Friday, March 9, 2012

Reading Tips and Upcoming North Idaho Events

Michael Fogus posted an interesting article on his blog, Lifehacker, recently. Titled, Reading for the Rushed, he gives pointers on how he manages to maximize his motivation and reading time. They include:

Read only what you find interesting
Be willing to abandon bad books
Read in context
The more you read the faster you’ll read
Keep a reading log

Fogus expands on these principles in his article, which you can find Here.

Upcoming Events

The Coeur d’Alene Library has a number of writing-related events coming up this month. Here are the highlights:

Photo Safari from South African Park

COEUR d’ALENE – Writer and photographer Joan Budai will share her photos from South Africa as part of the Novel Destinations series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. The free program on the big screen in the Community Room features wildlife photos from the Kruger National Park.

Reception at Library for Author/Volunteer

COEUR d’ALENE – For many years Dorothea Maley has volunteered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library surrounded by books. Now she has written a book herself.

The Friends of the Library will host a reception for the author Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. where she will read from and sign copies of her book, “In the Shadow of Rainbows.”

A longtime North Idaho resident, Maley achieved success in the fields of graphic arts and publishing. This is her first full-length book. “In the Shadow of Rainbows” is a fictional adaptation of a true story. The central character, Ann Marie Duvall, is determined to visit Egypt and its historic sites. But with cancer spreading through her body it appears unlikely she will be able to fulfill her dream. But with courage, faith, and laughter she fights to overcome the challenge.

Writers Competition is 24th for Library

COEUR d’ALENE – The 24th annual Writers Competition at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library has begun.

Writers ages 6 to adult can submit up to two entries of fiction and nonfiction prose (no poetry please) – two fiction pieces, two nonfiction or one in each category – up to 2,000 words.

Entry forms and rules are available at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., beginning Jan. 31 or can be downloaded from the library website, The web entry forms can be found under the “About Us” and click on “Annual Events.” You can receive entry forms/rules by mail by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Writers Competition, Cd’A Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. The deadline for entries is March 31. Entries mailed to the library should be postmarked no later than March 30.

North Idaho Reads Grant Approved for Film Festival

 North Idaho Reads – a cooperative reading and discussion project by regional libraries – has been approved by the Idaho Humanities Council to receive a grant of $1,882 in support of a film festival as part of the group’s programs.

The project – previously called Our Region Reads – selects a book each year for the regional community to share and to discuss during a series of programs. This year’s title is the classic “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury. Programs will be scheduled from Sept. 30 to Nov. 11. The Humanities grant will fund “The Future is Yours – Join the Fahrenheit 451 Conversation” a movie series looking a films with different interpretations what the future may hold.

Planning is currently underway for other programs as part of North Idaho Reads at libraries that include Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the Community Library Network, the West Bonner Library District and the East Bonner County Library District as well as other nonlibrary venues. Humanities grants are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the “We the People Initiative.”

Additional information about North Idaho Reads is available at


For details about these and other North Idaho events, check out the Events page of this blog.


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