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Become a fiction frequent flyer with short stories

Posted on March 25, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Melissa Rhoades As a novel enthusiast, I love returning to the same characters, settings, and writing styles for days or weeks at a time. It feels like taking an extended vacation. Short stories, in comparison, can feel like weekend getaways that end too soon. But Neil Gaiman has pointed out the positive side of […]

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A post-Valentine’s Day booklist

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone. Like me, you’ve probably been inundated with images of fresh, happy, young couples and the candy they gleefully devour together. Maybe you were single this Valentine’s Day and had a fun night with friends; maybe your cat decided that a mid-dinner-date hairball expulsion was a […]

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Bright shining sounds: A social justice playlist

Posted on February 19, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz I don’t remember when I first fell in love with music. Maybe while being soothed by my mother’s susurrations as she gently rocked me into the world. Or maybe it was the chickadees and blackbirds trilling from the meadow adjacent to our back yard. It could have been the first time the […]

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Glowforge 3D laser printer offers a different way to create

Posted on February 5, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole If you’ve visited the North Spokane Library recently, you may have noticed the scent of burning wood. Or, maybe you’ve noticed machine that is over 3 feet wide and 1 1/2 feet deep back in The Lab doing… something. That’s the District’s Glowforge 3D laser printer. And it is my newest favorite […]

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Answering the question: “What does it take to be a librarian?”

Posted on January 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino As I have shared before, being a librarian is pretty awesome. So it’s no wonder that I am often asked, “What does it take to be a librarian?” Of course, I treat this as a serious reference question and immediately launch into a technical description of the degrees and experience that we […]

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Take and Give: Seed Library

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

Updated on January 22, 2020 Bring your green thumb (and your saved seeds) to any of our five seed library locations! The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to […]

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On our coffee tables & nightstands: Books for your reading list

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Underwood Working in a library with all of the books can be beautiful, enriching, and wonderfully satisfying. Library staff have the privilege of interacting with an enormous part of our community and pride ourselves on finding that just-right book—or movie or CD or audiobook or magazine—for each person’s needs. However, in order to […]

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December, a season to celebrate human rights

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

Human Right Month blog post image By Susan Goertz As winter descends upon us, for many of us, our thoughts wander toward cozy gatherings with those we love. Most of us enjoy beautifully decorated trees, glowing firelight, delicious feasts, and traditional treats. December beckons us to gather together and reflect, to share with and nurture our family and friends. I would […]

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Discovering local artists and their creations at the Spokane Creators website

Posted on December 4, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Ree West Moving to a new town means having to learn the who, what, and where of things in an unfamiliar place. It takes a while. I enjoy finding experiences that exercise my creativity. So even after living in Spokane for five years, I still have trouble finding creative opportunities within the arts community. […]

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Friends: Who needs them?

Posted on November 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Friends. We all have them, but do we need them? The topic came up when my 3-year-old and I were reading Ryan T. Higgins’ book We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! recently. We got to talking about his friends at daycare. Of course, it’s the norm to refer to his entire classroom as […]

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