Monday, January 31, 2011

Arbor Day Button Contest Celebrates 15 Years

Your local Arbor Day Committee announces an art contest to design a button for 2011 Arbor Day celebrations. Now in its 15th year, the contest is open to middle school and high school students who live within the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Lakeland school districts. Winning art will be featured on a button that will be distributed, along with tree seedlings, at Arbor Day events in late April.

The winner of the contest will receive $75, a tee-shirt featuring the winning artwork, and a supply of the Arbor Day buttons to give to family and friends. The second place winner will be awarded $50; third place, $25.

First place artwork will be made into 2,000 buttons and given to fourth graders and others who participate in Arbor Day celebrations this April. Designs must be submitted by Friday, March 4th. The local Arbor Day committee will choose up to 10 finalists. The selected art will then be judged by some real experts – a group of fourth grade students.

Originally, fourth graders were chosen to receive seedlings when the Arbor Day committee started its educational program in 1989. As Urban Forester Karen Haskew explains, “Fourth grade students (who are typically the age of nine) are young enough to be excited and old enough to understand.” In addition, Idaho students are taught all about their state in the fourth grade. Over 40,000 seedlings have been given away since the late 1980s.

Haskew said it seemed like the natural thing to do to have the fourth graders be the judges of the button contest when it was launched. Haskew, who has seen the program since its inception, said that there have been as few as 20 entries when the button contest first started, to over 100 entries in 2009.

“We do have some talented artists in the area,” said Haskew. “We get good entries and I know the committee enjoys selecting the finalists – we can get pretty passionate about it!” she explained.

When the first button contest winners were announced, the committee could only afford two-color printing. This lasted for six years until color copiers came along. Since then, the U.S. Forest Service has shared its copying resources to provide the current, four-color Arbor Day buttons.

Information regarding the contest has been distributed to public school art teachers. It is also available at the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department (710 E. Mullan Avenue), the Post Falls Parks and Recreation Department (408 Spokane Street), the Hayden Urban Forestry office (8930 N. Government Way), and on-line at

Arbor Day is a tree-planting holiday celebrated both nationally and internationally. Idaho’s official Arbor Day is the last Friday in April – April 29 in 2011. The Arbor Day Committee consists of representatives from federal, state, and city governments as well as several local service organizations. The Arbor Day seedlings and buttons that are distributed are purchased with donations from local forest products companies, nurseries, and tree services. For more information, contact Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Library Going to the Dogs with ‘Fabulous Flix’

A “mocumentary” satirizing the people and pets of the “Mayflower Kennel Club” is the featured film for Fabulous Flix@ the Library, Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The 2000 film “Best in Show” is the ideal family movie to see before the famous Westminster Dog Show airs later this month.
Sponsored by the Library Foundation, “Fabulous Flix,” features free fresh popcorn. A $5 donation is suggested with proceeds going to purchase DVDs for the library’s collection.

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. More news and information about the library is available online at

Get Serious About Gaming Feb. 4 and 18 at the Library

Game Days are scheduled for Fridays, Feb. 4 and 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front.
Try your hand at a variety of video games using the library’s big-screen TVs and Wii Game systems or the DS Lite handheld systems. Refreshments provided.
Game Days are funded in part by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

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. More news and information about the library is available online at

Writers Competition Forms, Rules Available on Website

The entry forms/rules for the 23rd annual Coeur d’Alene Public Library Writers Competition are available at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., and by download from the library’s website, Click on the “About Us” link then “Annual Events” and then “Writers Competition.”
(Participants should be careful to download both pages for a complete set of forms and rules.)
The forms can also be obtained by mail. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, 702 E. Front Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
The competition of for fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less (no poetry) and includes five age groups: 6-8, 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19-Plus. Cash prizes are awarded in each category and age group. Entries are judged by professional writers, editors and educators. The deadline for entries is March 31.
For years the competition has been supported by grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club and by the Friends of the Library.
Information: David Townsend, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426 or

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Free Computer Workshops Focus on MS Office Software

Free computer workshops focusing on software from the Microsoft Office suite are offered by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
The workshops are taught by Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator, No registration is required. Participants should be in the Gozzer Room 15 minutes before workshops begin. Some experience with computers is recommended.
The February schedule of workshops is:
► Basics in Publisher (Desktop Publishing): Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.
► Basics in PowerPoint (Spreadsheets): Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m.
► Basics in Word (Word Processing): Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.

