By Brian Vander Veen Whoever coined the Internet phrase “never read the comments” was a wise person indeed. It’s especially true if you’re a librarian (or library fan) reading pretty much any news article related to public libraries; inevitably, there’s the one commenter who questions why public libraries even exist, the guy who boldly proclaims […]
By Melissa Rhoades On January 1, 1818, the debut novel of a 20-year-old woman was anonymously published in London. Within five years, a second edition was released and a play based on the book premiered. The novel and its spin-offs remained a hit, and in 1910, Edison Studios created the first movie based on Mary […]
by David Wyatt Shortly after The BookEnd opened at the Spokane Valley Mall in May 2017, I knew it was missing something. With some handy work from our facilities guys and some connections with local artists, The BookEnd soon had a rotating display of monthly local artists gracing its walls. The artists’ styles have ranged […]
Readers will find a lot to love about this year’s Spokane Is Reading title. For the 17th annual community read, Spokane Is Reading has announced the selection of Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. Those who enjoy historical fiction, mysteries, and crime/detective novels will find Girl Waits with Gun to be “an elegant tale […]
Get inspired by the prose and poetry of local authors sharing their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. From sweet poems about birthdays and holidays to reverent depictions of nature, family, and the places we all share as inhabitants of the Inland Northwest, you are sure to hear great stories and poems […]
2018 Towner Award The William C. Towner Award honors outstanding informational text for grades 2–6. Voting is for students in grades 2–6 in the state of Washington. Vote for your favorite! The voting deadline is April 30, 2018.
2018 Evergreen Teen Book Award The Evergreen Teen Book Award is chosen annually by Washington state students in grades 7–12. Vote for your favorite! The voting deadline is April 1, 2018.
2018 Sasquatch Book Award The Sasquatch Book Award is the Kids’ Choice Award for chapter books for grades 4–6. In order to vote, students in grades 4–6 read or listen to two or more nominated titles. Vote for your favorite! The voting deadline is April 15, 2018.
2018 OTTER Award The OTTER Award is designed for all students in grades K–5 (OTTER stands for “our time to enjoy reading”). This Washington State Award is given yearly to a transitional chapter book and is voted for by students in Washington State. Vote for your favorite! The voting deadline is May 1, 2018.
2018 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Washington state students in grades K–3 can vote for their favorite picture book out of the nominated 20 books listed below for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA). Vote for your favorite! The voting deadline is April 28, 2018.