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April 2013 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

National Library Week - April 14-20 Packed With Ways to Celebrate Your Love of Libraries

How can you celebrate libraries? Let us count the ways. We've compiled a quick list of ideas for you to do during National Library Week.

D.E.A.R.1. Use the library! Help us get rockin' check-out and visitor statistics this week (and every week)!

2. Share the love – tell someone how much you value the library. Write a letter to the editor, tell an elected official, or just tell us; it will make us smile.

3. D.E.A.R. - Drop Everything and Read on April 11 at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail and April 12 at Shadle, South Hill and Downtown (from 3 - 5 pm both days). We're celebrating Beverly Cleary's birthday and we want you to stop by your favorite library, drop everything, and read!

4. Library Snapshot Day - April 16. We're taking a one-day "snapshot" of books checked out, questions answered, and visits to the library. We'll share the information with the state library, who will compile statewide statistics so they can show off how important it is to have healthy, well-funded libraries. We're also taking photos that day, so comb your hair and show us your pearly whites.

5. "Like" us on Facebook  and "share" us with your "friends."

Conga Line at Library Fundraiser6. Drink and dance at the library by getting tickets for the ultimate library party, "You Can't Do That in the Library!" - a fabulous, rule-breaking extravaganza on Saturday, April 20. Call 444-5318 for tickets.

7. Check out a bunch of magazines from our new magazine service, Zinio (starting April 8, see article below)

8. Drop a buck (or two, or a check) into the donation box at the check-out desk to support the Spokane Public Library Foundation - their mission is to support the long-term health of the library.

That's a start. Take us up on at least one of these ideas; we know you won't regret it!

Library Volunteer Recognized with Statewide Award

Brenda KochisWe know we have wonderful volunteers, but it’s always nice when someone else takes notice too. We’re honored to announce that one of our volunteers, Brenda Kochis, has been awarded the Washington Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award for Library Friends, Foundation & Trustees.

We’re thrilled that Brenda is being recognized in this way, because she clearly deserves it!  Brenda started volunteering with the Friends of the Library two years ago, and she really jumped in with both feet. She is now the president of the Friends of the Library Board; she works in the Friends book store, and she did an enormous amount of work to support the levy that passed in February. With volunteers like Brenda, we knew the levy had a much better chance of passing! Many thanks go to Brenda and to the Washington Library Association for acknowledging Brenda’s amazing contributions.

Did you know that the library has over 60 volunteers a year who collectively donated 4,422 hours of their time in 2012? When we calculate how much that time would have cost if we paid minimum wage for those hours, the result is over $40,000. This is a huge gift to the library, and we truly appreciate the time every volunteer donates to us.

Play & Learn Storytime - New at Shadle and South Hill

Since early March, Preschool Storytime at Shadle and South Hill has been a little bit different—it’s longer and more fun! These two branches now feature “Play and Learn” Storytimes for preschoolers that feature 30 minutes of stories followed by 30 minutes of play time.

We’ve always done our best to make Storytime fun for children. But it’s a learning experience too, and kids learn by playing as well as by reading. We’re mixing those two together, combining stories with newly-added time for play. And we’ll provide a variety of things to do during play time, including occasional crafts and our ever-popular straws and connectors, which kids can use to build all kinds of exciting creations. It’s up to you whether you want to stay and play after the stories are over, but we hope you will—we think children will enjoy it, and they’ll be learning at the same time.

Every Preschool Storytime at Shadle and South Hill is now Play and Learn Storytime, and only these two branches currently offer Play and Learn programs. The time hasn’t changed—Preschool Storytime still starts at 10:30 a.m., but it now runs until 11:30, with the last half-hour dedicated to play time. We think you’ll find this new format a lot of fun. If you haven’t already, come and see what it’s all about!

Local Author to Give Presentation About Naturalist David Douglas

David DouglasThis month, author Jack Nisbet will host a fascinating presentation about the local adventures of the Scottish naturalist who made many of the first collections of flowers, trees, birds and animals of our region. David Douglas traveled extensively throughout the Northwest between 1825 and 1833. In addition to exploring our region’s natural wonders, he closely observed the fur trade of the Hudson's Bay Company and established relationships with tribal families throughout the region. Douglas is also a celebrated botanist and many species of plants and animals feature a variation on Douglas’s name (douglasii) as part of their scientific names. He also inspired the common name for the Douglas-fir, which he introduced into cultivation in 1827.

Jack Nisbet will make his presentation at the Shadle Library on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. He is the author of The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest, which the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association named as one of their 2010 Books of the Year. Mr. Nisbet and his wife have curated the museum exhibit David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work, which will show at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture until August 2013. The April 22 presentation is a slide show that also provides a look behind the scenes of the MAC exhibit. Come and learn all about the impact this renowned explorer had on the Northwest.

Introducing Zinio—A Great New Way to Get Magazines

Zinio - downloadable magazinesWhat is Zinio? Zinio is the world’s largest provider of online magazines. It’s a service that lets you download and read magazines on your computer or mobile device for free. Better yet, once you download a magazine from Zinio, it’s yours for as long as you want to keep it. It stays on your computer unless you delete it.

What magazines can I get on Zinio? The Library currently subscribes to 150 magazines through Zinio. They range from popular to obscure and include a number of well-circulated titles including Consumer Reports, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Popular Mechanics, Science, Forbes, Redbook, Guitar Player, and Family Circle. That’s just a sampling.

How do I get started? You’ll need to wait until April 8 but then we’ll have full instructions on our website about how to log in and set up your user IDs. Once you’ve gone through the set-up, it’s a snap to start downloading magazines.

How is Zinio different than what the Library has now? 
Zinio goes far beyond the online access to magazines we’ve offered so far. The library currently subscribes to databases that carry the texts of magazine articles—no pictures, graphics or ads. Zinio gives you the whole magazine, so you can see exactly what you’d see if you were holding a paper copy in your hand. But you can also switch to a text-only format if you prefer, and read it with or without the ads and images. It’s your choice. Some of the magazines also include interactive features – check out National Geographic for one.

Starting April 8, your library card (city or paid nonresident cards only) will give you full access to Zinio and the 150 titles we receive. Mark that date and see what Zinio has to offer you!


Last Chance!

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



We're excited about Zinio, see article this issue for details about this cool way to get magazines for free with your library card.



Run on down to the Downtown Library to get inspired for Bloomsday. Again this year we will have the entire collection of Bloomsday posters on display.


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


Join us for In Which We Serve on April 10 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 Elie Wiesel's A Beggar in Jerusalem on April 9 at 6:30.


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