TAG: hobbies

New year, new stitch: cross-stitching with attitude

Posted in on January 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

  By Stefani Miller Looking for something new try in 2017? Consider cross-stitch. Cross-stitch—a once neglected art form (some may argue)—is making a serious comeback with new patterns and a healthy dose of attitude. Out with the elaborate garden scenes. In with sugar skulls and humorous, snarky sayings. In other words, this is definitely not […]

Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in on December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

  Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, the new magazine packed with information about events, workshops, and programs at the library. You can pick up Engage at any of our 10 libraries or view it online. Just like all of our events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, […]

3D printing: if you can design it, we can print it

Posted in on December 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

By Gwendolyn Haley UPDATED FROM PREVIOUS POST 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 o […]

Holiday gifts: Great new games for giving and playing

Posted in on November 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson I love playing games. That’s probably why I also enjoy giving games as presents. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to discover all the great new games that are coming out. So for the last two years (and this year) I’ve asked the experts at Uncle’s Games to give me recommendations. For […]

My project closet: the unfinished & the abandoned

Posted in on September 20, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Debbie Rhodes I can’t be the only person who shudders when thinking about their project closet—the one filled with those unfinished projects and new hobbies. (Let’s not even talk about my “healthy this and healthy that” closet with the newest and “best” diet items.) My closet dilemma happens because my body tingles with gle […]

James Frye: synesthete artist’s work at Airway Heights Library

Posted in on September 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge When walking into the Airway Heights Library, colorful art welcomes you from the display case. You’ll see record albums, clocks, people, keyboards, and cats in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. Inside the library, you’ll see even more artwork along the wall in the children’s section—each tableau intricately detailed and evokin […]

Building and planting next year’s garden

Posted in on September 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt Earlier this summer when it was still scorching, I fenced off a portion of our yard to keep our new raised-bed garden out of reach of our two mutts. The dogs were not pleased to have lost some of their lawn. Too exhausted from the heat to do any more, I took […]

Kids Fall Programs 2016

Posted in on September 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

This fall at the Library District brings fun STEM activities, seasonal crafts, and more for kids of all ages. We have creative inventions with the Makey Makey invention kits, web coding with Code Studio, gingerbread house building, Frozen sing-a-long fun, and more. Some activities are age specific and include Lego Mindstorm Robots and Minecraft Dro […]

Celebrating Grandparents

Posted in on September 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Both my husband and I grew up living hours away from our grandparents, and consequently only saw them once or twice a year at most. When we started our family, we lived five hours away from our own parents, so our children were also on track to only see their grandparents a […]