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Preparing to Get Outdoors: Helpful Books, Guided Hikes & A Spring Essentials List

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 15, 2023 at 5:00 am

By Alison Johnson Around this time of year, I anxiously await getting outdoors with my pup. I have a high energy dog who loves tramping through the mountains and just about anywhere we can find a trail. If I can’t wait, this means we’ll run into mud, ice, snow, rain, and cold. But early spring […]

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Women’s Heart Week: Heart Disease Signs, Risks, Prevention & Library Resources

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 1, 2023 at 6:00 am

By Crystal Miller Women’s Heart Week Organized by the Women’s Heart Foundation, Women’s Heart Week is celebrated each year February 1–7 and aims to educate, raise awareness, and teach the symptoms and preventions of serious heart diseases in women. According to both the Women’s Heart Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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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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Check Out Washington Discover Pass Program Expands to Serve More Library Customers

Posted in News on May 11, 2022 at 6:00 am

We now have triple the number of Check Out Washington Discover Pass backpacks available for library customers to borrow! Find adventures and new experiences in Washington State Parks with the Check Out Washington Discover Pass backpack, which includes... […]

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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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4 Hikes in the West Plains to Experience Natural History & Wildlife

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 30, 2021 at 7:00 am

West Plains Hiking image That crepuscular hours of sunrise and sunset are great times to see deer, rabbits, owls, bats, and many other trail companions. And to top off those perfect conditions, fall is a great time to catch migratory birds you might not see the rest of the year. If you’d like to seize the crisp weather and evening sightings, check out these easy to reach […]

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North Spokane County Trails for Easy Treks & Adventures in Nature

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 21, 2021 at 6:00 am

Today’s post features trails on the north side of Spokane that are within 30 minutes of one or more county libraries. You can set aside a half hour or a whole day to explore one of these spots. And remember to bring plenty of water in order to beat the heat! […]

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Pleasant Day Hikes & Easy Walking Adventures in South Spokane County

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 12, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY CAITLIN WHEELER In 2018, I started working at the Otis Orchards Library just as I was also desperately trying to fit exercise into a routine laden with reading books, making art, and crafting. My drive to Otis Orchards took me over the Harvard Road Bridge, where a Centennial Trailhead happened to sit just three […]

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I went walking

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 26, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole By now, you’ve probably seen the memes, videos, and funny comments comparing us, during the pandemic, to our dogs—roaming the house in constant search for food (and while we’re pacing around the house, we’re also jumping up and down when we see the mailman and barking when we see people walking or […]

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DIY Earth Day outdoor and indoor celebrations

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Earth Day is next week. Our celebrations of planet Earth might be a little more DIY this year, instead of joining with others. You might get out in your yard and enjoy some dirt or take a walk around the neighborhood on a bear hunt, while social distancing, or enjoy a virtual […]

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