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Volume 1, Issue 1 Dec 2013 to Mar 2014

Welcome to the Library Quarterly by Ann Nichols, Library Director

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Greetings from your library Director! Library District Trustees, Staff and Volunteers would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season. I hope you will find this quarterly newsletter from your library helpful, informative and entertaining. At this time of the year I like to reflect on our absolutely amazing community and what an honor it is to be a part of it. I have never lived in a more helping and giving area. Our non-profit community is outstanding. Our businesses are growing and we are often listed as one of America’s most wonderful places to live. We have award winning schools and of course the most beautiful environment

in which all of this is set. The library is one of the institutions that make our community so outstanding. If you haven’t been into the library or visited our website in a while, you might be surprised at all the materials your library offers. There are e-books, e-audiobooks, collections of online maps and reading suggestions. A fairly new service is Freegal, a program that offers three free songs of your choice (from Sony, Columbia and other labels) each week that you can download and keep forever – no return necessary. Your library also offers tutoring and test proctoring as well as Wi-Fi and computer access. And yes, we still have thousands of books and videos! If we don’t have

what you need, we will try to order it for you. I would love to start the New Year with everyone in our community excited about reading and learning. Please come in and discover the wealth of information and entertainment waiting for you at your library. Your thoughtful suggestions on how to make the Library District even better are always welcome. Thank you,

Ann Nichols 208-263-6930 ext. 208

Deck the Halls with Hand Made Ornaments By Susan Bates-Harbuck

For the fifth year in a row the youth department will be hosting an ornament making party for children of all ages. The party starts at 2 p.m. on A wreath made from Wednesday, Depuzzle pieces. cember 18th and lasts until 4 p.m.

The library will provide plenty of craft supplies, paper, puzzle pieces, paint, glue, glitter and ribbon, as well as some examples of ornaments you could make. Turn burned out

Inside this issue: Library Events Schedule

Christmas lights into Rudolph or Santa, puzzle pieces into a wreath, old book pages into all kinds of wonderful ornaments. You provide your imagination and get to take home hand made decorations for your Christmas tree, windows and home.

Special points of interest: Pull-out

Author Program


Get to Know Your Library


Clark Fork Corner


FOL Update


Library Trivia Puzzle


The Library in 2014


Ornament making party December 18th Bring in your seeds! What’s happening in Clark Fork? FOL actively supporting our library district What to expect from the library in 2014 Library Quarterly schedule of events inside

Authors Jonathan Johnson and Shawn Vestal to read at the Sandpoint Library On Saturday, 7 December 2013 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Lost Horse Press and the Sandpoint Library are pleased to present a literary reading—The Telling of Winter Tales— featuring Jonathan Johnson and Shawn Vestal. The reading is open to everyone and admission is free. Q & A / book sale / book signing will follow the reading. For additional information, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410 or email JONATHAN


S O N has published two collections of poems, In the Land We Imagined Ourselves (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010) and Mastodon, 80% Complete (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2001) and a memoir, Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood, released in 2005 by the University of Nebraska Press in the American Lives Series. He is a professor at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, the MFA program at Eastern Washington University. S H A W N V E S T A L is

the author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories, and “A.K.A. Charles Abbott,” an essay published as a Kindle Single. A graduate of the Eastern Washington University MFA program, he is a columnist for The SpokesmanReview in Spokane, where he lives with his wife and son.

Get to Know Your Library ~ The Pamphlet File by Patrick Goodman, Acquisitions/Youth Services Librarian

Located to the left of the main computer area on the first floor, right in front of the seed library collection, the Sandpoint branch pamphlet file is an excellent source of quick, easy-to-access information on a wide variety of subjects. Within the pamphlet file’s drawers, an assortment of fascinating maps, posters, leaflets, spiral-bound packets, and special edition magazines can be found for check

-out or copying. And just tion pertaining to the “Within the pamphlet file’s like the Library’s book and great state of Idaho. movie collections, the indrawers, an assortment of The Clark Fork branch formation available covers also has an excellent fascinating maps, posters, leaflets, a broad spectrum of popupamphlet file. lar information. Popular spiral-bound packets, and special subjects include gardening, So next time you visit edition magazines can be found .” genealogy, health and hyeither library, why not giene, local and world enjoy perusing a library history, and a large collection of informawithin a library, the pamphlet file.

The Seed Library Needs Your Seeds by Camile McKitrick

The East Bonner County Library opened its volunteer run Seed Library in April of this year. Local gardeners were thrilled to find non-GMO, organic and heirloom seeds that they could “borrow” from their local library. This system relies on users who take seeds in the spring to return in the fall. Our volunteers then prepare the donated seeds for the

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next growing season.

able to keep the Seed Library going.

At this time we would like to provide a gentle reminder to those who got seed from the Seed Library this year to please bring some back from the seed you saved. If you ate everything you planted or had crop failure please be thoughtful and bring in a few packets of open pollinated/heirloom purchased seed. If we do not get seed in return we will be un-

If you didn't get seed this year you are welcome to donate non-GMO open pollinated/ heirloom seed from your garden. We look forward to providing seeds for many seasons to come.


