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Spokane author Jess Walter will be the first author to participate in a new series of special programs to be sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
“The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation is excited to launch our new series: “Reading for the Library,” said Ben Drake, current president of the foundation. “We are reaching out to people in the community who love reading – book clubs, library patrons, students, and educators – to share books and gather at the library to discuss what we have read.”
Drake said that, whenever possible, the author will be invited to come to the library to read his or her work and to lead the discussions. It the author is not available, qualified discussion leaders will be involved.
For the first of this series, Walter will discuss his book “We Live in Water” on Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the evening will include wine and appetizers.
Tickets for the evening are $30 per person and are available online at: Individuals and book clubs can purchase “We Live in Water” at the Well Read Moose to receive 20 percent off the purchase price.
A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Walter is the author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 30 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.
 His other books include:
► “Beautiful Ruins” (2012), No. 1 New York Times bestseller, New York Times Notable Book of 2012, Esquire's Book of the Year and NPR Fresh Air's Novel of the Year.
► “The Financial Times of Poets” (2009), Time Magazine's No. 2 novel of the year.
► “The Zero” (2006), finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, the 2007 PEN Center Literary Award and the 2007 LA Times Book Prize and winner of the 2007 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.
► “Citizen Vince” (2005), winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel.
► “Land of the Blind” (2003).
► “Over Tumbled Graves” (2001), a New York Times notable book.
► “Every Knee Shall Bow” (1995) (rereleased as RUBY RIDGE), a finalist for the PEN USA literary nonfiction award in 1996.
Walter lives with his wife Anne and children, Brooklyn, Ava and Alec in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation was created in 1995 for the purpose of raising funds to build a new library for the community. It achieved this goal in 2007. Its ongoing mission is to support capital improvements to this building and to provide major support for library programs. The Foundation is supported by a board of directors. Holly Stetson serves as its Office Manager. 


“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on June 1 examines the relationship between two great people's movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963.
Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. 
“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
The library will host an opening reception at 6 p.m., Friday, June 3, with a presentation by Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel examining the local struggle for civil rights.
The library’s local partner for this exhibition is the Human Rights Education Institute.
On Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, the library will screen the PBS American Experience docudrama “The Abolitionist.” Coming June 30, beginning at 6 p.m. the library will screen the PBS American Experience documentary “Freedom Riders.” Following the film Stephen K. Shaw, professor of Political Science at Northwest Nazarene University and Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will discuss the history of human rights in Idaho and lead the discussion about the film.
Shaw’s participation is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, the state based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The library is also sponsoring a “Changing America Art Project.” Patrons are invited to create and submit art based on the theme, “Civil Rights, Civil Lives,” to be exhibited in the Parkside Gallery on the lower level at the library during July. Entry form for the project are available at the library.
The exhibition will have traveled travel to 50 venues across the nation, accompanied by public programming that will help audiences understand and discuss the relationship between these two great people’s movements.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established as a Smithsonian museum by an Act of Congress in 2003. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture. Groundbreaking for the $500 million museum took place in February 2013 in a ceremony featuring remarks by President Barack Obama; former First Lady Laura Bush, a member of the museum’s advisory council; and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who submitted the legislation that created the museum. For more information, visit
The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays American heritage through exhibitions and public programs about social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Documenting the American experience from Colonial times to the present, the museum looks at growth and change in the United States. For more information, visit
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities.  NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions and programs in libraries, museums and other community places.  Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

