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Civil rights attorney Norm Gissel will lead the discussion at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library of a book by Jess Walter which examines a deadly confrontation and siege in North Idaho in 1992.
The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Ruby Ridge:  The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family” and will discuss the book Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10:15 in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. Discussions are open to any adult reader and copies of the book are available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
The book is the second by best-selling author Walter selected by the book club as part of its participation in North Idaho Reads (NIR), a cooperative program by multiple North Idaho libraries.
The book examines what led to the incident that resulted in three deaths at a lonely cabin site near the Canadian border. Drawing on extensive interviews with the Weaver family, government insiders, and others, Walter traces the paths that led the Weavers to their confrontation with federal agents.
Gissel is one of the founding members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and he was instrumental in convincing Victoria and Jason Keenan to bring suit against the Aryan Nations, an action resulting in the $6.3 million verdict that forced the sale of Richard Butler's compound.
He received many awards including the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Civil Rights Award, Carl Maxey Civil Rights Award, Distinguished Citizen of the Year from the Couer d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, and many other acknowledgements for his community work against racist groups in the northwest.
 NIR is a joint project of the Boundary County Library District, the Coeur d’Alene Library, the Community Library Network; the East Bonner County Library District, the West Bonner Library District, and the libraries at Kellog, Mullan, Osburn, Plummer, and Priest Lake. The NIR committee each year selects a book – or in this case a regional author – that the community is encouraged to read and programs are developed around the themes in the books to create a dialogue.

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.

Norm Gissel photo courtesy of Idaho Public Television.

Fall Reading Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continue through Nov. 21 and will include Star Wars Reads Day on Oct. 11, 1-3 p.m.
The day will include snacks, games, trivia, and costumes in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Star Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners.
The Seagraves Children’s Library will also host special activity on Thursday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The “Lights On! After-School Fall Festival” will include carnival games, snacks, and other fun activities.
No registration is required for these events or the library’s regular free programs which include:
► Book Baby Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.
► Tales for 2s and 3s: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 2-3.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages 3-5.
► Music and Motion: Wednesday, 1:30-2 p.m., music activities for ages 3-5.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., freeplay with the library’s huge LEGO collection for ages 5-10.
► Stay and Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 to noon (following Tales for Twos and Threes) and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. (following Book Babies), hang out in the storyroom for playtime and socializing).
► Homeschool Meet-Up: Each Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m., (not including the first Thursday of the each month and holidays), for home-schooled kids, tweens, teens, and their parents.
The following homeschool activities are free, but do require registration by calling Jolie at 208-765-4393:
► Homeschool Junior: First Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m., for kindergarten to second-grade aged children.
► Homeschool Teens: 1-2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, during the fall programs.
► Homeschool Clubs: Mondays, 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, and Nov. 17 during the fall programs. Clubs are organized for specific age groups: Grades 2-3 – Theatre Club, Lit-Based Art Club, and Craft Club. Grades 4-6: Heritage Craft Club, Makers Club, and Yoga Club.
► Homeschool Assembly: First Monday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m., a monthly assembly of homeschool kids of all ages and a parent with a different assembly each month including Science Fair Day, Lit Day, Community Service, Talent Show, etc.
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.

How old are Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse? No one knows for sure.
What we do know is that they were born out of a love of books, active living, public art, and the community of Coeur d’Alene.
And every year since 2008 their birthday has been celebrated at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. “Mudgy & Millie” fans of all ages are invited to the party, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
The brainchild of children’s author Susan Nipp – nationally known as the co-creator of the Wee Sing books and music – the book was illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Nipp, who is a member of the Library Foundation Board, signed over all royalties from the sale of the book and related merchandise to the foundation.
“Mudgy & Millie” follows the adventure of its moose and mouse characters as they play hide and seek along a route that leads from Tubbs Hill, to the library, downtown, around the boardwalk, to City Park and finally to Independence Point.
The author, a strong proponent of families staying active together, worked with the City of Coeur d’Alene to create the Mudgy Trail, which follows this same route.
Inspired by the bronze statues in Boston created for the book “Make Room For Ducklings,” Nipp worked with local sculptor Terry Lee for the creation of five life-size bronze statues installed along the Mudgy Trail. 
The Sept. 13 celebration will include a reading of the book by Nipp, a special appearance by Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse, a sing-along of the “Mudgy & Millie Song,” book signing by Nipp and Lee, and, of course, birthday cake compliments of The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
There is no charge to attend the party. Copies of the book will be available to purchase as will Mudgy & Millie plush animals. All proceeds benefit the Library Foundation.

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.

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