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Holy Caped Crusader! Batman is 75 and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will celebrate the character in all his various incarnation with “Batman Day” Friday, July 25.
Throughout the day the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level, 702 E. Front Ave., will have games and activities for kids. Adults can also pick up a trivia sheet. Children and adults will be able to sign up for drawings for Batman prizes and enjoy Batty treats. Costumes are encouraged for all.
The day will culminate in a “Batman” movie to be shown in the Community Room beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing after the library closes at 6. Votes are being accepted through Friday, July 18, in the teen area of the library to determine which film will be shown. Snacks will be provided.
Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title, Batman, in 1940.
As the decades wore on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended.
Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, with varying results. The comic books of this dark stage culminated in the acclaimed 1986 miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller, as well as “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth” by Grant Morrison, among others. The overall success of Warner Bros.' live-action Batman feature films have also helped maintain public interest in the character.

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.

The Pageturners Library Book Club is currently reading “Atonement,” by Ian McEwan. The book will be discussed July 23 with scholar Dr. Patrick Query leading the discussion.
Query is Associate Professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he has taught since 2006. He earned his doctorate at Loyola University Chicago. He specializes in 20th-century British and Irish literature.
The book club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, except for December, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. Discussions are free and open to any adult reader.
Copies of the books are available for checkout at the Research and Information Desk.
Books for the rest of 2014 include:
► Aug. 27: “My Year of Meats,” by Ruth Ozeki - Discussion Leader: TBA.
► Sept. 24: “Citizen Vince,” by Jess Walter (North Idaho Reads 2014 author and Idaho Humanities Banquet Scholar) - Discussion Leader: Erin Davis.
► Oct. 22: “Ruby Ridge: the Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family,” by Jess Walter - Discussion Leader: Norm Gissell.
► Nov. 26: “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior,” by Temple Grandin- Discussion Leader: Denise Clark.


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.

Robert S. West, M.D., the physician-coroner for Kootenai County from 1970 to 2011 will discuss his new book, “It Can (And Does) Happen Here” at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Sunday, July 13, beginning at 5 p.m.
This free after-hours Book Talk event is sponsored by the Library Foundation in the Community Room at the library 702 E. Front Ave. Signed copies of the book will be available with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Library Foundation.
A native of North Dakota who was trained as a surgeon at Harvard, West is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practiced surgery while fulfilling coroner duties in Kootenai County and raised five children with his wife, Martha.
In his book West relates some of his experiences and also explores the shortcomings of the coroner/medical examiner system and how it can be improved.
Information: 208-769-2380

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 20-769-2315.

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