The 28th annual contest to find great writers in our community has begun at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The deadline for entries is Friday, March 31. Each competitor may submit up to two entries in whatever combination of fiction and/or nonfiction they choose.
Entries will be judged in age groups 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19-plus by professional writers, editors, and educators. Winning entries will receive cash awards in each category and age group, $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third. Professionally bound volumes containing all entries in the competition will be placed in the library collection.
The Writers Competition has previously been funded by the Hecla Mining Co., the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club, and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by Friends of the Library.
Winners will be notified by phone and e-mail and will be announced publicly at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in the library Community Room.
Survey Seeks Community Ideas on Equipment, Programs
The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries are conducting a survey to determine what patrons want for makerspace equipment and programs.
A makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common creative interests, often in computers, technology, science, art crafts, and sewing, can meet, socialize, and collaborate.
“Our community already has an excellent – fully equipped – makerspace at Gizmo,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “And it isn’t our plan to compete with that resource. The libraries are considering adding equipment and events to create a makerspace environment appropriate for our facilities and staff and we want to know what our patrons would like to see here.”
People can respond to the survey online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/92D3PW2 and can also fill out a paper version at the main library, 702 E. Front Ave., or at the Lake City branch in the high school on Ramsey Road.
Children and families have another reason to read this summer.
A new online resource on the website for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library provides more than 600 free children’s e-books from any device with Internet access.
The fiction and nonfiction books from the Fable Learning site can be accessed by visiting www.cdalibrary.org and clicking the EXPLORE link. On non-library computers patrons need to log in with their library card number.
Fable Learning allows users to search for a title by name, author, or subject and to select titles based on grade level or Accelerated Reading searches.
Or users can simply browse all titles and covers to see what captures their imaginations. The interactive books allows children to read the books as they would normally or to have the books read to them as words are highlighted on the page.
Remember, e-books still qualify as time for Reading Logs for Summer Reading at the library, even if the title is read to the child. Reading logs are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level and at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road.
Fable Learning is one of several services for younger readers available online through the library’s EXPLORE link.
► Tumble Books: Books younger readers can listen to.
► Novel List K-8 Plus: Books recommendations based on the readers’ interests.
► World Book Kids: Reference materials.
► Book Adventure: A Sylvan Learning-maintained site with a free reading motivation program for ages K-8.
► Storyline Online: Streaming video from the Screen Actors Guild featuring actors reading children’s books.
► OverDrive: The library’s main e-book source also offers children’s titles that can be downloaded to computers, tablets, and e-readers for up to two weeks. Most books can also be read online where Internet access is available.
For user names and passwords associated with online resources call 208-769-2315 or visit the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Some services are provided courtesy of the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
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.