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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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Discussions with Tod Marshall: poetry & social justice, Irish poetry, spoken word, and National Poetry Month

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on February 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Erin Dodge Poetry can sing us a song, open us to a moment, inspire us to reach higher and go further. Washington State Poet Laureate and Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall leads a poetry discussion series at Spokane County Library District in March and April. Each event has a casual atmosphere where everyone is […]

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Tweens & teens learn Maasai culture & batik quilt design with local artist Nicholas Sironka

Posted in News on February 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. One aspect of Maasai culture is their art, which includes intricate, beautiful beadwork and rich, colorful paintings. Nicholas Sironka, a Kenyan Maasai visual artist who lives in the Spokane area, leads the […]

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Library Hiring Fair at Spokane Valley Mall

Posted in News on February 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to our hiring fair for The BookEnd, a new model of library service. The BookEnd is not a traditional library. What’s different? It is a boutique library experience in a retail environment. We are hiring several positions, focusing on customer service in an evolving modern library. If you’re friendly, helpful, and love […]

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Local enthusiasts share Millwood history in March

Posted in News on February 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

As part of Millwood’s 90th Anniversary, the Millwood History Enthusiasts and Argonne Library bring you a month-long display of photos and items from the town’s rich past. Throughout the month of March, you’re invited to programs with the Enthusiasts and former Millwood Fire Chief, Jim Anderson, to explore the history of Millwood. Get a peek […]

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Traditional Irish music with Floating Crowbar

Posted in News on February 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley While I was growing up in North Carolina, my parents often spent Sunday afternoons listening to “Thistle and Shamrock,” a public radio program featuring Celtic music. I’d bring whatever book I was reading into the living room and curl up on the couch, to listen and read while my parents did whatever […]

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Fractured fairy tales: re-inventing imagined worlds

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to true love and finding happily-ever-after. Most of the time, life is not a fairy tale. Unless, of course, you’re reading the original fairy tales, which are darker and more gruesome than the Disneyesque versions. Sometimes real life feels a bit too similar […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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Battling the winter blahs

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 10, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz As we face another month of chilly winter weather, I find it a challenge to get myself outside. I am a nature lover and a fairly active person, but you will rarely see me in the gym. I want to exercise under open skies while gentle breezes drift over my skin. Which […]

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My long-standing relationship with coffee (and 10,000 coffee stands)

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Amanda Flanery “Love is in the air and it smells like coffee.” —Unknown How many of you, by a show of empty cups/mugs, have a stack of coffee stand cards in your vehicle or wallet? Do you also think the best time for coffee is right now? And in a few minutes from now? […]

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