23.02.2017

Happiness may be a warm puppy, but the Well-Knit Tale Knitting Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library wants to create something to keep that puppy warm.
Participants are knitting/crocheting blankets for the shelter animals at the Kootenai Humane Society during March.
Anyone is welcome to join the club Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, 2:30-4 p.m., in the Jameson Room to work on the blankets. All skill levels for knitting and crocheting welcome. Bring yarn, needles, patterns, and projects if you have them. Refreshments will be provided.
You can also knit/crochet blankets at home and then drop them off at the library.
The blankets will be given to the Humane Society and will go home with pets as they are adopted to provide something with which they are familiar
For more information, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

13.02.2017

A lecture by a Washington State University professor on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will explore how American politics has become an arena for suspicious and angry minds.
“Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America” will be presented by Dr. Cornell Clayton, director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, where he also serves as the Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Professor of Government. 
Anti-establishment candidates rail against the government they seek to lead; populist groups like the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street howl about corruption in political and economic institutions; and wild conspiracy theories abound. Has American politics always been so crazy?
Rather than debunking today’s conspiratorial claims, Clayton argues that both populism and paranoid thinking have always played important roles in American politics. From the fear of the Illuminati, to the Know-Nothing movement in the 1850s, to Father Charles Coughlin, Huey Long, and the John Birchers, there always have been leaders and groups who see politics in apocalyptic terms and believe powerful elites are conspiring against ordinary Americans.
Clayton’s talk explains the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draws parallels to earlier periods, and describes how populism on the left and right today differ.

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07.02.2017

A truly novel country will be featured as a Novel Destinations Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Bob Schaffnit will share images and stories from his visit to Ethiopia in 2005 after receiving an invitation from the Coptic Ethiopian Church.
“We were able to visit some sites as well as islands which are off limits even to Ethiopian countrymen,” Schaffnit said. “We visited the capital of Addis, Axum, Lalabella, and then Bahir-dar.”
The journey also included villages where people lived as they did 4,000 years ago, he said.
“We pieced together an ancient history of the Ark of the Covenant as we attended the Timket festival, Schaffnit said. “Ethiopia is the only nation that claims to have the Ark, yet does not care if anyone even knows about this claim. The highlight of the expedition was visiting Lalabella to explore the churches that have been hewn out of rock and then carved out from the inside out.”
After our trip to Ethiopia the History Channel did their own film documentary that was based off of their itinerary, he said.
Novel Destinations is sponsored by the Coeur d’alene Public Library Foundation. The program is free, but donations are welcome.
Anyone with a travelogue to share at the library is asked to contact the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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