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Try Tri Again

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time on July 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_TryTri_swim by Gwendolyn Haley It was the name that got me. After years of running around in matching Wonder Woman swimsuits with my big sister, pretending to be Linda Carter, how could I not jump at the chance of signing up for a sprint triathlon called the West Plains Wunder Woman? Never mind that at the […]

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Liquid Lit: Booze and Book Pairings

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on July 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiquidLit by Sheri Boggs Pairing drinks with books is an exercise in mood and mixology. With food, it’s a little easier. The flavors of the beverage are there to enhance and highlight the flavors of the food. And if you run into trouble there are countless books, websites and even apps advising everything from what wines […]

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From the Director…

Posted in News on July 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer Trent, my grandson, just turned five, and his mother is wondering if he’ll be ready for Kindergarten in September. When I read the Ready, Set, Kindergarten! blog by our librarian Rachel Edmondson, I knew I needed to share it with her. I hope my daughter finds comfort in knowing that other parents are concerned about […]

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Libraries Transforming Communities

Posted in News on July 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Libraries Transforming Communities Spokane County Library District (SCLD) was selected by The American Library Association (ALA) as one of 10 public libraries that will undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort. The cohort, selected from a field of 86 candidates thr […]

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Toaster: Free to Good Home

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time on July 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GlutenFree_Toaster By Kim Harshberger I hate the term gluten-free. It brings up a lot of negative connotations, misunderstandings, and sometimes, abject horror. It also doesn’t begin to describe the choice my husband and I have made for our family. To be clear, no one in the family has a negative physical response to gluten. We do […]

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Best. Massage. Ever.

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Jane shares her experience get the Best. Massage. Ever. on her trip to Bali. by Jane Baker I may have fallen asleep, although I didn’t mean to. The light breeze from the ceiling fan cooled my skin as massaging hands kneaded away at the muscles underneath, the sweet scent of frangipani, soft trickling of a nearby waterfall, then…a rooster. I opened my eyes, focusing on the perfectly manicured toes […]

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Library Hack: eBooks and Audiobooks

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time, Teens on July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Cara gives insider tips on how to get the most from our donwloadable eBooks and audiobooks. by Cara Strickland My to-read list is frighteningly long. Most of my friends are readers, and we love to give out book suggestions to each other. One good book leads to another and before I know it, my Goodreads account is bursting at the seams. My life doesn’t leave as much margin as I would […]

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Should You Count Your Calories?

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Should you count calories? Ben Greenfield weights in. by Ben Greenfield Guest Writer I’m a bit of a self-quantification nerd. But I don’t count calories. As a matter of fact, I hate counting calories. Sure, most standard, run-of-the-mill dietary advice would lead you to believe that to lose fat, maintain your energy levels, or maximize performance, that you must painstakingly log every little […]

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Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Kindergarten by Rachel Edmondson I can’t count how many times somebody has looked at my girls and told me, “Enjoy these years. They will go by so fast.” Some days I have to restrain myself from rolling my eyes as I sarcastically think to myself, “Oh yes, this day is going so quickly. It began with poop, […]

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Sweet Without the Heat

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time, Teens on July 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_SweetNoHeat by Kelsey Hudson I love baking for myself and others, but when the summer heat rolls in, the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven and turn my apartment into a sauna. No sir, in the summer I like to keep my recipes oven-free and simple. I’ll save the rest for […]

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