TAG: booklists

5 Books about human origins to read now

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on January 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_5BooksHO By David Wyatt Now through February 2 at the North Spokane Library, we are privileged to host the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?. The exhibit inspired me to compile a short reading list, mostly on natural selection and evolution. Most of these are quick reads that are not too […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Self-help books

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You 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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The Force Awakens: A reading list for the Star Wars novel nerd

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TheForceAwakens By David Wyatt It is a dark time for the Star Wars novel nerd. Although a new shiny Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is on the horizon, Disney has thrown out our beloved continuity from the expanded universe of Star Wars novels. Little does the casual fan know, new stories are being published rapidly leading […]

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The best sci-fi graphic novels of 2015

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_BestSciFiBooks By Brian Vander Veen Years ago, I stumbled into a public library looking for some sort of literary palette cleanser, some light reading to break up the monotony of the weightier academic work I had to trudge through as a graduate student. I hadn’t read comics in some years, but I decided to check out […]

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Liquid Lit: Holiday edition

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on November 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiquidLitHoliday By Clarissa Fidler Reading Christmas books together as a family is one of my favorite traditions. Even though my siblings and I are all grown-up now, we still love to have my mom read us Christmas stories when we get together for the holidays. The one thing that makes story time even better—a delicious beverage. […]

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Holiday gift guide: Great kid books for all ages

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GiftGuide By Sheri Boggs The winter gift-giving season is almost upon us, so I thought I’d share some recent releases that would be perfect for giving to the young people in your life! From picture books to nonfiction to middle grade chapter books, there’s something here, I hope, for everyone. And if not, leave a comment and I’ll […]

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You don’t have to be a kid to love these picture books

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AdultPictureBooks By Kelsey Hudson Although I am an adult (allegedly), I spend enough time working with children that it’s safe to say my personal taste is a bit more child-like than most. I love that part of my job entails digging through picture books for storytime, school visits, and other occasions. Every once in awhile though, […]

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Navigating Lexiles: Book suggestions for elementary readers

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Lexiles By Rachel Edmondson This is the time of year when the library starts to be inundated with kids looking for the “right” book. I usually define a “right” book as one that makes a kid’s face light up. I love helping match readers to books, and when a kid can hardly wait to get home […]

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5 Thanksgiving picture books that shed new light on the holiday

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ThanksgivingPictureBooks By Sheri Boggs Thanksgiving wasn’t my favorite holiday as a child. For one, no presents. But also, it meant being on my best behavior all day, staying out of the kitchen, and having to eat things I didn’t have to eat the rest of the year (green bean casserole, my grandmother’s terrifying creamed corn dish […]

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A children’s book tour of Chinese culture

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on October 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ChineseCulture By Rachel Edmondson If you haven’t noticed yet, downtown Spokane is all aglow. The Chinese Lantern Festival is lighting up Riverfront Park every night from 5–10pm, with an extra hour on Friday and Saturday nights. If you haven’t had a chance to see the lanterns and enjoy the many cultural performances and activities, there’s still […]

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