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Banned Books Week

September 22-28

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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.

It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.

Celebrate by asking your librarian for a Banned Book recommendation or by checking out one of our Banned Books displays or activities!

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Special Events


Upcycled Mittens from Old Wool Sweaters at Pinehurst
Pinehurst Library
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Tuesday, February 25, 12:00 pm
Pinehurst Library

(One Class, two dates to choose from.)

Upcycle old sweaters and create something new. Learn how to make unique, warm mittens to treasure for a long time. Collect old sheep wool, alpaca or cashmere sweaters and fleece for the lining. (Check your closet or visit a secondhand store.) Wash your wool items to felt them into a dense fabric. Bring your sewing machine if you own one.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Post Falls Make It Happen!
Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 pm
Post Falls Library

What do you want to accomplish this year?

This simple and effective class, based on the book Write It Down, Make It Happen, will help you move your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands.

Speakers Dave and Linda Gibson have overcome many obstacles and want to teach you to overcome yours! Dave and Linda are owners of Ultra Lawn, have served on the North Idaho Builders and Contractors board, and have been involved with the Historical Society.

Athol What the Craft!
Wednesday, February 26, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Athol Library

We’ll be painting terra cotta herb pots! Soil and herb seeds provided. Call to sign up. Adults.

Pinehurst Library presents: Everyone Welcome at the Library
Thursday, February 27, 9:00 am
Pinehurst Library

We care about ADA.  

Help us make our facilities more accessible and come to our focus group. We have questions and you have answers.

For more information, call Randy Zepeda, 208-773-1506 x 329 or 208-449-6627.

Spirit Lake - Creating Realistic Fiction Characters
Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm
Spirit Lake Library

Local author Sara Bell will help you create realistic, relatable characters using the Enneagram personality framework.

Post Falls presents - LibertySeed: The Birth of Our Nation
Sunday, March 1, 1:30 pm
Post Falls Library

The 19th of April, 1775, was a day that forever changed the course of our nation. Why is this such an important day?

It will not be the story you think you know or the story you heard in school. Learn about the internal struggles that pitted neighbor against neighbor in what was really the first American civil war and gain a greater understanding of the founding principles our country was built upon, presented by volunteers from the Revolutionary War Veterans Association.  Free; no reservation required.

Pinehurst: Rustic, No-Knead Bread (Part 1 of a two-part class)
Monday, March 2, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Pinehurst Library

Learn how to make the dough and taste the bread in this two-part class. Free.

The second part of the class is Tuesday, noon – 2.30. Free. Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst: Rustic, No-Knead Bread (Part 2 of a two-part class)
Tuesday, March 3, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Pinehurst Library

Learn how to handle the dough and bake some rolls in our library convection oven and taste them.

Bring something to do because we will have to wait for the dough to rise and bake. Free. Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Composting Class with Sue Bockelman at Rathdrum
Thursday, March 5, 1:00 pm
Rathdrum Library

Learn how to start and maintain a compost “Pile”, including what goes in it. Sue will also talk about how to use the finished product.

Athol Library

208-683-2979

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Athol What the Craft!
Wednesday, February 26, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

We’ll be painting terra cotta herb pots! Soil and herb seeds provided. Call to sign up. Adults.

Athol Aves o’May
Thursday, March 26, 6:00 pm

A Scottish harp and fiddle musical duo hailing from the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.  

Beccy and Lucie met while studying at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The duo’s creative approach to arranging music brings new light to Scottish songs and melodies with sensitivity and elegance, effortlessly blending their varied musical backgrounds.

Healthy Soil Class with Sue Bockelman at Athol
Thursday, April 16, 1:00 pm

Learn how to care for and build up the soil that you’re growing your plants in. Happy roots make for happier plants and better yields!

We’ll talk about soil types, pH, and amendments.


Check out our recurring events!

Athol Lego Club for all ages

Once a month on Thursdays, at 4:00 PM,  (Jan 16th, Feb 20th, Mar 26, Apr 16th, and May 7th)

All ages are invited for Lego fun. Each month is a new challenge or theme. Kids are welcome to build for that theme or build their own creation.

January – Marble Runs
February – Zipline Adventures
March – Mini golf
April – Races
May - Animals

3D Printer Visits Athol

We want to give you a heads up of when you can expect to see the 3D Printer return to the Athol Library

Friday, June 26-Monday, July 27 (These dates are estimates, as weather or programs might adjust them a day or two.)

Harrison Library

208-689-3976

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Harrison Aves o’May

A Scottish harp and fiddle musical duo hailing from the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.  

