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The Casual Nerd’s Guide to Book Awards

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

First place award rosette over dark background with copy space By Brian Vander Veen The Hugo Awards, arguably the most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy, are awarded every year at the World Science Fiction Convention, which this year is being hosted in our very own Spokane. And, as our luck would have it, this year the award nominations have also turned out to […]

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Celebrate Japan Day at the Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Japan_Week_graphic By Kathryn Illback The third week of April is a special time in Spokane—it’s Japan Week! Every spring since 1992, people from all over the Inland Northwest have gathered to celebrate Japanese culture and traditions with everything from food and films to drums and dancing. Japan Day at North Spokane This year, the North Spokane […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Tween Birthday Party

Posted in For You, kids on April 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Birthday cupcake By Gwendolyn Haley Birthday season is right around the corner for our household. When our daughters were really little, it was easier to plan a fabulous party. All we had to do was invite a handful of their friends, serve some cake and ice cream, plan a simple craft or game, and the party was […]

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From the Director…

Posted in News on April 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Feature_FromDirectorApr15 This week I read an article suggesting that instead of building libraries, we could just provide everyone with an Amazon account. The author proposed that this would be less expensive than funding libraries. Somehow, he overlooked the cost of providing everyone with an iPad or eReader connected to the Internet. He saw the library as […]

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Meet the Authors: Tim and Becky Hattenburg

Posted in News on April 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MeettheAuthor_TimHattenburg Local authors Tim and Becky Hattenburg will host two book discussions about their nonfiction work, Death Ride: A Little Boy’s Night of Terror. The Hattenburgs spent nearly two years researching the true story of Larry Kuntz, who in 1937 at the age of five, witnessed the murder of his parents before being beaten and left […]

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Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

Posted in News on April 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Post_NationalLibraryWeek2015 April 12–18 is National Library Week! Started in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. We invite you to celebrate the “unlimited possibilities @ your library” and discover new ways to explore, learn, and create. What has the l […]

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Build Your Business

Posted in News on April 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Build Your Business Start building your business! SCORE Business experts Chuck Zahara and Josh King present back-to-back presentations at three library locations. Chuck takes you through simple steps to starting a new business during the first hour, and Josh gives you the scoop on social media for business during the second hour. Come to one or both seminars, […]

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20-Minute Mental Vacations to Promote Self-Care

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

20-Minute Mental Vacations to Promote Self-Care by Kelsey Hudson| Spokane County Library District By Kelsey Hudson With spring break just wrapping up and summer still a few months away, taking a vacation may seem like an impossible fantasy. Work, family, and chores don’t take a break, and they have a tendency to build up until you hit a wall; self-care gets pushed aside and suddenly you’re completely overwhelmed and […]

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It’s a Whole New Zinio

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

It's a Whole New Zino by Sheri Boggs| Spokane County Library District By Sheri Boggs I love magazines—a little too much. Piles of them litter my living room, home office, and even the dining room table. The problem is I never get around to reading all of them. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I’ve gone from reading every page of my favorites to not […]

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Birthday Party Goody Bag Alternatives to Plastic Toys

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Girl with friends on birthday By Rachel Edmondson There are many unwritten rules of parenting. One of which is, “if you have kids under the age of eight, you will have an obscene amount of cheap, plastic toys in your house.” Ok, I’m not really sure at which age this ends. I just picked eight because I’m hoping the end is […]

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