Spot Misinformation When You See it | Media Literacy 101

There is a plethora of information – true or not – at our fingertips. The best way to stay informed is to fact check and remain impartial to the things you see because misinformation is everywhere. Before you share information with the world, it’s best to make sure it is accurate to stop the spread of misinformation!  

While our reference librarians are always prepared to answer any questions you may have, it’s often easier to find the answers yourself. We get it, you want the answers here and now! What we hope to do in this post is provide you with a means of fact checking information on your own and employing tricks to spot misinformation when you see it.  

Check the Source 

Where do you usually get your news from? It’s important to note that media bias exists, and some information may not be reliable depending on how the article is written. A great resource for learning which media outlets remain more neutral and reliable is the media bias chart from Ad Fontes Media. See how your most-referenced outlets pair up with others and which tend to be more biased. 

Read the Whole Article, Not Just the Headline 

Headlines don’t paint a full picture of what the article is about. It’s easy to make snap judgments based off what a headline is because we want quick information, but sometimes it’s not always true. Think you’re good at judging if an article is true based off the title? Play this game to see if you can quickly judge whether a story is true or not. Another thing to look at is who wrote the article and the date the article was written since the information could be out of date.

But I’m Not Biased!” Don’t Worry, Psychology Says We All Are 

Confirmation Bias is the “tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs (Source: Britannica). We want to be right, it’s as simple as that! While it’s tempting to look at sites that confirm your beliefs, make sure you check a variety of sources to see the other sides of the story.  

Fact-Checking Takes Time. Are There Reliable Organizations Who Fact-Check Statements? 

Yes!,, the Washington Post  Fact, and 

Want to Become Better at Navigating Media and Misinformation? Read More! 

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young

Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Distortion by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson 

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age by David J. Helfand

The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread Cailin O’Connor

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Fact vs Fiction by Jennifer LaGarde

 A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel Levitin

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas G. Carr

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom

Books for Kids

Teaching kids about media literacy can start with early reading! Find books about forming a worldview, asking questions, and being curious so they can better understand facts and opinions.

Facts vs Opinions vs Robots by Michael Rex

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Learn How to Prepare Elderberries to Boost Your Immune System

Learning to do something new can be frustrating. Over the fall, I harvested elderberries and froze them with the intention to do something with them later. That something came in the form of a medicinal elderberry tincture, courtesy of an instructional video from Spokane Tribal Member Jennifer LeBret in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Following her instructions were easy! The aroma of the simmering tincture, with added cinnamon and ginger to enhance the health benefits and flavor, was delightful! While de-stemming the berries is meticulous due to the toxic nature of the stems and leaves, the end result is well worth the effort! I have an immune-boosting tincture ready to use for the upcoming winter months.

Check out Jennifer LeBret’s video and other Native American Heritage Month videos! Find videos for making fry-bread, weaving baskets, learning basic Salish words and phrases, and many more cultural and historical videos.

Transgender Awareness Booklist

November 13-19, 2020 is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to bring awareness to and support the transgender community by providing a platform, sharing stories, experiences, and reflections of identity, and acknowledging the prejudice and adversity the community faces often. Check out the booklist below or visit OdysseyPFLAG, and/or Spectrum Center to find more resources.

Picture Books

The Boy & The Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera


BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldana


I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and illustrated Shelagh McNicholas


It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigini


Neither by Airlie Anderson


Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima


This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by Kristyna Litten


When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita


Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker


George by Alex Gino

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Rick by Alex Gino


The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith


The Moon Within by Aida Salazar


The Pants Project by Cat Clarke


Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker



Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro


As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman


Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings


Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve


Pet by Akwaeke Emezi


Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Edited by Marieke Nijkamp


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


RBDigital Audiobooks Moving to Libby/OverDrive on December 2, 2020

rb-digital-magazinesOn December 2, 2020, Spokane Public Library will be moving our digital ebooks and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive collection. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby. If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

Transition from RBdigital
If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the Profiles section of the RBdigital app. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby. For the time being, you can continue to use the RBdigital app to access magazines.