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The Coeur d’Alene Public Library — in partnership with the Human Rights Education Institute — will host a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit - “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963” – from June 1 to July 15. This exhibit is also made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
As part of this exhibit the library will host an art exhibit in the Parkside Gallery, on the lower level, during the month of July. Library patrons of all ages are invited to submit art work for this project based on the theme “Civil Rights, Civil Life.”
“We encourage families, organizations, book clubs, and other groups to actively examine and discuss how the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights shape life in the United States and affect how we live as citizens,” said David Townsend, Library Communications Coordinator. “And, whether or not you have ever done so before, create a piece of art that reflects your feelings about this subject.”
The deadline to submit a hanging piece or a 3D piece will be Friday, June 24. The exhibit will end on Friday, July 29.
While there will be no restrictions on content, participants are asked to be mindful that the gallery is adjacent to the Children’s Library.
Entry forms and instructions for the art project are available at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., and can also be obtained by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Winners of the 2016 Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library include: Front row, left to right, Maricela Nelson, Kaelah Hoit, Elizabeth Fields, Alyssa Harrison, Maren Larson, Ava Dafs, Emily Dodd, and Payson Irwin. Middle row, Abigail Tabladillo, Ryland Hoit, Noah Tabladillo, Isaac Harrison, Logan Graham, Isaiah Harrison, Samuel Cuentas, and Toby Tabladillo. Back row, Jordan Lo, Justin Gates Jackson Graham, Garrett Weller, Victoria Collins, Angela Gates, Glenn Graham, and Rebecca Crouse. Not pictured: Elizabeth Ryssel, Brenda Bergelin, Marge Huntington, Grace Clark, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Grant Lupien.

Winners in the 28th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library received recognition Saturday, May 14, in a ceremony hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Cash prizes for the competition are made possible through grants provided by the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and the Panhandle Kiwanis Club with additional support provided by the Friends of the Library.
Entries are judged by professional writers, editors, published authors, and educators.
The Writers Competition was created by former Library Director Julie Meier in 1988 to encourage excellence in writing and reveal authors in our community.
Winners receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. In the case of ties duplicate full prizes are awarded. In addition, all entries in the competition are included in professionally bound books added to the library’s reference collection.
Winners for 2016 and their entries included:
► Nonfiction 6-8: First, Maricela Nelson, Coeur d’Alene, “Abraham Lincoln” – Second, Kaelah Hoit, Hayden, “Echo’s Crazy Life.” (Only two entries in this category and age group.)
► Nonfiction 9-11:  First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “My Favorite Hobbies” - Second, Ava Drafs, Coeur d’Alene, “The Saddest Day” - Third, Emily Dodd, Coeur d’Alene, “Titan and Jewell.”
► Nonfiction 12-14: First, Abigail Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Leaving a Legacy” - Second, Ryland Hoit, Hayden, “All About That Bass” - Third, Noah Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene, “Mother of us All.”
► Nonfiction 15-18: First, Samuel Cuentas, Post Falls, “The Day I See You” - Second , Elizabeth Ryssel, Hayden, “It Was Love” - Third, Toby Tabladillo, Coeur d’Alene , “Voting: Our Civic Duty.”
► Nonfiction 19-Plus:  First, Marge Huntington, Spokane Valley,  “You can Lead a Chicken to Freedom …” - Second, Brenda Bergelin, Coeur d’Alene, “Ghost Cat” - Third, Victoria Collins, Coeur d’Alene, “She Has No Idea.”
► Fiction 6-8: First, Elizibeth Fields, Hayden, “Lucy The Brown Horse” - Second, Alyssa Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Princess and the Bear” - Third, Maren Larson, Coeur d’Alene, “A Timb Gets Back Home.”
► Fiction 9-11: First, Grant Lupien, Coeur d’Alene, “Lord of the Penguins” - Second, Grace Clark, Coeur d’Alene, Lost and Found” - Third, Payson Irwin, Coeur d’Alene, “The Quilt of Many Dreams.”
► Fiction 12-14: First, Isaac Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “The Completely, Absolutely, Most, Definitely True Story of Stone Hedge” - Second, Logan Graham, Hayden, “Treasure of Ohadi” - Third, Isaiah Harrison, Coeur d’Alene, “Shadow of the Mountain.”
► Fiction 15-18: First, Jordan Lo, Hayden, “A Martian Connection” - Second (tie), Justin Gates, Hayden, “War Hunt” - Second (tie), Jackson Graham, Hayden, “Blinded by Conviction” - Third (tie), Elizabeth Hamilton, Hayden, “Metaline Falls” - Third (tie), Garrett Weller, Coeur d’Alene, “Opportunity.”
► Fiction 19-Plus: First, Angela Gates, Hayden, “Writers Block” - Second, Glenn Graham, Harrison, “The Cost of Inspiration” - Third, Rebecca Crouse, Post Falls, “Higgenpop’s.”