Summer Reading 2014 at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will use science to examine the world around us as well as share stories, music, books, and experiments.
Summer Reading, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” begins in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level, at 702 E. Front Ave., on June 16 and continues through July 30 when the library will host a Science Fair and Extreme Science with Radical Rick.
To kick off Summer Reading, on June 17, 2-3 p.m. the library will also have a free Magic Show with Dick Frost in the Community Room.
All programs, for ages newborn and up, are free and most do not require registration. Even if children do not attend programs, families are invited to visit the library for a Reading Log to keep track of the time children spend reading or being read to. For every three hours of reading time bring the log to the library to collect a prize.
Local schools are also participating in the library’s Summer Reading Traveling Trophy Contest. Each time a student visits the library they can vote for their school to receive the honor of having the trophy at their school library for the next school year.
Summer Reading programs include:
► Make It & Take It: Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon, crafts for 7-12 year olds.
► Monday Movies: Mondays, 1-3 p.m. - All ages.
► Science Stars Lap-Sit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for infants up to 2 years old accompanied by a parent or other caregiver.
► Techno Toddler Tales: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., stories, songs, bubbles and crafts for 2-4 year olds.
► Library Lab: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., create a science station for the Science Fair, STEM activities for 7-12 year olds.
► Reading Robots Story Program:  Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., stories, crafts, and fun for 3-5 year olds.
► Music & Motion: Wednesdays, 1:30-2 p.m., get into the groove, sing old favorites and learn new songs, 2-6 year olds.
► Build-A-Book Project: Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m., art and writing workshop for 7-12 year olds.
► Summer Science Camp: Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., stories, science, and crafts for 5-8 year olds.
► Lunch Bunch Book Club: Thursdays, 12:30-2 p.m., bring your lunch, for ages 9-12, (advanced registration required).
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., for summer extra-long sessions to build and create for 5-11 year olds.
► Game Café: Fridays, 1-3 p.m., fun with board games for all ages.
► Stay and Play: Hang out in the story room after Techno Toddler Tales, Tuesdays, 11-noon, and Science Stars Lapsit, Fridays, 11-11:30, to play and visit.
► Reading Pals: An independent reading program for ages 5-8. Each time you come to read, pick out a beanie baby pal and pick out a comfortable spot to read aloud for 15-20 minutes. Earn a raffle ticket for a prize each time you turn your pal back in.
Summer Reading is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

It’s that time of year again – Teen Summer Reading begins Monday, June 16, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
This year, the library has extended its Summer Reading Program to 11 weeks, through Aug. 31. To participate, pick up a Teen Reading Log from the library, 702 E. Front Ave., fill it out, and turn it in at any library desk, or go to to submit your reading minutes online.
Weekly prize drawings will include gift cards, books, and other goodies, and if you are able to meet the challenge of reading 25 hours over the course of the program, your name will be entered in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire HDX.
Along with reading logs, the library will be hosting a slew of programs specifically for teens, including Physics Olympics, crafts, video game freeplay, creative writing club, and more.
June Young Adult activities include:
► Friday, June 13, 4 p.m.: Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, June 16, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, June 17, 4 p.m.:  Video Game Freeplay, Gozzer Room.
► Friday, June 20, 5:30 p.m.: Teen Movie, “The LEGO Movie,” Gozzer Room, includes free snacks. (This is an after-hours activity. Participants must arrive before the library closes at 6 p.m.)
► Tuesday, June 24, 4 p.m.: Teen Physics Olympics: Marshmallow Challenge, Community Room.
► Thursday, June 26, 4 p.m.: Crafternoons: Melted Crayon Art, Gozzer Room.
► Friday, June 27, 4 p.m.: Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, June 30, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, Gozzer Room.
For details, contact Young Adult Coordinator Laura Jenkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (208)769-2315 ext. 469.

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.

Winners of the 2014 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library: Front Row, left to right, Paige Wilton, Thomas Heresy, Jacob Bass, Jessalynn Adams, Nathan Edmonds, Peyton Jerome, and Grace Remmick. Second row, Jeffrey Olmo, Collin Thompson, Alison Cranney, Avery Hunt, and Samuel Cuentas. Third row, Matthew Curless, Samantha Nearing, Brooke McClurkin, Louisa Olson, Aleesa McArthur, Emma Ployhar, and Chloe Dennis. Back row, Faithe Christensen, Adina Schenkenberger, Nina Eckberg, Jani Gonzalez, and Becca Sims. Not pictured: Brilliana Preston, Marge Huntington, Isaac Harrison, Kendyl Dickinson, and Angela Gates.

The winners of the 26th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were recognized Saturday, May 17, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Winners received cash prizes supported by grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Friends of the Library -- $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. In case of ties full duplicate prizes are awarded.
Writing entries are fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less. Entries are judged by volunteers who are professional writers, editors, and educators. Nearly 200 entries were submitted in age groups ranging from 6 to adult for the 2014 competition.
Prizes were awarded to:
► Fiction 19-plus: First (tie), Angela Gates, Hayden, “Six Months of June” – First (tie), Becca Sims, Coeur d’Alene, “Iris in the Sky” – Second, Jani Gonzalez, Rathdrum, “Life on Mars” – Third, Nina Eckberg, Coeur d’Alene, “Sons of Bitches.”
► Fiction Age 15-18: First, Faithe Christensen, Coeur d’Alene, “A Car Full of Irony” – Second, Chloe Dennis, Coeur d’Alene, “Tree Limbs in Winter” – Third, Matthew Corless, Coeur d’Alene, “Descent.”
► Fiction Ages 12-14: Louisa Olson, Coeur d’Alene, “The Tiger” – Second (tie), Kendyl Dickinson, Rathdrum, “”Am I Crazy?” - Second (tie), Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “After the Storm” - Third, Brooke McClurkin, Dalton Gardens, “The Kindertransport.”
► Fiction Ages 9-11: First, Avery Hunt, Coeur d’Alene, “Hiding in the Open” – Second, Alison Cranney, Coeur d’Alene, “Carl, A Red Blood Cell” – Third, Jeffrey Olmo, Hauser, “The Dark Void.”
► Fiction Ages 6-8: First, Nathan Edmonds, Coeur d’Alene, “The Adventure of FFTNE: Mars” – Second, Jessalynn Adams, Coeur d’Alene, “The Dolphin and the Horse” – Third, Jacob Bass, Coeur d’Alene, “The New Hotwheel.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus: First, Adina Schenkenberger, Rathdrum, “Gentle Men” – Second, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley, “Memories” – Third, Marge Huntington, “Christmas Eve.”
► Nonfiction Ages 15-18: Second, Emma Ployhar, Coeur d’Alene, “Words” – Third, Aleesa McArthur, Post Falls, “Virtueless.”
► Nonfiction Ages 12-14: First, Samantha Nearing, Post Falls, “What is Bravery” – Second, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “Phantom of the Mountain” – Third (tie), Brilliana Preston, Coeur d’Alene, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Literary Analysis” – Third (tie), Collin Thompson, Hayden, “Secret of the Lake.”
► Nonfiction Ages 9-11: First, Jeffrey Olmo, Hauser, “’Bee’yond Imagination” – Second, Grace Remmick, Coeur d’Alene, “The Little Cook Car” – Third, Peyton Jerome, Coeur d’Alene, “Earthquake”
► Nonfiction Ages 6-8: First, Thomas Heresy, Coeur d’Alene, “Farm Living is the Life for Me: The Next Year” – Second, Paige Wilton, Hayden, “My Autobiography.”