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As long as there have been books someone somewhere has tried to keep certain titles from being read. The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will once again celebrate the right to read what we choose during Banned Books Week, Sept. 27 through Oct. 3.
In addition to exhibits and bookmarks calling attention to books that have been historically challenged, the library will host a free screening of the film “Of Mice and Men” that is based on the book of the same title written by John Steinbeck.
Prior to the screening on, Monday, Sept. 28, Dr. Virginia Johnson will lead a discussion of the book beginning at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Johnson is an Idaho native who was raised in McCall and attended college at the College of Idaho, University of Idaho, and Idaho State University.  She taught English at North Idaho College for 43 years and was chair of the English and Foreign Languages and the Communication/Fine Arts/Humanities Divisions.  She has been a member of the Idaho Humanities Council and the Coeur d'Alene Arts and Culture Alliance and is a co-founder of the Pageturners Book Club that meets at the library and of North Idaho Reads.
Steinbeck’s novella was published in 1937, and tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.
Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920s, the title is taken from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse,” which read: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley". (The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.)
Required reading in many schools, “Of Mice and Men” has been a frequent target of for alleged vulgarity and what some consider offensive and racist language; consequently, it appears on the American Library Association's list of the Most Challenged Books of 21st Century. The book was the subject of a recent challenge in the Coeur d’Alene School District.
The film to be screened is the 1992 directed and produced by Gary Sinise. It features Sinise as George Milton alongside John Malkovich as Lennie Small, Casey Siemaszko as Curley, John Terry as Slim, Ray Walston as Candy, Joe Morton as Crooks, and Sherilyn Fenn as Curley's wife. Horton Foote adapted the story for film.
A film of the story was also produced 1939 which starred Burgess Meredith. The book has also been adapted as a stage production.
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.

Pageturners Group Reading ‘Balsamroot’
The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading “Balsamroot” a memoir by Mary Clearman Blew.
The discussion will be led by Nancy Casey on Aug. 26, at 10:15 a.m.
Pageturners discussions – held the fourth Wednesday of each month except December – are free and open to any adult reader. Books and discussion materials will be available to check out at the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Copies of the August book are provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries through its Let’s Talk About It program The book club is supported by the Friends of the Library.
Upcoming books and discussions include:
► Sept. 23: “Carry Me Home” by Diane McWhorter, George Sayler discussion leader.
► Oct. 28: “Blackberry Wine” by JoAnne Harris, Dr. Virginia Johnson discussion leader. Harris is the speaker for this year's Idaho Humanities lecture in Coeur d'Alene.
► Nov. 25: “The Enders Hotel” by Brandon Schrand, Kathleen Sayler discussion leader.

Food For Thought Book Club Resumes
The Food for Thought Book Club resumes meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Gozzer Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The book to be discussed at the September session will be “Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids.” by Anne K. Fishel.
The Family Dinner Projects co-founder and team member, Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
She has lectured and written about the benefits of family meals, including her popular “Food for Thought” column at
Upcoming discussions and titles for the group include:
► Oct. 7: “Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms can Help Save the World,” by Paul Stamets.
► Nov. 4: “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us,” by Daphine Miller.
► Dec. 2: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” by Barbara Kingsolver.
The Book Club, in partnership with the Inland Northwest Food Network, meets on the first Wednesday of each month and is open to anyone interested in food and all things food related.
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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.

Free computer workshops focusing on word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, social media, and e-mail will be offered through August at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Workshops will be taught by the library Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon using the library’s laptop lab in the Gozzer Room. Space is limited. To reserve a seat call 208-769-2315 Ext. 456.
Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to check in and secure a seat. Seats not filled by the time the workshop begins will be given to stand-bys. All participants should have basic typing skills and a basic knowledge of computers.
Upcoming workshops include:
► Basics in Excel - Part 1: Monday, July 6, 5:30 p.m. - Have long lists of numbers or information that need taming or calculating? A spreadsheet can help. We’ll help you explore and understand the parts of the spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting, and editing.
► Basics in Excel - Part 2: Monday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. - Spreadsheets do much more than crunch numbers. Join us to learn about Excel’s database functionality, creating charts and graphs, and creating formulas more efficiently on the run.
► Basics in Word: Monday, July 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon - Gives patrons a basic understanding of how to create, edit, and format documents in a word-processing program.
► Working with Facebook:  Monday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. – As one of the most popular social networking tools on the Internet, Facebook is a great tool for finding, connecting and communicating with friends old and new.  We’ll explore the many aspects of Facebook, while pointing out important features to keep your information safe and private.  This workshop requires that you have already signed up for an e-mail and Facebook account.  If you need assistance creating accounts, please refer to our “Creating an E-mail Account” and “Creating a Facebook Account” brochures.
► Basics in Publisher: Monday, Aug. 10, 5:30 p.m. - Have a quick project, such as creating a sign or business card? Need to whip up a quick brochure? You might want to create your project in Publisher. Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program which makes creating signs, cards, banners, brochures, business cards, and other types of documents a quick task, not a chore.
► Working with E-mail: Monday, Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m. - E-mailing has become an important tool in today’s communication, both at home and at work.  Together we will go over the basic skills necessary to send and receive e-mails, and other common tasks.  All examples are done in Yahoo! mail. This workshop requires that you have already signed up for an e-mail account.  If you need assistance creating an account, please refer to our “Creating an E-mail Account” brochure.
► Using E-Books and E-Audiobooks: Monday, Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m. - Do you have questions about how to get started using your personal device or computer to read eBooks or listen to eAudiobooks?  This workshop will cover the basics on what it will take to get started reading or listening to CIN's OverDrive collection.

Need to print an airline boarding pass but your printer at home is out of toner? Are you at the library and have a document on your smart phone, laptop, or tablet that you would like to print?
No problem.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library has recently added a new capability – wireless and remote printing services.
“This is something patrons and visitors have been asking for since we opened the new building,” commented Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator for the library. “We are very pleased to finally provide that service.”
The new capability has been funded by The Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
The service works in three ways:
► From an Internet-equipped device in the library or any remote location access the library website – – and click the SERVICES link and the link for Printing or go directly to The user will then be asked to provide an e-mail address and to select the document to be printed.
► Documents can be e-mailed from any location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for black and white or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for color printing by adding the documents as attachments.
► From iOS or Android devices upload the PrinterOn app. Once installed, tap the QR button to scan the QR codes on the special bookmarks at the library to add its printers to your device then print as you normally would.
Printing can be picked up at the library during open hours the day it is sent. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page and color copies are 20 cents a page. The print-release station is located at the Research and Information Desk. Print jobs that are not picked up are automatically deleted from the system. Printing is limited to letter-size pages printed on one side and $10 of printing per project.

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.