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Reading resolutions: Up your reading game in 2016

Posted on December 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReadingResolutions By Sheri Boggs If the thought of New Year’s resolutions sounds exhausting (even with our post yesterday on how the library can help you meet your New Year’s goals), and you’d really rather just read a book, you might want to consider taking on a reading resolution. Ranging from something as simple as declaring to […]

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Library Hack: Resources for New Year’s resolutions

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Resolutions By Kelsey Hudson So we’re going to start this post off like most of my storytimes begin—with some group sharing. Raise your hand if you’ve ever set a New Year’s resolution. Keep it raised if you’ve ever broken it. And finally, raise it even higher if you break them more often than you complete them. […]

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Library Hack: Hidden gems of the Digital Library

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HiddenGemsDigitalLibrary By Brian Vander Veen If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I imagine you probably already use OverDrive for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. You might also use some of our other popular digital resources, like hoopla to stream music and movies, Zinio to browse popular magazines, or Gale Courses to study up on a […]

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Mixtape: Festive holiday albums

Posted on December 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayAlbums By Clarissa Fidler Music is an essential part of the holidays for me. The day after Thanksgiving, my family typically switches over to all Christmas music, all the time. And with Christmas only a few days away, you better believe that I have Michael Bublé’s Christmas album merrily blasting away in my car. With so many good Christmas alb […]

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Library Hack: hoopla digital comics

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaComics By David Wyatt In addition to the movies, TV shows, audiobooks, eBooks, and music available via hoopla, you can now also check out comic books (graphic novels if you’d rather). It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a comic book, but while exploring hoopla I was excited to see old favorites like Fables and The Sandman. […]

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Holiday Blitz! Big Table invites you to give back this Christmas

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayBlitz By Rachel Edmondson Imagine sitting at an enormous table with 47 other people. Now imagine a seven course meal made by amazing chefs. At the end of this lavish meal, there is no check to pay. No need to tip your servers—it’s all free. You were invited with no expectations but that you would relax […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Self-help books

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

feature-SelfHelp By Sheri Boggs Guilty Pleasures is a new series in which Library District bloggers share their often embarrassing literary, cinematic, or musical obsessions. “So how’s your Elizabeth Gilbert book?” I turned away from Big Magic, the latest by the author of Eat, Pray, Love, and studied my spouse before answering. Sure enough there was a glint […]

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Library Hack: Around Town

Posted on December 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AroundTown By Jane Baker This fall, the Spokane County Library District added a small but helpful feature to our website called, Around Town. This new feature is designed help you hear about events and news happening in your neighborhood. The District has 10 libraries outside of the City of Spokane that are located in areas that […]

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If you can design it, we can print it

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_3DPrinter By Gwendolyn Haley 3D printing pops up in my newsfeed with increased regularity. Maybe you’ve seen some of the coverage too? Museums are using 3D printing to create replicas of priceless ancient artifacts for study and to allow people with visual impairments to experience masterpieces firsthand. Individuals and other organizations are also putti […]

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Holiday gift guide: Meaningful alternatives to traditional Christmas presents

Posted on December 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

feature_MeaningfulAlternatives_Gifts By Kelsey Hudson I am a big fan of Christmas. Listening to Christmas carols, decorating the tree with all my nerdy ornaments, indulging in some holiday baking, and getting to spend time with my family—there’s really no better time of the year. While one of my favorite things to do is find that perfect present, […]

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