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Posted in News on January 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FromTheDirector_Jan2016 With the start of the New Year, library staff are developing new initiatives to fulfill the four service priorities identified in the District’s 2016-2018 Community Engagement Plan. One of the major differences with this new plan is that we are looking to identify community partners who share our mission to support a community that learns, […]

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Posted in News on December 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Dec15_FTD Librarian Pauline Dewan wrote an article proclaiming libraries as one of the “few indoor places where people can relax and rejuvenate”. She touts reading as an activity that “encourages relaxation, deep thought, and enjoyment”. It is true that libraries are places where everyone is welcome and you can linger as long as you like, at […]

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Posted in News on November 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer As we approach Thanksgiving, library staff are participating in “The Graffiti Gratitude Project” by taking time each day to write down something we are grateful for in our lives. I am thankful for the anonymous woman who left me a voicemail encouraging me to hold onto the dream of a new library for Spokane Valley. […]

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Posted in News on October 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

feature_riends National Friends of Libraries Week is October 18-24, a week that the Spokane County Library District has a lot to celebrate. Our library system is fortunate to have Friends at each of our ten libraries along with a countywide Friends group. The Friends at each library mostly hold used book sales to raise funds and […]

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Posted in News on September 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibrarySystems_Card I was walking on the Iller Creek trail enjoying the view of the Spokane Valley when I happened to overhear the conversation between two hikers ahead of me. One man asked the other whether he knew the library offered computer classes and practice tests for the GED. The other man had heard about this but […]

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Posted in News on August 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer “Close, but no cigar.” According to Phrase Finder, this saying dates back to the mid-20th century when cigars were given out as prizes at fairground games. One of the first recorded publications of the phrase was in the script from the 1935 film version of Annie Oakley: “Close, Colonel, but no cigar.” The phrase is […]

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Posted in News on July 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer One of my favorite ways to explore a new topic is to visit the library. When I am planning a trip, I like to read mysteries that give me a sense of the place I’m going. I especially enjoy reading authors like Timothy Egan, Jeff Guinn, and Erik Larson who bring history to life. Egan’s […]

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Posted in News on June 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Super silo “Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for exploring science, history, art, animals, time travel, and more at the library this summer. It’s exciting to discover heroes of the past and future. I’d like to acknowledge some everyday heroes whose stories and acts of generosity inspire me. These heroes give their time, talents, and expertise […]

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Posted in News on May 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NancyLedeboer Last month we celebrated National Library Week with our annual Food for Fines event. Now in our third year, Food for Fines is a way for the library to support organizations that care about the community. In exchange for each donated food item, members received $1 off any overdue fees up to $10 per member. […]

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Posted in News on April 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Feature_FromDirectorApr15 This week I read an article suggesting that instead of building libraries, we could just provide everyone with an Amazon account. The author proposed that this would be less expensive than funding libraries. Somehow, he overlooked the cost of providing everyone with an iPad or eReader connected to the Internet. He saw the library as […]

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