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Discover a Story: Exhibits and lectures in and around our libraries

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

Explore an exhibit about women of Spokane, an exhibit and lecture about the refugee experience, a documentary and exhibit about poverty, live art demonstrations, and a walk and talks about the outdoors. These programs are opportunities to learn about the people and places around us.

See what story will inspire you.


Spokane Women Together: Portraits and Stories
Photography Exhibit

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Spokane Women Together: Portraits and Stories. The exhibit combines portrait photography and personal stories that illustrate the quiet diversity of women from 9 countries, who speak 14 languages with 11 religious affiliations from 20 different professions, all living in Spokane. This exhibit is a collaboration between portrait photographer Rick Singer, community organizer and graphic artist Hilary Hart, and the women who are portrayed.

February 1–28

Live Art Demonstrations

Each month, an artist or craftsperson provides a visual demonstration for you to observe. Be sure to stop by for demonstrations of wool spinning and fiber arts, clay sculptures, painting, and glass-bead creations.


Wool Spinning & Fiber Arts with Rosanne Anderson
Saturday, Feb 23, 2–3:30pm

Miniature Clay Sculptures with Mike Alsperger
Saturday, Mar 23, 2–3:30pm

Painting with Sherri Faulks
Saturday, Apr 27, 2–3:30pm

Glass Bead Creations with Rocky Corisis
Saturday, May 18, 2–3:30pm


A Walk Through Poverty
Documentary & Art Exhibit

A Walk Through Poverty, a 30-minute documentary, and the accompanying art exhibit, by artist Cameron Day, explores the plight and complexity of poverty in the Inland Northwest. This documentary and exhibit show that poverty is a topic of critical importance and touches all of us in one form or another, even when it seems we are invincible. You are encouraged to bring your school, nonprofit, business, or church groups for a unique look at local income inequality. If you have a large group, please call the library ahead of time so that we can accommodate you.

Brought to you in partnership with Rogue Heart Media and Hemmingson Philanthropy

Art exhibit: March 8–22
Film viewing: Thursday, Mar 21, 7–8pm

Art exhibit: May 10–24
Film viewing: Thursday, May 23, 7–8pm

Staff Picks: Books on Poverty

Learn more about the effects of poverty on individuals and society when you read these staff picks.


Artwork by Ildikó Kalapács.

Unwanted Journeys
Art Exhibit

The physical journey from home to possible safety and the journey of rebuilding one’s life in a new place are both experiences of refugees who have been forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war, or violence. This exhibit includes poetry and personal narratives by refugees and mixed-media sculptures and drawings of refugees created by artist Ildikó Kalapács.

March 30–April 30

Refugees: Myths & Realities, Dilemmas & Contributions

These terms provoke strong feelings in many people: refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants. Popular culture is saturated with images and imaginings of “refugees” as an economic burden or as potential terrorists, and this often obscures the reality of their post-resettlement stories. The actual experiences and stories of refugees who have relocated in the United States over the past several decades show an embrace of the traditional American dream—buying a home, starting a business, supporting a family, and contributing to the economy.

Dr. Kassahun Kebede and Dr. Fred Strange from Eastern Washington University’s Anthropology Department lead this discussion about the challenges faced by refugees, what assimilation looks like from the inside, and the stories refugees have to tell about their experiences before and after arriving in the United States. The presentation focuses on how African refugees—Ethiopian refugees, in particular—make contributions to the U.S. economy and society in places of worship, ethnic restaurants, and other establishments to enhance depressed urban areas. In this talk, you’re invited to ask questions and look at the situations of displaced people and the causes and consequences of their uprooting to gain a keener understanding of what refugees endure and what they contribute to the societies they enter.

Thursday, Apr 25, 6:30–7:30pm


Medical Lake Geology Walk
Lecture & Walk; For adults & families

Walk along the trail around Medical Lake with Chad Pritchard, Associate Professor of Geology, and Larry Cebula, Professor of History, at Eastern Washington University. As you walk, listen to Dr. Pritchard share his recent research of Medical Lake granite and other geologic wonders in the local area. Meet up at the picnic shelter in Waterfront Park.

1386 S Lefevre St (Medical Lake)

Saturday, Apr 27, 1–3pm*

*In the event of rain, walk will be rescheduled to Saturday, May 11, 1–3pm.

Dishman Hills: The Wild Heart of Spokane
Lecture; For adults

Dishman Hills has over 3,000 acres of conservation land, protected for recreation, education, and wildlife habitat. The Dishman Hills Conservancy is now working to add 1,200 acres and three trailheads toward the goal of creating a contiguous conservation area. Jeff Lambert, Executive Director of the conservancy, presents the five-year conservation plan and opportunities for you to join free and informative guided nature walks and hikes.

In partnership with the Dishman Hills Conservancy

Wednesday, May 8, 7–8pm


Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Dive deeper to learn more about the topics of poverty, refugees, and more in the U.S. and around the world with this digital resource: Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

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