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Guilty Pleasures

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GuiltyPleasures By Kim Harshberger Well, the holidays are upon us. I don’t know about you but a part of me dreads this time of year. It’s an endless stream of decadent treats that I can’t seem to resist. It has been a tradition in my family to bake loads of cookies and treats in the weeks […]

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Free Resources for Lifelong Learning

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time on December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Library By Brian Vander Veen It’s been nearly twenty years since the film Good Will Hunting came out, and honestly, I don’t remember much of it, but there’s one line that has long stuck with me. Working-class genius Will is arguing in a bar with Harvard student Clark, and what Will says, the redacted PG version […]

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Holiday Recipes Beyond Peppermint and Pumpkin

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayTreats_Intro By Kelsey Hudson I am totally in the holiday mood. I’ve decked my tree (complete with my favorite C-3PO ornament), found all the best wrapping paper, and am even making a stocking or two. Seriously, the holiday season is here and I couldn’t be happier—mostly. With all that joy, Grinch is not my normal holiday […]

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Holiday Closure

Posted in News on December 15, 2014 at 4:00 pm

News_Feature_HolidayHours All Spokane County Library District facilities will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. Regular hours resume Friday, December 26, 2014. Facilities will close again at 5pm on Wednesday, December 31, and remain closed on Thursday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s Day Holiday. Regula […]

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Meet the Author: Jenny Elliott

Posted in News on December 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_JennyElliot Jenny Elliott, local author of teen paranormal romance, will celebrate the release of her book Save Me, set right here in the Pacific Northwest, with two events related to the book and the process of writing for publication. Both events will feature a book signing, and copies available for sale. Come to one, or both! […]

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Let There Be Legos

Posted in kids on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LegoBuild Mix fun and learning by spending a Saturday creating engineering feats at the library! SCLD is hosting a series of day-long Lego Build Days, one at each library throughout 2014 and 2015. The library will provide thousands (current count is roughly 47,000 270+ pounds which is about 150,000 pieces!) of Lego pieces for kids and […]

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From The Director…

Posted in News on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

primary school science experiment In December I had the pleasure of attending the Washington STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. Over 350 caring people came together to learn how we can prepare young people for careers requiring science and math proficiencies. The Boston Consulting Group presented a study show […]

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Library Hack: What Should I Read Next?

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time, Teens on December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReaderAdvisory By Cara Strickland I remember it as if it were yesterday. I would walk into my local library and make a beeline for the children’s section. In that library, there was a children’s librarian sitting behind a special little desk. I would walk up to the desk and smile as though I were going to […]

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Eagle-Spotting For Beginners

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Bald eagle By Jane Baker One of the best gifts we receive during the holidays, here in the Northwest, is the annual visit of the eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene. A lot has been written locally about the eagle watch, and rightfully so. To live in the area and miss the yearly visit is an opportunity lost. […]

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Teacher Gifts (That They Actually Want)

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on December 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

male businessman hand in suit writing on a blackboard with white by Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again, when parents everywhere are trying to figure out what to give to their kids’ teachers. How do you truly express thanks to a teacher for putting up with your kid day in and day out, and for teaching your kid math, so you don’t have to? […]

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