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Family mystery solved at the library

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_FamilyMysterySolvedAtLibrary By Gwendolyn Haley Recently, my father and I were trying to solve a family mystery. He is the sole surviving grandchild on his mother’s side. So if he doesn’t remember something about the family, there is no one left to ask who would know. In our collective family knowledge, we were aware that his grandfather […]

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The world is not ending: non-dystopian teen reads

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_NonDystopianReads By Kelsey Hudson The world is not ending—at least not yet—but sometimes it can feel that way, especially after I’ve read three or four dystopian novels in a row. I love a good dystopian tale as much as the next person, but I think there comes a time when even the most die-hard fan needs […]

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The Last Full Measure: Q&A with Local Author Trent Reedy

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TrentReedy By Sheri Boggs The United States are no longer united. In the wake of the Second Civil War, the once great nation is in shambles. And as the Republic of Idaho emerges alongside other newly formed, formerly American countries, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Local author Trent Reedy concludes his stunning […]

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Music and conspiracy theories: a primer

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_MusicConspiracy2 By Brian Vander Veen Sometime during the tail-end of the 80s, my middle-school youth group made us watch a grainy VHS documentary about the evils of contemporary music. The presenter played samples of music that, slowed down and backwards, might have sounded vaguely like blasphemous utterings. He picked apart various band names and album covers, […]

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Get caught reading!

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

GetCaughtReading_Post By Rachel Edmondson My first introduction to the Get Caught Reading campaign was the posters that adorned our libraries’ walls. Throughout the years, various celebrities have participated in this campaign by being photographed reading a favorite book and then allowing the celebrity posters to be distributed for free to schools and libraries. You […]

Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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Northern Slam: the art of spoken word

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PoetrySlam By Gwendolyn Haley Sometimes, the stars align in such a way that the library can make something amazing happen in the community. During the fall of 2015, members of the Friends of the Deer Park Library heard about Poetry Slams in the Spokane area. Riverside High School held a poetry slam at which Deer Park Librarian […]

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Re-energize & connect: Volunteer program at Spokane County Library District

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Primary_VolunteerWeek By Jane Baker Jamie Van Wormer has put some miles on her car in the short few months since becoming the Volunteer Coordinator at the Spokane County Library District. She’s been from one end of the county to the other gathering information and establishing relationships to create a volunteer program for the Library District. “First […]

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Read these graphic novels, you must

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_StarWarsGraphicNovels By Brian Vander Veen When I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had prepared myself for disappointment. And sure, much of it was a rehash of a plot we’d already seen twice in the Star Wars franchise, and yes, there were plot holes aplenty, but I’d be lying if I said I […]

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Fools and tricksters who delight us

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

Feature_FoolsAndTricksters By David Wyatt April Fools’ Day draws near and the scheming has surely begun. This scheming divides the world into tricksters and the fools who fall for their tricks every time. I always like to think the fool has more going on, that the trickster is blissfully unaware of such depth. That could just be […]