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. More news and information about the library is available online at

ReTool Box Help Sessions Continue Focus on Basic Skills

ReTool Box, basic computer literacy help sessions at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, continue to focus on basic skills for participants who have little or no experience with computers.
February sessions include Keyboarding/Getting Online, Feb. 8 and 15, 12:30 p.m., and Basic Computer Operations, Feb. 10, 6 p.m.
ReTool Box is a joint project of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and North Idaho College. Sessions are taught in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. using the library’s laptop lab and volunteer instructors.
Participants are welcome to repeat help sessions until they are confident with the skills they dcsire.
The project is made possible by a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance with additional support from the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho.
Registration is required. Call the Library Foundation office at 208-769-2380 for information and to reserve space.

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. More news and information about the library is available online at

Friday, January 28, 2011

Federal Jury Rejects Claims Against CdA Police

A federal jury today returned a verdict in favor of Coeur d'Alene Police Department officers in a lawsuit filed by Deloyd Scott and Conrad Steele in February 2009. The lawsuit arose after Steele was stopped for a traffic violation and Scott was arrested for obstructing police officers in the performance of their duties in May 2008.

In rendering its unanimous verdict, the jury determined that police lawfully stopped Steele for failing to use his turn signal and that the search of his vehicle was reasonable following the arrest of his passenger on an outstanding warrant.

The jury also found that police used reasonable force in effectuating the arrest of Scott, who threatened officers as they tried to handcuff him. The officers attempted to subdue him with the use of tasers, but they seemed to have no effect on him.

The federal court had earlier dismissed all the claims of Scott and Steele against the City of Coeur d'Alene and Police Chief Wayne Longo, Scott's claim of false arrest, and the plaintiffs' conspiracy claims.

The defendants were represented by outside counsel Randy Adams of Coeur d'Alene (208.664.9281). The plaintiff was represented by Larry Purviance of Hayden.

For additional information contact Wayne Longo 208.769.2259 or Mike Gridley 208.769.2348.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Encore Presentation for McEuen Park Proposal Feb. 3rd

An encore presentation and Open House for the proposed McEuen Park Project will be held Thursday, February 3rd, at 6:00 p.m., at Woodland Middle School. Various elements of the plan presented in earlier meetings will be shared again in the larger, more accommodating setting provided by the middle school, located at 2101 Saint Michelle Avenue. There will be opportunities for public input and discussion with both Design Team and Steering Committee members immediately after the presentation.

When the plan was first presented on January 6th, the venue wasn’t big enough to comfortably hold everyone who attended. This “encore” presentation is to provide an opportunity for everyone to view the proposal who couldn’t fully participate in the first public introduction of the plan.

“We’ve received a lot of comments,” said Parks Director Doug Eastwood, “and these comments and issues are being addressed as they come up.” Eastwood explained that citizens are being asked if they like the proposed plan. If there are issues that need to be resolved, the city, with assistance from the Design Team and Steering Committee, will work on those issues. “People who give their time to see the presentation come because they have an interest in their parks and open space,” said Eastwood.

In May of 2010, the McEuen Steering Committee began meeting to discuss possible visions for the McEuen Field area. In July 2010, they selected Team McEuen to express and articulate that vision. Team McEuen is comprised of an architectural firm, landscape architect, and engineering firm. The Steering Committee and Team McEuen have been meeting regularly since July and are presenting the plan to solicit input for the proposed reconstruction of McEuen Field.

For more information, you can access the project web site at or contact Parks Director Doug Eastwood at 769-2252.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Governor Otter Appoints Chief Longo to POST Council

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo to serve on the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council. Longo’s term commences immediately, as he is completing the unfinished term of former Moscow Police Chief Dan Weaver, recently retired.

As a member of the POST Council Board, Longo will represent law enforcement and organizations within the law enforcement community. The primary objective of its members is to establish and enforce the training, education, and employment standards of peace officers.

