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14 Feel-Good Fiction Reads for Hope & Encouragement

Posted on October 27, 2021 at 7:00 am

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for books that are happier, or at least mostly uplifting. My sense is I am not alone in this desire. While these books have sad moments and deal with life’s challenges, they will hopefully leave you feeling positive and encouraged when you turn that last page. […]

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End the Violence Campaign Raises Awareness of Domestic & Family Violence in the Region

Posted on October 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

End the Violence website's home page imagery Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship. Unfortunately, one in three women and one in seven men in the Spokane region are not experiencing safe and healthy relationships. The impact domestic violence has on our community is exponential, with Spokane experiencing the highest rates of domestic violence in the state of Washington. […]

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Creative Pumpkin Carving: Make Scary, Spooky & Spirited Jack-O’-Lanterns

Posted on October 21, 2021 at 6:00 am

I have always loved to carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. There is something about creating a scary or silly face on a pumpkin which brings me great joy! I have rounded up some clever ideas to take your jack-o’-lanterns to the next level this Halloween! […]

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Good Food for Autumn: Wonderful Cookbooks with Comforting Recipes

Posted on October 13, 2021 at 6:00 am

Halloween, autumn themed soup with slices of bread Delicious, wonderful, comforting food. This time of year is perfect for enjoying all the warm tasty foods that we couldn’t make (out of season ingredients) or didn’t want to make (too hot for baking!) during the previously sweltering months. […]

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Asking for a Friend: Where Can People Get Basic Computer & Internet Training?

Posted on October 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

By Stacey Goddard I’m excited to announce that the library has a new online resource: Northstar Digital Literacy. If you read my previous posts about LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, you might be wondering if this new resource will offer more of the same types of classes. The short answer is both yes and no. Northstar […]

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Civic Lab Online: Invisible Illnesses & Disabilities

Posted on October 1, 2021 at 6:00 am

Feature image for Civic Lab Online, Invisible illnesses and diseases, October 2021 An increasing number of Americans have been and continue to be diagnosed with conditions that can’t be seen by the naked eye. How do we create a society that provides access to people with debilitating medical conditions? […]

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4 Hikes in the West Plains to Experience Natural History & Wildlife

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 7:00 am

West Plains Hiking image That crepuscular hours of sunrise and sunset are great times to see deer, rabbits, owls, bats, and many other trail companions. And to top off those perfect conditions, fall is a great time to catch migratory birds you might not see the rest of the year. If you’d like to seize the crisp weather and evening sightings, check out these easy to reach […]

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The Hunt for a Family Tree: 3 Genealogy Tips from a Seasoned Amateur

Posted on September 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

I’m an amateur in every sense of the word, learning as I go without any real education and coming back to my tree whenever there’s a spare minute, sometimes after months at a time. Along the way I’ve learned a few genealogy tips and truisms—things I wish I’d known at the beginning and, in some cases, things I wouldn’t have appreciated u […]

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Top Literary Destinations to See in Asia, Africa, Europe & Latin America

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 6:00 am

A large window overlooking a lake which is a very nice work space Whether you’re planning an actual trip or simply want to travel in your imagination, you’ll find exciting places to add to your literary travel itinerary in this post! Discover some of the oldest, most beautiful, and most unusual libraries and literary landmarks in Asia, Africa, Continental Europe, and Latin America. […]

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Brain Stimulating Activities for Dementia & Alzheimer’s & Helpful Resources for Caregivers

Posted on September 1, 2021 at 6:00 am

Hands putting together a puzzle on a table September is World Alzheimer’s Month. So, this seems like an apropos time to examine how we can stave off Alzheimer’s and all the other disorders that fall under the umbrella term of dementia. Here are some ideas for using the library’s digital and physical resources to help with brain-stimulating exercises and activities. […]

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