Beccy and Lucie met while studying at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The duo’s creative approach to arranging music brings new light to Scottish songs and melodies with sensitivity and elegance, effortlessly blending their varied musical backgrounds.

Friday, March 27, 6:00 pm
Healthy Soil Class with Sue Bockelman at Harrison

Learn how to care for and build up the soil that you’re growing your plants in. Happy roots make for happier plants and better yields!

We’ll talk about soil types, pH, and amendments.

Saturday, April 4, 2:00 pm

Check out our recurring events!

3D Printer Visits Harrison

We want to give you a heads up of when you can expect to see the 3D Printer return to the Harrison Library

Wednesday, May 27-Friday, June 26 (These dates are estimates, as weather or programs might adjust them a day or two.)

Hayden Library

208-772-5612

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Healthy Soil Class with Sue Bockelman at Hayden
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 pm

Learn how to care for and build up the soil that you’re growing your plants in. Happy roots make for happier plants and better yields!

We’ll talk about soil types, pH, and amendments.


Check out our recurring events!

Hayden Chess Club, all ages

3rd Fridays, (January 17th, February 21st, March 20th, and April 17th), 4-5 pm

Whether you are an experienced player or brand new to the game, Chess Club is for you. Bring your chess set or borrow one of ours.

Hayden Coffee and Coloring

Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm.

Come espresso yourself! Stop by the Hayden Library every Friday morning for a cup of coffee and adult coloring.

Hayden Ukulele Lovers' Association

4th Tuesday each month (Tuesday, February 25th,) at 6:00 p.m.

Think you don't have the time or ability to learn to play an instrument? Think again!

Come pick up a ukulele and learn the basics that can help you in your quest to master any instrument. Experienced ukulele players will be here to help you understand strumming, chords, and progressions, with guidance and insight for musicians of all skill levels.

Adults and teens are welcome, middle school and up! This program is free and open to the public.

Hayden Library - Panhandle Pageturners Book Club

Wednesday, February 26th, 2:00 p.m.

The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

From the critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day.

Other Worlds Sci-Fi & Fantasy March Book Club @ Hayden

Wednesday, March 11th, 6:00 p.m.

Discover new titles from all different types of science fiction and fantasy!

Choose your own book to read each month, then come together to discuss the quirks and themes of each subgenre in a spoiler-free setting.

March's Genre – MADE INTO MOVIES: SCI/FI

Suggested Titles:

  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King

Pinehurst Library

208-682-3483

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Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Upcycled Mittens from Old Wool Sweaters at Pinehurst
Monday, February 24, 6:00 pm

(One Class, two dates to choose from.)

Upcycle old sweaters and create something new. Learn how to make unique, warm mittens to treasure for a long time. Collect old sheep wool, alpaca or cashmere sweaters and fleece for the lining. (Check your closet or visit a secondhand store.) Wash your wool items to felt them into a dense fabric. Bring your sewing machine if you own one.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Upcycled Mittens from Old Wool Sweaters at Pinehurst
Tuesday, February 25, 12:00 pm

(One Class, two dates to choose from.)

Upcycle old sweaters and create something new. Learn how to make unique, warm mittens to treasure for a long time. Collect old sheep wool, alpaca or cashmere sweaters and fleece for the lining. (Check your closet or visit a secondhand store.) Wash your wool items to felt them into a dense fabric. Bring your sewing machine if you own one.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst Library presents: Everyone Welcome at the Library
Thursday, February 27, 9:00 am

We care about ADA.  

Help us make our facilities more accessible and come to our focus group. We have questions and you have answers.

For more information, call Randy Zepeda, 208-773-1506 x 329 or 208-449-6627.

Pinehurst: Rustic, No-Knead Bread (Part 1 of a two-part class)
Monday, March 2, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Learn how to make the dough and taste the bread in this two-part class. Free.

The second part of the class is Tuesday, noon – 2.30. Free. Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst: Rustic, No-Knead Bread (Part 2 of a two-part class)
Tuesday, March 3, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Learn how to handle the dough and bake some rolls in our library convection oven and taste them.

Bring something to do because we will have to wait for the dough to rise and bake. Free. Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst Lotion Bars (Monday evening)
Monday, March 16, 6:00 pm

Learn how to make a basic lotion bar, get the recipe and take one home to try out. Free.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst Lotion Bars (Tuesday afternoon)
Tuesday, March 17, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Learn how to make a basic lotion bar, get the recipe and take one home to try out. Free.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Pinehurst DYS Birdfeeders
Friday, March 27, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Attract and watch birds by hanging up a handmade birdfeeder. Free.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

Composting Class with Sue Bockelman at Pinehurst
Tuesday, March 31, 2:00 pm

Learn how to start and maintain a compost “Pile”, including what goes in it. Sue will also talk about how to use the finished product. Free.

Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.


Check out our recurring events!

Open Craft at Pinehurst

2nd Mondays, 6:00 pm (ongoing through May 11)

Bring what you’re working on, share ideas, drink tea and eat chocolate.

Pinehurst Knitting Circle

2nd Tuesdays, noon to 2:00 pm (ongoing through May 12)

Join us to learn how to knit, get help with projects or just hang out with knitters. Please call  208-682-3483 or stop at the front desk to sign up.

3D Printer Visits Pinehurst

We want to give you a heads up of when you can expect to see the 3D Printer return to the Pinehurst Library

Thursday, March 26 – Monday, April 27 (These dates are estimates, as weather or programs might adjust them a day or two.)

Post Falls Library

208-773-1506

Check out our Wilma's Realm Teen Center!

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Post Falls Make It Happen!
Tuesday, February 25, 1:00 pm

What do you want to accomplish this year?

This simple and effective class, based on the book Write It Down, Make It Happen, will help you move your dreams into reality by taking matters into your own hands.

Speakers Dave and Linda Gibson have overcome many obstacles and want to teach you to overcome yours! Dave and Linda are owners of Ultra Lawn, have served on the North Idaho Builders and Contractors board, and have been involved with the Historical Society.

Post Falls presents - LibertySeed: The Birth of Our Nation
Sunday, March 1, 1:30 pm

The 19th of April, 1775, was a day that forever changed the course of our nation. Why is this such an important day?

It will not be the story you think you know or the story you heard in school. Learn about the internal struggles that pitted neighbor against neighbor in what was really the first American civil war and gain a greater understanding of the founding principles our country was built upon, presented by volunteers from the Revolutionary War Veterans Association.  Free; no reservation required.

Post Falls Make Stuff
Monday, March 9, 2:00 pm

Make time to make stuff! DIY crafts, snacks, and great company meet up in this hour-long crafting class.

In March, make a felted flower bouquet. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk. 

3D Printer Workshop at the Post Falls Library
Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Did you know you can order 3D prints through the library?

Attend a small group training session to learn about our 3D printers, find out how you can order a model to be printed, and get introduced to free 3D design websites. All ages welcome!

Post Falls Chess Club, all ages
Friday, March 13, 4:00 pm

Whether you are an experienced player or brand new to the game, Chess Club is for you.

Bring your chess set or borrow one of ours. All ages welcome! Free; no registration required.

Post Falls Painting with Monique: Pastels
Monday, March 16, 2:00 pm

Learn how to render portraits and beautiful landscapes using pastels. Local artist and instructor Monique Carran demonstrates how to create realistic faces and impressions of nature. Bring a picture of a face or landscape to use as a model.

Space is limited; please sign up at the front desk. 

Post Falls Bunco!
Tuesday, March 17, 2:00 pm

Third Tuesdays

Join this fast-paced, raucous dice game. Players new to the game are welcome! Please sign up at the front desk. 

Post Falls March Cookbook Book Club
Friday, March 20, 1:00 pm

If you love to cook and want a fun, casual environment to try and share new recipes, the Cookbook Book Club is just for you!

Take home a new cookbook from our collection that fits the monthly theme and try out recipes all month long. Then bring your favorite dish to share with the group potluck style, and we’ll discuss food, books, and life.  Sign up at the front desk.

March theme: slow cooker/instant pot meals

Post Falls March Make Stuff: Going To Seed Edition
Monday, March 23, 2:00 pm

Newspaper seed starting pots are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and biodegradable.

Learn how to make your pots and get starter seeds you can plant in May for a beautiful (and tasty!) summer garden. All ages welcome. Please sign up at the front desk. 

Post Falls Aves o’May
Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 pm

A Scottish harp and fiddle musical duo hailing from the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.  

Beccy and Lucie met while studying at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The duo’s creative approach to arranging music brings new light to Scottish songs and melodies with sensitivity and elegance, effortlessly blending their varied musical backgrounds.

Composting Class with Sue Bockelman at Post Falls
Saturday, April 11, 1:00 pm

Learn how to start and maintain a compost pile, including what goes in! We’ll also talk about how to use the finished product. Presented by Sue Bockelman, AKA “The Plant Pro.” 

Post Falls presents: Planting
Saturday, April 25, 1:00 pm

Learn how to properly plant trees, shrubs, perennials, and flowers in North Idaho.

This will be a hands-on presentation—prepare to get dirty! Presented by Sue Bockelman, AKA “The Plant Pro.” 

