Children’s author Mary Jane Kooiman will read from her book, “Jackson and the Big Blue Boots,” as part of the Preschool Storytimes, Wednesday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The preschool program is for ages 3-5.
Spring Programs begin in the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave., on Tuesday, April 6. Other children’s programs include:
►Book Babies Lap-Sit: For ages newborn to 22 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver, Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.
►Tales for 2s and 3s: For ages 2 and 3, Tuesdays 11-11:30 a.m.
►LEGO Club: For ages 5-10 with building time using the library’s huge LEGO collection, Thursdays, 4-5 p.m.
►Lonely Books Club: For ages 8-12. Visit the library for a reading list. Club meets Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Kooiman was inspired to write her book during a visit to Post Falls four years ago. After observing a boy who lived across the street she wrote a poem about the boy, actually named Jackson, on her flight home to Michigan. She subsequently worked on the poem and contacted a friend and cousin, Rick Cunningham to illustrate the book.
A retired English teacher at the Alma, Mich., High School, Kooiman has written poetry for many years. “Jackson and the Big Blue Boots,” is her first children’s book.
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