A book talk by the author of a new biography of Louise Shadduck will be presented Thursday, Sept. 12, in a very appropriate place – the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
A longtime advocate for the new library, she served as the honorary chair for the library’s building fund and wielded a shovel for its groundbreaking. The evening before the library was dedicated she gasped in delight as a bust – created by sculptor Terry Lee – was unveiled in her honor. The bust now stands before the Louise Shadduck Legacy Wall at the entrance to the library Community Room.
The Community Room, on the lower level of the library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host a 7 p.m. program with Mike Bullard, the author of “Lioness of Idaho, Louise Shadduck and the Power of Polite.”
“Many people now living knew Louise in the last third of her life, but because she so rarely spoke of herself,” Bullard says, “few realize the significance of her early accomplishments.”
Born in the Lake City Oct. 14, 1915, to a pioneering family, by the 1930s Shadduck worked as a reporter for both the Coeur d’Alene Press and the Spokesman-Review. Her coverage of politics led to her involvement in the election process. In 1958 she was appointed Secretary of the Idaho Department of Commerce and Development, the first woman in the United States to hold such a position.
She was actively involved in politics and continued to write her entire life. Books published during her life include “Andy Little, Idaho Sheep King,” “Doctors with Buggies, Snowshoes and Planes: 100 Years and More of Idaho Medicine,” “At the Edge of the Ice: Where Coeur d’Alene and its People Meet,” and “Idaho Rodeo!”
The 239 page biography describes Shadduck’s childhood on a Coeur d’Alene dairy farm, doing chores with her six brothers, seeing the first electric lights and phone come to the farm where she was born.  The book includes fun stories about her fast boating and driving all the way into her 90s.

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Families who are homeschooling will have more options for programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as Fall Reading Programs begin in September.
The library has hosted the Homeschooler Game and Activity Hour that meets the first Tuesday of the month September to June (the second Tuesday in April) designed for school-aged children ages 7 to early teen. The next program for that age is Sept. 3, 1-2:30 p.m. in the Shirley Parker Storyroom at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Two new programs have been added: Homeschool Junior, for kindergarteners and first-graders,  and Homeschool Teens. Both programs begin Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.. Registration is required for the younger participants. Call Jolie for information at 208-765-4393.
Other Fall Programs will begin in the Seagraves Children’s Library beginning Sept. 10 and continuing through Nov. 22. 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, 1-1:30 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.
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.

The Young Adult Schedule for September at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library includes two tours for teens interested in what goes on behind the scenes.
“Behind the Stacks, Teen Library Tour,” is offered Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., and again Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m., in connection with the library’s new Homeschool Teen program. Any teen is welcome to  participate in the tours whether or not they are homeschooled.
Other Young Adult activities for the month include:
► Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.: Free Teen Movie, “Now You See Me,” (PG13), Community Room.
►  Monday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m.: YA Book Club, Historical Fiction, Shirley Parker Storyroom
►  Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, 4 p.m.: Kendama Club, Seagraves Children’s Library.
► Thursday, Sept. 12, 4 p.m.:  Teen Craft, Paper Star Lanterns, Gozzer Room.
►  Monday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m.: YA Book Club, Banned or Challenged Books, Shirley Parker Story Room.
► Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m.: Video Game Free Play, Need For Speed, Most Wanted.
► Throughout the Month: Teen Volunteer Program.
For information contact Laura Jenkins, Young Adult Coordinator, at 208-769-2315 Ext. 469 or by e-mail 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.