Getting Started with Libby
Our library is proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through Libby, the one-tap reading app. If you haven’t tried the Libby app yet, all you need to get started is your library card number and PIN number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes.

New to ebooks and audiobooks?
In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Choose from bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, books for kids, and more. Download the Libby app today.

Spokane Digital Photo Collection

For the past ten years, we have been digitizing our photo collection to create a comprehensive digital resource for images of Spokane and the Inland Northwest. These images are freely available for anyone to search or browse through our Digital Collections page. Since the Northwest Room has been closed, we have been going through photo files and adding any images we may have missed in the first project. We are now finished going through the Spokane photos, so all of the Spokane photos are available. We have also hit a milestone of 3000 images and have created a video showing you how to find pictures on your own.

Here are a couple of recent additions.


Mouth of the Little Spokane River at the Spokane House site. Frank Palmer photo, ca. 1915.



 “Looking across the city from the north bank of the river from a point about directly north from the Carnegie Library. Jake Hill is seated on a tree stump in the foreground of the view, ca. 1910.”

Unveiling Designs for Children’s Areas in the Library of the Future

Designs have been unveiled for enhanced children’s spaces at the new and renovated Spokane Public Library locations. Each library play space will be an access point to a whimsical alternate reality that draws on familiar features of Spokane’s landscape and culture. This unified world will encourage visitors to continue their journey at other library locations. Around the bend, under the bridge, between those trees – find your way into Spokane’s hidden worlds.

“When the Library Bond passed in 2018, the number one requested improvement from our community was improved children’s spaces,” said Andrew Chanse, Executive Director, Spokane Public Library.

To make that request come to life, Spokane Public Library engaged Luci Creative, a Chicago-based children’s playscape design firm, to develop six whimsical children’s spaces for the Central Library (formerly Downtown), Shadle Park, Liberty Park, Hillyard, Indian Trail, and South Hill. The children’s play and learning areas will not exceed $1.8M for design services which includes fabrication and installation of the design work to be fully funded from interest earnings.

“Luci Creative was the perfect partner to help us design creative spaces that will provide a playful environment and generate a love of libraries, literacy, and learning in the future generations of Spokane,” said Chanse.

Large-scale, natural elements will add a fantasy vibe while artsy textures and patterns give the space a handmade feel that kids can relate to. The native flora and fauna of Spokane will mingle with a friendly cast of characters, and will be used throughout the play spaces in both environmental graphics and dimensional elements. All of the children’s spaces include integrated shelving for books (to augment traditional shelving) and seating for reading.

“These new children’s library play spaces will mean so much to our community and the future children of Spokane,” said Mayor Nadine Woodward. “It’s almost as if the Library has created a new network of indoor parks for our community.”

Learn more about all the library bond projects at


At a Glance: Central Library

  • Size: 2,380 square feet
  • Theme: River Rumpus
    • Dive into the river on a tour with Goat, and discover an unexpected world of sunken secrets. Slide down the waterfall or traverse the submerged logs. Take a turn at the wheel of the boat wreck, or climb into the gondola submarine for a spin. Little ones crawl into the belly of a fish to find play opportunities just for them.
  • Mascot: Goat
  • Opening: Spring 2022



At a Glance: Shadle Park

  • Size: 1,500 square feet
  • Theme: Moose’s Market
    • Grab your overalls and spend a day with Farmer Moose, planting and harvesting crops, and manning the veggie stand for hungry critters. Tired after a hard day of work? Take some time off in the burrows beneath the garden, or climb to the carrot tops and slide back down in the tunnel. For the littlest ones, the flower garden is a safe spot to discover what might hide between the blooms.
  • Mascot: Moose
  • Opening: Summer 2021