Chief Longo’s selection to this prestigious position reflects his outstanding reputation in his various capacities of the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association (ICOPA). He was also instrumental in securing the partnership with North Idaho College to start POST North, which serves the five northern counties as well as self-sponsored students. For more information, please contact 769-2308.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reading to Children Makes Them Better Readers

Children who participate in library reading programs do better acquiring reading skills. Winter Reading Programs are now under way at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library. Click on the photo for a video update of activities at the library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the citizens of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. More library news is available at

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

“Citizens on Patrol” Spurs Community Involvement

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer
Coeur d’Alene Police Department

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department started the COPS Program (Citizens on Patrol) in 2008. The program was studied for possible implementation during the development of our strategic plan in 2005. The Police Department looked for areas we could improve efficiency, enhance public safety, and continue our high level of service during budget shortfalls and difficult economic times. The COPS program utilizes trained civilians that have attended our COPS Academy. These dedicated volunteers patrol our streets, parks, local malls, and areas of high traffic complaints in a marked COPS vehicle, acting as a deterrent to crime.

After two successful years of this program, we are pleased to report we currently have fifteen active COPS volunteers as well as twenty-two general volunteers that have a variety of duties at the Police Department. Paul McGraw, a retired Sergeant from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department acts as the coordinator for the COPS program as well as the Field Training Officer.

Wally Connally, an eighteen-year volunteer of the Police Department, a retired U.S. Army Major who served in the “Battle of the Bulge,” and retired from the County of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Superior Court, serves as the Civilian Volunteer Coordinator.

In 2010, the COPS volunteers logged 1381 hours of patrol time. They also assisted the Patrol Division with traffic control for a plane crash on westbound I-90, provided traffic control assistance during the Westborough Baptist Church demonstrations, assisted with the Mock Accident scenario hosted by Coeur d’Alene High School, and assisted with the motorcycle “HOGS” event as well as the Christmas parade.

The COPS volunteers conducted numerous radar patrols for speeders. Violators were notified by mail and issued a friendly warning in order to be aware of their speed. COPS volunteers have the authority to issue parking citations. In 2010 they wrote a total of 570 parking citations and responded to 760 calls of abandoned vehicles on city streets.

“This program is an outstanding example of citizen involvement and participation in the safety of our community,” said Police Chief Wayne Longo. “It is citizen participation at its finest.”

The Cops Academy is held every year in September. Applications are available to individuals 21 years of age or older with no felony record. For more information, please call 769-2363.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Library Selected as Site for Smithsonian Exhibit

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is one of six sites in Idaho selected by the Idaho Humanities Council to host a new traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute.
The IHC will bring the unique exhibit “The Way We Worked.” communities in the state in 2011 and 2012. The exhibit, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.
In addition to the Coeur d’Alene library, the exhibit will visit the Beardmore Block in Priest River, the McCall Art and Commerce Center, the Burley Public Library, the Magic Valley Arts Council in Twin Falls, and the Boundary County Historical Society in Bonners Ferry.
The exhibit is scheduled to be in Coeur d’Alene Dec. 17, 2011, through Jan. 28, 2012.
The exhibit will be on display for six weeks in each of the six sites. While on display, each community will develop around the exhibit its own local programming, ranging from school projects, to lectures, films, local displays, and other activities limited only by the imagination.
“‘The Way We Worked’ focuses on why we work and the needs that our jobs fulfill. Our work takes place everywhere – on the land, on the streets of our communities, in offices and factories, in our homes, and even in space,” said Jennifer Holley, IHC Program Officer. “An exploration of the tools and technologies that enabled and assisted workers also reveals how workers sometimes found themselves with better tools, but also with faster, more complex and often more stressful work environments. The diversity of the American workforce is one of its strengths, providing an opportunity to explore how people of all races and ethnicities identified commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world.
“And, finally, the exhibition shows how we identify with work – as individuals and as communities. Whether you live in ‘Steel Town, USA’ or wear a uniform each day, work assigns cultural meanings and puts us and our communities in a larger context.”
The exhibit will offer multiple interpretive opportunities for visitors through large graphics, along with relevant objects and work clothing. Through audio components, hear from workers their own stories about with changes in their industries and confronting workplace challenges. Follow workers into their workplaces through films of various industries. Interactive components will introduce visitors to the experiences of multiple generations of families involved in the same work.
A companion website will invite host communities to create online exhibitions on their local work history and for visitors to share their own work experiences.
“The Way We Worked” is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. The exhibit has been made possible in Idaho by the Idaho Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” Program.
The Idaho Humanities Council is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing public understanding and appreciation of literature, history, law, anthropology, and other humanities disciplines. The Council receives its funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the generous philanthropy of corporations, foundations, and individuals. For more information, visit the IHC website at or call the IHC toll-free at 888/345-5346.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Camp All-Stars “School Day Off" Day Camp!

