Library Program for Youths Features Wildlife Author

Posted: 7/5/2017 2:00:49 PM
An award-winning wildlife author will present a pair of programs – one for children, one for teens – as Summer Reading continues at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Friday, July 14.

Sneed B. Collard III is the author of such award-winning books as “Fire Birds—Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests,” “Double Eagle,” “Shep—Our Most Loyal Dog; Dog Sense,” and others.

His first book, Sea Snakes, was published in 1993. His seventy-fifth book, his memoir, “Snakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts — Journeys of a Biologist’s Son,” was released in Fall 2015.

In 2006, Sneed was the recipient of the Washington Post Children’s Book Guild Children’s Nonfiction Writer of the Year Award for his body of work.

On July 14 Collard will present a program geared toward children ages 8-12, “Birds of the Amazon,” beginning at noon.

At 1 p.m. his program will be specifically for ages, 13-18, and he will demonstrate to kids how to refine and narrow an effective writing idea by taking them on a journey to the Galapagos Islands.

July activities will culminate in a Building Day Family Program, 1-3 p.m., on Friday July 28. Participants can choose from a variety of wood kit projects. The event will also feature a LEGO pit. This activity is sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement with additional support from the Friends of the Library.

Families can come to the library throughout Summer Reading to pick up a reading log. Children can track the time they read – or are read to – and for each three hours of reading they can return to the library for a prize. Children who complete at least 10 hours of reading this summer will also be entered in an additional prize drawing. The final day to turn in reading times will be Sept. 2.

Children and teens who pick up a Summer Reading Log will have any overdue fines on their library cards waived.

Other weekly programs include:

* Spanish Bilingual Story Time: Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 3-5. Learn Spanish words through stories, activities, and crafts.

* My Little Pony Club: Mondays, 1-2 p.m., for ages 5-10. Meet with other My Little Pony fans, bring your favorite pony to share, and check out the “My Little Pony” books at the library.

* Book Babies: Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 a.m., and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver.

* Tales for 2s and 3s: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., for ages 2-3.

* World Travelers Club: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. (Registration required) For ages 8-12. Enjoy Food, festivals, and fun as we discover exotic cultures in virtual travels around the world.

* Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m., for ages 3-5.

* Book Club Jr.: Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m. (Registration required) For ages 8-9, a bona fide book club for which you take the book home to read and return to the library for discussions and other activities.

* Code Club: Wednesdays, Beginning 2-3 p.m./Continuing 3:30-5 p.m. For ages 7-11, learn coding basics on Scratch and

* Storytime for all Ages: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m., offered at the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road.

* Lunch Bunch Book Club: (Registration required) Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For ages 10-12, a bona fide book club for which you take the book home to read and return to the library for discussions and other activities. Bring your lunch.

* World Renowned Readers: Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. For ages 5-7. Stories and activities.

* LEGO Club: Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. For ages 5-11, creative time with the library’s LEGO collection.

* LEGO Club With Robots: Thursdays, 4-5 p.m., at Lake City Public Library.

* Make It & Take It Crafts: (Registration required) Fridays, 1-2 p.m. Creative projects for ages 7-12. (Building Day will replace this program on July 28.)

* Reading Pals: Independent reading sessions you schedule yourself. Come to the library, pick out a Beanie Baby pal, and read out loud to it. For each 15-20 minutes of reading you earn a raffle ticket for a prize when you turn your pal back in.

Children under 6 visiting the libraries need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.

For more information call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 or e-mail Susan Thorpe, Youth Services Supervisor, at

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