Take a Chance on Something New in September

Posted on August 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month and the perfect time to get a library card for kids heading back to school! Also this month, learn about Calculated Risks for Business. Or dig in to planning your spring garden with a fall cleanup. Test your knowledge and enjoy some lively trivia.

If you or a family member are college bound, get help filling out the FAFSA. Don’t miss out on learning how to make changes to your Medicare coverage for next year. Discover the latest wonderful picture books you can read with the children in your life.

We’re looking for Volunteers for National Voter Registration Day. And everyone is encouraged to update and verify their voter registration information on September 28.

We hope you take a chance and try something new!

Library Card Sign-up Month

The best back-to-school accessory that never goes out of style is a library card.

With your library card, you get access to live, online tutoring every day with HelpNow and to loads of digital resources to help students study in our Digital Library.

You can download and read eBooks, magazines, and comics. Stream music, movies, and interactive picture books. Oh, and our digital resources are always free.

Plus check out books, DVDs, CDs, and magazines in our libraries when researching school projects and your own interests. Search our catalog to place a hold online with your library card. Then when your holds are ready, you can pick them up at your neighborhood library.

Unlock the possibilities today! Sign up online for your library card or stop by a library to get started.

For All Ages

Trivia: Aardman Animations

We have trivia questions about all your favorite stop-motion Claymation from Aardman Animations, including Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep short films and the full-length movies Chicken Run, Flushed Away, and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Fix yourself a delicious snack of Wensleydale cheese and crackers and show off your knowledge of these classic favorites. All ages

Registration is required.

Friday, Sep 17, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER


Valleyfest celebrates three decades of bringing entertainment, arts, and culture, to the vibrant community of Spokane Valley. Enjoy live entertainment for the entire family, meet and have fun with friends, and celebrate the talents of youth from the area. Don’t forget to stop by the library’s table to hear about everything happening at the library.

Valleyfest is held each September at Mirabeau Point Park, Plante’s Ferry Sports Complex, and CenterPlace Regional Event Center in the Spokane Valley. All ages

13500 Mirabeau Pkwy, Spokane Valley
Saturday, Sep 25, 10:30am–6pm Cancelled
Sunday, Sep 26, 11am–4pm Cancelled

For Adults

Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also offer some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your life! Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page. If you miss it on Facebook, you can see it and previous episodes on our YouTube channel.  

Wednesday, Sep 15, 1–2pm

STARS Training: Just the Facts: Informational Books for Preschoolers

An important part of children’s reading comprehension is knowing about their world. We discuss which informational books are best for preschoolers. Learn how to pair favorite picture books with informational text and get ideas for hands-on activities to build background knowledge. 2 STARS credits. Adults

Registration is required.

Saturday, Sep 18, 10am–12pm | REGISTER

Paying for College: FAFSA, WASFA, Scholarships & More

This informational session is all about financial aid for college and is for anyone considering college or already attending. The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) shares where you can find financial aid opportunities, how to apply, when to apply, where to get help, and what your next steps should be as you prepare for college. Digital workbooks and resources for this session will be sent to all registered participants. Adults & Teens

Presented by the Washington Student Achievement Council

Registration is required.

Monday, Sep 20, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Putting Your Garden to Bed Ahead of Spring

Planning your spring garden in the fall is ideal. Master Gardener Jan Baker shares basic tasks for a better spring garden the coming year and helps you get things in order before the snow flies. Bring your fall gardening questions for the question-and-answer portion of this program. Adults

This program is brought to you by the Spokane Master Gardeners.

Registration is required.

Saturday, Sep 25, 11am–12pm | REGISTER

Medicare Open Enrollment Workshop

Medicare Open Enrollment is just around the corner. Learn about Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, who is eligible, and what options are available to you. Also, find out about:

  • What you can do during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period
  • How to choose and change plans
  • What Medigaps are and how they work
  • What programs you may qualify for that help you pay for Medicare

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2021, for 2022 plans.

This free, unbiased information session is presented by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a free service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Sep 28, 1–2pm | REGISTER

Voter Registration Drive

Volunteer Training for National Voter Registration Day

Volunteer to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to vote. Volunteers like you, along with library staff, are available at our libraries on National Voter Registration Day to help people update their voter registration and register to vote.

Library volunteers will staff a voter registration table at two of our libraries: Airway Heights and Spokane Valley. One session of training is required to volunteer. Adults

Registration is required.

Saturday, Sep 18, 2–3pm | REGISTER
Or Tuesday, Sep 21, 11am–12pm

National Voter Registration Day

We’re helping to make sure every citizen has the opportunity to vote. On National Voter Registration Day, volunteers and library staff will be available at all of our libraries to help you update your voter registration and register to vote.

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, forget to update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. For example, when you move, you need to update your voter registration with your new address.

Tuesday, Sep 28, during open hours (in person)

For Business

SCORE Business: Calculated Risks for Business

Learn the tools for measuring different kinds of business risk and when to apply them to different situations. Types of business risk can include strategic, financial, compliance, operational, and reputational risk. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Sep 16, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

For Kids & Families

Online Storytime – Live

Children will have fun learning when we read stories, sing songs, and share fingerplays during storytime. Ages 2–5 & their families

Registration is required for each session.

Thursdays, Sep 2–30, 6:30–7pm | REGISTER
Fridays, Sep 3–24, 9:30–10am

Storytime Shorts

Storytime is a great way to help young children learn language and literacy skills that help them get ready for kindergarten. View our Storytime Shorts on our Facebook Page on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am or at your convenience on our YouTube playlist.

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