Lake City Public Library – operated at the high school on Ramsey Road in Coeur  d’Alene – has been closed temporarily as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.
Library Director Bette Ammon said the decision to suspend Lake City services was made in consultation with Coeur d’Alene School District officials. The school district yesterday also suspended all large-group activities in school facilities, including those organized by the City of Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department.
While the Lake City library branch is closed, holds placed for books and other items there can be picked up at the main library at 702 E. Front Ave.
The main library remains open for regular hours at this time, but has suspended all public programs and meeting reservations.
For the latest information on the coronavirus visit the Panhandle Health District website: http://panhandlehealthdistrict.org/covid-19/.


In a precautionary move to protect public health, all public adult, teen, and children’s programs at the Coeur d’Alene and Lake City public libraries during March have been cancelled.

The move follows a similar decision by North Idaho College that resulted in the cancelation of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival sponsored by the Kootenai Environmental Alliance (KEA). This also resulted in the cancelation of a screening of “The Wild” Friday, March 13, at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, sponsored by KEA and the Library Foundation.
“This is not a decision we take lightly,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “But after discussing the issue with the Library Board of Trustees and the other City of Coeur d’Alene department heads, we decided it is better to err on the side of caution.”
Ammon noted that libraries in Spokane have also cancelled their programs.
“Given our proximity to Spokane, this seems like the right thing to do,” she said.
The cancellation also applies to all meeting room reservations at the library for the rest of this month.
The public will be notified when library programs and meeting room reservations can resume.



Historic Coeur d’Alene Homes – Then & Now – will be the focus of the new Inland Northwest Milestone Lecture series by regional historian Robert Singletary at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The series, presented in partnership with the Museum of North Idaho, will feature some of the historic homes built on East Sherman Avenue in the early 1900s, beginning Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., with the J.C. White House, recently moved from Sherman Avenue to the base of Tubbs Hill in the
City Hall/Library campus. The White House will serve as the future home of the museum.
Original owners of these homes were men prominent in such industries as lumbering, railroading, steam-boating, banking and real estate.
“They came to Coeur d’Alene when it was a village of about 500, struggling to make a name for itself after years of being a military town,” said Singletary, who serves as Marketing and Program Director for the museum and who was recently named to the Coeur d’Alene Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves on the Historic Preservation Commission for Kootenai County.
In 1900, there were only a few private homes scattered around the city. By 1915, more than 70 new additions had been platted and hundreds of homes, ranging from simple cottages to mansions, were constructed.  Some of the earliest and most impressive homes were built on East Sherman Avenue, just a few blocks from downtown.
The lectures on each home will include information about the life of its original owner and their contribution to the area.
The planned scheduled of lectures – the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 – will be:
► Jan. 23: J.C. White House
► Feb. 27: F.A. Blackwell House
► March 26: William Dollar House
► April 23: J.J. O’Brien House
► May 28: Russell Blackwell House 
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