02.10.2017

A new library book club will combine reading and painting.
Beyond the Book Club will be held every first and third Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with great discussion, participants will also create individual watercolor art inspired by the book being read.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, where participants will collectively decide on the first book to read and create watercolor bookmarks. Come to read, chat, and create.

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.

02.10.2017

Missoula author Pete Fromm will discuss his latest book, “The Names of the Stars,” during an author talk Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the library presented in partnership with The Well-Read Moose. The event is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
At 20 years old, Fromm heard of a job babysitting salmon eggs, seven winter months alone in a tent in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Leaping at this chance to be a mountain man, with no experience in the wilds, he left his normal world. Thirteen years later, he published his beloved memoir of that winter, “Indian Creek Chronicles ― Into the Wild with a Twist,” which was recently discussed by the Pageturners Library Book Club.
Twenty five years later, he was asked to return to the wilderness to babysit more fish eggs. But, no longer a footloose 20-year-old, at 45, he was the father of two young sons. He left again, alone, straight into the heart of Montana’s Bob Marshall wilderness, walking a daily ten-mile loop to his fish eggs through deer and elk and the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
“The Names of the Stars” (St. Martins, 2016) is not only a story of wilderness and bears but also a trek through a life lived at its edges, showing how an impulsive kid transformed into a father without losing his love for the wilds.
Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels, “If Not For This,” “As Cool as I Am,” and “How All This Started,” his story collection “Dry Rain,” and “Indian Creek Chronicles.” The film of “As Cool as I Am” was released in 2013.
He is also the author of four other story collections and has published more than 200 stories in magazines. He is on the faculty of Oregon’s Pacific University’s Low-Residency Master of
Fine Arts Program and lives in Montana.

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.

19.06.2017

Internet access is a necessity for most job searches, careers, school work, and popular entertainment, but nearly a third of local families do not have access to the Internet unless they visit places like the Coeur d’Alene Public Library where they can use computers or the free Wi-Fi.
Through a grant of $10,875 from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation obtained by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation, the library now offers patrons “Internet to go.”
“This is a significant step in bridging the digital divide in our community,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “This grant helps us provide access to the world for patrons who need to connect to family and friends, do online banking and job searches, use school resources, and for entertainment.”
Ben Drake, president of the Library Foundation, said that his group is proud of the role they played in obtaining the grant.
“The Library Foundation was involved in fundraising to build the physical library which opened 10 years ago,” he said. “We want to continue to help the library grow by enhancing the resources it offers the community.”
The library has 25 hotspots – portable devices used to create a wireless Internet access point – available to check out to library cardholders. The devices can be checked out for four weeks and can be renewed for an additional four weeks as long as there are no holds placed on them.
These hotspots can be used through the T-Mobile Network even if the user does not have cell phone, landline, or cable television service. Users can access the Internet from any location served by T-Mobile using a laptop, tablet, smart phone, or other wireless-equipped devices. They can also be used in conjunction with Rokus, or similar devices that permit streaming movies or other shows from the Internet. The library also has Rokus available to check out.
The hotspots will be checked out with instructions on how to use the devices and assistance will also be available from the library staff.

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