The winners in the 2020 Julie Meier Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library were announced Friday, June 26, in an online presentation streamed live on Facebook. The presentation can be viewed on the YouTube channel for the City of Coeur d’Alene.
This year’s competition was impacted and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic which closed the library for nearly two months. The awards ceremony was moved online because in-person programming and meetings are currently suspended at the library.
 In its 31st year, the competition is for fiction and nonfiction prose of 2,000 words or less with age groups from kindergarten to adult. The late Julie Meier, for whom the competition was named in 2018 created the program to encourage writing excellence and to recognizes talented writers. Prize money - $100 for first, $50 for second, and $25 for third – is provided through grants from the Coeur d’Alene Kiwanis Club, the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
The competition is judged by professional writers and editors, educators, and by library employees.
The number of entries was reduced this year. In categories where there were three of fewer entries, they were judged on their merit and scored as they would normally would have been. All entries in the competition, winning or not, are bound into books that are added to the library’s collection. These books can be viewed in the History Room at the library.
The winners for 2020 are:
► Grades Kindergarten to 2 Fiction/Nonfiction: First, Evalette Treto, Stanley the Exploring Turtle.
► Grades 3-5 Nonfiction: First, Sean M. Farrar, “A Young Man Changed,” and Second, John Paul Heresey, “Everything is Better in Cowboy Boots.”
► Grades 6-8 Nonfiction: First, Adison Harrison, “The Gift of Laughter,” and Second, Elijah Harrison, “Itchy the Cat.”
► Grades 9-12 Nonfiction: First, Meilin Scott, “Nighttime in the Neighborhood,” Second, Katie Langford, “My Story,” and Third, Isaiah Harrison, “The Boat House.”
► Adult Nonfiction: First, Meagan Myrberg, “How to Achieve the Perfect Skin,” Second, Rebecca S. Lacock, “About a Nurse,” and, Third, Dr. Carol Graham, “The Tooth Fairy Wants It Back.”
► Grades 3-5 Fiction: First, Lydia Kirkbride, “Tides of the Cove,” Second, Alyssa Harrison, “Through the Garden,” and Third, Lexie Fisher, “Twinning.”
► Grades 6-8 Fiction: First, Thayen Treto, “Dear Pimple,” Second, Quinn Michael, “Frontlines,” and Third, Abigail Wilson, “Playground of Hope.”
► Grades 9-12 Fiction: First, Brayden Smart, “Whitechapel,” Second, Elizabeth Ana McComas, “In Honor of Aleah,” and Third, Blessing Allen, “A Day in the Life of a Grand Piano.”
► Adult Fiction: First, Alahna Harrison, “Venom and Desert Paintbrush,” Second, Tina Rodeen, “In a Circle of Sheep,” and third, Glenn K. Graham, “It Came from the West.”


The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will take another step toward normal operations June 20, by resuming Saturday hours and evening hours the following week.
The library will be open six days a week – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“We feel like we can provide more hours for the patrons and still maintain uncrowded space in the building,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We are still asking people to practice distancing with other patrons and staff and we are encouraging patrons to wear masks while they are in the library.”
The library will resume Sunday hours when staffing levels and other factors make that possible, she said.
Other measures intended to slow the spread of the COVI-19 virus will continue for the time being.
Check-out and reference desks will use Plexiglass screens and staff will minimize handling library cards. The teen and children’s areas and the meeting rooms remain closed. Computer use is limited to one hour, per patron, per day. Also, seating will be increased, but will be arranged to encourage distancing.
“We are moving ahead using the guidance provided by Gov. Brad Little’s Phase 4 plan to reopen the state,” Ammon said, “but we also have to consider the proximity of a major population center just over the state line and the advice of regional health officials.”
She said that for patrons who prefer to remain isolated, or who may have mobility or health issues, some form of curbside service will continue. Patrons can place holds by logging on to their accounts at www.cdalibrary.org or by calling the library at 208-769-2315 during open hours.
Lake City Public Library will be closed for the summer, due, in part, to construction at the Lake City High School.
Programming will continue to be primarily online for children, teens, and adults. Nonetheless, Summer Reading has begun and children and teens can begin tracking their reading time using reading logs they can pick up at the library or online by visiting a special website set up for all Cooperative Information Network libraries – summer.cinlibraries.org. Participating libraries will award prizes based on the log.
For adults, an outdoor concert – with distancing – will be offered Monday, June 22, at 6 p.m. The initial concert will feature Sondahl, Hawkins, & Thomsen performing in the park on the west side of the library. (No access through the library will be available.) This will be the first of a summer concert series funded by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.


Day 1- Borrow free e-books and e-audiobooks:

We’ve got several options for you right now.
Borrow ebooks and eaudiobooks to read on your computer, phone, tablet, or Kindle e-reader by using the Libby app by Overdrive. Learn more at cin.overdive.com. Use your CIN Library Card number and your password is your last name in all-caps.
We're also offering free eBooks to children ages birth to 18. Complete the form at this site -- forms.gle/2Grj8hH1mwPvWSmH9 -- and the library will send you an access code for 10 free eBook downloads. Limit one access code per child while supplies last. Families with multiple children may request an access code for each child in the family. This is a separate program from our normal online resources like Overdrive and Libby.

Day 2 - Use our free genealogy resources to work on your family tree!

If genealogy is your thing, and you've got some spare time right now, then check out our free resources.
Access Heritage Quest Online, from our website, with your library card number and your password of your last name in all-caps.
As an Idaho resident you also have access to MyHeritage on lili.org. Access billions of historical documents, photos, and so much more!

Day 3 Download and stream music for free!

Download 5 free songs per week and keep them forever! Right now there is also free unlimited streaming.
Access this service by logging in with your library card number at cinlibraries.freegalmusic.com. Download the Freegal Music App or use it from your desktop or device.

Day 4 - Learn a new language, or brush up your skills, for free!

We have two different programs to choose from-> Mango and Pronunciator
Mango is a single solution that combines quality content, intelligent technology, and an adaptive algorithm that delivers practical phrases from real situations.
To access Mango, login to your account on our website (username= library card number, password= last name all-caps,) visit our Explore page, and click on Mango! You can either practice as a guest or create your own profile.
Pronunciator provides both guided and self-directed instruction for 131 foreign languages, and ESL for 51 non-English languages, along with Course Designer, which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators.
Pronunciator is a program that is available to all Idaho residents through the Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI.org) and only asks for you location to allow you to create a profile. Follow this link to find out more!

Day 5 - Check out our FB for teens and join us on Discord!

We're doing our Teen Sketchbook Club, D&D, Library League of Legends, Book Club meetings, and more. Visit the FB page for more information.
You can also go directly to the discord signup
We've also created a website where teens will be able to find digital booklists, book recommendations, and website recommendations.

Day 6 - Check out our CDA Children's Library FB page and join our Stay Home - Win Prizes program!!

On our CDA Children's Library FB page find a plethora of activities, videos, and information! You'll find:

Facebook Live Story Times with Mandi and our
Community Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt

Stay Home - Win Prizes Program

You'll also find information about many other services that can be found for free right now!

Day 7 - Find newspaper and magazine articles from all over the country!

From our website, cdalibrary.org/explore, you can access:
Newsbank- which provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.
EBSCOhost- a full text coverage of major newspapers covering critical news topics.
Login to cdalibrary.org with you card number and last name in all-caps as your password to access these services.
Also find CDArchives.org to view scans of the Coeur d'Alene Press!