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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.

When you need a break from playing in the snow, Winter Reading Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library are a great way to warm up as well as encourage early childhood literacy.
Winter programs begin Tuesday, Jan. 7. No registration is required for these sessions:
  ► Book Babies Lapsit: For ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.
  ► Tales for Twos and Threes: For ages 2-3, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
  ► Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
  ► Music & Motion: For ages 3-5, with songs and movement activities, Wednesdays, 1:30-2 p.m.
  ► Kendama Club: For ages 8-14, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
  ► LEGO Club: For ages 5-10, an hour of free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
Registration is requested for library programs focusing on homeschooling families. Call Jolie for information at 208-765-4393. Programs include:
  ► Homeschool Game and Activity Hour: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m. For school-aged children 7 to early teens.
  ► Homeschool Junior: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Geared to kindergarten and first-grade age children.
  ► Homeschool Meet-Up and Game Café: Fridays, 1 p.m., socializing time for students of all ages, card and board games. (No sign-up needed.)
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.

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