A nonfiction option has been added to the preloaded Kindles available for check out at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
In December the library added Kindles loaded with high-demand fiction and now has thre of the simple black and white devices that patrons can place holds on like printed books.
A fourth Kindle has been loaded with nonfiction books that library records indicate patrons have placed on hold numerous times.
The available nonfiction titles on the device include: “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond, “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”  by J.D. Vance, “Love Warrior: A Memoir” by Glennon Doyle Melton, and “The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds” by Michael Lewis.
For now, the Kindle eReaders will be available to check out from the Research and Information Desk for up to 28 days. If demand increases, the loan period may be shortened.
The devices are not equipped with browsers – such as Chrome or Explorer – but are just set up to read the books loaded on them. The devices can be found on the library’s catalog as “High Demand Nonfiction (Coeur d’Alene) Kindle eReader.”
The Kindles can also be used by readers who need large-print materials. The fonts can be enlarged by readers for easier viewing.
Information on the new service is available at 208-769-2315 or by visiting the Research and Information Desk at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.


The 28th annual contest to find great writers in our community has begun at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The Writers Competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose – no poetry please – up to 2,000 words. Entry forms, rules and a guide to creating an entry are available by visiting the library, by e-mail request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by download at /cdalibrary.org/writers/, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-4012.
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.
Information: David Townsend, communications coordinator, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Believe it or not spring is just around the corner. Get in the mood for planting with the Seed Swap at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Saturday, March 11, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room. (This event was previously scheduled for Feb. 4, but was postponed due to weather.)
This event is co-sponsored by the Inland Northwest Food Network.
Participants can bring seeds to swap and take home new varieties, learn about seed saving, and learn about the seed-sharing program at the library, /truetoseedcda.org/.
You don’t have to have seeds to swap to participate.
For more information visit /inwfoodnetwork.org/seed-swap/.

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.