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August 2013 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Summer Reading Round-up

We’re having a record-breaking year for our Summer Reading Program with almost 7,000 kids signed up so far! Did you finish your 15 books or 15 hours of reading? We may be inching closer to fall, but there is still time to show us your completed summer reading log and choose a free book (graciously donated by the Friends of the Library) as a reward.

At programs this year (the libraries hosted over 50) kids stared wide-eyed at the rainbow fire torpedoes created by Mobius, giggled uncontrollably with Radical Rick and clapped along as the dancers jigged with the Angus Scott Pipe band. We had so much fun, and that isn’t even considering all the stories we read, and the places we visited in our books!

Remember, show us your completed Summer Reading log by August 30 and we'll let you pick out a free book to keep.

Pictured: top: Radical Rick off-gassing CO2 bubbles from dry ice at the South Hill Library. Middle: A proud summer reading finisher shows off her free book after finishing 15 books this summer, at the Shadle Library. Bottom: The Spokane Taiko Drummers at a performance at the Downtown Library.

Three People, Three Songs

Have you downloaded free music this week?Mark Pond, Business Librarian for SPL:
Shake, Little Baby
Rolling and Tumbling 
Bad Luck City

All by R.L. Burnside and the Sound Machine Groove

Jim Kershner, Library Board of Trustees member:

Fresh Garbage by Spirit
Grazin' in the Grass by Hugh Masekela
Cast Your Fate to the Wind by Vince Guaraldi

Jon Snyder, City Councilman:
Comeback Kid by Sleigh Bells
Canadian Sunset by The Three Suns
Whatcha Gonna Do by Peter Tosh

It's interesting to see the varied music preferences of the many people who download music. With Freegal, library customers can download three songs per week for free, to keep (they don't expire or disappear like ebooks). Again, this month we asked a few folks to share their recent downloads which you see above. Want to share in our newsletter? What did you download lately?

Sunshine + Outdoors + Toys = Learning @ the South Hill Library

That's an equation that is definitely equal to a good time. We are excited to welcome a unique learning experience to the South Hill branch on August 16! The Foundation for Early Learning  is bringing a UNI to Spokane for Unity in the Community, and the library will have a sneak peek. A UNI is a portable reading center set up in public spaces to bring learning and reading to the street level. It’s one way to move learning outside of the classroom or library and make it even more accessible. The UNI is made of stackable cubes and filled with books, toys and games meant to engage neighbors or passersby. Volunteer “UNI experts” will be available to help answer questions and navigate the center. The UNI may be filled with entertaining books and games, but it’s also a great tool to build community. We hope you will come experience this fun exhibit on the lawn outside the South Hill branch on August 16. Stop by anytime between 1 and 5 p.m.

Air Quality Kiosk Visits Downtown

Summer is a beautiful time in the Inland Northwest, but all of the sun and weeks without rain can have a major impact on our air quality. Just what does it mean when the paper or television news flashes an orange or red warning for air quality? Can we do anything about our air quality? As part of a partnership with The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, the Downtown Library will host an Interactive Air Quality Kiosk through the end of August which can answer these questions and more.

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency created this interactive unit to educate people about air pollution and ways citizens can make a positive difference by making simple changes. For instance, did you know that over half (57%) of the air pollution in Spokane is from motor vehicles? That means citizens can make a huge difference simply by walking or biking to close locations and using mass transit or carpooling to destinations further away.

Check out the games and videos on the kiosk to learn more about the air we breathe and how we can keep our region beautiful during summer and the whole year for years to come.

Countdown to Where'd You Go Bernadette Author Visit

Spokane is ReadingFor the last 11 years we have teamed up with Spokane County Library District and Auntie's Bookstore to put on Spokane is Reading . This County-wide all-community read encourages everyone to read the same book and then come together for discussions and an opportunity to meet the author.

This year we’re excited to host Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette in Spokane on October 10 for two free performances. Where’d You Go Bernadette is Semple’s 2nd novel and the featured read for Spokane is Reading this year. Semple also has such glamorous writing credits such as TV’s Mad About You, Ellen and Arrested Development. Based on the collected wit in the writings listed in Semple’s resume we think Spokane is in for a real treat. Even if you can’t make Semple’s presentations on 10/10 you can’t miss with her latest book. The review from Newsweek/The Daily Beast sums it up perfectly:

“Semple, who formerly wrote for legendary Fox sitcom Arrested Development, has the feel for family strife of a born literary novelist, but she retains the comedic sensibility of a screen writer; which is to say that the book is actually laugh-out-loud funny, rather than “humorous.” And don’t let the hilarity of the first third of the book fool you into thinking that this is a light farce; by the last page, Semple, in addition to skewering helicopter-parents with satire so deft that it could pass for truth, touches on religion, class, and what we owe to those we love.”

Convinced? Mark your calendar for October 10. Pick either the 1:00 presentation at the Spokane Convention Center’s Conference Theater or the 7:00 presentation at CenterPointe in Spokane Valley. Pick up a copy of the book at the library on our STAR shelves or place a hold to reserve a copy and prepare to have some fun.

Downtown Library Art Gallery Hosts Photographer Pat Schilling

Tower of Light by Pat SchillingCome take a look at these beautiful and unique photos of Spokane by photographer Pat Schilling. In addition to the Spokane images Pat will be showing a variety of desert landscapes from the American West. You can meet the artist on First Friday, August 2nd, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. in the Downtown Library gallery (1st floor).



We've increased the limits for some of the items you can check out (starting July 1):
Audiobooks on CD or tape - NOW 40 items at one time of each format
DVDs (regular, NOT High Demand) - now 10 
Music CDs - now 40
VHS - now 40
eBooks - now 10
(remember to check in your eBooks when you're done so others can check them out)


Reading is exercise for your brain. Walking or cycling to the library is exercise for your body and good for our air quality. We have bike racks outside all of the libraries (and inside the Downtown Library parking garage). Remember, bar locks are the best way to secure your bike. Also good to know is that helmets are the law in Spokane and there's also no sidewalk riding in the downtown core.


The Library is doing a series of great sports films through December. Join us for The Wrestler on August 14 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!

Job Hunt

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

Buy Books!

FOL Book StoreThere are awesome deals at the Friends of the Library  bookstore located in the lobby of the Downtown Library. The store is run by Friends volunteers and open 12-4 Mondays through Saturdays. Prices are generally $1 per book with a few special items marked higher.

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