathdrum, “Mr. King.”
Fiction 6-8: First, Brandon Goold, Coeur d’Alene, “Toad, the Toad” – Second, McKenna Crouse, Rathdrum, “Not Hawaii” – Third, Jossy Johnson, Coeur d’Alene, “The Quest.”
Fiction 9-11: First, Hattie Mei Owens, Coeur d’Alene, “Karate Cat” – Second, Annika Baltzell, Coeur d’Alene, “A Mission” – Third, Kaylee Tedder, Post Falls, “The Amazing Daring Derik.”
Fiction 12-14: First, Cassidy Olsen, Post Falls, “The Third Floor Window” – Second, Hayley Patin, Hayden, “Ursula: Good or Bad” – Third, Logan Graham, Hayden, “Idaho Graham and the Texts of Immortality.”
Fiction 15-18: First, Mikaela Funderburg, Coeur d’Alene, “The Left-Hand Side of the Page” – Second, Jessica Gates, Hayden, “Firebird’s Plume” – Third, Jackson Graham, Hayden, “By Delusion Enfolded.”
Fiction 19+: First, Glenn Graham, Harrison, “QA2-876” – Second, Rebecca Crouse, Rathdrum, “Around the World in Four Minutes” – Third, Angela J. Chandler, Harrison, “Recherchez Amour.”

Pictured: Front row, left to right, Lydia Kirkbride, John Hersey, Brandon Goold, McKenna Crouse, and Jossy Johnson. Second row, Adison Harrison, Tyler Hamblin, Preston Chapman, Kaylee Tedder, Annika Baltzell, and Hattie Mei Owens. Megan White, Bryce Koontz, Alyson Ward, Cassidy Olsen, Hayley Patin, Logan Graham, and Jessica Gates. Back row, Alahna Harrison, Mikaela Funderburg, Rebecca Crouse, Victoria Collins, Sherry Groeschl, and Angela Chandler. Not pictured Hanna Patin, Annie Cuentas, Brenda Bergelin, Jackson Graham, and Glenn Graham.

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