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Resolving on Health

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Resolution By Gwendolyn Haley I’m avoiding the cookies. That’s my big New Year’s resolution for 2015. Sure, I’ve made more grand goals in the past, with long lists of things that I am going to do to make me better, smarter, and healthier. In our first year of marriage, my husband and I decided that taking […]

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Becoming Nontraditional: Books & resources for returning to school 

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

successful and unsuccessful choices - concept By Jane Baker When my son graduated from high school there was no way he was stepping on the college train the following fall. He had spent the most of his childhood education struggling to conform to the public school system. He’s a smart kid, just not one who learns best under the traditional American […]

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Meal Planning For Busy Families

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MealPlanning By Kim Harshberger I might have been spending too much time on Pinterest, but last fall I had an overwhelming desire get it together in the kitchen, so I started planning meals for my family. There were a few driving forces behind this decision. For the first time, I had to start figuring out breakfast […]

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Library Hack: What’s a Teen To Do?

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Close Up Of Student Lockers In High School By Sheri Boggs A moment for embarrassing self-disclosure: it’s been a long time since I was a teen. A really super long time. The Spokane Valley Library was my branch, and although I loved books and spent a lot of time there, I couldn’t wait to grow up and move away. Which is pretty much […]

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A Bit of Wizardry

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HarryPotter By Cara Strickland Picture this: one moment you’re walking through a normal theme park, passing lines of people, restaurants and roller coasters. But as you walk deeper into the park, you notice that the buildings around you start to change in character. Suddenly, you’re somewhere which looks a lot like London (albeit against a Florida […]

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The Educational Merits of Minecraft

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Minecraft By Brian Vander Veen At the North Spokane Library, where I mainly work, it’s rare that anyone has to wait more than ten or twenty minutes for a free computer, if they have to wait at all. But sometimes our computers do get full, and I’ve more than once heard adult members grumble about the […]

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The Big Read Is Almost Here

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_BigRead The Big Read is coming to your community! What’s a Big Read, you ask? No, it’s not a really long book, or one with giant letters. It’s a program of the National Endowment for the Arts which gets everyone in a community reading and talking about the same book! In February, we will be all […]

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Library Hack: Book a Librarian

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LH_BookLibrarian By Kelsey Hudson With the holidays wrapped up and the New Year just starting, we see a lot of people in the library needing a bit more assistance than usual. Between new devices they received for Christmas, and New Year’s Resolutions, a lot of people have extra questions at this time of year. We’re always […]

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Beat the (Post) Holiday Blues

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

Stressed young woman in front of christmas tree By Rachel Edmondson I grew up in Western Washington where it rains a lot but doesn’t get quite as chilly as here in the Inland Northwest. On the west side, snow was an exciting event that only happened every once in a while. In Spokane, there are years it seems the snow is here forever, […]

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Navigators Are Back!

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Navigators_2015 By Aileen Luppert What a difference a year makes. After a rough start, health insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, opened last fall and enrolled over 8 million people in the United States. In Washington, over one million residents enrolled through the state’s online marketplace, the Washington Healthplanfinder. About […]

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