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Beginning July 5 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be open more hours on the weekends.
The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library is currently open noon to 4 p.m. both days.
“This is something the patrons have told us they wanted and something our Board of Trustees and staff have wanted us to do for a long time,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We know how much the community depends on the library and not everyone can get here during the week.”
She also noted that Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and members of the City Council had expressed interest in seeing the library’s weekend hours extended.
“I’m thrilled that we were able to work out a plan to extend weekend library hours, making it even more convenient for citizens to enjoy the facility and all it has to offer,” Widmyer said.
The weekday hours remain the same: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Pageturners Library Book Club will have several discussion leaders Wednesday, June 24, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as the group does its annual “Best Beach Read” activity.
The Pageturners meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. All adult readers are welcome and there is no charge to participate.
For June everyone is asked to bring a favorite to recommend. Sheila Wood will emcee.
“No deep literary analysis is required,” Wood said. “Depending on how large the group is, each person may have only 5 minutes to speak. We want this to be easy and fun and informative.”
She offered these general suggestions:
► Bring the book with you so you can pass it around.
► Briefly discuss the book's general category. If it is fiction, what is the sub-genre; mystery, western, science-fiction, women's fiction, romance, horror, spy thriller, humor?
► What is the book about? Briefly sum it up.
► Why did you enjoy this book and why do you recommend it to other readers?
► Is the theme meaningful? Is the character development especially effective? Does a page-turning plot draw you in? Is the story set in an intriguing place? Does the writer reach out and speak to you in especially fresh language?
► If the book is nonfiction, what is the general topic of discussion? What is it about this topic that makes the book of interest to the group? Many of the elements above apply to non-fiction also.
For July the book club is reading “Atonement” by Ian McEwan for a discussion on July 23. Copies are available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Pageturners is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

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.

Children and teens who participate in Summer Reading at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will have their overdue fines erased following a decision by the Board of Trustees.
Summer Reading – with the science-based themes “Fizz, Boom, Read!” for children and "Spark a Reaction" for teens begins at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., June 16. The library offers a wide variety of programs for ages newborn and up. Even if they do not participate in a program, children can track the time they spend reading or being read to using a Reading Log and can claim a prize for each three hours of reading time.Teens can keep a log, too, and turn it in to be eligible for a drawing at the end f the summer for a Kindle Fire HDX.
Just by picking up a Reading Log or participating in a program children and teens up to 18 can have their late fees forgiven.
“Summer Reading is just too important to have fines keep children away from the library,” explained Library Director Bette Ammon. “We know that children who spend part of the summer reading or being read to will return to school in the fall better able to resume learning.”
“But, also, we have a lot of fun at the library and it would be a shame to have any children miss it,” she said.
The fee adjustment does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
“But if charges on your library card are keeping you from using the library,” Ammon added, “come in and talk to us. We accept payments toward bringing a charge down.”
Information about Summer Reading is available at the library website,, or by calling 208-769-2315 Ext. 438. Or visit the library for a brochure.

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.