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Wizards of all ages are invited to discover Platform No. 9 ¾ and to travel to Hogwarts at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Muggles are welcome, too.
A free Harry Potter Party in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
The book, which is J.K. Rowling's debut novel, was published on 26 June 1997 by Bloomsbury in London under the title of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” In 1998 Scholastic Corp. published an edition for the United States using the “Sorcerer’s Stone” title. The novel won most of the British book awards that were judged by children, and other awards in the U.S. The book reached the top of the New York Times list of best-selling fiction in August 1999, and stayed near the top of that list for much of 1999 and 2000. It has been translated into several other languages and has been made into a feature-length film of the same name.
The film will be screened in the Shirley Parker Storyroom beginning at 3 p.m. after the party.
Party activities will include a costume contest, wand making, crafts, games, snacks, prizes, and other activities.
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 visit the library, call Youth Services at 208-769-2315 Ext. 438, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Shawn Vestal will share his short-story collection, “Godforsaken Idaho,” at a book talk at the library Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., in the Community Room.
Vestal draws on his own experiences as a former Mormon to reimagine life in Northwestern America. An acclaimed McSweeney’s and Tin House contributor, Vestal conjures the rough and rowdy reality of the American West and the humor and scrappiness of everyday life, illuminating the articles of faith that make us human.
He is a columnist and reporter for the Spokesman-Review and a former copy editor for the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Vestal’s stories move backward in time and are loosely connected by a vast and sprawling family. “The First Several Hundred Years Following My Death” (previously published in Tin House) is a comic vision of the afterlife in which everyone in heaven is the age they were when they died – a fantasy both profound and absurd. The Los Angeles Times writes, “Vestal gets at the complexity of family dynamics in what feels like a wholly original way – magnifying all its terrible poignancy by freezing it in eternity.”
In the tough yet tender “About As Fast As This Car Can Go,” an ex-con introduces his teenage son to crime, and in “Winter Elders,” Mormon missionaries pursue a man who has left the fold – with chilling results. The three concluding stories take on the legends and legacy of Mormonism head on. “Diviner,” the final piece, is an indelible portrait of the young Joseph Smith, in the days when he was not yet the founder of the faith but a man hired to find buried treasure.

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.

Project Part of North Idaho Reads Programs for ‘Essential Ingredients’


When your family gathers for a special meal is there a unique dish or dessert you can expect to be served at least once a year? Perhaps it’s a recipe passed down through the generations or something the cooks in your family discovered and improved.
The libraries of North Idaho would like you to share your family flavorites.
Recipes are being collected as part of the North Idaho Reads project and its featured book for 2013, “The School of Essential Ingredients,” by Erica Bauermeister.
To share your favorite recipe pick up an entry form at a participating library or download the form at the website: NorthIdahoReads.org. The recipes will be posted at the website along with your first name, home library, and hometown.
North Idaho Reads is a joint project of libraries in the North Idaho region. The NIR committee selects a book each year that the regional community is encouraged to read and programs are developed around the themes in the book to create a dialogue. When possible, the author is invited to visit the area to talk about their book.
Participating libraries include Coeur d’Alene, Plummer, and Wallace public libraries; those in the Community Library Network; and in the Boundary, East Bonner County, and West Bonner library districts.
Book discussions and food-related programs will be offered at libraries and other venues in the coming weeks. Bauermeister, who lives in Seattle, is scheduled to speak at North Idaho libraries in October.

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