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Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here). In the October 29 episode of […]

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November is National American Indian Heritage Month: Books that celebrate the diverse and distinct cultures, traditions, and histories

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs November is National American Indian Heritage Month, first designated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and recognized as a time for celebrating the diverse and distinct cultures, traditions, and histories of the indigenous peoples of the United States. For libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions, this is a matter of […]

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Ever louder bumps in the night: Scares for all ages

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Susan Goertz As a chill grips the autumn air and the chlorophyll leaches from the leaves, my mind turns toward the spooky. Nothing to get your heart racing and the cold sweat pouring on a crisp night like a good scary story. Horror is a very broad genre. There are a lot of options […]

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1942: A 75-year retrospective on books

Posted on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Spokane County Library District is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. We’re celebrating this fall! We’ve collected stories and poems from local writers to create a community anthology, coming out in November. We have two musical celebrations at our libraries: in October, Unstrung featuring cellist Karen Hawkins an […]

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Tidying up: Embracing the KonMari Method

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Three years ago, organizing consultant Mari Kondo released her mega-best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Many a home and closet were whipped into shape, but no one I knew had taken on Kondo’s challenge. Certainly not me, with my infamous bin full of winter clothes that may or may not […]

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Mixtape: The Vietnam War era

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

by David Wyatt Music is just as messy and various as life. There are few examples as poignant as the Vietnam War and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary series about the war (airing now through September 28th on our local PBS station KSPS) to remind us there is no single truth to war, and […]

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Overabundance: What to do when the produce is piling up

Posted on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz This spring, I bought a house with a lovely little backyard. At the time, it was pretty hard to tell what was growing back there—just what looked like lots of promising looking twigs and buds. As spring warmed into summer, my vegetative bounty slowly revealed itself. Every new discovery was a delight […]

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Sgt. Pepper is 50: How an album revolutionized popular music

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Melissa Rhoades According to Rolling Stone‘s definitive list: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band stands as “the most important rock & roll album ever made.” When I fell in love with the album as a preteen in the early 1980s, I had no clue […]

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Hiking the Summer Reading Program Around Spokane

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole If you signed up for the Summer Reading Program at scld.northwestreads.org, then you might have noticed all the great hikes listed within many of the library-specific challenges. As a non-native to the Spokane area, this was just the motivation I needed to explore my new home. The summer for my family means […]

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The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Nathaniel Youmans Shortly after 10am on Monday, August 21, 2017, a terrific spectacle of light and darkness will leave millions of people suspended in awe. It has happened before (most recently through the Pacific Northwest states back in 1979), but on this morning many will witness the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to […]

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