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Bicentennial of a Monster’s Birth

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades On January 1, 1818, the debut novel of a 20-year-old woman was anonymously published in London. Within five years, a second edition was released and a play based on the book premiered. The novel and its spin-offs remained a hit, and in 1910, Edison Studios created the first movie based on Mary […]

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The BookEnd: Blank walls & fresh paint demand art

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

by David Wyatt Shortly after The BookEnd opened at the Spokane Valley Mall in May 2017, I knew it was missing something. With some handy work from our facilities guys and some connections with local artists, The BookEnd soon had a rotating display of monthly local artists gracing its walls. The artists’ styles have ranged […]

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Consent Matters: Talking about the importance of “Yes”

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs If the media is telling us anything these days, it’s that consent continues to be a hot-button topic. With new allegations of sexual harassment in politics, entertainment, and the arts hitting the news almost daily and the ongoing issue of date rape on college campuses, it seems more important than ever to […]

Resolving to Read Diversely

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Caitlin Wheeler In late 2016, a friend challenged everyone she knew, including me, to name one Indigenous American author, other than Sherman Alexie, off the top of their heads. As an employee of the library and an English literature major with a passion for diverse representation, I felt I should have answered quickly and […]

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How’s that resolution treating you?

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Melanie Boerner Hey! It’s March. Remember that New Year’s resolution you made way back in January? How’s that going for you? Some of you may be rolling your eyes and dismissing me completely right now. Some of you may say you didn’t make a resolution at all. Or you may say how happy you […]

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Anticipation and inspiration: Getting ready for spring gardening

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole It’s nearly Go Time, my gardening friends! We’ve almost made it through the winter, through the snow and the ice, through the below-freezing temperatures. We have watched last summer’s plants freeze and die back, disappear under a blanket of snow, and get stomped on (along with other indecencies) by neighborhood cats. We […]

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St. Pancras Station sparks imaginations

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades What do filmmaker Christopher Nolan, the Spice Girls, and science-fiction author Douglas Adams have in common? They all found artistic inspiration in a building long considered an eyesore—a building I fell in love with at first sight. Ever since borrowing books about castles as a grade schooler, I’ve been fascinated with buil […]

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Strange, weird, and wonderful: Libraries across the world and right here

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Nathaniel Youmans Welcome to the weird world of libraries. What’s the strangest library you’ve never heard of? Let’s find out! At the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., you can “check out” (though not to remove from library premises!) wool shawls and sweaters hand-knitted by the librarians to keep patrons warm in the libra […]

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Billie Holiday and the books to read for awareness and insight

Posted on January 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz During my freshman year of high school, I was given the assignment to write a report on an important American. Although I had almost no exposure to her at that point—and I can’t remember what instigated the choice, except maybe the happy accident of hearing her on the radio—I selected the singer […]

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Destination Nashville: Unexpected discoveries and musical adventures

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker The vibrant hues of fall were just beginning to fade when I experienced Nashville for the first time this past November. The sky was a cloudless sapphire blue—a perfect time to visit before the starkness of winter. It was cold by Tennessee standards the week I was there, though thirty degrees warmer […]

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