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About North Idaho Reads

Mission Statement: Through the magic of words, North Idaho Reads will engage our communities and foster an understanding of the common threads that unite us.

North Idaho Reads is a joint reading project of the Community Library Network, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, and the Wallace Railroad Depot Museum designed to encourage regional residents to read the Gregg Olsen’s book, The Deep Dark.

For 2019 North Idaho Reads is supported, in part, by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Library Friends groups and community sponsors. 


North Idaho Reads: Author Presentation

Gregg Olsen, The Deep Dark

The Deep Dark by Gregg Olsen

On May 2, 1972, as a result of the Silver Valley Sunshine Mine disaster, 91 miners died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"The Deep Dark" is the story of the miners, their families and the community's response to the disaster. One positive outcome of the disaster was safety changes to the mining industry. This book encourages a closer look at the community and family bonds, the history of mining in Idaho, and the cultural bonds that brought the community together and sometimes frayed it to the breaking point.

Join us to hear about how this true event inspired Gregg’s writing and what motivated him to look behind the scenes.

  • Post Falls Library: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Coeur d’Alene Library: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Wallace Railroad Depot Museum: Thursday, May 2, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Hayden Library: Friday, May 3, 2019, 5 p.m.

Programs are free and refreshments will be served. Copies of the Gregg Olsen’s books will be available for purchase at the events.


Bunker Hill Superfund Site: A Success Story

An old camera, film, and photos

Valerie Wade, local specialist in geology and the environment, will show historical pictures of the Silver Valley before, during and after mining cleanup.  

Valerie Wade, History of Mining:  
Spirit Lake Library: Saturday April 6th, 1:00-2:00  
Pinehurst Library: Monday, April 22, 6:00-7:00 (call 208-682-3483 for reservations)  
Post Falls Library: Tuesday May 7th, 5:30-6:30
Hayden Library:   Wednesday May 8th, 6:00-7:00