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Family Book Brigade sign up extended

The deadline to sign up for the Family Book Brigade – a parade carrying books from the old library to the new – has been extended to Wednesday.

The Aug. 25 event – intended for nonmotorized entries – will travel from the current library site at 201 E. Harrison Ave. to the new library site, 702 E. Front Ave.

Entries can be individuals, families and groups using decorated bikes, trikes, carts, wagons and trailers to deliver the Friends of the Library’s books to its bookstore at the new library.

Participants can register by visiting the library to pick up a registration/information form. The forms also will be available for download from the library’s Web site at

Entries in the parade will line up at the old library beginning at 9 a.m. and the parade will get under way at 10. The route will follow Harrison Avenue east to Fifth Street and south to Front Avenue, where it will continue on the Centennial Trail east to the new library. Participants will be met by volunteers at the front door where the books will be collected and moved to Second Story Books.

Young participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Due to the installation of shelving and furniture, participants won’t be able to enter the building during this event, but will gather on the west side of the building for refreshments. The Kootenai-Shoshone Area Libraries Bookmobile also will be on hand for participants to tour.

Sponsors for the Family Book Brigade include the City of Coeur d’Alene, the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

Aug. 26 is the final day the Harrison Avenue library will be open. The public dedication for the new library is scheduled for Sept. 9, at 2 p.m., when the community will be able to tour the new facility. Checkout services will resume when the library opens for full public operations on Sept. 10, at 10 a.m.


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