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.)
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.
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.
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.