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Finding a love of reading through fairy tales

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler Some children are early readers. I have a friend who swears she already preferred burying her nose in a book (over any other activity) by the time she turned two, along with the photo to prove it. While this story smells faintly of exaggeration and posed photography to me, I’m sure my […]

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Monty Python’s entertainment legacy

Posted in Explore and Discover, Uncategorized on August 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades If you’ve never experienced Monty Python, you’ve missed a big part of comedy history. The group played an integral role in the evolution of sketch humor. In fact, their influence is so massive that The Atlantic magazine called them “The Beatles of Comedy” in 2013. Like the Beatles, Monty Python’s influence extends […]

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Summer’s financial playlist: Medicare, retirement, & investments

Posted in News on August 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

Close out summer strong with a class about financial matters, including Medicare, retirement, and investing terminology. SHIBA CLASSES We’ve partnered with the Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor (SHIBA) program, a free service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, to provide timely information for Medicare recipien […]

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We thank you

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

The trustees, staff, and volunteers of the Spokane County Library District thank you for approving the ballot measure to restore our levy rate. In the August 6 primary election, 32,855 voters said yes to the maintenance and operations proposition with a 54.99% approval rate. This approval allows the Library District to maintain our current level […]

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Volunteer opportunities: Reading Buddy Program, National Voter Registration Day, & technology evaluation

Posted in News on August 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

THE READING BUDDY PROGRAM Are you looking for a rewarding and engaging way to serve your community and work with children? If you answered yes, then the Reading Buddy Program may be the right fit for you. We are currently recruiting for this highly successful program, looking for adult volunteers to spend one day per […]

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Apps for back-to-school success

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on August 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Here it is the first full week of August and all the big box stores have their back-to-school displays up and ready. And the supply lists are out from the schools. So, now seems like the perfect time to remind everyone (including you!) that one of the most essential school supplies is […]

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Incredible reads to finish out your summer

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood I am not a picky reader. I love recommendations from other readers, especially those that lead to finding an amazing and unexpected read. It’s one of my most favorite things! If you are on the lookout for a great read, here are just some of my all-time favorite novels, biographies, poetry/short story […]

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Things to do during a sedentary summer

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino The way I see it, there are two phases of summer: active summer and sedentary summer. For me, active summer occurs when temperatures reach 70–85 degrees. At those temps, I try to spend most of my time outside, preferably in the mountains or at a lake, in the garden will do as […]

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Blacksmithing at the Library with Columbia Fire & Iron

Posted in News on July 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

Hammer-in with Columbia Fire & Iron; photo credit: Megan Kennedy By Erin Dodge Within the Library District’s creative spaces—The Lab at North Spokane Library and The Studio at Spokane Valley Library—we’ve hosted creators who have taught program participants how to reupholster furniture, decorate cakes and cupcakes, shoot professional-level film, take awesome photographs, sew something special, paint land […]

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Explore your creative side

Posted in News on July 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

Creativity is abundant at the library this summer. Adults can paint happy trees and clouds with Certified Ross Instructor George Lee. Tweens and teens can decorate cupcakes and a watermelon. Everyone is invited to create an Artful Garden with a flower pot they decorate themselves or to make a Jedi or Sith craft at Star […]

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