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Documentaries You May Have Missed

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

reportage By Brian Vander Veen Judging from the number of people I see here at the library jostling to browse our DVD collection, I don’t doubt that movies are one of the more popular items we lend. I have also noticed, though, that the non-fiction end of our DVDs doesn’t seem to get as much love. […]

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Resources for Starting Your Own Small Business

Posted in Business and Careers, For You on March 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

Owner Of Gift Shop Standing In Doorway By Aileen Luppert Have you ever considered starting your own small business? Most of us have fantasized about being our own boss—maybe more often than we care to admit. We aren’t alone. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy reports: Small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms (a small business is d […]

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Food Insecurity: Q&A with Jennifer Schlenske of Spokane Valley Partners

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Teens on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodInsecurity By Sonia Gustafson We often think of donating food and helping the less fortunate around the holidays, but as we approach the time for Food for Fines, we wanted to highlight a local agency that does good work in our community all year long. Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who […]

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On My Coffee Table

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Kelsey Hudson I’ll let you in on a little-known librarian secret—we don’t get to read quite as much as we’d like and we definitely haven’t read or watched everything in the library. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing things to enjoy in our libraries, but more often than not, my “to […]

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Travel Abroad, No Passport Required

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

a travel suitcase full of books on a white background By Rachel Edmondson I love to travel. Being in a foreign country awakens me. I am challenged to examine my assumptions, pushed out of my comfort zone, and able to truly live in the moment, which is so hard to do when faced with the demands of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is […]

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Board Games Galore

Posted in News, Teens on March 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TeenGameDay_SV TEENS Grades 6+ Bring your competitive spirit and best strategy for an afternoon of tabletop gaming. There is a wide variety of games to choose from for every skill level: Ticket to Ride, Clue, Apples to Apples, Sorry, Pandemic, and many more. Players are also welcome to bring their own to share. Snacks are provided […]

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Real Food in Spokane

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

Nutrition facts - lettuce By Kim Harshberger One day I was on a Hulu bender and the same commercial kept popping up. The TV spot was aimed at bringing awareness to food deserts. Well, color me unaware because I had not ever heard of a food desert before. A quick trip to the CDC website helped shed a little […]

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Mary, Mary, Gardener Extraordinary

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MaryMary_Garden By Gwendolyn Haley I recently sat down for lunch with my dear friend Mary. While Mary is the last person I’d call contrary—her garden grows and grows. Mary has transformed her standard small city lot into a lush fruit and vegetable paradise. What got you started gardening?   Years ago, my elderly neighbor brought over a […]

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Food for Fines

Posted in News on March 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodForFines_2015 Spokane County Library District announces the 3rd annual Food for Fines event during National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015. For every non-perishable item of food, $1.00 will be forgiven from a cardholder’s account, up to a maximum of $10.00 per card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items, […]

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From the Director…

Posted in News on March 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer People often ask about the future of libraries. Why do we need libraries when there is so much information available on my phone or tablet? Even with the advent of the Internet and mobile technology, libraries continue to be the go-to place for borrowing books and getting information. As I walked through our libraries this […]

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