TAG: events

Ukulele: Getting to know the jumping flea

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on March 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge The sounds of the ukulele are bright and bubbly and often described as happy. Ever curious about word origins, I learned that ukulele means “jumping flea” in Hawaiian (read more about that here). Introduction to Ukulele classes are coming to four of our libraries. Brenda Beaulieu leads this interactive music class and […]

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Tweens & teens learn Maasai culture & batik quilt design with local artist Nicholas Sironka

Posted in News on February 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. One aspect of Maasai culture is their art, which includes intricate, beautiful beadwork and rich, colorful paintings. Nicholas Sironka, a Kenyan Maasai visual artist who lives in the Spokane area, leads the […]

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Traditional Irish music with Floating Crowbar

Posted in News on February 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley While I was growing up in North Carolina, my parents often spent Sunday afternoons listening to “Thistle and Shamrock,” a public radio program featuring Celtic music. I’d bring whatever book I was reading into the living room and curl up on the couch, to listen and read while my parents did whatever […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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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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Q&A with romance novelists: Asa Maria Bradley, Katee Robert, and Rebecca Zanetti

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 24, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge My inner fangirl starts jumping up and down every time I find out that an author is coming to the library to give a reading or discuss writing. So you can imagine the backflips (my inner fangirl is much more flexible than I am) when I heard that three amazing authors are […]

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Find romance at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on January 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley February here in the Inland Northwest can be dreary. Days are short, nights are long, and both are cold. The snow that filled us with delight in December has turned into a gray slush that refuses to melt. What was once charming and lovely now only irritates. Clearly, the romance has gone […]

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Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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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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4 NaNoWriMo tips for not winning brilliantly

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stephanie Oakes I have a confession to make—I’ve never successfully completed NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’ve tried a few times, and always start with huge amounts of enthusiasm, but I’ve never written more than 30,000 words in any given November. But the secret of NaNoWriMo is this—you don’t need to “win” NaNoWriM […]

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