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TAG: reading

Book Club for two: Books to read with someone special

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller One year ago, my husband came to me with the idea that we regularly set aside time to read the same book. Normally our tastes in reading couldn’t be more different. I love romance, and I don’t stray too far from that genre. My husband, however, reads more broadly. You’ll find everything […]

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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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Discussions with Tod Marshall: poetry & social justice, Irish poetry, spoken word, and National Poetry Month

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on February 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Erin Dodge Poetry can sing us a song, open us to a moment, inspire us to reach higher and go further. Washington State Poet Laureate and Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall leads a poetry discussion series at Spokane County Library District in March and April. Each event has a casual atmosphere where everyone is […]

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Fractured fairy tales: re-inventing imagined worlds

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to true love and finding happily-ever-after. Most of the time, life is not a fairy tale. Unless, of course, you’re reading the original fairy tales, which are darker and more gruesome than the Disneyesque versions. Sometimes real life feels a bit too similar […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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Q&A with romance novelists: Asa Maria Bradley, Katee Robert, and Rebecca Zanetti

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge My inner fangirl starts jumping up and down every time I find out that an author is coming to the library to give a reading or discuss writing. So you can imagine the backflips (my inner fangirl is much more flexible than I am) when I heard that three amazing authors are […]

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Find romance at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on January 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley February here in the Inland Northwest can be dreary. Days are short, nights are long, and both are cold. The snow that filled us with delight in December has turned into a gray slush that refuses to melt. What was once charming and lovely now only irritates. Clearly, the romance has gone […]

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Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers 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 […]

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Broadway Court Estates Book Club (when the library comes to you)

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Meet Charline and Margy (standing) and Suzanne, Jean, and Winnie (seated)—about half of the Broadway Court Estates Book Club (busy schedules and winter colds prevented others from making it). I was invited come along to their December meeting by Margy, Public Services Specialist at Spokane Valley Library and facilitator of the group […]

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Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on December 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Lately it seems that everyone in my social media feed is an aspiring Constitutional scholar. The 10 amendments that are now known as the Bill of Rights were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. The issues they deal with were on the forefront of the founders’ minds […]

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