Author: Jane Baker

The Gratitude Graffiti Project: Coming to a library near you

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GratitudeGraffiti By Jane Baker If you visit any of the ten county libraries between now and December 4, you will see graffiti. Depending on which library you go to, the graffiti will be on a window, on special paper mounted on the wall, or crafted on sticky notes placed for all to see. This graffiti isn’t […]

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Thoughts on my ultra-local community

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_CommunityThoughts By Jane Baker One of my favorite drawings is that of a stick figure walking a dog. The thought bubble above the person is packed with worries and thoughts while the thought bubble above the dog is the same scene of a person walking a dog. I’ve written posts before about my dog, a high energy pup […]

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Written in the stars

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Stars By Jane Baker The old lawn chair isn’t comfortable. My legs always stick to it when I wear shorts and it tilts to the left. But on this unusually warm Fourth of July evening, just minutes before the grand fireworks were about to begin, I was able to lean back and gaze up to a sky full of […]

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When the Alarm Goes Off, It’s Time to Play

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on June 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Nerdy young male with tie riding a small bicycle isolated on white background By Jane Baker Has this ever happened to you? You arrive at work and have a moment of panic that you’ve left your cell phone at home. Quickly checking its usual location, you find your cellphone is there after all. It’s weird that you didn’t remember putting it there, but then again, you don’t remember […]

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Nonprofit Spokane: Q&A with Sam Evans of KYRS

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You on May 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_nonprofit By Jane Baker Every Saturday morning from 9–10am, Sam Evans spotlights a nonprofit organization, director, volunteer, or board member on his radio show at KYRS. Nonprofit Spokane‘s purpose is to connect listeners with nonprofit organizations and make a positive impact in the community. I was fortunate to spend some time chatting with Sam […]

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Becoming Nontraditional: Books & resources for returning to school 

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Teens on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

successful and unsuccessful choices - concept By Jane Baker When my son graduated from high school there was no way he was stepping on the college train the following fall. He had spent the most of his childhood education struggling to conform to the public school system. He’s a smart kid, just not one who learns best under the traditional American […]

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Eagle-Spotting For Beginners

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Bald eagle By Jane Baker One of the best gifts we receive during the holidays, here in the Northwest, is the annual visit of the eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene. A lot has been written locally about the eagle watch, and rightfully so. To live in the area and miss the yearly visit is an opportunity lost. […]

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Library Hack: Whose Library Is It Anyway?

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on November 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibrarySystems_Card by Jane Baker When I first came to work at the library nearly three years ago, many of my friends thought I was crazy. “Libraries are dead,” some said, or, “they have no funding.” “I didn’t know the County had a library,” said others. Several community members commented, “the library is Spokane’ […]


Zipping The Light Fantastic

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on October 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Zipline_Jane By Jane Baker I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic. My parents were raised during the Great Depression and instilled a strong work ethic that, while good, doesn’t always jive with today’s goal of the work/life balance. However, it’s that same rush of accomplishment I thrive on in my work life that I seek […]

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I Love/Hate Social Media

Posted in Business and Careers, Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on August 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_SocialMedia By Jane Baker Wow. The first known use was in 2004! In ten short years, there has been an explosion of social media platforms. Today, everywhere, people are posting photos and videos, checking-in, and sharing info. It’s even been suggested that the word “social” could be dropped, as this form of communication is the traditional m […]

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