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June 2013 - eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Meet Andrew Chanse

Andrew ChanseSpokane Public Library welcomed a new library director last month. Andrew Chanse joined the library on May 13 and is actively getting to know the library and the community. He comes to us from Maricopa County Library District in Arizona where he had, most recently, been the Innovations & Strategies Administrator for the system there. Although a native of northern New York, he relocated to Arizona to go to college. He stayed in Arizona and it was there that he earned a both Master of Library Science degree and a Certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona. He also met his wife in Arizona, in a bookstore of all places. He is an American Library Association Certified Public Library Administrator.

Now that Andrew is here in Spokane we’re all getting to know him a little better. One question he’s been asked several times is, “what do you like to read?” When posed with that question Andrew responded that he’s currently reading the Spokane is Reading selection, Where’d You Go Bernadette and enjoying the fact that it’s a quick read since his life is rather packed right now. He also does a lot of reading with his four sons who are reading anything from Elusive Moose (for his youngest) to The Spiderwick Chronicles which he’s reading together with his seven-year-old. That’s the pleasure reading, he’s also catching up on library budget narratives and past library newsletters.

People also want to know how he plans to help sustain the libraries into the future since the recent levy (which starts in January 2014) will expire at the close of 2017. This is a tougher question but he has said that it’s going to be a community project. The library is about to embark on a new strategic plan and will want input from constituents so the libraries continue to be a vital community resource that responds to Spokane citizens’ needs. The levy passed because of the collaboration of many and that energy will be what moves the library forward when the levy expires.

Andrew attends all Library Board of Trustee meetings which are open, public meetings. Feel free to attend one  and say hello. He will be out visiting all the libraries and meeting with community members and groups in the near future.

The library conducted a nationwide search for the new director starting in January 2013. Andrew was selected by the Library Board of Trustees from a field of 13 applicants for the position.

Also, the Spokesman interviewed Andrew for an article on June 1. Here's a link .

Summer Reading Lists

Dig Into Reading this summer!Summer Reading To-Do List for Kids and Teens
1. Sign-up anytime on or after June 1.
2. Check our website for the list of great programs we have scheduled.
3. Stop by the library and get some books (and book recommendations) to set you on the path to reading 15 books or 15 hours this summer.
4. Attend programs at the library.
5. Track your progress on the Summer Reading log.
6. Turn in your Summer Reading log and get a free book to keep, courtesy of the Friends of Spokane Public Library.
7. Sit back, relax and feel proud of your summer reading progress (and why not pick up a book since you're just sitting and relaxing?!)

Why Kids Should Read and come to Summer Reading programs @ the Library
1. It’s just plain fun.
2. It’s important, too. Kids who read in the summer are not subject to the “summer slide” where educational progress is lost and teachers and kids have to catch up in the fall.
3. Martial arts in the libraries.
4. We’re going to get really noisy in the library with Taiko Drums.
5. Bubbillusionist.
6. Hone your archeology skills.
7. Mobius Science!
8. It's FREE! Library programs are free, checking out books is free, reading is free.

Skunks love to read booksThanks go to:
1. The Friends of Spokane Public Library – they provide funding for the giveaway books that kids get when they finish reading either 15 books or 15 hours in the summer.
2. All the great authors of the many, many books that will be read this summer.
3. All the great readers!

Zinio Magazine Downloads Are Easy!

ZinioNow that the Spokane Public Library offers Zinio, all you need is a library card to download over 150 magazines to your computer or electronic device. Download Consumer Reports before you make your next big purchase, take a look at the dozens of cooking magazines such as Food Network Magazine and Clean Eating, or just browse through your favorite magazine. There were over 1,550 magazines downloaded in May!


Mastodon molarDid you know that mammoths and mastodons once roamed around the Pacific Northwest? Fossils of these enormous relatives of the modern elephant have been unearthed in Washington. Come find the fossil sites on the Washington fossil map – and make sure to check out the molar of an American Mastodon while you’re here – featured in the Crusin’ the Fossil Freeway exhibit  which runs through July 7 at the Downtown Library.

Spokane River History and Health

Spokane River 1881There’s still time to see the Spokane River exhibit in the Ned M. Barnes NW Room. The river is the primary reason that Spokane was first settled and became the city it is today. It’s fascinating to see how much the river has changed through the years and this exhibit is filled with beautiful historic photos. Just outside the NW Room we have a display about today’s Spokane River which talks about ongoing efforts to improve river health. Water quality is a big topic of conversation worldwide. The City of Spokane just released its Consumer Confidence Report for the water we drink and use; you can read it here.

The NW Room’s hours differ from those of the Downtown Library; be sure to check the schedule before coming to see the exhibit.

pictured above: An image from the exhibit of the Spokane Falls in winter from 1881.




Remember, you can download three songs a week to keep from Freegal. There are over 2.5 million to choose from - the entire Sony catalog plus thousands of independent labels. What are you waiting for?


Join us for Lifeboat on June 12 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


This year, Spokane is Reading has selected Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple as the community-wide read. Pick up a copy and save the date to meet the author on Thursday, October 10.

Job Hunt

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


Interesting and useful stuff, really.

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