At a Glance: Liberty Park

  • Size: 1,150 square feet
  • Theme: Sasquatch Shack
    • Pitch your tent and take a walk through the forest where the local Sasquatch families live peacefully. Climb up into the trees and slide down a branch, make yourself at home in a Sasquatch hut, or gather round the fire for a story. Whether you’re peeking through binoculars, or crawling into a giant log, this is sure to be a camping trip unlike any other.
  • Mascot: Sasquatch
  • Opening: Summer 2021


At a Glance: Hillyard Library

  • Size: 1,020 square feet
  • Theme: Mt. Shaw
    • Float on up to this mystical mountain among the clouds where mama mountain lion is raising her cubs. Take in the view from the peak, leave your mark in chalk on the cave wall, or tunnel in and curl up with a book. Little ones find their own cozy space among the cumulus, with sensory play and plenty of room to crawl.
  • Mascot: Mountain Lion & Osprey
  • Opening: Fall 2021




At a Glance: Indian Trail

  • Size: 500 square feet
  • Theme: Basalt Burrow
    • Paddle, swim, or hop on over to the shores of Mr. Marmot’s island, where he’s dug out a cave for you to explore. Climb the boulder or burrow under with a book and discover what’s inside the cave. Bring the little ones along – there’s plenty of space to crawl in the boat.
  • Mascot: Marmot
  • Opening: Spring 2022


At a Glance: South Hill

  • Size: 650 square feet
  • Theme: Turkey Treetops
    • Step into the treetops and take a stroll around the block in this avian community. Climb through and crawl under the coop, or put on a show at the puppet theater. In the nest, little ones have space to explore their world safely.
  • Mascot: Turkey
  • Opening: Spring 2022


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Native American Heritage Month 2020

Updated: Announcing Grab-N-Go Access by Appointment-Only Starting November 4th at Spokane Public Library

Updated 11/16/2020 

Effective 11/15, Spokane Public Library is suspending in-person browsing/Grab-N-Go access due to the surge in Covid-19 numbers. Customers may pick up materials by scheduling a Curbside Pickup. Computer Access is also available by 30-minute appointments. Read more about our COVID-19 response here.


Starting Wednesday, November 4, Spokane Public Library will allow holds pickup and brief browsing through a new Grab-N-Go appointment model. Appointments for Grab-N-Go can be made at Customers who are notified by email that their holds are available will be able to choose between booking a Grab-N-Go appointment or a Curbside Pickup appointment to retrieve their holds. Customers who prefer to browse, without placing a hold, can also book a time for a Grab-N-Go appointment.

“With safety protocols in place and the support of the Spokane Regional Health District and the Governor’s office, we are confident that we can expand services on a limited basis while keeping both our staff and community healthy and safe,” said Library Executive Director, Andrew Chanse. ”We know Spokane loves it’s libraries and we are eager to welcome the public safely back to our facilities. We trust our customers to wear a mask and maintain social distance so that everyone can resume access to in-person library resources.”

Customers will be entering the building for the first time since March 13. “There will be some obvious visible changes to the library due to Covid-19,” said Chanse. “For instance, we have installed plexiglass around staff areas and removed all seating to discourage customers from lingering.”

Customers using the Grab-N-Go model will be able to pick up their holds, browse, and check out materials using the self-check kiosks or by downloading the Spokane Public Library app and using the Self-Service Checkout function to scan and checkout items on their smartphone. Grab-N-Go access should require little to no customer/staff interaction.

As with all public places, face masks and a minimum 6 feet of social distance are mandatory. Face masks are required for anyone 5 years of age or older and masks must be worn properly, covering both the nose and mouth. The library will provide a face mask for anyone who arrives without one. Customers who would prefer not to wear a face mask can utilize Curbside Pickup. Hand sanitizing stations are available at the main entrance and all exits.

