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Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 2 – basic ingredients and a recipe

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on August 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart2 By Brian Vander Veen Last week, I talked about the basic equipment one needs to start brewing small-scale, one-gallon batches at home, but obviously, you need more than just equipment—you need ingredients. Beer, at its most basic, comprises only three ingredients: malted grain, hops, and yeast. However, over the millennia since beer was first b […]

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From the Director…

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

Feature_NancyLedeboer “Close, but no cigar.” According to Phrase Finder, this saying dates back to the mid-20th century when cigars were given out as prizes at fairground games. One of the first recorded publications of the phrase was in the script from the 1935 film version of Annie Oakley: “Close, Colonel, but no cigar.” The phrase is […]

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Night at the Library: A special membership event

Posted in News on August 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NightattheLibrary Learn how to become a member of the Friends of the Spokane County Library District at an exclusive, after-hours event on Thursday, September 17. Enjoy readings by local authors: Cindy Hval, Bruce Holbert, Laura Read, Sharma Shields, Shawn Vestal, and Maya Jewell Zeller. Meet and mingle with current Friends, as well as library staff. Browse […]

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Asper-reads: Great books and resources about Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders

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

Feature_Aspergers By Sheri Boggs A few weeks after running a blog post on the We Need Diverse Books movement, I heard from Kathleen, a young reader in North Carolina who wrote that she has Asperger syndrome. “I’m trying to put together shareable resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to […]

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Exploring the lives of imaginary friends: 5 books for kids & grown-ups

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ImaginaryFriends2 By Clarissa Fidler Bing Bong, Jacques Papier, Beekle, and Sean Murphy—what could those names possibly have in common? Are they even real? Well, believe it or not, the aforementioned names all belong to imaginary friends you’ll find in current books, TV shows, and movies. Studies report that over a third (37%) of children create an […]

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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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