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On My Coffee Table

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Kelsey Hudson I’ll let you in on a little-known librarian secret—we don’t get to read quite as much as we’d like and we definitely haven’t read or watched everything in the library. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing things to enjoy in our libraries, but more often than not, my “to […]

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Travel Abroad, No Passport Required

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

a travel suitcase full of books on a white background By Rachel Edmondson I love to travel. Being in a foreign country awakens me. I am challenged to examine my assumptions, pushed out of my comfort zone, and able to truly live in the moment, which is so hard to do when faced with the demands of everyday life. Don’t get me wrong, there is […]

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Real Food in Spokane

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

Nutrition facts - lettuce By Kim Harshberger One day I was on a Hulu bender and the same commercial kept popping up. The TV spot was aimed at bringing awareness to food deserts. Well, color me unaware because I had not ever heard of a food desert before. A quick trip to the CDC website helped shed a little […]

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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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