Post Falls April Make Stuff: Going To Seed Edition
Monday, April 27, 2:00 pm

Self-watering herb planters require very little attention and can keep you supplied with fresh herbs from your own kitchen counter.

Learn how to make a self-watering planter and get starter seeds for a tasty and low-maintenance indoor herb garden. All ages welcome. Please sign up at the front desk. 

Post Falls May Make Stuff: Going To Seed Edition
Monday, May 18, 2:00 pm

Birds and butterflies benefit your garden by eating pests, pollinating plants, and controlling weed growth.

Learn how to make quick and simple butterfly feeders and pinecone bird feeders to keep your winged friends happy and contributing to your garden efforts. All ages welcome. Please sign up at the front desk. 


Check out our recurring events!

Post Falls Dungeons & Dragons

Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30 pm

Dungeon Master Dan Black leads an Adventurers Guild of character-driven, family-friendly quests. D.M. Dan will guide you through character building or help you tweak an existing character you can play during several ongoing original quests. Players choose together which quests to pursue. Bring your dice! For teens and adults.

Post Falls Bluegrass Jam 

First and Third Thursdays, February 20, March 5 & 19, 5:00-7:30 pm

The Inland Northwest Bluegrass Music Association is happy to announce a bluegrass, folk, and country music jam at the Post Falls Library.

This is a circle jam, so bring your instruments and voice! Light refreshments served. You are welcome to listen or join in for lots of good music and fellowship.

Free; no reservations required.

Post Falls Coffee & Coloring

Every Saturday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Take advantage of our drop-in hours for some R&R. Enjoy a cup of joe, light refreshments, and the tranquil sound of colored pencils on paper. All ages welcome! 

Post Falls First Friday Sewing Group

First Friday of Every Month, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Gather with a group of like-minded sewers to work on your projects. First Friday Sewing Group, hosted by North Idaho Quilters, welcomes hand sewers and machine sewers. Bring an extension cord and a seat cushion for your chair!

Post Falls River City Garden Club: 3rd Wednesdays

Third Wednesdays of each month, 6:30 pm

River City Garden Club is a gathering of like-minded gardeners who enjoy gardening and getting together to share activities, information, and friendship. They feature a different guest presenter and a garden-related topic at each meeting.

Rathdrum Library

208-687-1029

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Composting Class with Sue Bockelman at Rathdrum
Thursday, March 5, 1:00 pm

Learn how to start and maintain a compost “Pile”, including what goes in it. Sue will also talk about how to use the finished product.

Rathdrum Aves o’May
Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 pm

A Scottish harp and fiddle musical duo hailing from the Highlands and Aberdeenshire.  

Beccy and Lucie met while studying at Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  The duo’s creative approach to arranging music brings new light to Scottish songs and melodies with sensitivity and elegance, effortlessly blending their varied musical backgrounds.


Check out our recurring events!

3D Printer Visits Rathdrum

We want to give you a heads up of when you can expect to see the 3D Printer return to the Rathdrum Library

Monday, April 27-Wednesday, May 27 (These dates are estimates, as weather or programs might adjust them a day or two.)

Spirit Lake Library

208-623-5353

Picture of brochure for Read 20 in 20 promotion

Be Daring! Read 20 in 20

Be a daring reader and tackle twenty books in 2020! Which library has the most daring readers? Let’s find out.

If your library wins, you and other readers will be treated to a gourmet cupcake and coffee bar in January 2021.

But there’s more! You can read to win adventure themed gift bags, a $100 gas card grand prize, and enter raffle drawings. Earn a “Be Daring-read 20 in 2020” button and a raffle entry for every 5 challenge successes by presenting your logbook to be stamped at your library.

Pick up your logbook with details at the front desk.

Spirit Lake - Creating Realistic Fiction Characters
Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm

Local author Sara Bell will help you create realistic, relatable characters using the Enneagram personality framework.

Spirit Lake Library presents - Sue Bockelman Talks Fertilizer: Why, What, When, & How
Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm

Learn all about plant fertilizers. We’ll demystify the “analysis” on the bag and talk about how and when to use fertilizers to get the best from your plants.

Spirit Lake - Make Your Own Bookmarks
Saturday, March 14, 1:00 pm

Decorate your personalized shepherd's crook bookmark with a beaded pendant!

We have all the supplies you need to make these charming placeholders. Space is limited, so please sign up at the front desk or call 208-623-5353 to reserve a seat.


Check out our recurring events!

3D Printer Visits Spirit Lake Library

We want to give you a heads up of when you can expect to see the 3D Printer return to the Spirit Lake Library

Monday, February 24-Thursday, March 26 (These dates are estimates, as weather or programs might adjust them a day or two.)