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C-SPAN is coming to Coeur d’Alene and they want  to talk to local authors, book club members, and others with literary and history interests.
In partnership with Time Warner Cable, Mayor Sandi Bloem and the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce will welcome C-SPAN to town on Monday, November 4 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as they kick off a visit to record and feature the city’s history and literary life.
At Monday’s event, C-SPAN representatives will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network during their weeklong stay. During their time in Coeur d’Alene, C-SPAN representatives will also conduct community and educational outreach.
The stories gathered by the video crews will later be shown on nonfiction book channel Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Time Warner Cable channel 18) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Time Warner Cable channel 118) during C-SPAN’s special Coeur d'Alene weekend Dec. 7-8.
For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page.

When is a book a piece of art?
When it is part of “Booker’s Dozen 2013,” a traveling exhibit from the Idaho Center for the Book to be on display at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library during November.
The exhibit, the tenth sponsored by the Boise State University center, will be displayed in the cases in the library’s Parkside Gallery adjacent to the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level, 702 E. Front Ave.
“The Internet has fanned the flames of our fame, making Idaho Booker’s Dozen a truly international affair, with books from all over Idaho as well as from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as other non-Idahoan locations in the USA,” said Stephanie Brook, director of the Center for the Book.
This year's entries were juried by New Zealand artist Kate Walker; Boise State Professor of Graphic Design Jennifer Wood; artist-writer-designer Will Spearman, and writer-photographer-artist Tom Rockne.
“Booker’s Dozen 2013” began its current tour in Moscow in February, and after stops all over the state spent October in Idaho Falls. After its November display in Coeur d’Alene it returns to Boise.

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.