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Exploring the lives of imaginary friends: 5 books for kids & grown-ups

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ImaginaryFriends2 By Clarissa Fidler Bing Bong, Jacques Papier, Beekle, and Sean Murphy—what could those names possibly have in common? Are they even real? Well, believe it or not, the aforementioned names all belong to imaginary friends you’ll find in current books, TV shows, and movies. Studies report that over a third (37%) of children create an […]

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Easy small-batch homebrewing: Part 1 – basic equipment

Posted on August 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HomebrewPart1 By Brian Vander Veen I studied just enough chemistry as an undergraduate to earn a minor in the subject, at least before I made the eleventh-hour change to major in English and thus embarked on the long, circuitous route toward librarianship. But I’ve always loved chemistry—still do. And I certainly appreciate a well-crafted beer. So […]

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Talking to myself: an alternative writing method

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TalkingToMyself By Kevin J. Anderson Guest Writer If you see a person walking along engaged in a vigorous conversation with no one else around them, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s escaped from the nearest asylum. It could be me talking to myself. But don’t be concerned, don’t interrupt me, don’t bother me at all—I’m writing. It’s been […]

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How to plan a last-minute staycation

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Staycation By Rachel Edmondson With August only a few days away, the end of summer is coming way too fast. Or, if your kids are driving you crazy with their refrain of “I’m bored,” maybe it’s not coming fast enough! Either way, this is the time of year when I start to feel like summer is […]

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Essential items for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Cosplay By Kelsey Hudson With annual comicons like SpoCon, Lilac City Comicon, Kuronekocon, and Worldcon 2015 all being held in Spokane this summer, there are plenty of opportunities for cosplayers and costuming enthusiasts to share their interests and talent with others. Now I’m kind of a cosplay newbie, but I do enjoy creating costumes and exploring […]

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5 eBooks for comic and cosplay fans

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ComiceBooks By Clarissa Fidler Summer is the season for superheroes. Between the numerous comicons and superhero blockbuster movies, characters like Black Widow, Mad Max, and Ant-Man are front and center. While I thoroughly enjoy Marvel action movies like The Avengers and Iron Man, I admit that I’m a novice when it comes to true superhero knowledge. […]

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Beyond books: discover valuable library resources

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibraryResources Libraries offer so much more than books. Our blog team is here to help you discover the many resources available to library members. We recently asked them the following question: What library resource do you wish more members knew about or took advantage of?  Here’s what each of our bloggers had to say: Digital Resources & Apps The di […]

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Written in the stars

Posted on July 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Stars By Jane Baker The old lawn chair isn’t comfortable. My legs always stick to it when I wear shorts and it tilts to the left. But on this unusually warm Fourth of July evening, just minutes before the grand fireworks were about to begin, I was able to lean back and gaze up to a sky full of […]

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Recommended for you: 3 YA books to read right now

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_3YAbooks By Sheri Boggs As the District’s Youth Collection Development Librarian, I work in our Collection Services Department, where all the library’s materials are selected, ordered, cataloged, and processed. We get to see all the new items before they even hit the shelves! Every now and then, we like to handpick a few of our favorite titles […]

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Free Books: Accessing the World’s Public Domain Literature

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PublicDomain By Brian Vander Veen Whoever coined the Internet phrase “never read the comments” was a wise person indeed. It’s especially true if you’re a librarian (or library fan) reading pretty much any news article related to public libraries; inevitably, there’s the one commenter who questions why public libraries even exist, the guy w […]

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