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Teens in-between: Finding your first summer job

Posted on June 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Stacey Goddard I got my first paying job—that wasn’t babysitting or doing chores—pretty much by accident. The summer before my sophomore year of high school, my younger and much more industrious brother found his own job: delivering the afternoon edition of the local newspaper. The route he was taking on was big enough that […]

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Explore the arts for enormous rewards

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Melissa Rhoades Writer Kurt Vonnegut survived being a soldier and prisoner of war during WWII. He also suffered from depression. Knowing these facts adds extra weight to Vonnegut’s thoughts about the importance of art: “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more […]

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Special collections and archival materials for Pride Month

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler I love library special collections. They’re like microhistories you get to assemble yourself. While popular collections—like the kind you usually find in a public library—are assembled based on the interests of a broad population with a wide variety of needs, special collections are assembled based on a special interest of […]

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Day in the life of a librarian

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino When kids tour the library, I like to ask them what they think a librarian does. Usually I get answers like “You tell us not to run.” I think to myself, “If I wanted to do that, I would have become a life guard!” I don’t think kids are the only ones […]

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Microhistories: Extremely specific knowledge (aka fun facts!) you can share with others

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood I have recently discovered an intense love for nonfiction titles and it all started with a compendium of terrible medical cures through history. Those 24-karat golden face masks that are in vogue right now? They’ve already been done long before the present day (and the masks still don’t have any proven benefits; […]

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Cloud watching 101

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 6:00 am

Cloud Watching By Abra Cole Springtime in the Inland Northwest is peak cloud watching time. Simple steps for cloud watching: Put away your wristwatch and prepare your imagination. Find a good spot, either sitting or lying down, with a good view of the sky. Talk about what you see: Shapes, colors, creatures, or other things in the […]

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“Wild Heart of Spokane” beats a trail in the Dishman Hills

Posted on April 25, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Nestled between Spokane and Spokane Valley south of the I-90 lays the “Wild Heart of Spokane.” Trailheads lead you to natural wonders where you can experience a high diversity of rock formations and geologic features, native trees, plants and flowers, birds and butterflies, and find evidence of large mammals such as moose, […]

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“Palaces for the People”: Spaces and places for all of us

Posted on April 23, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson I often hear people refer to Spokane as a big city with a small-town feel, and I think this is one of the reasons many people enjoy living in Spokane. However, when talking with customers and friends, I also hear more and more about how people don’t know their neighbors anymore. How […]

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Spring brings kittens and puppies and poetry, oh my!

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz April come she will when streams are ripe and swelled with rain. –from “April Come She Will” composed by Paul Simon This time of year the song “April Come She Will” inevitably gets stuck in my head. If I just shared my earworm with you, then you may want to check out […]

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Literary field guide: Local authors at the 2019 Get Lit! Festival

Posted on April 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler In the past 20 years, the Get Lit! Festival has hosted a whole slew of authors of exciting written work: Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, and Tim O’Brien are just a few. This year is no exception. At the 2019 festival, you’ll find the opportunity to hear from Roxane Gay, Tommy Orange, Kaveh […]

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