Kids don’t always discover books and reading the same way. Just as the “Harry Potter” books and movies got many young people reading, the vivid stories told by the “Star Wars” franchise have also played a role in stirring up imaginations and sending children and teens to libraries and bookstores for more adventure.
The second annual Star Wars Reads Day, Saturday, Oct. 5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library – 702 E. Front Ave. – celebrates this link.
Activities will take place in the Community Room and include a costume contest, door prizes, a trivia contest, crafts and refreshments.
The event will also include a visit by Darth Vader and one of his loyal storm troopers – members of Timberline Garrison of the 501st Legion. Founded in 1997 the Legion includes more than 4,000 members worldwide. Its authentically costumed members donate their time to worthwhile charities.
With significant changes being brought about by healthcare reform, Idahoans have an opportunity to become informed during a program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Sept. 23-27 is Health Insurance Awareness Week in Idaho and the Idaho Association of Health Underwriters are staffing a series of free public meetings to answer questions about changes in health insurance, Medicare, and the Idaho Health Exchange/Marketplace.
Local agents Brad Miles and Paul Landers will be available in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to use the parking lots behind or south of City Hall and can use the lower library entrance facing the park.
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.
In 2007 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library was settling into a new building. Local children’s author Susan Nipp was thinking about ways to benefit the library and its newly expanded role in the community.
One year later, in September 2008, Coeur d’Alene welcomed two new representatives for the city, delighting children and adults as they played hide-and-seek in the heart of the community in a new book, “Mudgy & Millie.”
“As a child, I loved hiking Tubbs Hill, playing in City Park, and wandering through downtown,” Nipp said. “I wanted to share this love of Coeur d'Alene with children so I needed to think of a way to get kids to explore our town. Thus, the idea of a hide-and-seek game with Mudgy Moose looking around the downtown area for Millie Mouse seemed to be a great way to intrigue kids to follow their trail.
Since then nearly 20,000 copies of the book, written by Nipp, and illustrated by Charles Reasoner, have been sold. The author signed her royalties over to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and its sales have generated about $90,000 for the library.
"Mudgy and Millie have been wonderful ambassadors for the Coeur d'Alene Library, and we are celebrating that with a Fifth Birthday Party,” said Ruth Pratt, Executive Director of the Library Foundation. “They also make other appearances throughout the community, and now have their own ‘Mudgymobile’ decorated with art work from the book."
On Sunday, Sept. 8, beginning at 2 p.m., the fifth annual Birthday Celebration for Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be offered at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., in the Community Room on the lower level. (Participants are advised to use the parking lots behind and south of City Hall.)