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September 2012 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Spokane Public Library First to Get Discover Tech Exhibit!

How would you like to be the first in the country to see an exciting new exhibit—one that teaches kids (and adults) about engineering and technology? Beginning September 29, you can! That's the day the Downtown Library debuts the Discover Tech Exhibit, making us the first library in the nation to do so. Discover Tech

Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference is a grant-funded exhibit that emphasizes STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The interactive displays are complemented with a whole series of programs – both for adults and children. We'll be rearranging the children's section to make room for it, so customers will see something new when they come to the Downtown Library this fall.

Discover Tech Opening ScheduleIt all kicks off with the grand opening on Saturday, September 29, which will include a reception and programs. Related programs will continue in October and November; we'll post dates and times on our website calendar as soon as they're available.

Spokane is honored to receive the Discover Tech Exhibit. We were one of many libraries that applied for it, one of only eight nationwide to get it, and—of course—the only one to get it first. The exhibit will be here during the fall only, so be sure to stop by while it's here!

Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning. Exhibit partners include the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the American Library Association. Discover Tech is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Friends Book Sale—Sept. 19-22

9/19 - 5 -8 pm - Member presale (membership table opens at 4 pm if you want to join that day)
9/20 - 10 am - 5 pm - Open to everyone
9/21 - 10 am - 5 pm - Open to everyone - Special lunchtime (1:00 pm) concert by The Dewey Decibels
9/22 - 10 am - 4 pm - Open to everyone - Special $3 bag-of-books special all day Saturday.

Local Author Frank Scalise to Speak on Being a Writer

Frank ScaliseHave you ever dreamed of becoming a published author? Want some useful tips on how to do it? Well, you're in luck. On October 9, Spokane author Frank Scalise will offer advice on writing and getting published at the free program "Being a Writer Today – How to Make Your Dream Come True in Today's World." He'll share his knowledge about what it takes to be a writer, developing story and writing dialogue, finishing what you start, business options for writers, and more. Best of all, the program is free! Anyone who's interested can attend.

Mr. Scalise knows a thing or two about writing. He's published a number of novels, short stories, and even children's fiction under both his real name and the pen name Frank Zafiro. His novels include the River City crime series, set in a fictionalized version of Spokane. Indeed, many of his novels are crime fiction, which he also knows a thing or two about—he's been a police officer since 1993. He was born and raised locally, and he's been writing for a long time—he started writing seriously when he was 13 years old and made his first attempt at a novel shortly after graduating from high school.

Mr. Scalise is an engaging presenter, and we're excited to host him. The program will run from 6-8 pm on October 9 at the Shadle Library. Anyone interested in writing should enjoy it. If that describes you, we'll see you there!

Chris Cleave's U.S. Appearances Include Spokane!

This year's Spokane is Reading selection is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. We are very fortunate to be able to host Mr. Cleave for two free presentations:

Friday, October 12

1:00 pm - The Garland Theater
7:00 pm - The Lincoln Center

No tickets or reservations are needed for the events. Seating is first come, first served and the doors open 45 minutes prior to the above listed times. Gold by Chris Cleave

Local libraries and bookstores all have many copies of Little Bee . You can also find his new book (about the summer Olympics), Gold. Hearing an author talk about his work rounds out the reading experience and often brings greater understanding to a work. We think you'll really enjoy meeting and hearing Chris Cleave when he is here October 12. Definitely mark your calendar and plan on attending.

Details can be found at

The Heart of Spirituality Returns at South Hill

Heart of SpiritualityIf you like books that tackle spiritual and religious issues, you'll enjoy the return of our annual book discussion series "The Heart of Spirituality." The series, now in its third consecutive year, begins September 11 and features discussions of six spiritually-themed books between then and April 9, 2013.

South Hill Branch Manager Louise Sullivan has made "The Heart of Spirituality" a staple among library programs. Every year, she carefully selects the six featured books and leads the discussion groups herself. This year's selections include John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany," J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey," and Anita Diamant's "The Red Tent." For more information, including the complete list of featured books and program dates, click here.

While we hope you'll read the books, you can attend even if you don't—the discussions are free and open to anyone who wants to attend. The programs run from 6:30-8 pm on selected Tuesdays. Mark your calendar and join us!

Photography Exhibit Open for First Friday

This month's exhibit in the Downtown Library first floor gallery is presented by the Friends of Mmofra (FoMm). What is that, you ask?

Willis E. Bell photo from GhanaMmofra means "children" in Akan, one of Ghana's widely spoken languages. Friends of Mmofra is a Spokane-based, child-centered nonprofit. Partnered with Mmofra Foundation in Ghana, it advocates for the continued restoration of the Willis Bell Photo Archive and the purposeful design of open, urban play spaces for children young and old in Accra, Ghana.

The 24 images on display include 17 vintage black & white pictures taken in Ghana circa 1960 by Willis E. Bell (including the one at right) and 7 contemporary photographs from Sierra Leone taken in 2009 by Washingtonian Mary Luft Gladhart.

The exhibit will have an opening event during Spokane's First Friday artwalk on Friday, September 7 from 5 – 9 pm, which includes a slide show in the adjacent meeting room. Stop by and see these beautiful photographs at the Downtown Library. – New and Improved

Not only has the SPL blog been revamped and improved, but you can learn all sorts of cool things from checking it out. Like, did you know that NASA is hosting an asteroid naming contest for students? Or that if teens start now they can prevent osteoporosis later in life? Or you can learn what some of our staff's favorite reads are, or what books our Fiction Queen is currently recommending. For businesses, Mark Pond (our business librarian) will share how the library saves businesses big bucks. That's just the first few posts.

Go ahead, check it out; it will make us happy and you'll find some interesting nuggets!

And if you have a little money you should stop by the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale  - Sept. 19 -22 @ the Downtown Library.


Join us for King Kong on September 12 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


Walking With Ancestors, presented by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, is a great way to "meet" local civil war ancestors. Actors and tour guides will be at Greenwood Memorial Terrace on September 22 from 10 am - 3 pm for this fun, free event.


Was this your favorite book of 2012? 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.

Internet Access!

Is the library's 1-hour per day limit on the Internet getting you down? Washington State has partnered with Comcast on a project that provides low-income families access to the Internet for $10 per month. Computers are available for $150! Learn more and see if you qualify here.

School Supplies

One of the most useful school supplies you can provide to your child is a library card. They'll find that the vast resources that are available to them come in really handy for school assignments. Your Library Card - it's The Smartest Card. Get it Use it @ your library.


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