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Book Club for two: Books to read with someone special

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

By Stefani Miller One year ago, my husband came to me with the idea that we regularly set aside time to read the same book. Normally our tastes in reading couldn’t be more different. I love romance, and I don’t stray too far from that genre. My husband, however, reads more broadly. You’ll find everything […]

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Catchy tunes & magical melodies: Caspar Babypants Family Concert

Posted in News on March 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

“Caspar Babypants is still our favorite kids’ music. It really isn’t even fair to call it kids’ music because I often find myself listening to it even when I’m alone.” –Will James, Geekdad Who is Caspar Babypants? Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew, frontman of the Presidents of the United States of America, creating intelligent, simple […]

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Ukulele: Getting to know the jumping flea

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on March 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge The sounds of the ukulele are bright and bubbly and often described as happy. Ever curious about word origins, I learned that ukulele means “jumping flea” in Hawaiian (read more about that here). Introduction to Ukulele classes are coming to four of our libraries. Brenda Beaulieu leads this interactive music class and […]

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Easy Pinterest recipes for busy adults

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

By Melanie Boerner Do you get home from a busy day and just can’t bring yourself to make a meal for the family? I feel this way most weekdays! I don’t think it is just me—I bet lots of busy parents do, too. On the weekend, I can whip up an elaborate meal with the […]

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Discover the connection between engineering and The Three Stooges

Posted in News on March 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

What requires imagination, teaches principles of physics, and demonstrates cause and effect that kids have a blast doing? Why, creating Rube Goldberg Machines at the library, of course! Wait, what? Rube Goldberg Machines are those crazy contraptions made from everyday objects that set off a chain reaction. You can see how ridiculous these devices c […]

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Apps I’m loving right now

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker In July of 2015, I wrote a blog about my interest in astronomy and one of my most favorite apps, Star Walk 2 (iOS, Android, Windows). Even now, I still get comments about Star Walk 2, leading to conversations about other favorite apps. So I’m talking about other entertaining apps I’m loving […]

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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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