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How to have a Pinterest-worthy holiday season without going crazy

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PinterestHoliday By Clarissa Fidler Halloween is over and November is upon us, which means the holiday season is kicking into high gear. Thanks to lifestyle magazines, blogs, Instagram, and especially Pinterest, we’re bombarded with images of the perfect holiday decor, gourmet meals made from scratch, and seemingly easy DIY gifts. I’m an admitted Pinte […]

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LEGOs® at the MAC: Submit your own sculpture and win a prize!

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MACLego By Alison Highberger Guest Writer Explore a world where a larger-than-life flying bee is over 4 feet long and a giant ruby-throated hummingbird magically hovers 8 feet into the air. Sure to please LEGO and nature lovers alike, the Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculpture exhibit opens on November 14 at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Cult […]

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The Gratitude Graffiti Project: Coming to a library near you

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GratitudeGraffiti By Jane Baker If you visit any of the ten county libraries between now and December 4, you will see graffiti. Depending on which library you go to, the graffiti will be on a window, on special paper mounted on the wall, or crafted on sticky notes placed for all to see. This graffiti isn’t […]

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Not afraid of subtitles? 4 frightening foreign-language films to watch this Halloween

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaHorror By Brian Vander Veen I blame 80s hair metal band Dokken. When I first realized that my favorite song from their album Back for the Attack was originally from the Nightmare on Elm Street 3 soundtrack, I promptly ran to the nearest video store, one that apparently had few qualms about letting a twelve-year-old kid […]

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Mixtape: A non-traditional Halloween playlist

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapeHalloween By David Wyatt This might be heretical, but as far as Halloween-themed music goes I have never been a fan of Tim Burton’s soundtracks, Rob Zombie gets old after the n-teenth time, and Ghostbusters is a little too upbeat for my taste. I get it though—it’s easy to make a list of songs or albums […]

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Mixtape: Punk retrospective

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapePunk By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, a young college student realized exactly how old I was and started grilling me about 1990s punk music, of which he was a particular fan. And it quickly occurred to me that he, thanks to the web, knew much more about the music of my teenage years than […]

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Station Eleven goes beyond traditional, post-apocalyptic fiction

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SpokaneIsReading2015 By Gwendolyn Haley In most disaster movies, the story ends when the heroes survive the earthquake, tsunami, plague, or other disaster, manmade or otherwise. But really, that’s the just beginning of the most interesting and terrifying part of the story. That’s certainly the case in Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s award-winning novel an […]

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10 Tips to get started doing genealogy

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GenealogyTips By Miriam J. Robbins Guest Writer You’re about to embark on an exciting journey! Learning about your family history and developing skills to do genealogical research can be the beginning of a lifelong hobby and passion. Here are ten tips to get started: 1. Get 0rganized You’re going to be gathering a lot of information, […]

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BiblioBoard: Connecting indie writers, libraries, and readers

Posted on October 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Young smiling woman sitting on the floor and using laptop By Carlie Hoffman Are you a local indie writer looking to connect with readers? Would you like readers to be able to find your book at the library? Well, you’re in luck! We recently acquired a new digital resource called BiblioBoard, an online platform that makes it possible to publish your work as an eBook so readers can […]

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Pursuing the NaNoWriMo challenge

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NaNoWriMoChallenge1 By Gwendolyn Haley I love fall. October is not only a month of apples, pumpkins, and halloween costumes, but also planning the next big writing project. We are a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) family. My husband has completed the 50,000 word challenge for several years, and last year our 14-year-old daughter penned 37,888 words of […]

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