Clark Fork Corner

by Dawn Schatz , Youth Services Assistant, Clark Fork Branch Library

Successful programs are often built on great partnerships, but it has never been so fulfilling until I partnered with Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School and Washington Elementary to start up the Clark Fork Library’s first Robotics Club.

Although we are not competing, we follow every challenge set up for the FLL including the discussion regarding real issues that face our senior citizens every day. This is the one time I’ve been able to slow down and watch the process unfold. Kids that normally race through a problem set or are mesmerized by playing video games are now focused on programming their robot “Charlie” to accomplish specific goals and problem

Following First Lego League’s Senior Solutions, last year’s challenge, we borrowed the mat and components from 6th grade teacher Dinah Gahde and the NXT robot kit from Clark Fork Junior High.

solve through failures. I love how they bounce ideas off of each other, but most importantly, I love that they aren’t afraid to try. Behind their bright eyes, you can watch the gears turning and the light bulb moments of recognizing a plausible solution. The Clark Fork Library’s Robotics Club meets every Thursday from 3PM-4:30PM and is open to boys and girls from 9-14 years old. To register, please call Dawn at 2661321.

Friends of the Library Update by Ilene Bell, President, FOL

The Friends of the Library’s monthly book sales have become a Sandpoint institution. Thanks to our wonderful patrons, our sales earn between $700 and $900 per month. FOL returns the funds to the library, preferably by buying larger items outside of the normal library budget. Currently, FOL is spending $5,000 on new window coverings for sixteen library windows. In January, FOL will fund a $3,000 challenge grant, to be met by contributions from

Library Trivia Puzzle

Sandpoint residents. In December, in lieu February, our speaker will be Louisiana of a general meeting, FOL State University Profeswill host its annual holiday sor Emeritus Tony pot luck. All FOL memLewis, who taught An“Thanks to our wonderful bers are invited. Our reguthropology and Remote patrons, our sales earn between Sensing. He will discuss lar general meetings will resume in January when his experiences in Bei$700 and $900 per month.” our featured speaker will jing, China. We hope be City Councilwoman that you will attend these Carrie Logan, who will programs discuss the status of the train station. In

created by Susan Bates-Harbuck

Fill in the words from the clues on the right to spell an essential part of the library


1. The address of our main branch 2. Your passport to knowledge and entertainment. 3. When you should return your item. 4. The only day we’re not open. 5. Our easternmost branch. 6. Our library on wheels. 7. Nursery rhyme character for whom our story time is named. Answer the question to win a prize. The circled letters should spell out the answer to the puzzle. Be the first person to bring the correct answer to the information desk at the Sandpoint Branch to win a prize. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

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Sandpoint Branch 1407 Cedar St. Sandpoint, ID 83864 Phone: 208-263-6930 E-mail: Clark Fork Phone: 208-266-1321

Providing free and open access to information and ideas. We’re on the web:

East Bonner County Library District Mission Statement The mission of the Library District is to provide free and open access to information and ideas which are essential to a democracy. In support of this mission, the District encourages lifelong reading and learning, supports activities important to our diverse community and is dedicated to the basic First Amendment principles of intellectual freedom and access to information without censorship.

The Library in 2014

by Shannon May, Trustee, East Bonner County Library District

If my crystal ball worked, I could tees: Finance/Audit, Long-Range tell you what’s to come at your liGoals, Personnel, Policy Review, brary district. Technology and Unfortunately, the Services it’s on the fritz-Committee. now there’s a Committee “...we’re looking forward to a work is focusterm from another generation. future where libraries are even ing on gathering However, I don’t more vibrant and engaged in information need a crystal ball the community.” from the comto tell you that in munity about general terms the needs and MORE is coming wants of pafrom the library and its fine staff trons for the future. Surveys, focus groups and other methods are being and volunteers. considered for this task. Despite the thought that technological developAs a member of the board of trusment is leading to the demise of tees, along with fellow trustees Gloria Ray, Jeanine Asche, Pam Webb and Wayne Gunter, I’m amazed at the number and variety of services and programs the library offers. Our monthly meeting packets overflow with information and statistics on the library’s diverse activities. Still, we strive to do more for the community. One of the ways we do this is through the district’s committees, made up of staff and trus-

libraries, we’re looking forward to a future where libraries are even more vibrant and engaged in the community. That future is rapidly approaching, but we can’t shape our library without you and your neighbors providing the critical input necessary to improve a terrific library system. So, think about what the library can be in years to come, provide feedback, and stay tuned to library correspondence because we will be reaching out to the community to put together the pieces of the puzzle for your library’s future.

The Library Quarterly v.1 issue 1 - East Bonner County Library District  
The Library Quarterly v.1 issue 1 - East Bonner County Library District  

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