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Music and conspiracy theories: a primer

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_MusicConspiracy2 By Brian Vander Veen Sometime during the tail-end of the 80s, my middle-school youth group made us watch a grainy VHS documentary about the evils of contemporary music. The presenter played samples of music that, slowed down and backwards, might have sounded vaguely like blasphemous utterings. He picked apart various band names and album covers, […]

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Get caught reading!

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

GetCaughtReading_Post By Rachel Edmondson My first introduction to the Get Caught Reading campaign was the posters that adorned our libraries’ walls. Throughout the years, various celebrities have participated in this campaign by being photographed reading a favorite book and then allowing the celebrity posters to be distributed for free to schools and libraries. You […]

Microsoft IT Academy is now Microsoft Imagine Academy

Posted in News on April 25, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_MIA Through a partnership with Microsoft, Washington state libraries offer Microsoft’s online learning program to the public at no cost. The program now offers Learning Plans, aimed at helping you succeed in gaining important technical skills for work and life. The Microsoft Office 2013 Essentials learning plan helps you discover what you need to kno […]

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Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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Northern Slam: the art of spoken word

Posted in Explore and Discover, Teens on April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PoetrySlam By Gwendolyn Haley Sometimes, the stars align in such a way that the library can make something amazing happen in the community. During the fall of 2015, members of the Friends of the Deer Park Library heard about Poetry Slams in the Spokane area. Riverside High School held a poetry slam at which Deer Park Librarian […]

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Drop-in job & career help

Posted in News on April 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_DropInJobAndCareerHelp Refine your resume or start one from scratch. Write an eye-catching cover letter. Discover your ideal career. Starting in May, Career Transitions instructor Annette Olson will be at Spokane Valley and North Spokane Libraries for drop-in hours to assist job seekers and offer career help. Whether you are a student about to graduate or a […]

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Re-energize & connect: Volunteer program at Spokane County Library District

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_VolunteerWeek By Jane Baker Jamie Van Wormer has put some miles on her car in the short few months since becoming the Volunteer Coordinator at the Spokane County Library District. She’s been from one end of the county to the other gathering information and establishing relationships to create a volunteer program for the Library District. “First […]

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Card games: sneaky, fun math practice

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CardGames By Kelsey Hudson Card games are a way of life in my family. As children, we started off with simple games like Go Fish and Thirty-One. By elementary school, most of us had graduated to Golf and Spades. And forget moving up from the kids’ table at Thanksgiving—in my family you’re considered an adult when […]

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Board books you’re bound to love

Posted in For You, kids on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_BoardBooks By Sheri Boggs Board books are undeservedly one of the most easily dismissed formats in all of children’s literature. With their chunky spines and thick, laminated pages, they’re designed to withstand the worst a baby can deliver, from a good, saliva-drenched gumming to being hurled from a high chair. They’re short by necessity—most around […]

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Read these graphic novels, you must

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_StarWarsGraphicNovels By Brian Vander Veen When I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had prepared myself for disappointment. And sure, much of it was a rehash of a plot we’d already seen twice in the Star Wars franchise, and yes, there were plot holes aplenty, but I’d be lying if I said I […]

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