The deadline for the Julie Meier Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has been extended from March 31 to Saturday, April 18.
The extension has been implemented due to circumstancing related to the temporary closure of the library and the impact of the COVID-19 on the lives of participants and judges.
By extension the deadline for judges and the scheduling of the awards ceremony have been moved back.
Participants are asked to not deliver entries to the library by hand at this time. Entries can be sent through the mail.
The library is developing its procedure for handling returned books and other items, and the outside drop box is not open at this time.


The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is closed until further notice in an ongoing effort to stop the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Patrons will still be able to place holds and the library staff are making arrangements to provide curbside service to deliver books and other materials without making personal contact. Patrons picking up holds do not need to bring their library cards because that information is provided when holds are placed.
Holds can be placed at the library’s website – www.cdalibrary.org. Library staff are answering phones and checking email. Contact the library at 208-769-2315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The library’s hours for service will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend operations are discontinued for now.
For the time being patrons do not need to return borrowed items until the emergency is over. No overdues will be enforced during the closure.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the decision to close the library was made in consultation with the Library Board of Trustees and Mayor Steve Widmyer and other city officials.
“We cannot in good conscience keep the library open to the public when 30 miles away in Spokane crowds of 50 or more people are being banned,” she said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen when it is safe to do so.”
Panhandle Heath in Idaho is also recommending avoiding groups of people of 50 or more and that individuals maintain a safe distance for other people.
The Coeur d’Alene library last week had canceled all public programs and suspended all meeting reservations through at least March. Lake City Public Library, the branch in the high school on Ramsey Road, has also been closed along with all other local schools.
Library patrons are also encouraged to make use of the online resources available through the EXPLORE link at the website. Ebooks are available through OverDrive and Libby. Through the Freegal service up to five songs a week can be downloaded to keep.

For the latest information on the coronavirus visit the Panhandle Health District website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/.


Lake City Public Library – operated at the high school on Ramsey Road in Coeur  d’Alene – has been closed temporarily as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the decision to suspend Lake City services was made in consultation with Coeur d’Alene School District officials. The school district yesterday also suspended all large-group activities in school facilities, including those organized by the City of Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department.
While the Lake City library branch is closed, holds placed for books and other items there can be picked up at the main library at 702 E. Front Ave.
The main library remains open for regular hours at this time, but has suspended all public programs and meeting reservations.
For the latest information on the coronavirus visit the Panhandle Health District website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/.