Book Sale Hours

Friends Members Presale:
Wednesday, October 21 –  4:30 – 8 pm
Your membership must be current for 2015. A membership table will be present starting at 4:00 pm if you would like to join or renew your membership that evening. Memberships start at $10.

Everyone Welcome:
Thursday, October 22 – 10 am – 5 pm
Friday, October 23 – 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, October 24 – 10 am – 2 pm – Saturday only – Fill a bag with your choice of books for only $3. We supply the bag.

The sale is held at the Downtown Library in the first floor meeting rooms and art gallery. Most items $1 or less.

Artemis Literary Sources

This time of year high school and college students often have to write essay papers on classic literary works. Gale Artemis Literary Sources is a great place to find homework help for these students. This premium resource not only has the full text of many classic poems, short stories, and plays, but also author biographies, criticism of individuals works, and book reviews. Authors range from classical Greeks to modern American novelists. This is a really good source for book club discussions, as well. Read a review about The Kite Runner or listen to an All Things Considered interview with Khaled Hosseini and impress your book club friends with your knowledgeable comments, all thanks to your library.

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Spokane Trivia Challenge

In conjunction with the Spokane Trivia Championship, the Northwest Room created a trivia exhibit. Come into the Northwest Room and test yourself. You can take the quiz and fill it in or just ask for the answer sheet. We’re giving away some SPL Foundation tote bags to some lucky winners. Either way, it’s a fun quiz.



2015 National Census Test

U_S__Census_Bureau_logo_post-2011The Census Bureau recently sent a letter to 1.2 million households asking them to fill out the 2015 National Census Content Test.  The goal of the test is to improve questions and participation by testing out Internet options.  By responding, you are helping to improve the survey and test out some cost saving measures for the Census.   This test is scheduled to run through October 31, 2015.    For more information, read the frequently asked questions concerning the test.

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Washington Healthplanfinder payment changes start Sept. 24

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If you get your medical or dental insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, payment changes begin Sept. 24. See the details from the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s news release. Any financial help you are receiving, won’t be affected by this change. If you are looking for health plan coverage, open enrollment begins Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2016. Checkout the Washington Healthplanfinder website here.

New App for OneClick Digital

oneclicklogoOneClick Digital, the vendor who provides our downloadable audiobooks, as well as quite a few ebooks, has a new app that will let you view both types of files using one application. You will be able to search the library’s entire OneClick collection through the app, and then easily check out, place holds, download, and then listen to or read the titles all in one place. If you have not used the service before, you will still need to go to the OneClick website first to sign up for an account. If you already have the audiobook app, it will be automatically updated to include the new features. If you use the ebook app, it will only be supported for a few months, so it will be best to delete it and use the new all-in-one app instead. Check out this very useful video, which shows how to set up and use the new app.

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He’s young. He’s hot. He’s evil. He is….the librarian.

Evil LibrarianCynthia Rothschild is spending her junior year hanging with her best friend Annie, dreaming about the unattainable Ryan Halsey and commanding the stage crew for the school musical, Sweeney Todd. Then Annie develops a crush on the new school librarian, Mr. Gabriel, and starts acting weird. In fact, lots of the students seem spacey after being in the library. Cyn starts spying on Mr. Gabriel and catches him with his horns and batwings showing. And the only one who will believe her is Ryan Halsey. I recommend The Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, a smart, funny and little bit romantic read, to teens in grades ten on up.

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Best Friend Next Door

best friend next doorHannah is a palindrome. Emma is a palindrome. Hannah was born on New Year’s Day.  Emma was born on New Year’s Day.  Hannah’s best friend who lived next door has moved to Canada and her dad and stepmom are having a baby. Emma and her two moms have uprooted their comfortable lives in Florida and moved in next door. Alike in so many ways, Hannah and Emma are destined to become best friends. Maybe. School, bullies, swim meets, lost cats, babies and former best friends.  There are a lot of large and small bumps on the road to friendship.  I recommend Best Friend Next Door by Carolyn Mackler to readers in grades three to five.  This is a warmly heartfelt humorous read.

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Spotlight on…

…Homework Resources for SPS Students

This year Teen_cardwe’re introducing a new aspect to our continuing partnership with Spokane Public Schools: Digital Access Library Cards for all middle and high school students. These specialized library cards give students online access to most of our digital learning resources which are ideal for research and homework. By partnering with the schools in this way we’re giving students a leg up in their work to advance their education. Students will have access to resources such as Opposing Viewpoints, Demographics Now, MasterFile Complete (full-text magazine and periodical source), and Small Engine Repair and Chilton’s Library.

The partnership for these cards is twofold. We worked with local artist Tiffany Patterson (pictured above) to design a card that would appeal to students and make it “cool” to use the library. We think Tiffany nailed it! Students can get one of the digital access cards from their school librarian who will also help them access the resources.

Do you have a partnership idea that will help spread library knowledge to our community? Give us a call – 444-5300 or email us.