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How old are Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse? No one knows for sure.
What we do know is that they were born out of a love of books, active living, public art, and the community of Coeur d’Alene.
And every year since 2008 their birthday has been celebrated at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. “Mudgy & Millie” fans of all ages are invited to the party, Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
The brainchild of children’s author Susan Nipp – nationally known as the co-creator of the Wee Sing books and music – the book was illustrated by Charles Reasoner. Nipp, who is a member of the Library Foundation Board, signed over all royalties from the sale of the book and related merchandise to the foundation.
“Mudgy & Millie” follows the adventure of its moose and mouse characters as they play hide and seek along a route that leads from Tubbs Hill, to the library, downtown, around the boardwalk, to City Park and finally to Independence Point.
The author, a strong proponent of families staying active together, worked with the City of Coeur d’Alene to create the Mudgy Trail, which follows this same route.
Inspired by the bronze statues in Boston created for the book “Make Room For Ducklings,” Nipp worked with local sculptor Terry Lee for the creation of five life-size bronze statues installed along the Mudgy Trail. 
The Sept. 13 celebration will include a reading of the book by Nipp, a special appearance by Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse, a sing-along of the “Mudgy & Millie Song,” book signing by Nipp and Lee, and, of course, birthday cake compliments of The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
There is no charge to attend the party. Copies of the book will be available to purchase as will Mudgy & Millie plush animals. All proceeds benefit the Library Foundation.

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.

Whether you have no computer skills at all or are looking to improve the skills you have the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has free training opportunities during September.
ReTool Box help sessions are designed for those who have little or no computer experience and are offered in a series of four sessions over a two-week period by volunteers and staff with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation using the library’s mobile laptop lab.
These hand-on, user-friendly sessions – offered in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., include:
► Introduction to Basic Computer Operations: Tuesday, Sept. 2.
► Online Searching and Internet Exploration: Thursday, Sept. 4.
► Navigating Microsoft Office Word: Tuesday, Sept. 9.
► Resumes and Saving Documents: Thursday, Sept. 11.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat call the Library Foundation at 208-769-2380.
The Foundation is also taking reservations for computer workshops led by IT Coordinator Christopher Brannon intended for participants who have some computer and keyboard skills.
These workshops are offered on Mondays in the Gozzer Room at the library and include:
► Basics in Word: (Word Processing) Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
► Basics in PowerPoint: (Presentations) Sept. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.
► Working with Facebook: Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This workshop requires that you have already signed up for e-mail and Facebook accounts. If you need assistance creating accounts, please refer to the library’s “Creating an E-mail Account” and “Creating a Facebook Account” brochures.

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.

It a deal that’s hard to beat – a free workshop on improving personal finance management and it comes with a free lunch.
The Spokane Teachers Credit Union, in partnership with the Library Foundation, begins a new monthly series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with “Budgeting 101.”
All workshops are offered noon to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. Following sessions will be “Organizing Your Finances,” Wednesday, Oct. 8; and “Protect your Credit Score,” Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Seating is limited. To register visit www.stcu.org/workshops. For more information call STCU Community Relations at 509-344-2202.

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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