TAG: book list

Gain insights at financial planning informational seminars with Edward Jones

Posted in News on June 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

We’ve partnered with financial educators from Edwards Jones to bring you information about investments, retirement, and steering clear of financial fraud. These seminars are completely informational (no sales) and are provided as part of our Financial Literacy and Consumer Education series. FINANCIAL PLANNING WITH EDWARD JONES Fixed Income Invest […]

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Explore the arts for enormous rewards

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

by Melissa Rhoades Writer Kurt Vonnegut survived being a soldier and prisoner of war during WWII. He also suffered from depression. Knowing these facts adds extra weight to Vonnegut’s thoughts about the importance of art: “The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more […]

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Microhistories: Extremely specific knowledge (aka fun facts!) you can share with others

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 7, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood I have recently discovered an intense love for nonfiction titles and it all started with a compendium of terrible medical cures through history. Those 24-karat golden face masks that are in vogue right now? They’ve already been done long before the present day (and the masks still don’t have any proven benefits; […]

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Literary field guide: Local authors at the 2019 Get Lit! Festival

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 11, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler In the past 20 years, the Get Lit! Festival has hosted a whole slew of authors of exciting written work: Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, and Tim O’Brien are just a few. This year is no exception. At the 2019 festival, you’ll find the opportunity to hear from Roxane Gay, Tommy Orange, Kaveh […]

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It’s electrifying: Digital resources and staff picks for student scientists

Posted in News on February 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

Discover the many ways electricity and electrical circuits are part of our lives. No matter a student’s grade level, our digital resources offer videos and articles for engaged learning. Plus the books in our collection provide new scientific experiments kids can do at home and for school science fairs. SIRS Discoverer Find magazine articles, […]

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What to read next: Recommendations for kids by kids

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 12, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson In my years of helping kids find books to read, one thing has remained the same—kids always want to read the same books their friends are reading. Often, a new title has gained traction. It’s also not uncommon for older series to suddenly come into popularity again, based on word of mouth. […]

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Young learners & families find good fun in stories, art, games, and crafts

Posted in News on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 am

Storytime is coming to Spokane Valley Mall! Families with kids who are ages 4–8 can paint together. Everyone is invited to have “lots of good fun that is funny” when we celebrate Dr. Seuss. Bring the little ones and the whole family to these entertaining (and educational… we won’t tell if you don’t) events at […]

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Discover World War I during its centennial at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on October 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley One hundred years ago, on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11am, the guns ceased and World War I, the “war to end all wars,” was over. During the four years of the war, an estimated 13 million people (combatants and civilians) died during one of the deadliest conflicts in […]

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Five early reader books for fall school jitters

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on August 28, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Most of us are not strangers to the first-day-of-school jitters—that delightful mix of excitement and mild apprehension as one contemplates what the new school year might bring. Such a feeling has as much to do with our need to connect and to be accepted as it does with our need to discover […]

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The Great American Read book list and half-time report

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino Welcome to August—a great time for a summer reading half-time report! My summer reading looked a lot like this picture of the bulletin board in the staff break room at Spokane Valley Library. Waaaay back in May, PBS launched The Great American Read, a program that highlights 100 of America’s beloved books […]

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