Beginning July 5, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will resume Sunday hours – noon to 5 p.m. – for the first time since it was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, for the Independence Day holiday.
Beginning Monday, July 13, the library hopes to reopen its children’s and teen areas for patrons wishing to browse for books in those collections. Seating will be reduced to encourage distancing.
 “We understand that the library is an inviting place for socializing, but as long as the number of COVID cases continues to rise in our area we must continue to ask our patrons to be cautious,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We are happy to be able to expand the space that the public can use to browse for books and to use computers, but we still can’t be a place for gathering in large groups, close together.”
She said that the library will again take reservations for the use of the Community Room, provided groups use distancing during their activities. The library encourages patrons to wear face masks and will provide masks to people who do not have their own, she said.
Summer Reading activities for children and teens have begun, but programming for those age groups will continue solely online.
Participants can visit the library during open hours and pick up a paper reading log. They can also track their reading through an online site: summer.cinlibraries.org.
Families visiting the library can pick up a Take-and-Make kit with everything they need to make a craft at home. Children’s Librarian Mandi Harris is providing programs Monday through Friday at www.facebook.com/cdachildrenslibrary.
The teens also have take-home activity packets, called the ActiviTEENs Challenge Guide, which includes fun activities that can be done from home and has secret codes that can be used with the Summer Reading online program for prizes. They can pick up a paper packet at the library.
Teens are invited to hop on the Teen Discord Server, where teen events are happening Monday through Friday online. For an invitation, go to https://tinyurl.com/cdateendiscord. Teen activities begin online each day at 2 p.m.
For information about Summer Reading call the library at 208-769-2315, Ext. 439 for Miss Mandi, or Ext. 463 for Teen Librarian Angela Flock. Information is also available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The winners in the 2020 Julie Meier Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were announced Friday, June 26, in an online presentation streamed live on Facebook. The presentation can be viewed on the YouTube channel for the City of Coeur d’Alene.
This year’s competition was impacted and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic which closed the library for nearly two months. The awards ceremony was moved online because in-person programming and meetings are currently suspended at the library.
 In its 31st year, the competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less with age groups from kindergarten to adult. The late Julie Meier, for whom the competition was named in 2018 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, the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
The competition is judged by professional writers and editors, educators, and by library employees.
The number of entries was reduced this year. In categories where there were three of fewer entries, they were judged on their merit and scored as they would normally would have been. All entries in the competition, winning or not, are bound into books that are added to the library’s collection. These books can be viewed in the History Room at the library.
The winners for 2020 are:
► Grades Kindergarten to 2 Fiction/Nonfiction: First, Evalette Treto, Stanley the Exploring Turtle.
► Grades 3-5 Nonfiction: First, Sean M. Farrar, “A Young Man Changed,” and Second, John Paul Heresey, “Everything is Better in Cowboy Boots.”
► Grades 6-8 Nonfiction: First, Adison Harrison, “The Gift of Laughter,” and Second, Elijah Harrison, “Itchy the Cat.”
► Grades 9-12 Nonfiction: First, Meilin Scott, “Nighttime in the Neighborhood,” Second, Katie Langford, “My Story,” and Third, Isaiah Harrison, “The Boat House.”
► Adult Nonfiction: First, Meagan Myrberg, “How to Achieve the Perfect Skin,” Second, Rebecca S. Lacock, “About a Nurse,” and, Third, Dr. Carol Graham, “The Tooth Fairy Wants It Back.”
► Grades 3-5 Fiction: First, Lydia Kirkbride, “Tides of the Cove,” Second, Alyssa Harrison, “Through the Garden,” and Third, Lexie Fisher, “Twinning.”
► Grades 6-8 Fiction: First, Thayen Treto, “Dear Pimple,” Second, Quinn Michael, “Frontlines,” and Third, Abigail Wilson, “Playground of Hope.”
► Grades 9-12 Fiction: First, Brayden Smart, “Whitechapel,” Second, Elizabeth Ana McComas, “In Honor of Aleah,” and Third, Blessing Allen, “A Day in the Life of a Grand Piano.”
► Adult Fiction: First, Alahna Harrison, “Venom and Desert Paintbrush,” Second, Tina Rodeen, “In a Circle of Sheep,” and third, Glenn K. Graham, “It Came from the West.”


The Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series is returning.
The first event for 2020 will take place on Monday, June 22. All concerts are 6-7:30 p.m. and are provided free by the event sponsor, the Coeur d'Alene Library Foundation.
The concerts, performed on the park side of the library, will follow current social-distancing guidelines. There will be no access from inside the library for the first concerts in June.  Attendees should bring their own seating and sit in groups of no more than six and maintain 6 feet of distance between groups. 
The initial concert will feature Sondahl, Hawkins, & Thomsen. The group plays a modern improvisational version of American old-time music, which is the sort depicted in the first of Ken Burns' recent Country Music Video series. Performances generally include music by Uncle Dave Macon, the Delmore Brothers, and Elizabeth Cotten. 
Brad Sondahl plays fingerstyle guitar, 6-string banjo, and sings.  He has gotten more than two million views of his music on Youtube, but is best known in this area for his pottery shop in Spirit Lake for the last 38 years.
Jonathan Hawkins has been playing sophisticated upright bass with Brad for many years and also plays in a newer area bluegrass band called Northbound.
Don Thomsen was a founding member of the Spokane Folklore Society and plays mandolin with the popular Celtic group Floating Crowbar, as well as adding his mandolin chops to this trio. 
Upcoming concerts include:
► June 29: Four Peace – popular tunes ranging from the 60s to today
► July 6: Kathy Colton and the Reluctants – original popular & Folk tunes
► July 13: Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots – original traditional Celtic, Scandinavian and North American Roots music
► July 27: Pamela Van Kirk – a multi-instrumentalist and composer.
► Aug. 3:  Dr Phil & the Enablers – Rockin’ Blues!
► Aug. 10: Rusty and Chrissy perform classic country and Americana as well as a few of Rusty’s compositions. Harry Batty joins them on bass guitar.
► Aug. 24: Crooked Kilt – Spokane’s amazing Celtic band
► Aug. 31: Spring Tonic, traditional and contemporary bluegrass and roots music with uncommon intensity.