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New Executive Director announced for Spokane County Library District

Posted in News on June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am

The Spokane County Library District Board of Trustees announces the selection of Patrick Roewe as the new Executive Director of the Library District. Roewe will step into the position when current Director, Nancy Ledeboer, retires on September 1, 2017. Roewe is currently the Deputy Director and has been with the District for 10 years. “The […]

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Enraptured by raptors: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Kim Brinkmann “I had no idea this place even existed!” This phrase is commonly expressed by first-time guests of the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The Outdoor Learning Center is tucked back in a corner on the grounds of Pasadena Park Elementary School, hidden among the towering cottonwoods, cedars, and aspens. It is easily […]

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New spaces and fresh updates at North Spokane Library

Posted in News on April 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

The hammering and sawing is done and the tools have been put away. We invite you to visit the North Spokane Library to see the remodel, including the expanded kids’ area, new meeting rooms, and our newest space: The Lab. THE LAB The Lab is devoted to engaging, hands-on learning opportunities. This space showcases local […]

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Community gardening: a delicious pursuit to feed the hungry and the soul

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge I met with Teresa Sadler of Pumpkin Patch Community Garden to talk about the garden and learn her take on gardening, especially as a community. Originally a pumpkin patch and then a parking lot and staging site for the construction company that built the bridge over the river, the community garden was […]

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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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Discussions with Tod Marshall: poetry & social justice, Irish poetry, spoken word, and National Poetry Month

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on February 25, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Erin Dodge Poetry can sing us a song, open us to a moment, inspire us to reach higher and go further. Washington State Poet Laureate and Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall leads a poetry discussion series at Spokane County Library District in March and April. Each event has a casual atmosphere where everyone is […]

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My long-standing relationship with coffee (and 10,000 coffee stands)

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Amanda Flanery “Love is in the air and it smells like coffee.” —Unknown How many of you, by a show of empty cups/mugs, have a stack of coffee stand cards in your vehicle or wallet? Do you also think the best time for coffee is right now? And in a few minutes from now? […]

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It’s the bee’s knees: learning about urban beekeeping

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” ― Henry David Thoreau In the midst of February is probably not when most of us would be thinking of bees. However, it is an excellent time to plan for spring and think happy thoughts of the warmer seasons ahead. As part […]

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Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in News on December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

  Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, the new magazine packed with information about events, workshops, and programs at the library. You can pick up Engage at any of our 10 libraries or view it online. Just like all of our events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, […]

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How to Thrive and Survive the Writing Life

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Claire Rudolf Murphy On October 30, longtime writing friend Sarah Conover and I will present a session on the writing life for the NaNoWriMo Readiness Conference. After two days of sessions about elements of craft at Moran Prairie Library, ours will be the final event of the weekend. I teach in a graduate writing […]

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