Winners of the 2016 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library include: Front row, left to right, Maricela Nelson, Kaelah Hoit, Elizabeth Fields, Alyssa Harrison, Maren Larson, Ava Dafs, Emily Dodd, and Payson Irwin. Middle row, Abigail Tabladillo, Ryland Hoit, Noah Tabladillo, Isaac Harrison, Logan Graham, Isaiah Harrison, Samuel Cuentas, and Toby Tabladillo. Back row, Jordan Lo, Justin Gates Jackson Graham, Garrett Weller, Victoria Collins, Angela Gates, Glenn Graham, and Rebecca Crouse. Not pictured: Elizabeth Ryssel, Brenda Bergelin, Marge Huntington, Grace Clark, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Grant Lupien.

Winners in the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition Saturday, May 14, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Cash prizes for the competition are made possible through grants provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by the Friends of the Library.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors, published authors, and educators.
The Writers Competition was created by former Library Director Julie Meier in 1988 to encourage excellence in writing and reveal authors in our community.
Winners receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In the case of ties duplicate full prizes are awarded. In addition, all entries in the competition are included in professionally bound books added to the library’s reference collection.
Winners for 2016 and their entries included:
► Nonfiction 6-8: First, Maricela Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “Abraham Lincoln” – Second, Kaelah Hoit, Hayden, “Echo’s Crazy Life.” (Only two entries in this category and age group.)
► Nonfiction 9-11:  First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “My Favorite Hobbies” - Second, Ava Drafs, Coeur d’Alene, “The Saddest Day” - Third, Emily Dodd, Coeur d’Alene, “Titan and Jewell.”
► Nonfiction 12-14: First, Abigail Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Leaving a Legacy” - Second, Ryland Hoit, Hayden, “All About That Bass” - Third, Noah Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Mother of us All.”
► Nonfiction 15-18: First, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “The Day I See You” - Second , Elizabeth Ryssel, Hayden, “It Was Love” - Third, Toby Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene , “Voting: Our Civic Duty.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus:  First, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley,  “You can Lead a Chicken to Freedom …” - Second, Brenda Bergelin, Coeur d’Alene, “Ghost Cat” - Third, Victoria Collins, Coeur d’Alene, “She Has No Idea.”
► Fiction 6-8: First, Elizibeth Fields, Hayden, “Lucy The Brown Horse” - Second, Alyssa Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Princess and the Bear” - Third, Maren Larson, Coeur d’Alene, “A Timb Gets Back Home.”
► Fiction 9-11: First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “Lord of the Penguins” - Second, Grace Clark, Coeur d’Alene, Lost and Found” - Third, Payson Irwin, Coeur d’Alene, “The Quilt of Many Dreams.”
► Fiction 12-14: First, Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Completely, Absolutely, Most, Definitely True Story of Stone Hedge” - Second, Logan Graham, Hayden, “Treasure of Ohadi” - Third, Isaiah Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “Shadow of the Mountain.”
► Fiction 15-18: First, Jordan Lo, Hayden, “A Martian Connection” - Second (tie), Justin Gates, Hayden, “War Hunt” - Second (tie), Jackson Graham, Hayden, “Blinded by Conviction” - Third (tie), Elizabeth Hamilton, Hayden, “Metaline Falls” - Third (tie), Garrett Weller, Coeur d’Alene, “Opportunity.”
► Fiction 19-Plus: First, Angela Gates, Hayden, “Writers Block” - Second, Glenn Graham, Harrison, “The Cost of Inspiration” - Third, Rebecca Crouse, Post Falls, “Higgenpop’s.”

Do computers and electronic devices such as e-readers intimidate you? Can you use a little help setting up e-mail or getting online to fill out a job application?
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., offers a variety of computer workshops, but now patron can also get one-on-one help Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., in the Computer Lab on the Nonfiction side of the main floor. No reservation is necessary.
“We have patrons coming to the library all the time who need help to gain confidence using computers, tablets, and e-readers,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “The staff at the Research and Information Desk cannot always devote as much time as they would like to help. These sessions are intended to provide the assistance people may need.”
Assistance will be provided by Circulation Clerk Angela Flock, who is also involved in teaching during the library’s full computer workshops. Drop-in sessions are made possible, in part, through a grant from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to the Library Foundation.
The library also offers basic computer orientation in two workshops each month and additional workshops focusing on such skills as word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, and using e-mail and Facebook.
A brochure listing all workshops for the coming year is available at the library. For more information or to reserve space in a workshop call 208-769-2315 or e-mail 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.

Computer workshops for beginners and those who want to improve their skills will again be offered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library during February.
Participants will register for the workshops by calling the library at 208-769-2315 or by visiting the Research and Information Desk at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The free 90-minute workshops will be at 10:30 a.m. for each session and will be offered in the Community Room. The workshops will be taught by Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon, assisted by Library Clerk Angela Flock utilizing the library’s laptop lab.
The workshops are supported, in part, by a grant to the Library Foundation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
Up to 19 people can be accepted per session. Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the start of each workshop. Seats not filled by the start of the workshops will be filled by stand-bys.
Workshops for February and March will include:
► Windows Basic – Part 1: Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, March 8. Designed to provide a basic understanding of using Windows – the most commonly used computer operating system – using a mouse and keyboard, and how to save and retrieve files on a computer.
► Windows Basic – Part 2: Tuesday, Feb. 2, and Thursday, March 10. Continues basic education in Windows teaching basic skills and safety on the Internet, and common tasks such as copy and paste.
► Word: Tuesday, Feb. 9. Provides a basic understanding of creating, editing, and formatting documents in a word processing program.
► Excel: Tuesday, Feb. 16. Teaches using a spreadsheet program to organize numbers and information including basic formula writing and using graphs and charts.
► Publisher: Tuesday, Feb. 23. Learn to create documents, such as business cards, brochures, signs, and banners, using desktop publishing.
► PowerPoint: Monday, March 14. Provides instruction on communicating effectively using presentation software to create slideshows. Teaches slide manipulation, object use, transitions, and tips for creating am effective presentation.
► E-mail: Covers the basic skills necessary to send and receive e-mail. All examples will be in done in Yahoo Mail, but are applicable to other e-mail services. This workshop requires that you have signed up for an e-mail account before the session. A brochure for creating an e-mail account is available at the library.
► Facebook: Tuesday, March 29. Learn to use this popular social media to connect and communicate with old and new friends. Workshop also provides information for keeping your information safe and private. Participants need to create an e-mail and Facebook accounts prior to the workshop and a brochures on how to do this are available at the library.
For more information contact Brannon at 208-769-2315 Ext. 456 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.