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February 2013 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Library Levy - Proposition #3 Facts and Information

By now you may have seen information in the newspaper, on TV or in your library about Proposition #3. The proposition asks residents of the City of Spokane to consider a measure that would increase property taxes by seven cents per $1000 of assessed valuation. In other words, a $100,000 home would see an increase of $7 per year and a $200,000 home would see an increase of $14 per year. Funds raised by the levy will help support the daily operations of libraries in the City of Spokane and prevent cuts to service in 2014.

If the levy passes, the library can:
•    Increase open hours at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail
•    Preserve service hours at Downtown, South Hill and Shadle
•    Maintain library equipment and facilities
•    Provide equitable library access city-wide

If the levy fails, library customers will:
•    Face possible branch closures and other service reductions
•    Experience overcrowding at remaining branches
•    See a reduced availability of books, computers and other materials

An informational sheet about the levy is available at all library branches or on our website. To read more about the levy, please see the January issue of the library's eNews  or see the Spokesman article from January 23.

Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with this issue. Remember there are ballot boxes at all Spokane Public Library locations.

Engineer's Week @ the Library

Are you a future engineer? Engineer's Week is February 17-23, and we're celebrating it at the library! We're hosting programs for kids that look at one of the most basic engineering projects – paper airplanes. And, admit it, haven't you always wanted to fly paper airplanes in the library?! Now's your chance. Join us.

Paper AirplaneDowntown: Saturday, February 16, 11:30 a.m.
Indian Trail: Wednesday, February 20, 4 p.m.
Hillyard: Thursday, February 21, 4 p.m.
South Hill: Thursday, February 21, 4 p.m.
Shadle: Saturday, February 23, 3 p.m.
East Side: Thursday, February 28, 4 p.m.

Hands-on Help Downloading eBooks

 Did you miss the eBook class at Shadle last month? It was super-popular, with about 70 people attending the various sessions. We're offering it again at South Hill on March 23 if you need a refresher or missed the first session. Check for the section specific to your device and then call the branch to register – 444-5385.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.Kindle devices – Learn how to add compatible
eBooks to your Amazon account to use with your Kindle devices and apps.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.OverDrive Media Console app – Learn how to download and use the eBook app for iPads, iPhones, and Android phones and devices, including Kindle Fire and NookColor/Tablet/HD.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.ePub devices – Learn how to use Adobe Digital Editions to add eBooks to your Nook, Kobo, or other eReader device.

What's Cooking?

Cookbooks, Herbals exhibitThe Northwest Room at the Downtown Library has a new exhibit. Cookbooks, Herbals and Other Household Advice from the Past covers four centuries of herbals, cookbooks and household hints. Herbals are books devoted to the description and use of plants; they were among the first manuscripts produced in many societies – long before the invention of movable type. The exhibit contains such gems as A Curious Herbal containing Five Hundred Cuts of the Most Useful Plants Which are Now Used in the Practice of Physick by Elizabeth Blackwell, a Scottish botanical illustrator and author. Blackwell took up writing to earn funds for her husband Alexander's release from debtor's prison. Alexander contributed the text from his prison cell which, with Elizabeth's beautiful illustrations, made up this very popular volume.

Stop by to see the exhibit, which is up through the end of April. If it inspires you to learn more about the history of cooking, you could check out one of the following recommended reads:

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson - a very fascinating look at how kitchens and cooking have changed over the past 500 years.

The Food of a Younger Land: a Portrait of American Food edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky - Kurlansky paints a detailed picture of Depression Era Americans through the food that they ate and the local traditions and customs they observed when planning and preparing meals.

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home by Lucy Worsley - Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen, covering the architectural history of each room, but concentrating on what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove.
The Northwest Room is open limited hours so please check the schedule  before coming to see the exhibit.

What's Actually Cooking at the Library? Pulled Pork Sliders!

Well, only for one special night. Every year the Library Foundation hosts the fundraising event, You Can't Do That in the Library! where we open the doors after hours, feature live music and serve food and beer.Tickets for the evening are $55 per person and benefit the Spokane Public Library Foundation, whose mission is to support the library with private dollars. They are building an endowment which will help sustain our city's libraries into the future.

This year Wylie and The Wild West returns with its special brand of cowboy music, complete with Wylie's signature yodel . David's Pizza and Famous Ed's  are providing pulled pork sliders with all the fixins (vegetarian options also available) and River City Red will have beer on tap.

This event, now in its seventh year, is made possible by Sterling Bank (our leading underwriter) in addition to support from David's Pizza, Famous Ed's and River City Red Brewing and River Park Square. We're so grateful to them all!

For tickets and information see the Library Foundation's website or call Foundation Director Sandra Kernerman at 444-5318.

photo of Wylie by Bill Watts


Yes, You Can!

Call the Library Foundation for tickets 444-5318 or buy them online here.



Tax assistance is available at the Downtown Library! Check here to see if you're eligible for this free assistance.


Join us for Mrs. Miniver on February 13 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


South Hill's Heart of Spirituality book discussion group continues this month with a discussion of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany on February 12 at 6:30.


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