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10 Tips to get started doing genealogy

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GenealogyTips By Miriam J. Robbins Guest Writer You’re about to embark on an exciting journey! Learning about your family history and developing skills to do genealogical research can be the beginning of a lifelong hobby and passion. Here are ten tips to get started: 1. Get 0rganized You’re going to be gathering a lot of information, […]

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BiblioBoard: Connecting indie writers, libraries, and readers

Posted on October 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Young smiling woman sitting on the floor and using laptop By Carlie Hoffman Are you a local indie writer looking to connect with readers? Would you like readers to be able to find your book at the library? Well, you’re in luck! We recently acquired a new digital resource called BiblioBoard, an online platform that makes it possible to publish your work as an eBook so readers can […]

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Pursuing the NaNoWriMo challenge

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NaNoWriMoChallenge1 By Gwendolyn Haley I love fall. October is not only a month of apples, pumpkins, and halloween costumes, but also planning the next big writing project. We are a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) family. My husband has completed the 50,000 word challenge for several years, and last year our 14-year-old daughter penned 37,888 words of […]

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Librarian-inspired reads to celebrate ALA’s 139th birthday

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ALA_Bday By Kelsey Hudson On this day 139 years ago the American Library Association (ALA) was formed with the intent of making it easier and cheaper for librarians to continue their work. In honor of ALA’s 139th birthday, I decided to pull together a list of some of the most fascinating books and movies about librarians. Now […]

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Pluto: The little dwarf planet that could

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Pluto By David Wyatt Nerd that I am, anytime NASA, SpaceX, Planetary Resources, or any other space exploration organization makes it into the news I am glued to my news feed. The New Horizons mission to Pluto is no exception, and it has been an active year for our favorite little ex-planet. Launched almost a decade ago, […]

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SpoYo is coming!

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SpoYo By Sheri Boggs Where can you meet Amulet creator Kazu Kibuishi in person, ask Nick Bruel where he comes up with all of Bad Kitty’s crazy antics, and find out about what will happen in the next installment of S.E. Grove’s wildly popular Mapmakers trilogy? The answer is right here in Spokane at the first […]

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Mixtape: Contemporary ladies of country music

Posted on September 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapeCountryLadies By Clarissa Fidler Growing up my dad exposed me to a variety of music genres. He played everything from smooth jazz and disco to pop and classic rock. But of all the genres we listened to, one always reigned supreme—country. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was my mom’s favorite. Modern […]

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Animal rescues: Q&A with local author Kelly Milner Halls

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Kelly By Sheri Boggs What do Sasquatch, wild dogs, dinosaur babies, ghosts, and alien visitors all have in common? Besides being intrinsically awesome, they’ve all been book subjects for local writer Kelly Milner Halls. Halls is a passionate profiler of the wonderfully weird, with nonfiction titles like Tales of the Cryptids, Ghostly Evidence, a […]

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Thoughts on my ultra-local community

Posted 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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On my coffee table

Posted on September 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By David Wyatt In our house, the “coffee table” is wherever our cat has no interest in lounging. Be that my desk or the entertainment center, our coffee table space is always on the move, usually one step ahead of the cat. As is true with many of my coworkers, the contents of my reading list […]

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