In a precautionary move to protect public health, all public adult, teen, and children’s programs at the Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries during March have been cancelled.

The move follows a similar decision by North Idaho College that resulted in the cancelation of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival sponsored by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA). This also resulted in the cancelation of a screening of “The Wild” Friday, March 13, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, sponsored by KEA and the Library Foundation.
“This is not a decision we take lightly,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “But after discussing the issue with the Library Board of Trustees and the other City of Coeur d’Alene department heads, we decided it is better to err on the side of caution.”
Ammon noted that libraries in Spokane have also cancelled their programs.
“Given our proximity to Spokane, this seems like the right thing to do,” she said.
The cancellation also applies to all meeting room reservations at the library for the rest of this month.
The public will be notified when library programs and meeting room reservations can resume.



Historic Coeur d’Alene Homes – Then & Now – will be the focus of the new Inland Northwest Milestone Lecture series by regional historian Robert Singletary at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The series, presented in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, will feature some of the historic homes built on East Sherman Avenue in the early 1900s, beginning Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., with the J.C. White House, recently moved from Sherman Avenue to the base of Tubbs Hill in the
City Hall/Library campus. The White House will serve as the future home of the museum.
Original owners of these homes were men prominent in such industries as lumbering, railroading, steam-boating, banking and real estate.
“They came to Coeur d’Alene when it was a village of about 500, struggling to make a name for itself after years of being a military town,” said Singletary, who serves as Marketing and Program Director for the museum and who was recently named to the Coeur d’Alene Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves on the Historic Preservation Commission for Kootenai County.
In 1900, there were only a few private homes scattered around the city. By 1915, more than 70 new additions had been platted and hundreds of homes, ranging from simple cottages to mansions, were constructed.  Some of the earliest and most impressive homes were built on East Sherman Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown.
The lectures on each home will include information about the life of its original owner and their contribution to the area.
The planned scheduled of lectures – the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 – will be:
► Jan. 23: J.C. White House
► Feb. 27: F.A. Blackwell House
► March 26: William Dollar House
► April 23: J.J. O’Brien House
► May 28: Russell Blackwell House 
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 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Pageturners Library Book Club will not meet in December, but will begin a new Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) series in January.
LTAI is sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries with support from the Idaho Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and locally by the Friends of the Library.
Books in the series follow the theme, “The Humanity of Science and Technology.”
Print copies of the books in the series are provided by the state library commission. The Idaho Talking Book Service will provide audio copies of the books to readers with visual or physical challenges. Outreach Coordinator Barbara Brambila-Smith can assist Talking Book users. Call extension 316 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Book club discussions are open to any adult reader at no charge. Check out the books by visiting the library’s Research and Information Desk. The book club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room.
The upcoming series and the scholar discussion leaders will be:
► Jan. 22: “Alone Together” by Sherry Turkle, scholar Paula Coomer.
► Feb. 26: “Lives of a Cell” by Lewis Thomas, scholar Paula Coomer.
► March 25: “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr, scholar Paula Coomer.
► April 22: “The Unexpected Universe” by Loren Eiseley, scholar Jennifer Ladino.
► May 27: “Born in Africa” by Martin Meredith, scholar Elizabeth Sloan.