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KERNEL at the Fairwood Farmers’ Market: making nutrition and exercise fun and delicious

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on June 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson My family loves to go to farmers’ markets. We love fresh, local produce, and we find it’s even more appealing when you are face to face with the people who grew it. Of course, farmers’ markets have a lot more than just produce—artisan foods, fresh meat, crafts, and brews—something for everyone. Last […]

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Library District Director to retire: Two finalists for position named

Posted in News on June 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

Spokane County Library District Executive Director Nancy Ledeboer will be retiring, after five years with the District, on September 1, 2017. The Library District is conducting a search for Ms. Ledeboer’s successor and has narrowed the field to two candidates. Nancy Ledeboer became the Director of the Library District in March of 2012, bringing […]

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Summer Storytimes: mash-ups, meals, and parks

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

STORYTIME MASH-UPS This summer we’re taking a few weeks to combine Storytimes with extra special topics. In June, Building is the theme to complement our Build a Better World Summer Reading programs. During these Storytimes, we’ll explore building activities after listening to a building-related stories. In July, the mash-up is STEM, which stan […]

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Online Summer Reading: tackle challenges, get badges, & earn your reading certificate

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

During summer break, the most important thing for kids is to keep reading, so they can start strong at school in the fall. Summer learning loss occurs when students take a prolonged break from school and lose the knowledge and skills they had at the start of summer, so that when they start back to […]

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Celebrate with us: You’re invited to two Open Houses

Posted in News on May 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

Open House at The BookEnd We’re celebrating the opening of our newest library, The BookEnd, with an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Stop by to celebrate with us, enjoy refreshments, find a good read, give the kids some play time in our castle, and discover your new favorite spot to relax. The BookEnd is an […]

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Graphic novels with strong female characters

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Sometimes, when I find myself in the mood for an upbeat, quick read, I look to the library’s graphic novel sections. Traditional super-hero stories aren’t my cup of tea. I find myself drawn more to the stories that include strong, primary female characters. Luckily these days, there are quite a few great […]

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Q&A with Magician Jeff Evans: magic and the Secrets of Wizards

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Summer is a fantastical time at the library—a time to build reading muscles with imaginative and real life stories found on the bookshelves. Summer is also the time when kids and families can see, hear, and interact with magicians, musicians, puppets, and more. These summer programs are geared towards kids entering kindergarten […]

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Spokane Is Reading: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Posted in News on May 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

Just in time to add it to your summer reading list, Spokane Is Reading has announced the novel and author selected for 16th annual community reading event in 2017: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. A Land More Kind Than Home, a New York Times Best Seller, is a tale of courage […]

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10 cookbooks you’ll be glad you checked out

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Walking into the cookbook section at the library can be a little intimidating. There are so many books with lovely, enticing pictures on the cover. How are you supposed to choose which one to take home and which one to leave on the shelf? Don’t panic! I’ve been testing them out in […]

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Feel better, do better: library volunteers make a difference

Posted in News on May 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

SUMMER READING BUDDY PROGRAM Reading is the best way to keep the reading skills of young readers sharp over the long summer vacation. A reading buddy is a fun way to do it! What’s a reading buddy? A reading buddy is an adult or teen volunteer who loves reading to and with children. Summer Reading […]

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