Monday, February 8, 2016

City Hall Closed for Presidents' Day


On Monday, February 15, 2016, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday.  Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well.  Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1.  Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729. 

City Hall and other city facilities will open Tuesday, February 16th, at 8:00 a.m.  For more information, please call 769-2300.

Libraries Closed Feb. 15 for Presidents Day

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library and the Lake City Public Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, for Presidents Day.
When the libraries are closed our websites - cdalibrary.org and lcplibrary.org - are you portal for service 24/7. You can access your account, place holds, download e-books and music, and use a variety of online resources. Obtain passwords and user names before you need them by calling or visiting the libraries during open hours.


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. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org or lcplibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Main Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, February 5, 2016

City of Cd'A Announces Vacancy on Urban Forestry Committee


The City of Coeur d’Alene has a vacancy on the Urban Forestry Committee.  Members of the commission are appointed by the Mayor and Council and serve for a 4 year term.  The Urban Forestry Committee is a nine-member committee formed to help the City of Coeur d’Alene perpetuate a healthy community forest.  Committee members are appointed by the mayor and council and serve a four year term.  To fill out an application and receive consideration for appointment, please visit www.cdaid.org, click on “I want to...”, and then click on “Volunteer”, or applications can be picked up at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue.  For more information, please call Katie Kosanke, Urban Forestry Coordinator, at 769-2266. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Series Profiles Historic NW People

Hall of Fame Programs Begin Feb. 18 at Cd’A Library
A new series of programs with profiles of the men and women who shaped the history of this region begins at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.
Offered free at the library in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, “Inland Northwest Hall of Fame,” will be presented by regional historian Robert Singletary, Programming and Marketing Director for the museum.Singletary said each program will provide a snapshot of three to five individuals of note from Idaho, Washington, Montana, and other areas.
The three profiles planned for Feb. 18 will be the explorer and mapmaker David Thompson, Catholic missionary Father Pierre Jean DeSmet, and road engineer and soldier John Mullan.
Singletary said that he hopes the series will be the genesis of a project to collect the personal stories of men and women from the early history of the region through modern times. He said he hopes to involve local residents and historic preservation groups as well as interstate historical organizations to nominate inductees into the Hall of Fame. Ultimately the photos and profiles would be collected for a book or series of books, he said.
A regional author and musician, Singletary has been a college history instructor and has been involved in historical societies in Kootenai County and at the state level. A frequent presenter at the library, he most recently completed a history series leading up to Idaho statehood.
The new series will continue on these dates: March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, and Nov. 17. With the exception of the first and last programs, the series is offered on the fourth Thursday of each month.
 
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. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org or lcplibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Main Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.





STCU Offers Personal Finance Workshops

Learn the basics of personal money management at a program offered by the Spokane Teachers Credit Union, Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.The free program – “Budgeting 101” – in the Community Room at 702 E. Front Ave. begins at noon and includes a light lunch.
The workshop will teach the importance of financial goals, five steps to a successful spending plan, managing your plan, and setting goals to put the plan into action.
The STCU’s next workshop will be “Organize Your Finances” on March 9.
To participate register online at www.stcu.org/workshops or call 855-753-0317.
 
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. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org OR lcplibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Main Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Cleanup CDA" Begins February 10th


Mayor Widmyer and the Coeur d’Alene City Council are declaring February 10th through February 17th as “Cleanup CDA.”  The City of Coeur d’Alene, Avista Utilities, and Cannon Hill Industries  are partnering to assist citizens in their efforts to  clean up the effects of the damaging wind, ice and snowstorms of 2015.  

Large wood bins will be strategically placed around town to help citizens remove wood debris from their yards at NO COST.  The bins will be located at:
  
  • ·       Abbey Road off Nez Perce (near Dog Park)
  • ·       Phippeny Park Parking Lot off 7th & Montana
  • ·       Hazel Avenue off 15th Street (Snow Storage Site)
  • ·       Walnut Avenue 200’ West of 7th Street (Old Armory)
  • ·       Shadduck Park East of 15th Street
  • ·       North Pines Park off Lunceford
  • ·       Sunset Park off Best Avenue

For updates or assistance, please call the Street Maintenance Information line, 769-2233.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Library Branch has Grand Opening

Coeur d’Alene’s newest library branch – an initiative in sharing public space and services – was officially opened Monday, Feb. 1, in grand style.
Lake City Public Library (LCPL) had its soft opening a month ago and has regularly had 30 to 50 patrons per shift, primarily students from Lake City High School where the new branch is based. The public library uses the school library space and is open 3-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Library Board Chair Fay Sweeney, speaks during Monday’s 
grand opening at theLake City Public Library branch. Standing,
 left to right, are City Council Member Kiki Miller, School District 271 
Superintendent Matt Handelman, School Board Chair Christa Hazel, 
School Board Member Tom Hearn, Library Board Trustee Kathryn Sayler, 
and Holly Stetson, Library Foundation Office Manager.

LCPL has its own book collection and makes use of the school computers for Internet access. The school’s Internet access is modified during the hours the public library operates to allow access to social media and other sites not available during the school day. Library patrons can designate LCPL as a drop site for books placed on hold throughout the Cooperative Information Network catalog.
Library Director Bette Ammon, speaking at the Grand Opening, said that City Council Member Kiki Miller, who is the city government’s liaison to the Library Board, initiated discussions about expanding library services to other parts of the community. A review of population growth in the community indicated the area near Lake City High School as prime area for the new branch, Ammon said.The concept of using a school for a public library site is not a new one for the library director. Similar operations were introduced in Missoula, Mont., schools while Ammon was the director of the public library there.
Miller said that she recently attended a state meeting of library directors with Ammon where the idea of using schools for library branches was discussed and met with enthusiasm. She noted that such a joint venture had only been tried in one other community in the state and that the Coeur d’Alene branch could serve as a model for other Idaho cities.
The Library Board first considered the creation of a branch library in July 2014 and in September that year an exploratory committee was formed with representatives from the Library Board, City Council, School Board, Library Foundation, and other community representatives.
Fay Sweeney, chair of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Board of Trustees, said the board was glad to be able to bring improved library services to the community. She is a former teacher at the high school.

Lake City High School Principal Deanne Clifford,
 left, and LCPL Branch Manager JD Smithson.

Last year in September the City Council approved a library budget that included funding a full-time
District 271 School Superintendent Matt Handelman, School Board Chairperson Christa Hazel, and School Board Member Tom Hearn noted in their remarks that the new branch is in line with the school district’s philosophy of sharing facilities with the community.
Lake City Principal Deanne Clifford said she was originally skeptical of the proposal, but has since become a believer. She said she appreciates that the library can now be open later for students at her school. She also expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Lake City High School Librarian Paul Sutton, Vice Principal Tom Molgaard , and the school district’s Information Technology Coordinator Seth Deniston for their part in making the new branch possible.

Coeur d’Alene Public Library Director Bette Ammon 
welcomes guests to the grand opening of the new library branch.

Branch Manager JD Smithson welcomed people to the grand opening and encouraged visitors to come to the library and sign up for a chance to win one of three Kindle Fire Tablets to be given away on Feb. 16. The tablets and Monday’s refreshments were funded by the Friends of the Library. Smithson, who also has Reference Clerk responsibilities at the main library, serves as courier between the two libraries for books that have been place on hold.
 
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. For more library information visit cdalibrary.org or lcplibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. Library Director, Bette Ammon. Main Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lake City Branch Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3-6:30 p.m. For regular updates follow our libraries on Facebook and Twitter.