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Director’s Update: Libraries in Spokane Valley

Posted in News on November 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Patrick Roewe, Executive Director Earlier this fall, news about Spokane Valley Libraries was a topic discussed by both candidates and citizens. There seemed to be a lot of confusion, so I’d like to provide an update on the status of potential changes to library services in Spokane Valley. At their October meeting, the Spokane […]

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Winter celebrations and activities for kids, one and all!

Posted in News on November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

FOR ALL AGES Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. International Ninja Day Celebrate International Ninja Day (on December 5) a bit early with crafts, games, and activities. Costumes are welcome. DEER PARK Thursday, Nov 30, 3:30–4:30pm CHENEY Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm MORAN PRAIRIE Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm Airway Heights Winter Festival Celebrate […]

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Hot Club of Spokane entertains at 75th Anniversary Celebration

Posted in News on November 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary with live music from Hot Club of Spokane. Listen and dance to music from the era when the library was established, and enjoy refreshments (including cake!) as we look back over the years and celebrate the legacy of the library in our communities. SPOKANE VALLEY Thursday, Nov 30, 7–8:30pm Plus, […]

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Tom Quinn: December artist in residence at The Lab at North Spokane Library

Posted in News on November 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM We’re hosting four local artists in residence at The Lab at North Spokane Library this fall. Each month, the artist in residence provides hands-on learning opportunities for community participation and also creates art in The Lab. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to see the displays of artist’s artwork changing each […]

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Shop local on Small Business Saturday and collect a prize

Posted in News on November 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMPION FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Add more fun to your Small Business Saturday shopping by collecting stamps from local businesses that are participating with Neighborhood Champion: Spokane County Library District. Complete the Shop Small map with stamps, and return it to a participating library for a prize (while supplies last). In […]

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Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here). In the October 29 episode of […]

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month: Books that celebrate the diverse and distinct cultures, traditions, and histories

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs November is National American Indian Heritage Month, first designated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and recognized as a time for celebrating the diverse and distinct cultures, traditions, and histories of the indigenous peoples of the United States. For libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions, this is a matter of […]

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Dealing with Addiction: An OverDrive collection of eBooks & Audiobooks

Posted in News on November 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

OverDrive, the eBook and Audiobook service, has donated a curated collection of over 60 titles related to addiction, opioid use, and recovery to the Spokane County Library District’s digital collection. It is called “Dealing with Addiction,” and titles are free to check out with your library card. Just last week, President Trump declared the […]

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Reading with children: Identity, voices, and shared memories

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley I hear my grandfather’s voice when I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. He did not read to me regularly. We lived very far away from him and only saw those grandparents once or twice a year. But when he read that story to me, it was magical. I have read the […]

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Watch, discuss: Documentary explores the history of race and the US criminal justice system

Posted in News on October 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

13TH DOCUMENTARY VIEWING & DISCUSSION The United States leads the world in incarceration. In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. This piercing documentary film, from Netflix and directed by Ava DuVernay, earned an Oscar nomination and […]

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