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Creative spaces for you: The Lab & The Studio

Posted in News on January 17, 2020 at 6:00 am

For the past three years, The Lab at North Spokane and The Studio at Spokane Valley have been creative places for you to explore and express your creative side. The Lab is host to art programs, STEM workshops, and a large variety of hands-on activities. With the addition of the Glowforge 3D laser printer, there […]

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Financial learning: Manage your money, plan your retirement, shred your documents & keep your identity safe

Posted in News on January 16, 2020 at 6:00 am

This winter and spring, we’ve partnered with financial advisors and educators from local organizations, businesses, banks, and credit unions to provide you with a variety of financial educational opportunities. For kids, we have a program that combines their creativity with a game that helps them learn about spending and saving. And if you have o […]

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Mindfulness picture books for your little ones (and you!)

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades Definitions of mindfulness can sound mystifying and impossible to achieve. Take, for example, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.” Luckily, there is a muc […]

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Don’t tax your sanity: Free AARP Tax Aide at the library

Posted in News on January 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

If tax season is stressing you out, you can reduce your anxiety with Free AARP Tax Aide at the library. Last year, over 2,200 people filed their taxes with the help of AARP Tax Aide volunteers. This year, you could be one of them. From February 1 through April 14, you can get help at […]

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Digital magazines, now delivered by Flipster

Posted in News on January 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

Our newest digital resource is Flipster, giving you instant access to the magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format. Flipster has all of the functionality you have come to expect from a digital newsstand. You can: Browse magazines by category or search for specific periodicals Easily find the latest issues on the […]

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College bound: The FAFSA is important for your educational future

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers, Teens on January 8, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Stacey Goddard I have a confession to make. I never filled out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) when I was in high school. When I graduated during the mid-80s, students typically completed their FAFSA applications midway through their senior year. For me, the FAFSA deadline also coincided with my realization that […]

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Yum! Instant Pot Cooking class shares recipes & tips for pressure cooking

Posted in News, Uncategorized on December 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley My sister gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas several years ago. I didn’t know what it was and had never used a pressure cooker before. But I’m always game to try a new kitchen gadget, so I gave it a whirl. To say it changed everything would be a slight exaggeration, […]

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Changes to the digital lineup coming in 2020

Posted in News on December 19, 2019 at 6:00 am

DIGITAL MAGAZINES Our subscription to RBdigital, our current resource for digital magazines (eMagazines), is ending on December 31, 2019. Our new digital magazine provider starting in January 2020 is called Flipster, which has a variety of popular periodicals. Some new titles in our Flipster digital magazine collection will include: Entertainment W […]

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On our coffee tables & nightstands: Books for your reading list

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Underwood Working in a library with all of the books can be beautiful, enriching, and wonderfully satisfying. Library staff have the privilege of interacting with an enormous part of our community and pride ourselves on finding that just-right book—or movie or CD or audiobook or magazine—for each person’s needs. However, in order to […]

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December, a season to celebrate human rights

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

Human Right Month blog post image By Susan Goertz As winter descends upon us, for many of us, our thoughts wander toward cozy gatherings with those we love. Most of us enjoy beautifully decorated trees, glowing firelight, delicious feasts, and traditional treats. December beckons us to gather together and reflect, to share with and nurture our family and friends. I would […]

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