Pageturners Group Reading ‘Balsamroot’
The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Balsamroot” a memoir by Mary Clearman Blew.
The discussion will be led by Nancy Casey on Aug. 26, at 10:15 a.m.
Pageturners discussions – held the fourth Wednesday of each month except December – are free and open to any adult reader. Books and discussion materials will be available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Copies of the August book are provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its Let’s Talk About It program The book club is supported by the Friends of the Library.
Upcoming books and discussions include:
► Sept. 23: “Carry Me Home” by Diane McWhorter, George Sayler discussion leader.
► Oct. 28: “Blackberry Wine” by JoAnne Harris, Dr. Virginia Johnson discussion leader. Harris is the speaker for this year's Idaho Humanities lecture in Coeur d'Alene.
► Nov. 25: “The Enders Hotel” by Brandon Schrand, Kathleen Sayler discussion leader.
Food For Thought Book Club Resumes
The Food for Thought Book Club resumes meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The book to be discussed at the September session will be “Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids.” by Anne K. Fishel.
The Family Dinner Projects co-founder and team member, Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
She has lectured and written about the benefits of family meals, including her popular “Food for Thought” column at thefamilydinnerproject.org.
Upcoming discussions and titles for the group include:
► Oct. 7: “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms can Help Save the World,” by Paul Stamets.
► Nov. 4: “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us,” by Daphine Miller.
► Dec. 2: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver.
The Book Club, in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is open to anyone interested in food and all things food related.
For more information visit www.infarmu.org.
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.
Kris Runberg Smith, author of the new book, “Wild Place: A History of Priest Lake, Idaho,” will present a program on the book including photos of the historic community at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.
Published by Washington State University Press, the book offers the first comprehensive, accurate chronicle of Priest Lake, according to the publisher.
Smith’s family has had ties to the area since her great-great grandfather, a timber cruiser, arrived in 1897. Yet despite being a location one local newspaper branded “a cult with many vacationists,” no one had ever properly recorded its history—at least according to one family member.
“As a kid I listened to my grandmother complain about each self-published memoir, claiming they didn’t get the stories right,” Smith explained. Now a professor of history at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, she set out to change that.
Smith and Tom Weitz, a longtime resident and president of the Priest Lake Museum, spent a couple of summers there cataloging collections. Their work allowed them to utilize newly discovered historical sources and images as they pieced together the tale of an idyllic place long wrapped in myths.
Paying particular attention to significant, yet lesser-known accounts, the authors trace human survival there through multiple generations. They examine the enduring tension created by the mix of public and private lands bordering its shores. They also explore a variety of influences that impacted the region, including failed attempts at mining, the logging industry, the Forest Service, tourism, summer cabins, and fires.
The book describes one example through the words of Betty James. Threatened by fire in 1926, vacationing families buried valuables in the sand and fled to an island on the lake.
“Some 70 years later I can still recapture the terror I felt,” she recalled.
The season’s fires were devastating, and in the aftermath, the Forest Service decided to replace much of the burned acreage with more marketable timber, permanently altering the makeup of Priest Lake forests.
Smith and Weitz answer other questions, too, including how and why Priest Lake escaped grand turn-of-the-century development to remain relatively wild, how Idaho came to own its eastern half, and why its surrounding land is divided between federal and state governments.
To celebrate publication of the book, the Priest Lake Museum has created a summer 2015 exhibit to highlight topics related to Wild Place, and the Priest Lake Chamber of Commerce has designated “Priest Lake Memories” as the theme for their summer programs.
A nonprofit academic publisher concentrating on trade-oriented scholarly books with a cultural or historical relationship to the Pacific Northwest, WSU Press is associated with Washington State University located in Pullman, Washington.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the library program with a portion of sales benefitting the Friends of the Library.
Free computer workshops focusing on word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, social media, and e-mail will be offered through August at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Workshops will be taught by the library Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon using the library’s laptop lab in the Gozzer Room. Space is limited. To reserve a seat call 208-769-2315 Ext. 456.
Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to check in and secure a seat. Seats not filled by the time the workshop begins will be given to stand-bys. All participants should have basic typing skills and a basic knowledge of computers.
Upcoming workshops include:
► Basics in Excel - Part 1: Monday, July 6, 5:30 p.m. - Have long lists of numbers or information that need taming or calculating? A spreadsheet can help. We’ll help you explore and understand the parts of the spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting, and editing.
► Basics in Excel - Part 2: Monday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. - Spreadsheets do much more than crunch numbers. Join us to learn about Excel’s database functionality, creating charts and graphs, and creating formulas more efficiently on the run.
► Basics in Word: Monday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon - Gives patrons a basic understanding of how to create, edit, and format documents in a word-processing program.
► Working with Facebook: Monday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. – As one of the most popular social networking tools on the Internet, Facebook is a great tool for finding, connecting and communicating with friends old and new. We’ll explore the many aspects of Facebook, while pointing out important features to keep your information safe and private. This workshop requires that you have already signed up for an e-mail and Facebook account. If you need assistance creating accounts, please refer to our “Creating an E-mail Account” and “Creating a Facebook Account” brochures.
► Basics in Publisher: Monday, Aug. 10, 5:30 p.m. - Have a quick project, such as creating a sign or business card? Need to whip up a quick brochure? You might want to create your project in Publisher. Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program which makes creating signs, cards, banners, brochures, business cards, and other types of documents a quick task, not a chore.
► Working with E-mail: Monday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m. - E-mailing has become an important tool in today’s communication, both at home and at work. Together we will go over the basic skills necessary to send and receive e-mails, and other common tasks. All examples are done in Yahoo! mail. This workshop requires that you have already signed up for an e-mail account. If you need assistance creating an account, please refer to our “Creating an E-mail Account” brochure.
► Using E-Books and E-Audiobooks: Monday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. - Do you have questions about how to get started using your personal device or computer to read eBooks or listen to eAudiobooks? This workshop will cover the basics on what it will take to get started reading or listening to CIN's OverDrive collection.