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “School Day Off” Day Camp on January 17th at the SNR facility in Coeur d’Alene (1323 East Sherman Suite E). Don’t be bored on your school day off – come and have a day full of friends, food, and fun!

Camp All-Stars Day Camps are filled with 6 hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $12.00 for the day. There are scholarships available for those who qualify.

For those of you coming from the Post Falls area, we provide transportation from the Trading Company. Morning pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop offs will be at 3:30 p.m. Campers coming from the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area will meet at the SNR facility at 9:00 a.m. and will need to be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Please bring a sack lunch and dress warmly. Limited space is available so sign up today. Pre-registration is required. Unfortunately, SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance but individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to join us with their care provider or assistant.

Specialized Needs Recreation also offers summer, winter, and spring-break day camps as well as school days off, throughout the year.

If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars, or would like to register your child for camp, or if you are interested in volunteering, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or e-mail her Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Visit us at our website

City Hall Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

On Monday, January 17, 2011, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Streets, and Fire 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, January 18th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Library Closed Monday for MLK Jr. Day

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m.

The library's databases -- with a variety of study and reserch resources - are available 24 hours a day from any Internet-enabled by visiting the library website -- To obtain user names and passwords for the databases that require them visit the library, at 702 E. Front Ave., or call 208/769-2315 during open hours.

Monday, January 10, 2011

LEGO-rama at Library this Saturday!

LEGO-rama – the program for kids who love to build – will be held Saturday, January 15, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Avenue.

One entry per participant can be entered in the contest for ages 4 to 13. Entries must be original designs, built by the participant without adult assistance (not a LEGO or compatible, brand kit). Entries are limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint (the space occupied on a table). Judging will be in age groups 4-6, 7-10, and 11-13. Anyone age 14 and older may display designs in the Exhibition Category, but these will not be included in the judging and are also limited to a 15-by-15 inch footprint.

Entries should be built prior to being brought to the library. They can be delivered to the Community Room as early as 12:30 p.m. Judging will be from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Certificates and prizes will be awarded in each age group. A People’s Choice award will also be made based on audience voting. Complete rules are available in the Seagraves Children’s Library or online at

“This is the sixth year for LEGO-rama and it grows in popularity every year,” said David Townsend, Communication Coordinator and LEGO Leader. “We have had so much fun with it that other libraries have contacted us for information so they can create programs of their own.”
The day’s activities will also include a brief program, refreshments, and building contests. Like all library youth programs, LEGO-rama is supported by the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

Young builders are also invited to participate each week in the library’s LEGO Club. Offered as part of the Winter Reading Programs, the club is for ages 5-8 and meets Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Participants who need accommodation are asked to contact library staff prior to the program by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Our Region Reads Selects 'Hotel' for 2011

Think of it as a huge book club.
The libraries of North Idaho are joining forces for Our Region Reads, a program planned for 2011 to encourage as many regional residents as possible to read the same book, to talk about it, and to participate in programs related to the themes in the book.
The selection for 2011 is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” by Jamie Ford.
This novel tells the story of Henry Lee, a boy of Chinese heritage who is 11 years old growing up in Seattle when the attack on Pearl Harbor marks the entrance of the United States into World War II. But it is also the story of Henry Lee late in his life when a surprising discovery in the old Panama Hotel in Seattle brings back memories of a time when Japanese-Americans were rounded up and sent to internment camps.
The background music for “Hotel” is the sound of jazz being played in Seattle’s clubs and homes in the 1940s.
Author Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. An award-winning short-story writer, Ford is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a survivor of Orson Card’s Literary Boot Camp. Having grown up near Seattle’s Chinatown, he now lives in Montana.
Ford will come to North Idaho in March as part of the related programs that will also look at the region’s role in World War Two, jazz, the Japanese Internment, the influence of Asian cultures in the Inland Northwest, and any number of related subjects. Information about Our Region Reads will be available at local libraries as the program develops and at

