Great Deals, Great Way to Support Your Library
The Friends of the Spokane Public Library are prepping, organizing and stacking thousands of books for their annual fall book sale. All of their hard work means you will have the chance to peruse and flip through over 10,000 non-fiction, fiction and children’s books – generally priced at $1 or less. The Friends fill the meeting rooms of the Downtown Library with books from all sorts of genres and areas of interest for this annual sale which is their biggest fundraiser. The Friends are an all-volunteer, non-profit group which supports the Spokane Public Library with funding for programs, technology and other necessities. The money they give the library comes from their annual book sales and the bookstore they run in the lobby of the Downtown Library.
We hope to see you sifting through the tables and stacks of books at the sale September 18-21. And don’t forget the best deal yet: the last day of the sale you can fill a bag of books for only $3. We provide the bag, you fill it and walk away with some great books for only $3.
September 18, 4:30 – 8 pm – Friends of the Library Members’ only presale
(you can join the Friends that evening for a minimum donation of $10)
September 19 & 20, 10 am – 5 pm – Everyone welcome.
September 21, 10 am – 2 pm. Everyone welcome. $3 bag of book special this day only
Chickens and More at the Libraries
We have some great, (FREE), fall programs coming up! Here is a sampling to pique your interest:
Get all of your chicken questions answered (except maybe the one about which was first, the chicken or the egg) at the Library’s fall program Backyard Chickens. Is there a limit of how many chickens one can (or should) have in the city limits? What do these chickens eat? How many eggs will a chicken produce? Paul and Susan Puhek from S&P Homestead Farm will discuss the benefits and possible pitfalls of having backyard chickens.
We will have classes about seed saving: taking seeds from this year’s produce and using them to create next year’s garden. The seed saving program is in connection with a new Seed Library we’ll be hosting at the Hillyard branch.
Become Debt Free
We are partnering with Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union to present a series of financial workshops at the Library. Living debt free may seem like a difficult task, but it is possible. Learn the steps to achieve this liberating goal at a fall workshop.
Pick up a copy of the program schedule at any of the libraries or check our website calendar for dates, times and locations. As with all library programs, there is no cost to participate.
Something for Everyone in Spokane is Reading Selection
Spokane is Reading is a collaborative effort to bring community members together to read the same book. Seems like a simple, attainable premise. But what kind of book can appeal to an entire community? It would have to attract a variety of people, and it would have to be engaging so people will talk about and even recommend it to friends. Spokane is Reading certainly filled that tall order with “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” a fast-paced novel about a girl trying to find her missing mother. This is a book that really does appeal to many people, and in fact, has so many features it can be difficult to pin down just one reason why readers are so enchanted with it.
Is it the epistolary method of story telling where author Maria Semple used emails, notes, even receipts to relate the story? Is it Semple’s choice of setting? Semple, who lives in Seattle herself, offers a hilarious perspective of the city’s tech industry, parents at prestigious private schools and even how the city handles homelessness which feels spot on. Is it wonderful because she explores the relationships between family members with honesty and caring? Is it fun because she skewers Bernadette's neighbors and husband (who, although Semple is highly satirical, might bear striking resemblance to your very own neighbors and spouse)?
There seems to be something for everyone in this book which follows a brilliant woman from California to Seattle and even Antarctica! And there’s another great aspect of Semple’s book: you never know where she’s headed next. Make sure to check out this engaging book, and save the date to come to the Spokane is Reading events featuring Maria Semple on October 10.
Discovering Details in Dewey - 973
Which section of the library houses the following titles: Shadow. Assassination Vacation . White House Ghosts. Is this a series of murder mysteries? Travel guides for adrenaline junkies? No, these books are housed in the 973 section of the library. That number may not mean anything to a lot of people, but those who have studied the Dewey Decimal system may recall that 973 houses North American History, and the 973.099 section, from which we found the above titles, designates books about Presidents of the United States.
In a digital age when library patrons can run a computer search for authors, titles, series or subjects online, the Dewey Decimal System may seem quaint or outdated; something you learned about in elementary school and quickly discarded. Libraries also offer great resources to find new authors – librarian blogs or recommendations, and online databases. But sometimes, walking through the library like a kid running his hands along the spines will unearth the best books. Try it. There are lists of subjects and call numbers at the end of aisles that can guide you. 970 is history of North America. At the Downtown Library 970.0049 has some fantastic finds about the Spokan (yes, the e was left off on purpose) Indians. 398.2 houses folk and fairy tales. The 100s are philosophy and psychology. And before you dismiss that as too heavy or drab, consider this book in the 100s: Soulpancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Take some time at your next trip to the library to explore the aisles and find something new.
Exploring the aisles in this manner works well in the children's section also.
Look for recommendations from other Dewey sections in future newsletters – we’ll feature one every month – do you have a favorite section?
Three People, Three Songs
Nancy M. and her son, library customers:
Six songs from the rap album Born Sinner by J. Cole
Cory Plager, library customer:
• Save Your Scissors by City and Colour
• I Coulda Been A Contender by Gaslight Anthem
• All In A Year by Comeback Kid
Andrew Chanse, Library Director:
Andrew really likes Freegal; this week he downloaded three tracks from Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Volume 10: Another Self Portrait
interesting to see the varied music preferences of the many people who
download music. With Freegal, library customers can download three songs
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?
The library's annual report is now available. Find out how many books the library checked out, how
many hours volunteers give us and how many research and reference
questions we answer in a year. It's a quick read and interesting too!
The library's downloadable audiobook service will be upgrading it's system starting on Tuesday, September 10 at 2 a.m. and lasting until Thursday, September 12 at 5 a.m. Be sure to download in advance if you need more audiobooks!
Voting is open for teens' top picks of this year. The 10 top books will be announced at the close of Teen Read Week in October. Regardless of which wins, there are some great reads here. Check out the finalists!
The Library is doing a series of great sports films through December. Join us for National Velvet on September 11 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!
Walking With Ancestors,
presented by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, is a great
way to "meet" local civil war ancestors. This year's theme is "Remembering the Iron Horse Era in Spokane." Actors and tour guides will be
at Greenwood Memorial Terrace on September 21 from 10 am - 3 pm for this
fun, free event.
South Hill's Heart of Spirituality book discussion group returns this month with a discussion of CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters on September 10 at 6:30.
Our WorkSource lab is open for those needing assistance with job
searches, resume preparation and other employment-related work.
There 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.