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Every Hero Has a Story

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EveryHero By Gwendolyn Haley There’s something about reading during the summer that’s just magical as a child. I remember one year, I spent an entire day in my treehouse with my friend Darcie. We had snacks and the complete Anne of Green Gables series. We must have read for over 10 hours; ok, maybe it wasn’t quite […]

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How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EatingVacation By Kim Harshberger I put down my fork and survey the table, realizing it’s happened again; we just ate a meal when we weren’t even hungry. The husband and I are so stuffed we can’t move and the girls’ meals lay almost uneaten. I feel frustrated at the wasted money and irritated at my lack […]

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Liquid Lit: Summer Reading Edition

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Closeup of chocolate chip cookies on stars bowl and milk glass over a wooden background. Image focused in cookie bite By Kelsey Hudson School’s almost out for the summer, which means a big jump in activity at the library from some of our youngest members. From picture books and graphic novels to easy readers and classic chapter books, they’ll be flying off the shelves as families swing into summer. Summer can be a great time to branch […]

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On My Coffee Table: New Books for Kids and Teens

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Sheri Boggs In all honesty, I can’t have things on my actual coffee table because my six-month-old puppy would eat them. However, I do have a desk at work that is covered with not only the journals, notebooks, and pens I use to do my job, but also stacks of hastily scrambled notes, Advance Readers […]

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16 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AudioBooks By Rachel Edmondson Whether you love them or hate them, family road trip season is just around the corner. I vividly remember road trips from when I was a kid. At the beginning everyone was filled with anticipation, halfway through we all started to get bored, and by the end all anyone could think was “Are we there […]

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The Essential Summer Date Guide

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerDates By Clarissa Fidler With temperatures rising and the promise of more sunny days ahead of us, my boyfriend and I have found ourselves musing about all the fun dates we’re going to go on this summer. I even created a shared Pinterest board for us to keep track of our date ideas (and yes, my […]

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Mixtape: Four Metal Bands for Fantasy Fans

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Audio cassette tape By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, I was lamenting to my long-suffering partner the unfortunate decline of references in popular music to fantasy literature. Although I’m too young to remember much of it firsthand, I had imagined this glorious, idealized decade or so—let’s call it “the long 1970s”—when every van was airbrushed with a […]

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Get Your Bike in Gear

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Get Your Bike in Gear by Gwendolyn Haley | Spokane County Library District By Gwendolyn Haley I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers, particularly when it comes to all things mechanical. Somehow, I have been fortunate enough to be in the right spot at the right time to encounter someone with the skills I need. Last year, a friend and I went for a bike ride […]

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Novel Ideas: DIY Book Crafts for All Skill Levels

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Hand with scissors cutting book isolated on white background By Kelsey Hudson Bookworms beware—some books were harmed in the making of this blog! As a librarian and a giant bookworm myself, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I have more than a few books hiding around my apartment, many that haven’t seen daylight in ages.  Although donation is tempting, I’ll admit they’re […]

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Survival Secrets of a Part-Time Vegan

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SurvivalVegan By Sheri Boggs I’m not vegan. I’m not even vegetarian. But my beloved is, and for the last three years I’ve been experimenting with the world of tofu, tempeh, tahini, and tots (tots are totally vegan—look it up). While I haven’t become a full-on vegan myself, I’m impressed with my partner’s commitment to both the […]

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