TAG: books

What Makes a Good Book? Here’s How Appeal Factors Result in Great Book Recommendations.

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 29, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Dana Mannino At least once a week, I have a variation on the following conversation. Library customer: Can you suggest a good book? Librarian: Sure! What do you like to read? Library customer: Anything, as long as it’s well written. We all want a good book. It’s universal. But often we don’t know how […]

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New Series Features Online Author Talks from Bestselling Writers & Thought Leaders

Posted in News on June 21, 2022 at 6:00 am

SCLD is offering a new program of online talks and discussions with award-winning and bestselling authors, called the SCLD Online Authors Series. Each month, the SCLD Online Authors Series will have two to four author events. The lineup of bestselling authors and thought leaders in this series is diverse in topics, genre, and perspectives. They are […]

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Getting Active with the Library: Get More Energy & Reduce Stress

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 14, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker The first time I heard the term forest bathing, my immediate thought was “I bet those pine needles hurt!” All kidding aside, forest bathing is a relatively recent term (with science behind it) that gives us a good reason to go take a walk. In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, […]

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7 Graphic Novels to Read During Pride Month

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 1, 2022 at 6:00 am

Every year, I find myself reading more and more graphic novels and manga. I hadn’t read any until I was well into my adult years, but I’ve found that there are intriguing, well-written, and beautifully drawn graphic novels and manga for all ages. […]

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Read Beyond the Beaten Path: Track Your Summer Reading for a Chance to Win a Prize

Posted in News on May 31, 2022 at 6:00 am

Illustration of kids in a canoe with oars in the water, a red bird flying in the sky, and a boy reading a book under a tree on land This summer, reading offers you a chance to win prizes! The benefits of reading also include such things as sleeping better, reducing stress, increasing general knowledge, helping concentration, improving empathy, and improving literacy. Plus, reading is a great for free entertainment. Our summer reading challenge for 2022 includes reading books fr […]

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Yummy Flavors, Recipes & Tips in These Cookbooks for National Barbecue Month

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 18, 2022 at 6:00 am

May is National Barbecue Month, and I have to say that is fitting since Memorial Day unofficially kicks off barbecue and grilling season across the nation. Everyone does barbecue a bit differently, and the flavors of barbecue can be varied and delicious, from region to region, culture to culture. From spicy to sweet, there is something for everyone […]

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One Day Only: $5 Fill-the-Bag Book Sale at All SCLD Libraries

Posted in News on May 10, 2022 at 6:00 am

We’re having a spring sale at all SCLD libraries! You can buy a bag full of gently used books, CDs, and DVDs to stock up for summer reading, listening, and watching. […]

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New Picture Books in Rhyme Bring Family Fun to Your Storytime

Posted in Parents and Teachers on May 4, 2022 at 6:00 am

Presenting storytimes again also gives me the perfect excuse to explore the new picture books added to our collection. Believe it or not, we’ve purchased over 650 picture books between January 2021 and April 2022. That’s a pretty hefty amount for one person to peruse! Here are eight new picture books that provide a great introduction to stories […]

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New Cookbooks Filled with Delicious Food & Drink Recipes That Are So Good

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 29, 2022 at 6:00 am

Family cooking a meal in the kitchen By Savannah Stewart Cookbooks are a labor of love for those who write them. When I recreate, share, and consume the finished recipes, it feels like I’m honoring and extending that love. Who knows, you may find the food of your dreams in your wanderings through the pages of a cookbook. I love that I […]

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6 Hikes for Stunning Spring Sightings in Spokane Valley & Surrounding Areas

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 28, 2022 at 6:00 am

By Caitlin Wheeler I love cherry trees. Specifically, I love them for the two or three days in spring just past their brightest bloom, when you can stand underneath one, tug on a branch, and find yourself absolutely showered in the falling blossoms. In the spring of 2020, there wasn’t much recreation I could do […]

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