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August 2011 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Library Strengthens Our Community

Library Annual ReportWhat do high-achieving first graders all have in common? They have been read to more and have witnessed adults in their lives reading regularly. This makes a big difference. Kids who are reading at grade level by third grade are more likely to finish high school and go on to college. The library plays a big part in getting kids interested in reading, which is an indicator for their future success.

This year, the Library's Annual Report focuses on ways that Spokane Public Library strengthens our community. You can pick up a copy at any of our branches or look at it on our website here. Please let us know if you have any questions about the report or about the library in general.

Downloadable Audiobook and Ebook News

If you're familiar with the library's collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, you'll already know the service has recently changed. The Library's vendor (NetLibrary) was bought out by another vendor (EBSCO), who changed the platform for accessing these books.
Unfortunately, the transition to EBSCO's new platform has been quite bumpy, but we're working with them to request prompt improvements—many of which have already been made. All the books that were available through NetLibrary are still available with EBSCO, so you won't see any drop in available titles. The biggest learning curve will be getting used to a new search platform. On the good side, the downloading process seems to be easier than NetLibrary.

We apologize for the rough transition and understand the frustration it may have caused. We are, however, continuing to work with EBSCO to make sure everything is as user-friendly as possible. Additionally, we are exploring other options for downloadable audiobooks. We'll keep you posted as we acquire new information. Use these links to learn more about, and experiment with, the library's ebooks  and downloadable audiobooks .

Welcome Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith was confirmed to the Library Board of Trustees on July 18. He is filling the unexpired term that was vacated when Ned Barnes passed away. Like Ned, Nathan, an attorney at Witherspoon Kelley, will bring a legal perspective to the Board. Nathan's belief in libraries started way back in elementary school, and today he sees the varied ways they bring value to the community. Nathan also serves on the Library Foundation Board. Thank you, Nathan for volunteering for the library in this way.

About our Board. The Library's board of trustees is comprised of five citizen volunteers, each appointed by the Mayor for a five year term. Board members provide valuable service to both citizens and the library. The Board makes decisions that maintain and allocate library resources for public use. It also brings the perspectives of non-employee citizens to the library's governance. In short, the Board connects the library to the citizens it serves. Its oversight creates a crucial bridge that allows the library to continue to meet citizens' needs.

The library greatly appreciates the time dedicated by our Board members. They consistently impress us with their commitment to improving library services and offering citizens maximum value for their tax dollar. Profiles of all board members can be found on our website.

Freegal (Rhymes with Legal)

If you haven’t tried Freegal yet, there's no time like the present. It's the new music service the library is subscribing to, and so far it's been very popular. Customers can download three songs a week for free, to keep. Because there are no digital rights management issues the songs are not loaned, they are just available. We pay for the service, just like we pay to buy books, DVDs and CDs in order to provide them to customers. One of the reasons the library selected this service was because it is very customer friendly. It also saves tons on staff time since there is no ordering, processing, shelving, cataloging, etc.! And, unlike CDs, these tracks cannot be lost or damaged, which reduces costs for the library and the customer!

Learn more about Freegal here. You'll also find the link to get started. You will need your library card number and PINin order to access Freegal. If you can't remember your PIN, stop by the library and we will look it up for you.

Summer Reading!

There is still time to finish up reading 15 books or 15 hours this summer and show us your summer reading log. We will then give you a book to keep from our stash of summer reading giveaway books. Every year the Friends of the Library funds the giveaway books as well as a large portion of the summer programming. They are an amazing group and we are really fortunate to have their support!

Walking with Ancestors

Walking with Ancestors 2010The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society (EWGS) makes learning about ancestors and history fun with their second annual Walking with Ancestors event on Saturday, August 27 at Fairmount Cemetery. Members of the EWGS will dress as some of those who lie resting in the cemetery. Other volunteers will guide tour groups to the actors who will tell the stories of those interred. This promises to be a fun family day of historical learning. There's even a free hotdog and hamburger lunch! Pictured above are volunteers from the 2010 event.

The EWGS provides volunteers at the Downtown Library every Tuesday to help visitors with their genealogical research. The genealogical collection at the Downtown library is maintained by these volunteers. They do an excellent job of helping researchers with their path through history.


Join us for The Miracle Worker on August 11 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


Did you know that the word "astronaut" comes from astro (stars) and naut (sailor)? A sailor of the stars. Mark your calendar for this year's Spokane is Reading!


Was this your favorite book of 2011? Teens can exercise their right to vote...for their favorite book. Which of the 25 nominated books will make it to this year's top ten?! It's really up to you. Find out more here .

Job Hunt

Our WorkSource lab is open for those needing assistance with job searches, resume preparation and other employment-related work.


South Hill's Heart of Spirituality book discussion group starts up again with a discussion of Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist on Sept. 20 at 6:30.


F stands for "Friend." Be our "Friend" or "like" us or whatever - it's a good way to hear the latest about the library. "Share" us with your "friends" so they'll "like" us too. :) 

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