Santa Claus is coming to town with a moose and a mouse.
Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library with a special family activity, the fourth annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave. 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 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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the ReTool Computer Literacy Help Sessions scheduled at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library for Nov. 30-Dec. 2 have been canceled.
New sessions will be scheduled in the near future.
Anyone interested in participating in future help sessions is asked to contact the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation at 208-769-2380.


An exhibit of copper plates used in early map making is on display at the library through January.
The engravings, which were acquired recently from the USGS by the University of Idaho Library, are exceptional examples of mapping history that will help to preserve part of Idaho’s history and culture.
Copper plate engraving was a technique used by the USGS to print almost all of its maps from the late 1800s until about the 1940s. Information on copper plates was transferred to lithographic stone for printing. By the 1950s, copper plate engraving was retired in favor of faster and more economical methods.
The UI Library worked with the Idaho Geological Survey and the Idaho Federal Surplus Property Program to acquire one set of the engravings, which were released by the U.S. Federal Government in May 2014. Engraved by hand around the turn of the last century, the copper plates measure approximately 17x21 inches and weigh 12.5 pounds each. The plates will permanently reside in the UI Library on the Moscow campus in the care of Special Collections and Archives.
The engravings acquired by the UI Library show the cultural features, elevation contours and water features of the Coeur d’Alene area. A map produced from the engravings was first published in 1903 based on survey work done in the years 1899 and 1901.
“In this digital age, where intricate maps are available with the swipe of a finger across our smartphones, the copper plates display helps communicate the long and complex evolution of mapmaking,” said Bruce Godfrey, GIS Librarian at the UI Library.


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.