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Clearwater Valley News: Libraries rock; celebrate public libraries this week; Kooskia Library book sale set for April 22


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— April 9-15 is National Library Week with the theme, “Libraries Transform”. Public libraries exist in many countries across the world and are considered an essential part of having an educated and literate population. With so much fake news out there, libraries provide a great place to seek the truth.

We are fortunate to have both the Kooskia and Kamiah branch libraries in the Clearwater Valley, as part of the Prairie River Library district ( These two libraries are small in stature, but large in reach. Library card holders can go online and search for books through the interlibrary loan program and have them sent to your local branch (Library cards are free). You can also request ebooks and books-on-tape. You can stream and download three songs a week from the catalog of 9 million songs from 100 different countries. Once you download the songs, they are yours to keep. Both libraries offer use of onsite computers and Internet access.

Both libraries have a weekly (September to May) story hour for children and their parents or caregivers. Kooskia’s is Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon for children of any age. Kamiah’s is at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for preschool age children. These story hours provide fun opportunities for both kids and parents to meet others.

I stopped by the Kamiah library and April Blankenship is excited to have a summer reading program for ages K-8. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” and will include some community service projects in addition to encouraging children to keep up their reading skills. It will be held on Wednesdays from July 5-26. You can sign up at the library during regular hours or stop by Cloninger’s Market on Saturday, April 22, and sign up there. Kids who participate will get a free nylon backpack with books to keep. Call 935-0428 for more info.

Kooskia librarian, Dena Puderbaugh is also planning a summer reading program; no dates have been set. Call the library at 926-4539. When I was a kid, my mother worked as a junior high school librarian. She inundated my sister and me with books in the summertime and we developed a lifelong love of reading.

On Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m., the Friends of Kooskia Library has a book sale at the Kooskia Community Center (down the hall from the library). Used books as well as CDs and DVDs will be for sale to benefit the library. They will be raffling off two gift baskets from Jim and Mindy Wiebush, one with a bird theme, the other, a food theme. If you’re doing your spring cleaning between now and then and find some books, CDs or DVDs to donate, drop them by the library before the sale date. (Please no magazines, you can take those to the Kooskia Recycling Center, Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to noon).

See on koik! (That’s all)


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