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May 2012 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Introducing the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room!

Linda BarnesAt the Library Foundation’s recent You Can’t Do That in the Library annual fundraiser, we unveiled the Northwest Room’s new name: the Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room . Ned Barnes served on the Library Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years, and his advocacy extended well beyond the walls of the boardroom. When Ned passed away last April, he was serving his fourth term on the Library Board. The new name is a perfect fit considering Ned’s dedication to the library and his particular enthusiasm for Northwest history resources.

Ned’s commitment to the Library was legendary. Everywhere Ned went, he told people about the library. He would even bring people to the library, tour them around, and make sure they got their library card! Foundation Director Sandra Kernerman says of Ned, “Ned Barnes was Spokane Public Library’s best friend. I’m so pleased about this renaming and the support from the community. I wish Ned was here to see the sign; I know it would make him smile.”

Over $47,000 has been raised in support of the Northwest Room renaming, with primary sponsorship coming from Witherspoon Kelley and Linda Barnes. We are extremely grateful for all the support. If you would like information about naming opportunities or other ways to support the library, please visit our website or contact the Library Foundation at 444-5318.

One more thing: If Ned was here, he would insist that you all come and visit the Northwest Room, see the displays, look up some information, and just learn a little more about what a great resource this is. Please stop by! 

Pictured above: Linda Barnes speaks about the love her late husband, Ned, had for the library.

Overdrive Means More eBooks!

Mukogawa GrantStarting today (Friday, May 4), eBook readers have thousands more reasons to visit the library. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Educational Corporation Mukogawa Gakuin (Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute is its division in Spokane) in our sister city, Nishinomiya , Japan and a large donation from the Friends of Spokane Public Library, we’re launching an additional eBook service today. It’s called Overdrive, and it’s the leading provider of eBooks to libraries. It’s obvious why: Overdrive books are compatible with all kinds of devices (Kindles and Nooks and iPads and more), and the program allows us to select titles we think will be popular with our customers. Plus, they’re a snap to download.

Digital Downloads buttonLook for the  Download button on our home page, which will take you to a page about all of our downloadable products—music from Freegal, audiobooks, and eBooks. The eBook section will give you all the information you need to start downloading books from Overdrive. You’ll be limited to two books at a time and, like our other materials, there’s a three-week checkout period. Easier yet, you don’t have to check the book in (unless you finish it early and want another book); it will automatically expire off your device after three weeks. You can’t renew these ebooks, but you can check them out again if no one else is waiting for them.

We’re very grateful to Mukogawa and the Friends of the Library for their tremendous support that makes this possible – we truly could not have offered this service without their help!

Pictured above: Kinya Masugata, Executive Director of Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, Mayor Verner and Jack Fallis, Library Board of Trustees Chair.

Bookmyne – Spokane Public Library – Mobile

Bookmyne Screen ShotSpokane Public Library on your iPhone, iPod, or Android device? Yes! Search the App Store (Mac) or Google Play (Android) for “Bookmyne” and download it for free, find Spokane Public Library, log in with your library card number and PIN and you’re set. This easy app allows you to search for items in our catalog, check your account, place holds, and renew items. And it’s FREE! You can even log in to more than one library with it, so if you have a library card with the county library district, you can check your account there as well. Try it!

May is Small Business Month

Did you know that many business people use the library for an occasional temporary office? If your business is basically you and your laptop then finding a table where you can set up, plug in and use free WiFi in between appointments is definitely a plus. The library has just that and we have recently finished upgrading our WiFi service in all branches.  The new WiFi does require that you agree to the library’s terms of service before connecting to the Internet but it is more robust and you should have no problem staying connected. It’s also set up so you can be anywhere in our buildings and get a strong signal.

Spokane - Open for BusinessBesides the free, unlimited WiFi, the library has an immense collection of resources to help businesses. We have a dedicated business librarian, Mark Pond, who can help navigate the resources and a section of our website specifically for helping businesses . This month Mayor Condon has launched a new website for businesses who want work with or within the city. They’ve scheduled a variety of events  to help businesses. You can catch our own Mark Pond at a Lauchpad event Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 am; he will show you how you can save $20,555 in one short hour!

We know how busy it can be running a business and every shortcut and money-saving idea can help. Since the resources at the library are free and we’ve outlined them all for you then the library is the place to start. Try us!


Family Science Kits Available for Checkout

Science Kits provided by the Fred Meyer FundStraws and connectors, dominoes, rain gauges, blocks, cubes, flashlights…what do these things have in common? You can borrow them from the library, that’s what! Thanks to last year’s grant from the Fred Meyer Fund, the library now stocks 13 different family science kits that feature all these items and more, plus instruction manuals to help you and your kids do at-home science experiments. Kids can build, play, and experiment, all while learning the “STEM” (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) behind what they do.

FredMeyer FundWe have 10 copies of each kit, so there are plenty to go around. They’re appropriate for kids ages 3-6, but older children can enjoy them too. Just be sure to return them to the checkout desk when you bring them back—putting them in the return bins isn’t good for them, and we want to keep them in good condition for everyone who wants to borrow one. Check one out and discover just how much fun science can be.

Birds, Art and Bibles--New Exhibits @ the Library

Jim Battell artworkThere’s always something to see at the library, but right now there’s even more than usual! In April we debuted three exhibits at two different branches, all of which will continue into June or July. The Downtown Library’s first-floor gallery features The Owl and the Woodpecker , a collection of 15 exceptional photographic prints by award-winning photographer, author, and conservationist Paul Bannick, which explores how these two birds enrich their often-threatened habitats. At the South Hill Library, you’ll find the work of artist Jim Battell , who makes fascinating creations from recycled materials. Finally, the newly-renamed Ned M. Barnes Northwest Room (2nd floor of the Downtown Library) is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible with a collection of rare and significant Bibles and theological texts , including items dating back as far as the 1400s. Take time in the next month to stop by and see these intriguing displays.

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May 28

All branches CLOSED on May 28 for Memorial Day.

May 29

East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail CLOSED on May 29 for Memorial Day (normally closed on Mondays, they observe the holiday on Tuesday).


Bloomsday posters, every single one of them, are now on display at the Downtown Library (3rd floor). Run on over and get inspired.


The Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project is conducting an online survey of library patrons . Please take the survey - the report generated from it will be very helpful in understanding how people all over the country use their libraries. All responses will be confidential. The survey should only take about 15 minutes.


Some Like it Hot Join us for Some Like it Hot  on May 9 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


E stands for Early Religious Texts - the current exhibit in the Downtown Library's NW Room. This popular exhibit features a variety of texts including a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible from 1454!



Dream Big, Read!Sign up for Summer Reading starts June 1! Then it's: on your marks, get set, GO! Read 15 books or for 15 hours and show us your reading log for a free book to keep (donated by the Friends of Spokane Public Library.)

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