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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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Discovering local artists and their creations at the Spokane Creators website

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on December 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Ree West Moving to a new town means having to learn the who, what, and where of things in an unfamiliar place. It takes a while. I enjoy finding experiences that exercise my creativity. So even after living in Spokane for five years, I still have trouble finding creative opportunities within the arts community. […]

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Getting started with graphic novels: Reluctant readers, struggling readers, and you

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson My oldest daughter is an avid reader. However, for a year or so when she had just learned to read and was a good reader, she still hated reading. As a librarian, my response was—challenge accepted! I brought home lots of books on topics I knew interested her in a variety of […]

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Strengthening your financial core: Workshops on comparison shopping & creating a budget

Posted in News on November 26, 2019 at 6:00 am

If getting a handle on finances is always at the top of your New Year’s resolution list, we have a couple financial workshops that will interest you. In December, learn about comparison shopping. Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or you’ve already finished holiday shopping and all presents are wrapped, we’ll show you valuable comparison […]

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Friends: Who needs them?

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Friends. We all have them, but do we need them? The topic came up when my 3-year-old and I were reading Ryan T. Higgins’ book We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! recently. We got to talking about his friends at daycare. Of course, it’s the norm to refer to his entire classroom as […]

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Call for submissions: Your keepsakes and memories of the Mount St. Helens eruption for 40th anniversary exhibit

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

The Mount St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980, resulted in the deaths of 57 people and the destruction of over 212 square miles of land and ecosystems surrounding the stratovolcano in Skamania County. In eastern Washington and the Spokane area, residents experienced the ash clouds and particulates in the air, the ash covering the […]

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Shop local and support your community on Small Business Saturday

Posted in News on November 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

By STACEY GODDARD If you’ve read some of my previous blogs, it won’t be news when I admit that I enjoy shopping. A lot. In my 20s, I even had a personalized license plate on my car (LV2SHOP) declaring my love of all things retail. So it’s probably no surprise that we’re heading in to […]

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Library insider: Helping your child research for school papers and projects

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino I always know when it’s research paper season. The first clue is that my work calendar explodes. For my work as a librarian, I offer research workshops to area high schools that aren’t fortunate enough to have their own library. Somehow all the requests for workshops come in at once. The second […]

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Lecture explores central role of social media in today’s politics

Posted in News on November 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

Hacking Democracy Hacking Democracy: What Social Media Is Doing to U.S. Politics Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram—some of which did not even exist a decade ago—are playing an increasingly central role in politicians’ efforts to get elected. What does this mean for the American voter? Join political scientist Travis Ridout t […]

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Native American Heritage Month: A look at books by indigenous authors

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

Featured image for blog post BY CAITLIN WHEELER November is Native American Heritage Month and a great time to learn more about some of the many indigenous groups of North America. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian provides an introduction to indigenous peoples’ portrayals in media after colonialization in Americans, the interactive online exhibit that looks […]

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