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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 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 ground, […]

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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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Your Path to Student Financial Aid Starts with the FAFSA

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on November 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

FAFSA Post Hero Image You or your student may be eligible for student financial aid. To find out, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form beginning in your senior year of high school and throughout your college years. When you submit your FAFSA form, you find out if you are eligible […]

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When murder smells like honeysuckle: The allure of film noir

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 30, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades In adolescence, my impulse towards mysteries and thrillers was satisfied by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Mystery! on PBS. But these days when I get the urge, I’m more likely to pick up a film noir or some of the hardboiled fiction that inspired it. Less cozy and more convoluted, film […]

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Creative STEM library programs for kids, teens, & adults

Posted in News on October 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

CREATE WITH GLOWFORGE AT THE LAB Creative programs for ages 16+ Create with Glowforge: Holiday Ornaments Brighten your home with ornaments designed and created by you at the library. You’ll have several basic designs to personalize with your creative ideas that the Glowforge laser printer will cut, carve, and engrave, rig […]

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New library app offers convenience for mobile users

Posted in News on October 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

Announcing our new library app Access all library services and resources, including your library account, on your mobile device. The app is called Spokane County Libraries and is available for iOS from the Apple App Store and for Android from Google Play. The links to both are available on our Apps webpage. WITH THE APP […]

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