TAG: reading

Winter celebrations and activities for kids, one and all!

Posted in News on November 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm

FOR ALL AGES Kids 8 and under must bring an adult. International Ninja Day Celebrate International Ninja Day (on December 5) a bit early with crafts, games, and activities. Costumes are welcome. DEER PARK Thursday, Nov 30, 3:30–4:30pm CHENEY Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm MORAN PRAIRIE Friday, Dec 1, 4–5:30pm Airway Heights Winter Festival Celebrate […]

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Dr. Seuss controversy and contemporary children’s literature

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

By Jane Baker A story appeared in the news recently about First Lady Melania Trump donating Dr. Seuss books to a school library and the school librarian rejecting the gift with harsh words about education policies and Dr. Seuss as racist propaganda (see the story here and the letter here). In the October 29 episode of […]

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Dealing with Addiction: An OverDrive collection of eBooks & Audiobooks

Posted in News on November 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

OverDrive, the eBook and Audiobook service, has donated a curated collection of over 60 titles related to addiction, opioid use, and recovery to the Spokane County Library District’s digital collection. It is called “Dealing with Addiction,” and titles are free to check out with your library card. Just last week, President Trump declared the […]

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Reading with children: Identity, voices, and shared memories

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on October 31, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Gwendolyn Haley I hear my grandfather’s voice when I read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. He did not read to me regularly. We lived very far away from him and only saw those grandparents once or twice a year. But when he read that story to me, it was magical. I have read the […]

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Ever louder bumps in the night: Scares for all ages

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

by Susan Goertz As a chill grips the autumn air and the chlorophyll leaches from the leaves, my mind turns toward the spooky. Nothing to get your heart racing and the cold sweat pouring on a crisp night like a good scary story. Horror is a very broad genre. There are a lot of options […]

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Bestselling Author Wiley Cash shares haunting thriller with audiences

Posted in News on October 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

SPOKANE IS READING Each year, everyone across Spokane County and the surrounding areas is invited to take part in a community-wide read, known as Spokane Is Reading. The idea started in 2001 as a way to inspire conversation within our community and to encourage reading by adults. The novel selected for this year’s 16th annual […]

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75th Anniversary & Anthology Release Party

Posted in News on October 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary with a community anthology featuring writers of all ages from Spokane County and surrounding areas. NORTH SPOKANE LIBRARY Saturday, November 4, 6:30–8pm You’re invited to hear local writers read their work from Spokane Writes: A Poetry & Prose Anthology. Plus listen to live music from guitarist John […]

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1942: A 75-year retrospective on books

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 5, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Rachel Edmondson Spokane County Library District is commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. We’re celebrating this fall! We’ve collected stories and poems from local writers to create a community anthology, coming out in November. We have two musical celebrations at our libraries: in October, Unstrung featuring cellist Karen Hawkins an […]

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Tidying up: Embracing the KonMari Method

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Three years ago, organizing consultant Mari Kondo released her mega-best seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Many a home and closet were whipped into shape, but no one I knew had taken on Kondo’s challenge. Certainly not me, with my infamous bin full of winter clothes that may or may not […]

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Spine-tingling reads for an October night

Posted in kids on September 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Sheri Boggs My favorite childhood books were often the scariest. If it had a ghost or a witch or a cover with a wind-tossed old tree on it, I was IN. I loved The Ghost Belonged to Me, by Richard Peck, (in which a 13-year-old boy not only learns he can see ghosts but […]

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