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Upcoming events set for Kooskia Community Library

KOOSKIA — A variety of events and presentations will be sponsored by the Friends of the Kooskia Community Library.

Events include the following:

•Saturday, Feb. 22, Bob Squires will present, “Homesteaders of the Middle Fork.” Squires’ Powerpoint presentation will highlight years of research about the early homesteaders along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. He began this journey to find out more about his grandfather, William Squires, who settled on Harris Ridge, in the early 1900s. His continued interest in the area homesteaders then led him to do more research along Sutler Creek, the Middle Fork and Selway rivers. He is currently working on the homesteaders from the prairie of Idaho County. The presentation is at 1 p.m.. in the Kooskia Community Center.

•Friday, March 7, the program “What Are You Reading?” will be held. Friends of the Kooskia Community Library are seeking local book lovers to share a short reading with the public in an open mike forum this evening. A dozen readers will be allotted five minutes to introduce and read from a literary source they enjoy. To sign up, visit the library or call 926-4539 for the guidelines. The deadline to submit a reading is Feb. 28. Plan to join the readers for this family-friendly evening of literary adventures at 6:30 p.m., in the Kooskia Community Library.

Saturday, April 12, Priscilla Wegars will present “As Rugged as the Terrain.” This presentation explores Idaho history that took place at Canyon Creek on the Lochsa River, from 1933-43. Wegar’s program begins with insights into the lives of the young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, moves on to the road building efforts of the Federal Prisoners of Camp No.11, along Highway 12 in 1935 and ends with a description of life at the camp for the World War II Japanese, German and Italian internees in 1943. This is set for 1 p.m., in the Kooskia Community Library.

•Saturday, May 10, is the date for the Spring Book Sale. Used books of all kinds, as well as CDs and DVDs, will be available at bargain prices. To donate, drop books off at the Kooskia Community Library during business hours. No magazines or VHS tapes. All proceeds benefit the Kooskia Community Library. The sale is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kooskia Community Center.

•Friday, May 23rd, “Clearwater Wonder Tales” will be presented. Idaho Writer in Residence, Joy Steiner, will spend the week of May 19-23, teaching 60 Clearwater Valley Elementary fourth and fifth-grade students how to craft natural history stories. At the end of the week, the Friends of the Library will host an evening where the students can share their stories. This program is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Kooskia Community Library.

•Story Hour for young children continues weekly, Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon.

•Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” is being organized by librarian Dena Puderbaugh. Stay tuned in the coming months for information.

•Student scholarships are available for “Writers at Harriman.” Friends of the Kooskia Community Library will offer two scholarships to attend “Writers at Harriman,” Aug. 3-9. This is a weeklong residential writing camp where students work with professional teaching writers and participate in great outdoor activities with other students from Idaho. This will be offered to students who are currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grades, who attend Clearwater Valley High School, as well as students who are in an alternative educational program within the Clearwater Valley school district. For information visit For questions contact Dawn Stryhas at 926-4302.


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