Robert S. West, M.D., the physician-coroner for Kootenai County from 1970 to 2011 will discuss his new book, “It Can (And Does) Happen Here” at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Sunday, July 13, beginning at 5 p.m.
This free after-hours Book Talk event is sponsored by the Library Foundation in the Community Room at the library 702 E. Front Ave. Signed copies of the book will be available with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Library Foundation.
A native of North Dakota who was trained as a surgeon at Harvard, West is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practiced surgery while fulfilling coroner duties in Kootenai County and raised five children with his wife, Martha.
In his book West relates some of his experiences and also explores the shortcomings of the coroner/medical examiner system and how it can be improved.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 20-769-2315.
Beginning July 5 the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be open more hours on the weekends.
The new hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library is currently open noon to 4 p.m. both days.
“This is something the patrons have told us they wanted and something our Board of Trustees and staff have wanted us to do for a long time,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We know how much the community depends on the library and not everyone can get here during the week.”
She also noted that Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and members of the City Council had expressed interest in seeing the library’s weekend hours extended.
“I’m thrilled that we were able to work out a plan to extend weekend library hours, making it even more convenient for citizens to enjoy the facility and all it has to offer,” Widmyer said.
The weekday hours remain the same: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Pageturners Library Book Club will have several discussion leaders Wednesday, June 24, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as the group does its annual “Best Beach Read” activity.
The Pageturners meet at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. All adult readers are welcome and there is no charge to participate.
For June everyone is asked to bring a favorite to recommend. Sheila Wood will emcee.
“No deep literary analysis is required,” Wood said. “Depending on how large the group is, each person may have only 5 minutes to speak. We want this to be easy and fun and informative.”
She offered these general suggestions:
► Bring the book with you so you can pass it around.
► Briefly discuss the book's general category. If it is fiction, what is the sub-genre; mystery, western, science-fiction, women's fiction, romance, horror, spy thriller, humor?
► What is the book about? Briefly sum it up.
► Why did you enjoy this book and why do you recommend it to other readers?
► Is the theme meaningful? Is the character development especially effective? Does a page-turning plot draw you in? Is the story set in an intriguing place? Does the writer reach out and speak to you in especially fresh language?
► If the book is nonfiction, what is the general topic of discussion? What is it about this topic that makes the book of interest to the group? Many of the elements above apply to non-fiction also.
For July the book club is reading “Atonement” by Ian McEwan for a discussion on July 23. Copies are available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Pageturners is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
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.