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Sci-Fi and Fantasy books to look forward to in 2016

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SciFiFantasy2016 By Brian Vander Veen I’m feeling positive about 2016, as though it’s going to be a good year to be a nerd. Despite a glut of click-bait articles arguing that The Force Awakens was actually a terrible film, the fans I saw leaving the theater were in a jovial mood, as though the phantom of […]

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17 new magazine titles available on Zinio

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_17NewTitlesZinio By Clarissa Fidler I’ve always been a magazine lover. However, before I started working for the library, I still read all of my favorites in print format. While I loved the excitement of getting a new issue in the mail, all my magazine subscriptions made for a lot of clutter. Thanks to Zinio, I’ve since […]

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5 Books about human origins to read now

Posted on January 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_5BooksHO By David Wyatt Now through February 2 at the North Spokane Library, we are privileged to host the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?. The exhibit inspired me to compile a short reading list, mostly on natural selection and evolution. Most of these are quick reads that are not too […]

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Clothing the community: Q&A with Kira’s Kloset founder Debbie Wraspir

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_KirasKloset By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again. When resolutions are fresh and resolve is still intact. As usual, one of my resolutions is to declutter my house. After visiting Kira’s Kloset, I think I’m going to begin by decluttering my kids’ closets. I got the privilege of visiting Kira’s Kloset when the library […]

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What does it mean to be human?

Posted on January 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_WhatDoesItMeanToBeHuman By Gwendolyn Haley When we talk about the things that makes us human, we might start with our ability to reason, to love, to show compassion, to have faith. At the most fundamental level, the things that make us human start with the DNA in our cells. When I was a kid in the 1980s, […]

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Reading resolutions: Up your reading game in 2016

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReadingResolutions By Sheri Boggs If the thought of New Year’s resolutions sounds exhausting (even with our post yesterday on how the library can help you meet your New Year’s goals), and you’d really rather just read a book, you might want to consider taking on a reading resolution. Ranging from something as simple as declaring to […]

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Library Hack: Resources for New Year’s resolutions

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Resolutions By Kelsey Hudson So we’re going to start this post off like most of my storytimes begin—with some group sharing. Raise your hand if you’ve ever set a New Year’s resolution. Keep it raised if you’ve ever broken it. And finally, raise it even higher if you break them more often than you complete them. […]

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Library Hack: Hidden gems of the Digital Library

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HiddenGemsDigitalLibrary By Brian Vander Veen If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I imagine you probably already use OverDrive for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. You might also use some of our other popular digital resources, like hoopla to stream music and movies, Zinio to browse popular magazines, or Gale Courses to study up on a […]

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Mixtape: Festive holiday albums

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayAlbums By Clarissa Fidler Music is an essential part of the holidays for me. The day after Thanksgiving, my family typically switches over to all Christmas music, all the time. And with Christmas only a few days away, you better believe that I have Michael Bublé’s Christmas album merrily blasting away in my car. With so many good Christmas alb […]

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Library Hack: hoopla digital comics

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaComics By David Wyatt In addition to the movies, TV shows, audiobooks, eBooks, and music available via hoopla, you can now also check out comic books (graphic novels if you’d rather). It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a comic book, but while exploring hoopla I was excited to see old favorites like Fables and The Sandman. […]

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