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TAG: books

Let’s keep reading: Take the Spring Reading Challenge

Posted in News on April 2, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Here we are in week three of “homeschooling” or what my youngest calls “keep practicing to not rot your brain.” My family of five has been together nonstop for the longest period of time since… ever. And it’s a struggle.  It’s a struggle for my husband and me to work from home […]

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Digital Library: Making the most of the online resources

Posted in News on March 26, 2020 at 10:40 am

When you are learning, working, or relaxing at home, you’ll find that we have digital resources to save you money and help you learn and have some fun. To get the most out of our digital resources, visit our Digital Library web page. There, you’ll see a drop-down list of categories in the upper right-side […]

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Become a fiction frequent flyer with short stories

Posted in Explore and Discover 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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Discussing difficult topics with children

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on March 11, 2020 at 6:00 am

father and daughter talking, with dog in park By Gwendolyn Haley I have found that parenting includes the need to have difficult conversations with children. My family recently lost a beloved dog, Pepe, who had been with us for over 14 years. He was an old dog and spent more and more of his time resting and sleeping. So while we were prepared […]

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Booklist for kids: Reading for the Earth

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Although Earth Day isn’t until April 22, the blue skies, longer days, chirping birds, and tiny green spears of germinating bulbs are enough to remind us of the everyday beauty of our planet—and the increasingly alarming need for wise stewardship of it. While it can be tricky to talk to kids about […]

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A post-Valentine’s Day booklist

Posted in Explore and Discover 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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Families Leap into Science & kids explore STEM programs

Posted in News on February 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

LEAP INTO SCIENCE WEEK Every four years, we get an extra day to try something new—Leap Day! To celebrate, Spokane County Library District is offering a series of Leap into Science programs that are playful, engaging moments of learning for the whole family. Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science […]

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

Posted in Explore and Discover 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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Native American Heritage Month: A look at books by indigenous authors

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

Featured image for blog post BY CAITLIN WHEELER November is Native American Heritage Month and a great time to learn more about some of the many indigenous groups of North America. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian provides an introduction to indigenous peoples’ portrayals in media after colonialization in Americans, the interactive online exhibit that looks […]

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Favorite reads reimagined for the screen: Upcoming film and TV adaptations

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 9, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Underwood Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix (even Facebook Watch) are churning out as many originals and adaptations as they can buy, produce, and film—all to try to win the fierce video streaming competition. This is fantastic for book nerds because these streaming giants are looking to novels and nonfiction for good source material! […]

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