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Mary, Mary, Gardener Extraordinary

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MaryMary_Garden By Gwendolyn Haley I recently sat down for lunch with my dear friend Mary. While Mary is the last person I’d call contrary—her garden grows and grows. Mary has transformed her standard small city lot into a lush fruit and vegetable paradise. What got you started gardening?   Years ago, my elderly neighbor brought over a […]

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And Then It’s Spring

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SpringReads By Sheri Boggs By Spokane standards, we’ve barely had winter. Nevertheless, I compulsively look at the sunrise/sunset app on my phone to see how incrementally the days are getting longer, I inspect the yard looking for the tiniest hint of green, and I convince myself gloves are for sissies. And I can tell you, it’s […]

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Crowdfunding Success Stories: A Q&A with comics artist Manny Trembley

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Icon of Money in the Hand on Digital Background. By Brian Vander Veen Launching a creative endeavor or a new business usually requires money. Traditionally, acquiring such funding has meant the need for taking out a loan, finding an investor, borrowing from friends or family, or spending your own hard-earned nest egg. In recent years, we’ve seen yet another option emerge. It is one […]

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Pie (Pi) for a day

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PiePiDay By Kelsey Hudson For three years in high school, I was a proud Mathlete. That means I voluntarily spent my free time studying and competing against others on how quickly I could solve math equations. Between Mathletes, Knowledge Bowl, and Chamber Orchestra, I could have easily filled the world’s geekiest letterman’s jacket if I had […]

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Ham On Regal

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Ham By Aileen Luppert A person must have incredible dedication, passion and drive to agree to volunteer 20 hours a week, for months at a time, on top of a full-time job. Would you give up 8 hours every Saturday for three months? Tom Blue, and thousands of volunteers over the last 52 years have done […]

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Let’s Hear It For #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Group of elementary school pupils in class By Sheri Boggs Just after 6am on the morning of February 2nd, I settled on the couch with my laptop, a fresh cup of coffee, and an uncontrollable mane of bedhead. While my bleary eyes slowly focused on the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards being held right that moment in Chicago, I opened […]

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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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