Young Adult novels with adult reader appeal

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_yanovelsforadults By Rachel Edmondson In recent years, Young Adult (YA) literature has become increasingly popular, and studies have shown that a surprising number of YA readers are adults. According to a 2012 study, 55% of buyers purchasing YA literature are 18 or older. Also, 78% of these buyers indicate that they are purchasing the books for […]

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Irena’s Children: Q&A with Mary Cronk Farrell

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_marycronkfarrell By Sheri Boggs Local author Mary Cronk Farrell writes about the kinds of people whose stories aren’t widely told, but ought to be. In Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific, she tells the story of nearly 100 army and navy nurses who struggled to not […]

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Words Fall Programs & NaNoWriMo Readiness Conference

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

Feature_Words Spokane County Library District presents a fall series of programs and a weekend-long conference focused on self-expression, storytelling, and all things literary. Within the theme of Words, our fall workshops, discussions, and conference provide practical ideas as well as inspiration for expressing yourself through the written word. For inspiring […]

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Great Stories Club: Hack the Feed

Posted in Explore and Discover, Teens on June 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_GreatStoriesClub By Kelsey Hudson Every once in awhile, something comes together in just the right way to bring about a fantastic opportunity. You could say, the odds were ever in your favor! Last summer, my colleague librarian Sheree West and I were talking about a new collaboration she’d begun with Mica Peak High School (MPHS) in […]

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The world is not ending: non-dystopian teen reads

Posted in Explore and Discover, Teens on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_NonDystopianReads by Kelsey Hudson The world is not ending—at least not yet—but sometimes it can feel that way, especially after I’ve read three or four dystopian novels in a row. I love a good dystopian tale as much as the next person, but I think there comes a time when even the most die-hard fan needs […]

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The Last Full Measure: Q&A with Local Author Trent Reedy

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TrentReedy By Sheri Boggs The United States are no longer united. In the wake of the Second Civil War, the once great nation is in shambles. And as the Republic of Idaho emerges alongside other newly formed, formerly American countries, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Local author Trent Reedy concludes his stunning […]

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Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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7 Book recommendations for the discerning tween reader

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Teens on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TweenReads By Kelsey Hudson In my position as a librarian, I see a lot of voracious readers from preschoolers to senior citizens. With all of those bookworms, I particularly love when a tween comes in looking for something new. Tweens can be insatiable readers but at this age, right around 9 to 12 years old, picking […]

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SCBWI: Step right up!

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 1, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SCBWI_StepRightUp By Sheri Boggs Thinking about writing for kids and teens? Your local Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference has everything you need! If you’ve ever been curious about what it takes to write and publish kids’ books in today’s competitive market, you owe it to yourself to visit your local chapter of the […]

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7 Most anticipated YA books to read this fall

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

feature_7YAReadsforFall By Sheri Boggs As the days get slightly shorter and store shelves quiver under the weight of notebook paper and backpacks, I’m comforted that if summer has to go, the reward is a bounty of fall teen fiction. From series sequels to favorite authors and stand-alone novels, there’s a story for everyone. Everything here will be published […]

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