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A New Year’s resolution in four words

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_ResolutionIn4Words By Jane Baker Ah, January. A month that starts with the hopeful list of resolutions for the new, improved you. Word is that half of US citizens make New Year’s resolutions with nearly 90% failing to keep those resolutions. We have the best intentions, but seem to ask too much of ourselves. Many people I […]

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Oscar’s best films: A year in books

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Oscars-AYearInBooks By David Wyatt When the Academy Award nominees for best picture were announced earlier this month, I had a strange sense of deja vu. It was not because of the continued lack of diversity in actors nominated or list of films many people won’t see. What was so familiar was that nearly every nominated film owed […]

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7 Cookbooks for your plant-based diet resolutions

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Plant-BasedDietResolutions By Brian Vander Veen This year I will have been vegetarian for some 15 years, if memory serves me right, and vegan for roughly the last 10. And yet, there was a time I barely knew how to peel a potato. I had fancied myself pretty decent at grilling steaks or baby back ribs but vegetables were […]

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In praise of reading aloud as adults

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReadingAloudAsAdults By Gwendolyn Haley When my husband and I were newlyweds we lived overseas in a place with very few English speakers. Since we didn’t speak the language, we were sometimes a little starved for entertainment beyond the random English language movie on TV (a pastime we dubbed “Mystery English Language Theater” or “How we stopped being […]

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Watch and read: If you like Star Wars…

Posted on January 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_StarWars_W&R By Kelsey Hudson Eighteen months—we have to wait 18 months to find out what happens next! I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. I think I’ll just curl up under my desk for the next little bit. I may also cry a little. Don’t judge me too harshly. Like a couple million other people, I […]

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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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