An outreach project by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library to encourage early literacy has received the 2014 National Head Start Association Edward Zigler Innovation Award.
The award recognizes work by Youth Services Supervisor Susan Thorpe and Outreach Coordinator Barbara Nolan to get books into the hands of children attending the North Idaho College Head Start. Books were given to 170 children through the First Books program. Books were provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Thorpe and Nolan conducted monthly reading programs, similar to those offered at the library, at Head Start for nine months and distributed books and a Bookworms newsletter to the children.
The library also hosts an annual meeting specifically for Head Start families and conducts a tour of the library with the goal of explaining the benefits of early childhood literacy.
“We know that the books received by these children create home libraries and early literacy skills,” said Library Director Bette Ammon.” We know that owning and reading books increases the desire to learn and helps children develop reading skills that will help them throughout their school years.”
As the recipient of the Edward Zigler Innovation Award, the library staff receives a free registration for the 2014 NHSA Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., April 28 – May 2, 2014, and two tickets to the Scholarships & Awards celebration to be held at the conference.

If you enjoy a crime novel, spy tale, or murder mystery Second Story Books in the lobby at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library may have what you are looking for.
In honor of Halloween the Friends of the Library are having a “Mysteries Sale” featuring their collection of who-done-its on tables set up in front of the library store, 702 E. Front Ave, Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Story Books is operated entirely by Friends volunteers and offers gently used books. Proceeds are used to support library programs for adults, teens, and children, to make special purchases for the collection, and to buy furnishings and equipment.
The library accepts donations of books, DVDs, music CDS, audiobooks in new and gently used condition. Items not used in the collection are made available to the bookstore.
Information: 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The author of the October selection for the Pageturners Library Book Club was the featured speaker for the recent Northern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner in Coeur d’Alene.
The book club will discuss “Majic Bus: An American Odyssey,” by Douglas Brinkley when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. The discussion will be led by George Ives.
Pageturners discussions are open to any adult readers. Visit the Research and Information Desk at the library to check on the availability of the book.
Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University. He is the author, co-author, and editor of more than two dozen books exploring American history and literature, the American presidency, and contemporary culture and events.

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