The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is filled with stories – printed words, recorded sounds, and digitized images.
A new program, inspired by artists, traditional storytellers, and public radio’s StoryCorps program is coming to Coeur d’Alene sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation.
The “StoryCatcher Project” will take place in a permanent recording studio in the library. It is an expansion of artist Barbara Mueller’s creation of “Portrait of a Town” – the photos of area residents on display for the past year in the Sherman Avenue park with accompanying interviews accessible on the Internet.
A study room at the library – referred to as the “Lodge of the Storyteller” by Coeur d’Alene Tribe members at its groundbreaking ceremony – is currently undergoing a transformation by local artists Mary Dee and Allen Dodge. The exterior will be decorated to resemble the entrance to a lodge, and the interior will reflect murals depicting mythological symbols of storytelling used in the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s traditions.

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The library, along with all other offices of the City of Coeur d'Alene, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.
When the library is closed many services are available through the library website:
Patrons can log on to check due dates for checkouts, to browse the catalog, and to reserve items. E-books and E-audio books can be downloaded using the OverDrive system. And MP3 music can be download and owned legally using the Freegal system.
Other online resources include reference materials, newspaper and magazine back issues, travel guides, auto repair manuals, career training and job search sites, and practice tests.
Some online resources do require a user name and/or password. These can be obtained by calling or visiting the library during open hours.

The Pageturners Library Book Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will discuss several different books when it meets Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
Members are asked to bring in and review books that would make good holiday gifts. The club does not meet during December.
Beginning in January, however, the Pageturners will begin a new series of books as part of the Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) program with books provided by Idaho Commission for Libraries.
LTAI provides 25 copies of each of the books to be discussed by scholars provided by the Idaho Humanities Council. The program is also sponsored by the US Bancorp Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The local book club also receives funding from the Friends of the Library.
The new series is based on the theme “The Humanity of Science and Technology.” All discussions begin at 10:15 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month. Discussion dates, titles, authors, and discussion scholars include:
►Jan. 22: “Born in Africa” by Martin Meredith, Nancy Casey.
►Feb. 26: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, Gary Williams.
►March 26: “Physics of the Impossible” by Michio Kaku, Nancy Casey.
►April 23: “The Control of Nature” by John McPhee, Jennifer Ladino.
►May 28: “A Briefer History of Time” by Stephen Hawking.
All Pageturner Library Book Club discussions are open to any adult reader at no charge and no registration is required.
Books, along with discussion materials, can be checked out by visiting the library’s Research and Information Desk.

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.