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October 2012 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Discover Tech—Opens Saturday, September 29

Discover Tech
There’s something new at the Downtown Library—Discover Tech is here!  It’s a hands-on look at science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), complete with special programs for kids and adults that continue into November.  We’ve been excited for months about being the first of only eight libraries in the country to showcase this traveling exhibit, and now it’s all set up and ready for kids (including adults with some “kid” in them) to enjoy.

Discover Tech opens Saturday, September 29 and will be here until November 27. The exhibit is on the third floor of the Downtown Library.  We’ll also have children’s programs at all branches, plus several programs for adults Downtown. Click here for a complete schedule —then stop by and “discover” what it’s all about!

Join us when we kick off the exhibit on Saturday, September 29 with a ribbon-cutting at 10:15 am. There will be programs for kids at 11:30, 1:00 and 2:30 and a special engineering panel for teens and adults at 11:30. The engineering panel will feature engineers from private sector (McKinstry), Industry (Avista Corporation - Renewable Energy Generation), Education (Gonzaga University: School of Engineering) and Government (City of Spokane) discussing what engineering is doing to make Spokane not just a great, livable city but also a desirable city for new residents and businesses.
Discover Tech energy use experimentDiscover 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.

Spokane is Reading

Spokane is ReadingThis 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
(ASL interpreted)

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. 

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 or join the events on Facebook: 1 pm event at the Garland  or 7 pm event at the Lincoln Center .

How Should We Manage Forest Fires?

Poison Fire approaching Tripp Canyon near Cashmere WA - 9/15/12That’s the question John Marshall will discuss in two free presentations of “Fire and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide.” Recent forest fires have become larger and hotter, and for Eastern Washington’s vulnerable forests, the question is not whether they’ll burn, but when—and what we should do about it.

Mr. Marshall is a fire ecology photographer for the U.S. Forest Service who began his career photographing the eruption of Mt. St. Helens for National Geographic. He developed an interest in forest fires in childhood, while picking huckleberries at old burn sites on Mt. Hood, and came to understand that wildfires were important to wildlife around the same time Smokey Bear was telling the public that fires were bad.

Mr. Marshall will be at Shadle at 6:30 p.m. on October 29 and at South Hill at 6:30 p.m. on October 30. The programs are presented by Humanities Washington.

Mr. Marshall's photo above is of the Poison Fire approaching the Tripp Canyon in the Mission Creek drainage near Cashmere, WA on September 15, 2012.

Grab a Kindergarten Readiness Calendar @ Your Library

Kindergarten Readiness CalendarWhat’s a good way to prepare your child to start school? Spokane County United Way has one: the Kindergarten Readiness Calendar.  It’s a bit different than other calendars—it starts in September 2012 and runs through next August, covering the school year before your child starts kindergarten.  It’s chock full of ideas for fun things to do with your child to help them learn about words, numbers, and more.  It also covers other topics like exercise, safety, and how to make the most of things like computers and TV.  Every library branch has copies of the calendar, so stop by, pick one up (while supplies last), and make every day a learning day with your child!

Three Cheers For Our Friends!

Kristin Condon at book saleAt the recent Friends of the Library book sale the Friends sold boxes and boxes of used books for bargain prices and brought in over $5,000 (45% of which automatically goes to benefit the library) in just four days! Of course, the Friends' volunteers put in countless hours before, during and after those four days to make the sale a success, and we owe them a big thank-you for their hard work. Every year, their efforts help us provide things like children’s programs, technology upgrades, and training. We couldn’t do as much as we do without them. Many thanks also to all the customers who flocked to the sale and supported it!

Pictured above: Kristin Condon and her kids filled their stroller with lots of kid's books during the first day of the Friends' sale.


Celebrate the right to read. Support Banned Books Week - September 30 - October 6. Read Bannned Books! 


Join us for Frankenstein on October 10 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


Teens have voted...for their favorite book of the year! Which of the  25 nominated books will make it to this year's top ten?! The winner will be announced during Teen Read Week  - October 14 - 20. What's your guess?

Job Hunt

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


Dreaming of Being a Writer?
Join Spokane author Frank Scalise for tips on becoming a published author in today’s market.  October 9 at 6 p.m. at the Shadle library—don’t miss it!


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