TAG: YA

Kids at The Lab: Exploring technology, science, movie making, and art

Posted in News on January 18, 2018 at 6:00 am

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE Curiosity and technology meet when kids (grades K+) explore how electronics, small devices, and other mechanisms work at our monthly Take It Apart workshops. Young scientists in grades 4 and up explore the forces that create tornadoes, vortexes, and gyroscopes with interactive experiments led by Radical Rick (registration r […]

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Audiobooks: Are they reading or cheating?

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole Readers quickly divide into two groups when it comes to audiobooks: those who consider listening to audiobooks as reading and those who don’t (“it’s cheating!”). On which side do you fall? I am a lifelong member of the pro-audiobook club. I’ve been listening to books for as long as I can remember. […]

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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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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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Graphic novels with strong female characters

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 30, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Sometimes, when I find myself in the mood for an upbeat, quick read, I look to the library’s graphic novel sections. Traditional super-hero stories aren’t my cup of tea. I find myself drawn more to the stories that include strong, primary female characters. Luckily these days, there are quite a few great […]

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You, in books (no right, no wrong, an idiosyncratic list)

Posted in Explore and Discover on May 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

  by Sheri Boggs If you’re a reader and you’re on any kind of social media, you’ve probably been tagged to participate in something like this: “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be […]

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Fractured fairy tales: re-inventing imagined worlds

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

By Rachel Edmondson It’s that time of year again when thoughts turn to true love and finding happily-ever-after. Most of the time, life is not a fairy tale. Unless, of course, you’re reading the original fairy tales, which are darker and more gruesome than the Disneyesque versions. Sometimes real life feels a bit too similar […]

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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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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… in the library

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

By David Wyatt In just a few days, movie-goers will be returning to J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world on screen when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters. It’s been a pretty good year for Potter and company: the new play in London Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and a little closer […]

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Young Adult novels with adult reader appeal

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

By Rachel Edmondson In recent years, Young Adult (YA) literature has become increasingly popular, and studies have shown that a surprising number of YA readers are adults. According to a 2012 study, 55% of buyers purchasing YA literature are 18 or older. Also, 78% of these buyers indicate that they are purchasing the books for […]

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