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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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Seize the Día

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_SeizeDia El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children — appreciating culture, heritage, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities. It is a daily commitment to linking ch […]

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My Top 5 Kitchen Tools

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_KitchenTools By Kim Harshberger We have a deal in my house, I cook and my husband cleans. It works well for us. But we have some standards. I am all about efficiency and I hate clutter. He likes new gadgets and wants cleanup to go quickly. So the items that get used the most in my […]

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Documentaries You May Have Missed

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

reportage By Brian Vander Veen Judging from the number of people I see here at the library jostling to browse our DVD collection, I don’t doubt that movies are one of the more popular items we lend. I have also noticed, though, that the non-fiction end of our DVDs doesn’t seem to get as much love. […]

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Resources for Starting Your Own Small Business

Posted in Business and Careers, For You on March 31, 2015 at 6:00 am

Owner Of Gift Shop Standing In Doorway By Aileen Luppert Have you ever considered starting your own small business? Most of us have fantasized about being our own boss—maybe more often than we care to admit. We aren’t alone. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy reports: Small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms (a small business is d […]

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Food Insecurity: Q&A with Jennifer Schlenske of Spokane Valley Partners

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Teens on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodInsecurity By Sonia Gustafson We often think of donating food and helping the less fortunate around the holidays, but as we approach the time for Food for Fines, we wanted to highlight a local agency that does good work in our community all year long. Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who […]

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On My Coffee Table

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Kelsey Hudson I’ll let you in on a little-known librarian secret—we don’t get to read quite as much as we’d like and we definitely haven’t read or watched everything in the library. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing things to enjoy in our libraries, but more often than not, my “to […]

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Travel Abroad, No Passport Required

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

a travel suitcase full of books on a white background By Rachel Edmondson I love to travel. Being in a foreign country awakens me. I am challenged to examine my assumptions, pushed out of my comfort zone, and able to truly live in the moment, which is so hard to do when faced with the demands of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is […]

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