Film Festival Offers Teens Cash Prizes

Teen videographers have the opportunity to win up to $350 for their entries in Teen Film Festival 2011, with contests sponsored by North Idaho libraries and the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Videos can be submitted by individuals or groups, but participants must be age 13-18. The videos are to be created based on the theme “You Are Here” to convey the idea of being part of a diverse country and/or world.
The Teen Film Festival has two categories and participants are welcome to submit videos in one or both categories, including
► Short Film: 3 to 5 minutes. Competitors can win prizes up to $100 and the right to display a traveling trophy at your local library. (If a video is produced by a group the prizes is divided among the group.)
► Public Service Announcement: 30 to 90 seconds. This category is part of a statewide effort sponsored by the Commission for Libraries to create a spot to promote Summer Reading with the “You Are Here” theme.
Winners will receive a cash prize up to $100 and a chance to be entered to when the state-level prize of $250.
The deadline to submit entries to the festival’s YouTube site is Feb. 25. Entry forms, rules, and instructions for uploading videos are available at participating libraries and at
Participating libraries include those of the Community Library Network – Athol, Harrison, Hayden, Pinehurst, Post Falls, Rathdrum, and Spirit Lake – and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
All qualifying videos will be screened and judged at a Red Carpet Event at the Coeur d’Alene library on March 5. Winners in the state wide PSA challenge will be announced in April.
Information: Nick Madsen, Young Adult Librarian, 208/772-5612 Ext. 120,

Monday, January 3, 2011

Proposed McEuen Park Project to be Presented

January 6th, 6:00 p.m., NIC Student Union Building

A Presentation and Open House for the proposed McEuen Park Project will be held Thursday, January 6th, at 6:00 p.m., at NIC’s Student Union Building in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. Various elements of the plan will be presented and there will be opportunities for public input and discussion with both the Design Team and Steering Committee immediately after the presentation.

In May of this year, the McEuen Steering Committee began meeting to discuss possible visions for the McEuen Field area. In July 2010, they selected Team McEuen to express and articulate that vision. Team McEuen is comprised of an architectural firm, landscape architect, and engineering firm. The Steering Committee and Team McEuen have been meeting regularly since July and are ready to present the plan and solicit input for the proposed reconstruction of McEuen Field.

For more information, you can access our web site at or contact Parks Director Doug Eastwood at 769-2252.

“Re-Tool Box” Program Rings in the New Year

Basic computer literacy help sessions will resume at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., with the New Year. A series of eight sessions, geared to help those who are new to or inexperienced with computers, have been scheduled to begin Jan. 11 as part of the joint Library Foundation-North Idaho College Re-Tool Box program. The cycle of 90-minute sessions will be repeated through June to allow participants to attend as many help sessions as they want and need.

For January and February the sessions include:
► Tuesday, Jan. 11, 12:30-2 p.m., Basic Computer Operation.
► Thursday, Jan. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., Keyboarding Skills.
► Tuesday, Jan. 18, 12:30-2 p.m., Searching for Information Online.
► Thursday, Jan. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., Job Searches/Applications Online.
► Tuesday, Feb. 8, 12:30-2 p.m., Setting Up An E-Mail Account.
► Thursday, Feb. 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Using E-Mail.
► Tuesday, Feb. 15, 12:30-2 p.m., Résumé Templates/Saving Information.
►Thursday, Feb. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Interviewing/Presentations.

The sessions are offered in the library’s Community Room. The project makes use of the library’s portable laptop lab that was funded through a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance with support from the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho. To reserve space, please call 208/769-2380.
It was just one year ago that the Coeur d’Alene Public Library was seeking funding for this program. Since September 2010, Library Foundation and NIC volunteers have offered nine help sessions to nearly 200 people.

“More employers are having prospective applicants apply for jobs on-line,” said David Townsend, Communications Coordinator. “People need to know how to use computers just to apply for job in today’s world.”

Christopher Brannon, Information Technical Coordinator, continues to offer three-to-four free workshops a month focusing on the Microsoft Office suite of software for word processing, spreadsheets, and desktop publishing.

Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the Coeur d'Alene Public Library is available online at