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Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PrimeTime By Gwendolyn Haley Something magical happens when families read books together and then talk about the big ideas they encounter. Reading is always fun, but talking about books and ideas helps us learn about the world and one another in a whole new way. Prime Time Family Reading from Humanities Washington taps into that magic […]

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Library member wins gold in Washington Science Olympiad

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_ScienceOlympiad By Erin Dodge Whenever I see an amazing craft or find a new interest, I know I can head to the library and find tons of books and other resources—whether it’s knitting, cooking, or coding a smartphone app. So I knew I had found a kindred spirit when I heard about a young library member […]

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(Un)summer reading: a booklist gone awry

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerReadingListGoneAwry by David Wyatt Summer reading is almost over! Light, breezy, and perfect for the beach, summer reading lists are often the popcorn-flick equivalent for books. Of course, I’m contrary and will avoid nearly all of these lists. No Cussler, Patterson, and certainly no romance novels for me. Instead, I fell into a reading pattern comprised […]

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Judging a book by its cover

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_JudgingABookByItsCover By Amanda Flanery A book can be a quiet escape for those of us seeking adventure, improvement, understanding, or intrigue. We understand that by opening a book, we’re opening ourselves to a world that’s a little better understood. As a member and employee of the library, I appreciate and advocate all of these things. But […]

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Lego clubs

Posted in kids on August 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LegoBuild Build with Legos at your library! Keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp, strengthen your STEM muscles, and spark your imagination with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages are welcome. Ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. SEP 2016–May 2017 AIRWAY HEIGHTS Every Wednesday 3–4pm ARGONNE Every Saturday 1–3pm CHENE […]

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A creative booklist from Loretta West

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CreativeBookList by Erin Dodge Local artist Loretta West teaches the meditative art form of Zentangle at the Library District during August as part of our 2016 Summer Programs. In a previous post, Loretta graciously answered my questions about Zentangle and where she finds inspiration. Today, she shares a booklist filled with books that have touched her soul and […]

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Summer Bounty: Food & Gardening Series

Posted in News on August 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerBounty Brought to you by the Seed Libraries at Deer Park, Medical Lake, and Otis Orchards Libraries and the Master Gardener Program at WSU Extension for Spokane County. Enjoy the bounty of your summer garden long after summer is over. At our three Seed Library locations, you can discover ways to preserve your produce, create delicious […]

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Easy orchard fresh sorbet (without the ice cream maker)

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Sorbet By Stefani Miller Few things are more delicious than the sweet tang of fresh berries on a hot summer day, preferably blended into something cold and refreshing. So I’m sharing the icy deliciousness of homemade fruit sorbet with you. Sorbet is the perfect summer treat. It’s easy to make. All you’ll need is fresh fruit, […]

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Making noise with Noiseguy Charlie Williams

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids on July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CharlieWilliamsQ&A By Erin Dodge Is that a fly buzzing around your head? Did a door just creak open? Who left the faucet on to drip, drip, drip? The culprit may be Noiseguy Charlie Williams, vocal sound impressionist extraordinaire. Lucky for us, he is performing his show, “Sound Coach: A Reading Relay Readathon,” at all District libraries, […]

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Diving into home ownership (and repairs)

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomeOwnership By Carlie Hoffman For a long time, I thought of myself as a “renter for life.” I was living in an apartment and watching the entire housing industry collapse, and I thought, “I’m never buying a house. Such a big purchase is scary, and you have to fix everything when something goes wrong.” But then […]

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