All Spokane County Library District locations will be closed on Monday, February 15, to observe Presidents’ Day.

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Don’t fear the FAFSA

Posted in News on January 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FAFSA If the words “financial aid” make you quake in your boots, this event is for you. Let Tammy Zibell and Janet Rice help you navigate the Federal Financial Aid System, and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Whether you’re learning the ropes as a high school or non-traditional student, Tammy and Janet will […]

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What does it mean to be human?

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids on January 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_WhatDoesItMeanToBeHuman By Gwendolyn Haley When we talk about the things that makes us human, we might start with our ability to reason, to love, to show compassion, to have faith. At the most fundamental level, the things that make us human start with the DNA in our cells. When I was a kid in the 1980s, […]

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Library Hack: Hidden gems of the Digital Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You 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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Library Hack: Get college ready with the Digital Library

Posted in Business and Careers, For You, Parents and Teachers, Teens on November 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_CollegeReady By Brian Vander Veen As a first generation college student, I found the whole process of college planning absurdly confusing. My frustration was compounded by the fact that my peers from college-educated families seemed to navigate the whole process with relative assurance and ease. Many of them ended up going out of state with generous […]

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Discover endless possibilities within your reach

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Teens on September 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_endless possibilities By Gwendolyn Haley I just bought a cartful of school supplies for my three kids. We love new pens, pencils, and notebooks at our house. They represent the endless possibilities a new school year brings. I get excited just thinking about everything that my kids will learn and create over the next few months. One […]

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Posted in News on August 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibrarySystems_Card Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Spokane County Library District joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school […]

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Why my children study a foreign language

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ForeignLanguage By Gwendolyn Haley They don’t believe us when we tell them, but our children will thank us for this one day. You see, for the last few years, my husband and I have required our three daughters to study a foreign language; specifically, Mandarin Chinese. Why Chinese? We taught English for 18 months at a university in the People’s […]

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Written in the stars

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on July 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Stars By Jane Baker The old lawn chair isn’t comfortable. My legs always stick to it when I wear shorts and it tilts to the left. But on this unusually warm Fourth of July evening, just minutes before the grand fireworks were about to begin, I was able to lean back and gaze up to a sky full of […]

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From Student to Worker with Spokane Valley Tech

Posted in Business and Careers, For You, Teens on May 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Student at the lesson in technical college By Sheree West You never know where an opportunity like taking a school tour might lead you. Last fall, I toured Spokane Valley Tech (SVT), a unique learning environment where high school students gain technical skills with a focus on career and college readiness. The director led me around the facility and explained the school’s […]

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Lessons from Mom

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers on May 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LessonsMom By Clarissa Fidler Having just celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, I’ve been thinking about all the ways my mom has influenced my life and shaped who I am today. Even now in my late 20s, I still find I need her advice and support on a regular basis. I think moms have a special gift […]

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