4 Weeks of February Filled with Creative, Informative & Entertaining Programs

Posted on January 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

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Here’s what’s happening in February!

You can experience science and stories for kids and families. Everyone is invited to see our Mini & Virtual Art Show in libraries and online. Trivia is for everyone as we explore animated movie villains and who is the most evil of all.

Adults can learn new skills, including how to knit with lace and plan their estate. Historian Matthew Avery Sutton shares the extraordinary story of missionaries, priests, and rabbis who played an outsized role in leading the U.S. and allies to victory in World War II.

Gardeners, both aspiring and seasoned, will find lots of programs and tips to get ideas sprouting for a green spring.

The SCORE business workshop takes a look at the important topic of Understanding Your Financial Statements.

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Kids & Families

Storytime Shorts

Storytime is a great way to help young children learn language and literacy skills that help them get ready for kindergarten. Ages 2–5 & their families

View our Storytime Shorts on our Facebook page.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Feb 1–May 31, 10am

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on YouTube.

Online Storytimes – Live

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required for each session.

Thursdays, Feb 3–May 26, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER
Fridays, Feb 4–Mar 25, 9:30–10am

Science from Home

Let’s see what we can do with science! Librarian Molly shares a science experiment with you each week that you can do at home with common household supplies. We’re sharing previously recorded videos. Ages 8+ & their families

You can view this program weekly on our Facebook page.

Saturdays, Feb 5–Apr 16, 11am

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on YouTube.

¡Ciencia para Niños en Español! Taller de Equilibrio / Science for Kids in Spanish: Balance Workshop

Explore el concepto de equilibrio como un científico: ¡un científico que habla español! Nos reuniremos en línea a través de Zoom y un bibliotecario nos guiará para realizar experimentos científicos. El bibliotecario utilizará materiales del curso “Leap into Science” del Instituto Franklin. Los materiales del curso están completamente en español. Los niños ampliarán su vocabulario en español mediante la práctica de términos científicos. La biblioteca proporcionará el material para realizar los experimentos. Las familias pueden recoger el material a través del servicio en la acera o dentro de la biblioteca después de recibir la notificación por correo electrónico. Este programa es para niños de K3 grados y sus familias.

Explore balance like a scientist—a scientist who speaks Spanish! During the online Zoom meeting, a librarian guides you through science experiments. The librarian uses “Leap into Science” course materials from the Franklin Institute. The course materials are entirely in Spanish. Kids will expand their Spanish vocabulary by practicing scientific terms that aren’t used in everyday conversation. At least one person in your family needs to be familiar with spoken Spanish to be able to follow along with the program. The library will provide supplies to conduct the experiments. Families can pick up their supplies in the library or using curbside pickup after they have received a notification email. Grades K–3 & their families

Es necesario registrarse. / Registration is required.

Jueves 24 de febrero, de 4 a 5 p.m. | INSCRIBIRSE
Thursday, Feb 24, 4–5pm | REGISTER

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All Ages

Mini & Virtual Art Show

View art from local artists, neighbors, and friends. We’re celebrating the creativity of the people in Spokane County—including all ages and levels of artistry.

You can enjoy art in two ways: in the library and online.

Visit our libraries to see displays of mini art, different at each location. Head online to see even more art in our virtual gallery. We hope you enjoy this two-part show as much as we do!

The virtual exhibit is provided online with access for all. View the Virtual Art Show online starting Feb 7.

Feb 7–28, available 24/7

(except The BookEnd)
Feb 7–28, during open hours

Puzzle & Board Game Swap

Trade the jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed and board games you’re tired of for a new challenge. Please only bring puzzles and games that have all their pieces. Puzzles can be any difficulty level.

Drop-in program
Saturday, Feb 12, 9am–1pm

Trivia: Animated Movie Villains

Is Maleficent the most evil? Is Rasputin the creepiest? Any animated movie villain is fair game for this trivia game—Toy Story’s Sid, 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella De Ville, Fern Gully’s Hexxus—as we explore if you know the most usurpers, henchmen, and all-around baddies. All ages

Registration is required.

Saturday, Feb 26, 4–5pm | REGISTER

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Creativebug: Intro to Lace Knitting

Cozy up and knit yourself a lacy shawl. Participants will watch online class videos on their own time, and then meet up online to share tips and encouragement. This challenge is perfect for knitters who are comfortable with the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off and are ready to take their craft to the next level. Adults

Note: Creativebug is only available to in-district library card holders and those with their own subscription. 

Registration is required.

Kick-off meeting: Saturday, Feb 5, 2:30–3:30pm | REGISTER
Midway meetup: Saturday, Feb 19, 2:30–3:30pm
Final celebration: Saturday, Mar 5, 2:30–3:30pm

Estate Planning 101

Gain a basic foundation in what an estate plan entails and why an estate plan is important. We’ll touch on the topics of wills versus revocable living trusts, power of attorney forms in Washington state, health care directives (a.k.a. living wills), and the importance of proper beneficiary designations for non-probate assets such as life insurance and retirement plans. If time allows, there will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation. Adults

This presentation is given by Diane J. Kiepe, Principal of Douglas Eden, P.S., where she has worked in the area of Estate Planning and Probate since 2004.

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Feb 9, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

Medicare-Related Cost Savings

If you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or are already a Medicare beneficiary, you’re invited to this free, unbiased webinar to see if you may qualify for programs that could save you $144 per month on your Medicare costs. We are also discussing wellness and preventive benefits and durable medical equipment (DME). Adults

This free, unbiased information session is presented by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a free service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Registration is required.

Thursday, Feb 10, 12–1pm | REGISTER

Wednesday, Feb 23, 1–2pm (Cancelled)

Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri, as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also share some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your lives. Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page.

Wednesdays, Feb 16, 1–2pm

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on YouTube.

Double Crossed: The American Missionary Spies of WWII

What made a good missionary also made a good spy, or so thought American intelligence agencies in World War II. These religious men and women carried out covert operations, bombings, and assassinations—confident that their nefarious deeds would eventually help them achieve their mission by expanding the kingdom of God.

Historian Matthew Avery Sutton shares the extraordinary story of these missionaries, priests, and rabbis who played an outsized role in leading the United States to victory in World War II. This talk is an untold story of wartime spy craft and a profound account of the compromises and doubts that war forces on those who wage it. Adults

Matthew Avery Sutton (he/him) is the Berry Family Distinguished Professor in Liberal Arts and the chair of the Department of History at Washington State University. He has authored several books, the most recent of which is Double Crossed: The Missionaries Who Spied for the United States During the Second World War (2019). He has written for the New York Times and Washington Post. In 2016, he was appointed a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. Sutton lives in Pullman, Washington.

Presented in partnership with Humanities Washington and Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Feb 16, 7–8:30pm | REGISTER

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Propagation from Seeds & Cuttings

Master Gardener Steve Nokes shows you easy ways to propagate seeds with or without a greenhouse. Also learn how to propagate plants using cuttings. Adults

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Feb 22, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Thursday, Mar 3, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Master Gardener Kurt Madison shares what you can do to prepare your garden for spring, including basic yard care, spring cleanup, and preparation for gardening and seed propagation. Kurt will provide answers or make recommendations regarding a wide variety of gardening topics. All ages

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Feb 23, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Monday, Feb 28, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Tuesday, Mar 1, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Monday, Mar 8, 6–7pm | REGISTER

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Understanding Your Financial Statements

This workshop, presented by SCORE mentor Ron Barkley, provides a basic understanding of the financial statements needed for your business. We discuss the balance sheet, the profit and loss statement, and the cash flow statement. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Feb 17, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

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