Master Builders of all ages were on hand Saturday, Dec. 21, for the 12th annual LEGOrama at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
Funded annually by the Friends of the Library, this year’s event featured a special LEGO train layout provided by the Lee Calkins family and a SPLAT Idea Lab with hands-on demonstrations of robotics and other experiments. SPLAT, Special Projects Libraries Action Team, is sponsored by the Idaho Commissions for Libraries, and team member Crystal Miller is the Circulations Manager at the Coeur d’Alene Library.
Volunteer judges for the event were provided by the Tera Viks FIRST Robotics Club at Coeur d’Alene High School.
The theme for the LEGOrama building competition this year was Build a Better World – the theme for the coming Summer Reading programs. Competitors were asked to build and invention or scenario that would make the world better place to live.
The winners and their projects were:
Ages 4-7: First, Sam Green, “Homeless Shelter;” Second, Breesen Ellis, “The Hot Lasers Race Car;” third, Payton Akers, “Kids Experiment Science Lab.”
Ages 8-10: First, Laurel Day Sanderson, “Sky Forest;” Second, Mailee Akers, “Build a Better World With Gardens;” Third, Micah Asher Chance, “Hover Truck.”
Ages 11-13: First, Noah Helmick, “Robots Will Help Build a Better World;” Second, Levi Bird, “The Soldier;” Third, Gavin Roth, “Solar Flair Back-Up System.”
People’s Choice: Based on audience voting, Micah Asher Chance, “Hover Truck.”
LEGO Scavenger Hunt Winner: Drawn from among correct answer sheets turned in, Luke Knight.

The Pageturners Library Book Club will discuss “Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold when it meets Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10:15 a.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. The discussion will be led by Nancy Casey.
Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader and is supported by a grant from the Friends of the Library.
This is the start of a new “Let’s Talk About It” series with books provided by the Idaho Commission for Libraries ICFL and scholars from the Idaho Humanities Council. Additional funding is provided by US Bancorp and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.
The theme for this series is “Our Earth, Our Ethics.” Other titles and discussion dates for the upcoming year include: “Desert Solitaire,” Feb. 22; “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” March 22; “Prodigal Summer,” April 26; and “Solace of Open Spaces,” May 24.
The books in this series are also available in an audio format through the ICFL’s Talking Books program. To sign up for Talking Books, contact Barbara Brambila-Smith, the Outreach Coordinator for the library, 208-769-2315 Ext. 316. Talking Book participants can call 800-458-3271 to reserve any of the books to be used in the series.

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.

Survey Seeks Community Ideas on Equipment, Programs

The Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries are conducting a survey to determine what patrons want for makerspace equipment and programs.
A makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common creative interests, often in computers, technology, science, art crafts, and sewing, can meet, socialize, and collaborate.
“Our community already has an excellent – fully equipped – makerspace at Gizmo,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “And it isn’t our plan to compete with that resource. The libraries are considering adding equipment and events to create a makerspace environment appropriate for our facilities and staff and we want to know what our patrons would like to see here.”
People can respond to the survey online at: and can also fill out a paper version at the main library, 702 E. Front Ave., or at the Lake City branch in the high school on Ramsey Road.
Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 208-769-2315.

Winter Reading Programs at the library begin Jan. 10 and will include two new offerings in the Seagraves Children’s Library.
On Wednesdays at 1 p.m. a Spanish Bilingual Story Time for ages 3-5 will offer an opportunity for children to learn Spanish words through stories, activities, and crafts.
Also Wednesdays at 4 p.m. the children’s library will host Code Club. Children ages 7-11 will learn about coding – the language of computers – through video games and robots.
The next “Saturdays With the Symphony Family Concert” is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Community Room. It will feature cellists from the Coeur d’Alene Symphony playing classical music.
Winter programs continue through March 17 and will also include these programs
► Book Baby Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.
► Tales for 2s and 3s: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 2-3.
► Stay and Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 to noon (following Tales for Twos and Threes) and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. (following Book Babies), hang out in the storyroom for playtime and socializing.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages 3-5.
► Music and Motion: Tuesdays 1:30-2 p.m., get into the groove, sing old favorites and learn some new songs, for ages 2-6.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., free play with the library’s huge LEGO collection for ages 5-11.
► Lake City LEGO Club: Offered at Lake City Public Library on Ramsey Road, Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Families can also participate in ReadyRosie, an early education tool using video modeling and mobile technology to meet and equip parents where they are. ReadyRosie has hundreds of brief videos in English and Spanish that model everyday interactions in familiar environments with real parents.
The service is available to residents within zip code areas that include 83814, 83815, 83816, and 83835. Families can register for the free service at The project is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene School District.
Children under 6 visiting the libraries need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at 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.