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Check out Spokane Symphony Passes from the library, plus sage advice for first-timers

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on August 14, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley My grandparents both played the bass (the largest and lowest pitched bowed string instrument, not to be confused with the bass guitar) in the symphony. I remember going to see at least one of their performances as a child. It was a pretty special event—we got all dressed up and traveled downtown […]

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Childcare survey for parents and caregivers

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on August 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

What are your childcare issues? If you’re a parent or caregiver of children, please share your experiences, needs, and childcare issues in a survey. Local organizations are seeking to learn more about issues that impact your access to affordable quality childcare in the Spokane area. REASONS TO TAKE THE SURVEY Local organizations want to make […]

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The Great American Read book list and half-time report

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino Welcome to August—a great time for a summer reading half-time report! My summer reading looked a lot like this picture of the bulletin board in the staff break room at Spokane Valley Library. Waaaay back in May, PBS launched The Great American Read, a program that highlights 100 of America’s beloved books […]

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Let’s dance, let’s play: The genius of Jim Gill

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on August 2, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge If you’re a parent or caregiver of a young child, then you may already know the joyful, playful music and stories of Jim Gill. If you haven’t yet heard his music or attended an interactive performance, then you are in for a treat! Get ready to jump, dance, sing, clap, and even […]

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The art of saving seeds

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole In a remote vault located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, nearly one million seed varieties are stored. The purpose of this immense storage facility is to ensure the genetic future of these seed varieties, should any of the gene banks located around the world suffer catastrophic disaster. One hundred […]

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Argonne Road closure in Millwood at Union Pacific railroad crossing

Posted in News on July 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

Argonne Road (Millwood) Closure In Millwood, Argonne Road will be closed starting at 9am on July 31 through August 1 for a project to replace the Union Pacific railroad crossing at Euclid Avenue and Argonne Road. During the closure, traffic will be limited to local access only. The road is expected to reopen by 5am on Thursday, August 2. […]

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Microadventure: Day trip to Stonerose for fossils

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 24, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Even though I’ve lived in the Spokane area for over 15 years now, every once in a while I find out about something and wonder how I’ve never heard about it before. This past fall I learned about the Stonerose Interpretive Center. While it’s a bit of a drive from Spokane (about […]

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Happy birthday! A reading list of authors with July birthdays

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Nathaniel Youmans This one’s for all you with summer birthdays out there. Remember in grade school when the end of the year drew close and teachers, even more burnt out than their students, had to find some reason (summon the willpower) to celebrate students with summer birthdays? At my elementary school, this took the […]

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A summer evening with Pacific Northwest poets

Posted in News on July 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

You’re invited to enjoy poetry and gelato on the back lawn of the Moran Prairie Library. Listen to enlivening poetry of four Pacific Northwest poets: José Angel Araguz, Laura Read, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Nance Van Winckel. Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and get settled in for the poetic cadence of these celebrated poets. […]

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Perfect pairings: Recipes to devour while binge watching

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 10, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz I’m a summer person. Long summer days swimming around the lake and baking dry on the shore, hiking through the woods, picking berries, tending to my ever expanding garden—it doesn’t get much better. After a long, sun-drenched day, I want to grill up something yummy and then collapse on the couch for […]

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