Library Foundation

Making a great library greater!

Photo of library stairwell.


The Coeur d'Alene Public Library Foundation (CdAPLF) exists to enrich the lives of individuals in our community by contributing financial and organizational support for library facilities, programs and services which are accessible and free to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Picture of the Love Your Library banner.The Library Foundation is the private fund-raising arm of the Library which provides supplemental resources beyond those available through the Library's budget from the public sector (City of Coeur d'Alene) to enhance excellence and responsiveness to community need.

2016 Board of Directors
Ben Drake - President
Sarah McVey- President Elect
Judi Hanna – Secretary
Ralph Nelson - Treasurer

Kristen Lahner
Brenna McCrummen
Susan Nipp
Pam Pratt
Victoria Roberge
Mary Sanderson
Jo Seely
Jackie Jameson

Holly Stetson - Foundation Manager

Address:  702 E. Front Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 
The Library Foundation office is located on the lower (park side) level of the CdA Library
Phone:  208-769-2380   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ReTool Box logo.ReTool Box:  Basic Computer Literacy Training

Are you a “Digital Fugitive”? 
Have you put off learning about computers but find you need to NOW?
Do you think keyboards are only on pianos and mice are little rodents?
Join us every month (September through May) for the VERY user-friendly sessions on BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS! 
All you have to do is call (208) 769-2380 to reserve a computer station of your very own!  (We can accommodate up to 19 people per session)
Picture of ReTool Class.A series of four training sessions, each building on the other, are both informative and fun!  You’ll learn:  How to use the mouse and keyboard commands, select and open programs, access and explore the internet, introductory elements of Word, creating and saving documents, resume resources.
If you complete all four sessions, you’ll receive a certificate declaring that you’ve gone from “Digital Fugitive” to “Digital Immigrant!”
Sessions are informal, casual, and designed for success.  Best of all, thanks to underwriting by generous organizations in the community, they’re FREE to participants!

StoryCatcher Project

Picture of StoryCatcher artwork.The StoryCatcher Project is the extension of artist Barbara Mueller’s creation “Portrait of a Town”, designed to capture “the spirit of Coeur d’Alene” through the stories and experiences of its inhabitants. The Coeur d’Alene Library, the “Lodge of the Storyteller,” will house a dedicated room for recording interviews with community members, archived on a website accessible to everyone with internet access. The StoryCatcher Project will be ongoing at the Library, capturing the experiences of a wide variety of community participants of all ages.  These stories will help us preserve our past, illuminate our present, and create our future.  (See

Novel Destinations

Logo for Novel Destinations.Community members are invited to present photo presentations about interesting trips they have taken.  Scheduled in the Community Room and shown on the large screen, these one hour programs usually take place from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  midweek.  If you or someone you know have taken an interesting trip you’d be willing to share, please contact the Library Foundation office at 208-769-2380 to schedule!

Mudgy and Millie

Read the book, walk the trail, come to the birthday party, join the fun!  Author Susan Nipp and Sculptor Terry Lee will autograph your book and sing along with Mudgy and Millie.  See your favorite moose and mouse ride in their special “MudgyMobile” in community parades!  For information on upcoming events, go to  or search Facebook for Mudgy and Millie.

Picture of Mudgy and Millie birthday cake.Picture of Mudgy and Millie on parade.

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Memorials and Tributes

Leave a gift that will keep on giving in honor of friends and loved ones.

Program Underwriting

Help support the ReTool Box or StoryCatcher programs to cover costs of offering them free to the public.

Annual Contributions

Join the Love Your Library Society by contributing $100 or more annually to support the work of the Library Foundation.

Major Gifts/Bequests - Endowment

Gifts and bequests given to the Endowment fund remain intact as principal to be invested. As the fund grows, earnings from the principal become an ongoing source of funding that will ensure the growth and advancement of the Library for future generations. These gifts are restricted and money cannot be used for immediate purposes.


Call to volunteer assistance with the ReTool Box program and/or the StoryCatcher Project.

Donor Recognition

Library Card Plaque: Engraved 3’’x5’’ brass plaques displayed throughout the library. $100
Dollar-a-Day:  Supports life-long learning opportunities for 1000 people a day in our community.  $365
Hand-painted book bindings: Made by local artists Allen and Mary Dee Dodge, these books are a great way to honor a friend, family member or beloved pet. Or buy one collectively with your book club!  $500
Coeur of the Community Wall: Located at the base of the staircase, this piece holds book plaques inscribed with donor names in various sizes and patinas.

Novel Collection- $1000         Best Sellers- $2500        Classics - $5000       Legacy Volumes- $7500

Louise Shadduck Legacy Wall: This historic legacy opportunity is available to all families, organizations or businesses in the community. Names are etched in stone and displayed with a unique photographic collage depicting the history of Idaho legend (and library champion) Louise Shadduck’s life. A  special touch-screen computer kiosk providing information and photos about YOUR family or business accompanies this prestigious collection in the Community Room of the library. $10,000 – May be paid over a 5 year period. (only 4 spaces remain!)

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Holly Stetson, Foundation Manager
Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation
702 E Front Ave
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814