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One of Europe’s most dramatic and scenic geological features will be the subject of a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as a new series of “Novel Destinations,” begins Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.
“A Tour of Mont Blanc,” will be presented by Tony and Mary Berns from their visit to the region straddling the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland. The travelogue, sponsored by the Library Foundation, will be shown on the big screen in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
“The Mont Blanc massif offers some of the most outstanding mountain scenery on earth,” said Tony Berns. “The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 105-mile circuitous journey through the snow-peaked mountains of the Alps. With a total elevation gain and loss of 32,000 feet, the trail passes through 11 valleys and mountain passes in three countries.”
“Sounds daunting, but very doable and extremely rewarding for all ages,” he said. “It offers stunning scenery, challenging hiking, interesting folks from around the world, and across the board lodging and food experiences.”
The free “Novel Destinations” programs were created by the Library Foundation to give people in the community an opportunity to share their travel stories and photos. Anyone with a potential slideshow for the series is asked to call the Foundation office at 208-769-2380 or to e-mail 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.

LEGO-rama – the program for kids who love to build – will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The theme for the ninth annual LEGO program is “Space, Building for the Future.” Entries in the design contest can be space ships, space stations, launch facilities, Moon or Mars colonies, aliens and their spacecraft – anything space-related.
One entry per participant can be entered in the contest for ages 4 to 13. Entries must be original designs – not a LEGO or compatible brand kit – built by the participant without adult assistance. Entries are limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint (the space it occupies on a table). Judging will be in age groups 4-6, 7-10, and 11-13.
For the second year judging and this year’s program will be provided by members of the TeraViks FIRST Robotics Club at Coeur d’Alene High School.
Entries should be built prior to being brought to the library. And can be delivered to the Community Room as early as 12:30 p.m. Judging will be from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Certificates will be awarded in each age group. A People’s Choice award will also be made based on audience voting.
Anyone age 14 and older may display designs, but these will not be included in judging. Exhibition Category entries are also limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint.
Complete rules are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library or online at www.cdalibrary.org.
LEGO-rama, like all youth programs at the library, is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Young builders are also invited to participate each week in LEGO Club in the Seagraves Children’s Library. Offered as part of the Winter Reading Programs, the club is for ages 5-8 and meets Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.

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.

High school student and library teen volunteer Caitlin Klaeui has a passion for creative writing. So much so that she has decided to develop a series of creative writing programs for middle school students as part of a leadership and service component required by her school.
And what better place to introduce the ideas of creative writing than at the library, where the great literary works of the world are gathered in one place?
Klaeui will be working with Young Adult Coordinator Laura Jenkins to bring the program series to the Coeur d’Alene Library in January. Four sessions will be offered, and will give children ages 10 to 14 the chance to learn about the elements of short-story writing through fun activities, to share their writing, and to peer edit each other’s stories, all with the goal of creating a final short story project to be printed out for each participant at the end of the program series.
Aspiring young authors are welcome to use their writing projects in the 26th annual Coeur d’Alene Library Writers Competition, which will begin accepting submissions in February.
Creative Writing Club sessions will begin Friday, Jan. 10, 4-5 p.m. in the Gozzer Room of the library, and will take place every following Friday in January. Registration is not required.
For more information, contact Jenkins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone 208-769-2315 ext. 469.
Other January Young Adult programs will include:
  ► Teen Book Club: Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27, 4 p.m., Gozzer Room.
  ► What’s Next? Night: College 101, Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-7 p.m., Gozzer Room.
  ► Teens Craft: PostSecret Cards, Thursday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m., Gozzer Room.
  ► Teen Movie Matinee: “The Help,” PG13, Saturday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m., Gozzer Room.
  ► Teen Video Game: Free play, Thursday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m., Gozzer Room.
  ► Board Game Bonanza: Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m., Gozzer Room.

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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