Libraries are the crossroads for many community groups. Members of numerous organizations visit the library weekly and the community looks to the library as an information hub.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will celebrate National Library Week beginning April 13 with exhibits and programs reflecting this year’s theme: Community Matters. Local organizations and agencies have been invited to share information and interests.
The Coeur d’Alene Audubon Society will present a program on its activities in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. The presentation will include photos about bird identification and information about birding opportunities and conservation.
Audubon member Kris Buchler will display her collection of birds nest in the glass cases on the lower level of the library which will also feature a display from the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Beth Paragamian, wildlife educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, will bring live owls to the Seagraves Children’s Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 11 a.m.
Technical Services at the library will have an open house on Tuesday to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what is involved with preparing books and other items for the collection.
Also Tuesday a Reading Flash Mob will meet at 1:30 by the Mudgy & Millie statue on Sherman Avenue for a read along and a song. Students from the Sorenson Magnet School for the Arts will attend.
On Wednesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. the Shirley Parker Storyroom in the children’s library will host author Dianna Dorisi Winget for a reception for her book, “A Smidgen of Sky,” and she will provide a writing workshop for kids.
Young adults are invited to come to the library April 18 at 7 p.m. for the library’s first-ever Night for Teens in the Community Room. The activity will feature a scavenger hunt and Minute to Win It Games. Teens completing the scavenger hunt will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift basket.
Teens are also invited to come and meet the library’s new Young Adult Services Coordinator Laura Jenkins and to share their ideas for future programs.
Preschoolers, children, and adults will also be able to enter drawings throughout the week for age-appropriate gift baskets.
Other organizations participating in programs, offering exhibits, and distributing information at the library will include Girl Scouts of America, Dirne Community Health Center, Idaho Drug Free Youth (iDFY), both Key Clubs from Coeur d’Alene and Lake City high schools, and the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families.
National Library Week activities are supported by a grant from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
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. 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. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.