Dialogue with Homeschool Families Also Scheduled

Two programs for families at the library will shed some light and dark on the upcoming solar eclipse.
Eclipse Readiness 101 is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. This program will include what an eclipse is and what we can expect in our area, important safety considerations, and the construction of a pinhole projector for viewing the eclipse. Each family attending the program will receive a pair of solar-eclipse glasses.
The day of the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, the library will host a Solar Eclipse Party beginning at 8:30 a.m. The eclipse begins at 9:13 a.m. The first 100 people attending this program will receive solar-eclipse glasses.
In preparation for fall, the library’s youth services will also host Back-to-(Home)-School Day on Thursday, Aug. 17, 1-2:30 p.m., in the Community Room for families who are considering homeschooling and those who are more experienced with home education. Library Circulation Clerk Amy Bardwell, who has experience as a homeschool mom, will lead the discussion about library and community resources and hear suggestions for additions to the library collection.
Young patrons can continue to track the time they read – or are read to with reading logs. Children who pick up a reading log at the Coeur d’Alene library can have any overdue fines on their library cards waived. For every three hours of reading time logged they can pick up a prize in the Seagraves Children’s Library. The final day to turn in reading logs will be Sept. 2.
Each time children visit the library they can also vote for their school. The school to win the most votes will earn the right to house the Summer Reading Traveling Trophy in their school library for the next school year. In addition, for each 50 votes a school receives their school library will receive a book.
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, 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.


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.