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What To Do in Spokane County

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Chinese man standing next to thought bubble drawn on chalkboard. By Brian Vander Veen Recently on the SCLD blog, our deputy director Patrick Roewe wrote about the Libraries Transforming Communities initiative, describing how SCLD has begun reaching out to various groups and individuals within our service area to find out about their aspirations for their communities and about the challenges they face as they rea […]

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The Essential Guide To Winter Cleaning

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_WinterClean By Kelsey Hudson When I first moved away from home, I came to the realization that young adults everywhere eventually have—living away from your parents means there’s no one to clean up after you. I was never that messy a person, but it meant there was no one there to help load the dishwasher, fold […]

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Mystery Read-alikes for Downton Abbey Withdrawal

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_DowntonReadAlikes By Gwendolyn Haley I confess that I am obsessed with Downton Abbey. Beyond just the beautiful setting and clothes, which I admit I adore, there’s something about the post WWI era that just captures my imagination. It’s a period of time in which the world seemed to wait with bated breath for the next major […]

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Let There Be Music: Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour Returns to CenterPlace

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_JimGill Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch. Each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. Jim Gill is a musician […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Youth Media Awards

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_YMAs_bookstack By Sheri Boggs Mondays are not normally my thing. But there’s one Monday that occurs around this time every year that I anticipate with the kind of nerdy fervor that other people reserve for, say, the World Series. I’m talking about the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs, as we librarians like to call them), during […]

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Recipe Review: Enchilada Soup

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_RecipeReview_Soup By Kim Harshberger Do you ever feel like your social network suddenly becomes obsessed with a recipe? It pops up on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter suddenly, and with gusto. It’s everywhere. At times it’s hard to know what exactly it is about posts that make them go wild, and I often wonder if the recipe […]

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Valentine’s Day Celebrations For the Skeptical

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Blank note card surrounded, framed by candy hearts By Rachel Edmondson Valentine’s Day tends to be polarizing. People either love it, hate it, or try to ignore it. Some love it when they have a significant other, and hate it when they don’t. Some are completely ambivalent until suddenly that someone special comes along. Suddenly they feel the need to make up for […]

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Finding Free Music Without Getting Sued

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Music By Brian Vander Veen It recently made me feel old to realize that more than fifteen years had passed since the first major peer-to-peer file sharing service, Napster, was launched. Napster lasted only two years before it was shut down by court injunction, but it helped ignite almost a decade of contention between the recording […]

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My Office Yogi (a Q&A and Office Yoga Session with Erin Wert)

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_yoga By Aileen Luppert While we first met over 30 years ago, it wasn’t until our daughters became friends that Erin Wert became a dear friend of mine. Now our girls are nearly the age as we were when we met. Over these last five years I have watched Erin’s sincere passion for yoga grow and […]

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Hunting For Sasquatch: a conversation with Sharma Shields

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Featutre_SharmaShields By Cara Strickland Sharma Shields is a rising star in the literary world. Her first book, a collection of short stories called Favorite Monster won the 2011 Autumn House Fiction prize, and her novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac releases on January 27. Sharma lives in Spokane with her family (and she can often be found bringing her childr […]

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