Initially, only a few appointments per hour will be allowed and we will slowly add capacity over the next month, eventually reaching 25% of allotted capacity. Library staff will be stationed at the door and will monitor building occupancy and mask compliance. Returned materials should be placed in the external materials return box and not handed directly to staff. All returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days following return before being handled by staff.

Computer access is also available and is limited to one 30-minute session per person per day. Customers are required to have a reservation for computer access. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 509-444-5300 or booked online at

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YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) shares a list of the top 10 favorite titles voted by teens each year! View the rest of the 2020 nominees here and lists from 2019, 2018, and past years.

 1. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell

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2. Pumpkinheadsby Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks 

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3. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 

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4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

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5. Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection by Victoria Aveyard 

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6. #MurderFunding (#MurderTrending #2) by Gretchen McNeil


7. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya) by Hafsah Faizal 

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8. Lovely War by Julie Berry 

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9. Wilder Girls by Rory Power 

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10. The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy  

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association

ofrendaDia de los Muertos with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association: Two great events: a drive-through ofrenda (altar) and a live streamed video event. Please join the community as we remember our loved ones and share the cultural celebration that is the Day of the Dead.  


Sunday, November 1st12:00pm – 5:00pm | Drive-Through Ofrenda and Giveaway at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home (1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA) 

Safely drive through a covered display of Día de los Muertos altars built by community members. You may bring offerings to be placed on the altar. While supplies last, there will be giveaways including gift bags for kids, health kits, and pan de muerto  


Sunday, November 1: 1:00pm | Live online event streaming on YouTube

Watch it live or watch the recording on YouTube later. This bilingual program will feature Mariachi music, Baile Folklorico, Danza Mexica, craft tutorials, stories, memories, educational presentations, art, Latinx films, restaurant promotions, and more!  

In partnership with the Hispanic Business/Professionals Association, Spokane Public Library created a tissue paper flower craft video for the online event and craft supplies for the drive through giveaway. Special thanks to the Friends of Spokane Public Library and Friends of Spokane Valley Library for providing children’s books for the gift bags.  

Walking Tour: Spooky and Haunted Locations in Browne’s Addition

brownes_labelQuick! Get outside and go for a walk before the cold sticks around. The Library has created several walking tours to inspire you and due to spooktacular demand, we created a second haunted walking tour, this time in Browne’s Addition. This tour features some of our city’s oldest homes (and the ghosts that inhabit them). From lost cemeteries to feuding sisters, there are some great stories in Browne’s Addition!

You can do the tour from the custom Google Map we created or download a pdf version. You can even request a copy of the tour with your curbside pickups at the libraries!

The legends are based on local stories, historic newspaper articles, and stories from Chet Caskey’s books (which you can find at the library or Auntie’s bookstore). Remember to please stay on the sidewalks and observe all laws and regulations while touring.

If this tour whets your appetite for more, check out the Downtown Spooky Walking Tour and the Geological Walking Tour of Downtown. If you need more safe (and fun) Halloween suggestions, we’ve captured them all into one post here.

-created by Vanessa Strange and Eva Silverstone, 2020.

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Bullet Journaling | Opening Act(ivity)

Hello! My name is Lisa and I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program on Wednesday mornings at Northtown.

Now that it is getting darker, it is getting more and more difficult to get motivated in the morning. I recently learned about Bullet Journaling and decided to start small. Every night before bed, I write down three tasks that I would like to accomplish in the next day. When doing these tasks, I sometimes expand it by accomplishing something else that was in the vicinity. I add the extra tasks to my list and mark as complete. Even completing one more task makes you feel good about your day.

If you would like to learn more about Bullet Journaling, click this link.

Check out this Lynda/LinkedIn Learning course: OneNote: Creating a Bullet Journal-Style Notebook

We also have several items available through our catalog that you can request:

Journal Me Organized: The Complete Guide to Practical and Creative Planning by Rebecca Spooner

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll: Book | eBook

Dot Journaling – A Practical Guide by Rachel Wilkerson Miller