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Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library with a special family activity, the third annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library. Easiest access will be from the lower parking behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children's author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” book and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the children in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos -- so be sure to bring your cameras.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of “Mudgy & Millie.”
The book, which also features the illustrations of Charles Reasoner, was first published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Information: 208-769-2380.

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.

The Food For Though Book Club at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has established its menu of discussions for the next three months.
Presented in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, the book club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the library’s Gozzer Room, 702 E. Front Ave., and is open to anyone interested in growing, consuming, or the science of food.
 Upcoming discussions will include:
► Dec. 3: “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit” by Barry Estabrook. (This is the University of Idaho Common Read for this year.)
► Jan. 7: “The Science of Cooking” by Peter Barham, understanding the chemistry and physics of cooking should lead to improvements in the kitchen.
► Feb. 4: “Everyday in Tuscany” by Frances Mayes, dozens of delicious recipes from her   traditional kitchen and simple garden in Italy.
To check on the availability of these titles visit the library’s online catalog at: http://catalog.cin.bywatersolutions.com/
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The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior,” by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson.
The discussion will be led by Denise Clark on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. Book club discussions are open to any adult reader. Copies of the book are available to check out at the Research and Information Desk.
The Pageturners do not meet in December. The group begins a new Let’s Talk About it series in January with a biographies and autobiographies theme. Books are provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and discussion leaders by the Idaho Humanities Council.

Teens Can Write a Novel at the Library

Every November aspiring authors flock to their keyboards for the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Or, in non-abbreviated form: National Novel Writing Month.
The challenge? Write 50,000 words over the course of the 30 days of November in what the NaNoWriMo organization has dubbed, “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon.” That amounts to about 1,667 words per day. If you succeed, guess what? You have written a novel, which is defined loosely as a piece of fictitious prose over 50,000 words in length.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, will serve as a “Come Write In” center during November providing space for novelists-in-training to work their wordy magic.
For teens, however, the library goes one step further. Throughout the month, the library will host creative writing workshops as well as “Write-Ins,” each Monday, where snacks, hot cocoa, and caffeine will be provided in abundance to help young literary minds function at their highest level.
At workshops and Write-Ins, the library will provide laptops, traditional writing implements, writing prompts, and support as you venture forth in the hope of reaching that 50,000-word summit. Space at these programs is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and no registration is required.
To get started, visit the NaNoWriMo website, and register yourself, with your parents’ permission, for the challenge. Writing starts promptly at midnight on Nov. 1, and will continue through Nov. 30. A celebration for participants will be held Dec. 1, when the keyboards are at rest.
Not into writing? Check out the host of other programs the library has going on this month for teens. Contact YA Coordinator Laura Jenkins at (208)769-2315 ext. 469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
November teen programs include:
► Monday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Friday, Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Teen Movie – “Teen Movie: Maleficent,” (PG), Shirley Parker Storyroom, free, snacks provided. This is an after-hours event for teens. Participants need to be in the library before closing time at 6 p.m.
► Monday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, library closed.
► Wednesday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
► Thursday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club Classics, “Anthem,” Gozzer Room.
► Monday. Nov. 17, 1 p.m.: Homeschool Teens, Community Room.
► Monday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m.: Teen Book Club, readers’ choice, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.: Teen Study Time, Gozzer Room.
     Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m.: Teen Craft, Pendant Necklace, Gozzer Room.
► Monday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m.: NaNoWriMo Teen Write-In, Gozzer Room.
► Tuesday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m.: Teen Creative Writing Club, Gozzer Room.
► Wednesday, Nov. 26: Library closing early at 5 p.m.
► Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28: Library closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

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