Coeur d’Con – your local opportunity to get your geek on – is gearing up with activities at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library leading to the main event on Saturday, Aug. 13.
This is the second year for the library’s celebrations of comics, graphic novels, movies, and video games.
Friday, July 29, is the deadline for the Coeur d’Con Fan Art Contest. Entry forms can be picked up at any of the public desks at the library, 702 E. Front Ave, and at Lake City Public Library, 6101 N. Ramsey Road. The forms are also downloadable from
Artists are invited to submit original work or to select a graphic novel, movie, or video game to depict. Entries will be displayed at the library leading up to and during Coeur d’Con and will be judged by the public.
A workshop for teens to create their own comics is offered Saturday, July 30, noon to 4 p.m. The session will be taught by Lucas Hutson, a teacher at the Tech Lab at Skyway Elementary. Materials and refreshments are provided for this free workshop. Registration is required by calling 208-769-2315 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Friday, Aug. 5, is the deadline for cosplay contest submissions. Participants who do not have their own photo to submit can come to the library on Aug. 6 and 7, 12-3 p.m., to have their photos taken in the Gozzer Room downstairs.
Online voting will take place at Aug. 8-12. In-house voting on Aug. 13 will close at 1 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3:15 p.m.
Coeur d’Con itself begins at 10 a.m. at the library and will include activities throughout the day including papercrafts, comic book workshop, board game lounge, video game lounge, League of Legends Lounge, the SPLAT table, photo booth, and the Legends of Zelda Slingshot Challenge.
Panels for the day will include:
► 10:30 - Speed Runs: Finishing Video Games Quickly.
► 11:30 - Podcasting 101.
► 12:30 - Creating Fantasy Worlds.
► 1:30 - Women and the Future of Comics.
► 2:30 - Performing Cosplay.
Fan Meetups will include:
► 10:30 - Creating a Geek Group.
► 11:30 - Adventure Time.
► 12:30 - Avengers Q&A.
► 1:30 - Funny Superheroes.
► 2:30 - Reboot Revolt: Remakes in Hollywood.
The Geek Storytime schedule includes:
► 10:30 - High-Tech.
► 11:30 - Low-Tech.
► 1:30 - Superheroes.
► 2:30 - Star Wars.
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.



Regional historian Robert Singletary will give a presentation at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front, on Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm about three local historical characters: Coeur d’Alene Chief, of a lecture series sponsored by the Museum of North Idaho and the Library. It is free to the public.
Andrew Seltice was born near present day Post Falls just a few years after the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. He served as Chief of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe from 1865 to his death on April 29, 1902 serving as Chief through some very difficult times for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. He was always known as a man of peace and for his diplomacy and speaking ability. He was presented a medal by President Grover Cleveland in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1887.
Theresa Graham was one of the most prominent and influential women in northern Idaho during the first half of the 20th century. After the death of her husband, James Graham, in 1906, she became very involved in business and politics. She was the first woman to attend a major political convention as an official delegate. She was a personal friend of President Woodrow Wilson. Mrs. Graham hosted many famous dignitaries at her home on East Lakeshore Drive.
One of the most active and influential architects in northern Idaho was George T. Williams. For over twenty years he designed many of Coeur d’Alene’s finest buildings including the Masonic Temple, First Methodist Church, City Hall, Coeur d’Alene High School and the Roosevelt Elementary School. He also designed buildings in Sandpoint, St. Maries and Spirit Lake. Many of his building have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Information: Robert Singletary, Museum of North Idaho, 208-755-1308 or Museum of North Idaho Director Dorothy Dahlgren 208-664-3448 

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.

Summer Reading for children, teens, and adults combine Wednesday July 27, 1-3 p.m. with a Bike Rodeo for the whole family presented by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Activities for ages 5 and up will be offered in the McEuen Park Plaza, next to the Veterans Memorial. This free activity is sponsored by Vertical Earth, the Friends of the Library, and the City of Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department.
Participants should bring their bikes and helmets for riding activities, bicycle inspections, helmet checks, and tips on maintenance and repair.
The Bike Rodeo is offered as part of Summer Reading for children with the theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” and as part of Summer Reading for Adults. For a complete list of all Summer Reading activities visit the online calendar at Click on the EVENTS link.
For more information call 208-769-2315.
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.