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Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 1 – basic equipment

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart1 By Brian Vander Veen I studied just enough chemistry as an undergraduate to earn a minor in the subject, at least before I made the eleventh-hour change to major in English and thus embarked on the long, circuitous route toward librarianship. But I’ve always loved chemistry—still do. And I certainly appreciate a well-crafted beer. So […]

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Bring back seeds to the library

Posted in News on July 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SeedLibrary You’ve borrowed seeds, planted your garden, and watched your bounty grow. Now it’s time to bring back seeds to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy! We’re offering a series of classes taught by local Master Gardeners that will teach you how to collect your seeds and prep your garden for the […]

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Talking to myself: an alternative writing method

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TalkingToMyself By Kevin J. Anderson Guest Writer If you see a person walking along engaged in a vigorous conversation with no one else around them, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s escaped from the nearest asylum. It could be me talking to myself. But don’t be concerned, don’t interrupt me, don’t bother me at all—I’m writing. It’s been […]

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Insider tips for writing the perfect cover letter

Posted in Business and Careers, For You on July 29, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_CoverLetterTips By Aileen Luppert I have never applied for a job without the help of one of my favorite people—Aunty Eve. I trust her, not only because she is my brilliant aunt, but also because she happens to have one heck of a professional human resources background. Eve has been an HR maven for a slew of […]

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How to plan a last-minute staycation

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids on July 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Staycation By Rachel Edmondson With August only a few days away, the end of summer is coming way too fast. Or, if your kids are driving you crazy with their refrain of “I’m bored,” maybe it’s not coming fast enough! Either way, this is the time of year when I start to feel like summer is […]

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Update Your Library Account Password

Posted in News on July 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Online computer screen shot with binary code and password text, great concept for computer, technology  and online security. In an effort to improve security for our members, the password parameters for all library accounts have changed. Effective July 20, library account passwords (formerly referred to as PINs) are now case-sensitive and may also include non-alphanumeric characters. This change requires all library members to reset their current password.  Please note […]

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Meet the Author: Kevin J. Anderson

Posted in News on July 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Author_KevinAnderson Building My First Lightsaber:  From Small Town Fanboy to International Best-Selling Author Prolific science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson talks about his journey from being a small town fanboy to working for Star Wars, X-Files, Dune, Batman, Star Trek, Superman, and legendary rock band Rush. After his talk, he will be selling and signing books […]

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Why my children study a foreign language

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ForeignLanguage By Gwendolyn Haley They don’t believe us when we tell them, but our children will thank us for this one day. You see, for the last few years, my husband and I have required our three daughters to study a foreign language; specifically, Mandarin Chinese. Why Chinese? We taught English for 18 months at a university in the People’s […]

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Essential items for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Teens on July 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Cosplay By Kelsey Hudson With annual comicons like SpoCon, Lilac City Comicon, Kuronekocon, and Worldcon 2015 all being held in Spokane this summer, there are plenty of opportunities for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts to share their interests and talent with others. Now I’m kind of a cosplay newbie, but I do enjoy creating costumes and exploring […]

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5 eBooks for comic and cosplay fans

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Teens on July 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ComiceBooks By Clarissa Fidler Summer is the season for superheroes. Between the numerous comicons and superhero blockbuster movies, characters like Black Widow, Mad Max, and Ant-Man are front and center. While I thoroughly enjoy Marvel action movies like The Avengers and Iron Man, I admit that I’m a novice when it comes to true superhero knowledge. […]

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