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October 2013 eNews

Written By: Library Communications

Spokane is Reading Brings Maria Semple to Spokane- October 10

You can't go wrong if you plan on attending one (or both) of the Spokane is Reading events on October 10. Author Maria Semple will be in Spokane to talk about her book, Where'd You Go Bernadette which is this year's selection for Spokane is Reading - Spokane's community-wide reading event. Maria Semple admits (in the recent Spokesman interview) that there are similarities between herself and the whip-smart and hilarious main character, Bernadette, from her book. Spokane is in for a real treat on October 10!

Book Trailer for Where'd You Go...You can meet Maria Semple on Thursday, October 10 at:
1:00 – Spokane Convention Center Auditorium
7:00 – CenterPlace, Spokane Valley
(the evening presentation will be ASL interpreted);
(click the links for directions)

Both events are free to attend, no ticket is needed and doors open 45 minutes prior to the start time if you want to get a front row seat. Ms. Semple will share parts of the book and information about her writing. She'll also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books (which Aunties will have for purchase) following her talk.

Spokane is Reading is a collaboration of Spokane Public Library, Spokane County Library District and Auntie's Bookstore. This is the 12th year of the program where one title is selected and recommended to readers all over the county.

Pictured above: The official Book Trailer for Where'd You Go Bernadette is wonderful; check it out.

Discovering Details in Dewey - The Supernatural!

GhostbustersThe Spokane Public Library is continually looking for viable ways to offer new technologies for patrons, but it's also fun to explore the backbone of a library: the Dewey Decimal System. October seems like a perfect month to venture into the supernatural section of the library.

Categorizing ghosts kind of sounds like a part of the 1980s Ghostbusters movie. But it's a librarian's job to put things where people can find them, and in this sense, classifying ghosts takes on a whole new meaning.

Haunted WashingtonIf you're looking for ghosts in folklore, go to 398, as opposed to folklorist ghost stories, which will be found in 398.2. And speaking of the Ghostbusters movie, Dan Akroyd wrote the forward to A History of Ghosts, found in 133.1, the Dewey call number for apparitions. Interested in local ghosts? Haunted Washington would be a good start. Want to try finding the ghosts yourself? Take a look at Ghost Hunting for Beginners. Maybe you don't want to personally find the ghosts, but would prefer to read about interesting encounters. Section 130 – Paranormal Phenomena – is the area to visit.

Edgard Allan PoeTo learn about interesting phenomena such as vampires, UFOs and witches, the book Supernatural is a good place to start. Of course, if you prefer to stick to the fiction aspect of spine tingling tales, the works of Edgar Allan Poe will be found in 818.309. This section isn't really spooky at all, its just the classification for American Literature, 1830-1861. You could try The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe on a dreary night but be sure to lock your doors and windows first!

Speaking of Poe, we've heard that there's a spooky program coming to the Bing Crosby Theater on October 19 that will explore Poe through dance, original musical compositions and staged adaptations. You can make October a completely scary month by strolling through the 130's at the library and then checking with the Bing for tickets to "A Night of Edgar Allan Poe."

Three People, Three Songs

Have you downloaded free music this week?Atticus Chanse, Library customer (aged 10)
50 Ways To Say Goodbye
Hey, Soul Sister
All by Train

Rob Roose, Spokane Public Library Support Services Manager
Cecom by Baba Zula
Fu Man Chu by Desmond Dekker
Sinnerman by Nina Simone

Eric Thompson, Library customer and City Cable 5 Audio/Video Technician
Waking the Dead by Suicidal Tendencies
Kiss You by One Direction (for his daughter, he says)
Dare To Be Stupid from the Transformers Soundtrack

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?

Fall Book Sale Success

book sale shoppersWe are so grateful to the Friends of the Library, and all of the people who visited this year's Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. Once again the event was a success, raising a few dollars shy of $4,800! The Book Sale is a huge undertaking for an all-volunteer group like the Friends, and they consistently put on a wonderful event.

The money raised by the book sale is used to fund library programs such as Summer Reading for kids and teens and the upcoming Spokane is Reading program (see article at top). The Friends have also purchased self-checkout machines and microfilm readers for the libraries.

If you missed the sale, you can still support the Friends of the Library and find some fantastic books at the Friends bookstore, "Buy the Book" on the street level of the Downtown Library. It is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

We really appreciate the support and efforts of the Friends!

Pictured above: Kristen and Matthew Rossey stock up on kid's books at the sale.

Free Programs at the Libraries

We have some great, fall programs coming up! Here is a sampling to pique your interest:

Family Concerts with Ruby Devine
Ruby Devine’s banjo and toe-tappin' tunes are the perfect combination for a fall day. We'll host these free concerts at each of our library branches so you can attend more than one if you find yourself hooked on Ruby's music.

Squishy Circuits

This program for school-aged kids combines electricity with playdough and shows kids how to light things up, get them moving and add some sound. It's hands-on science with some creativity thrown in. Join us; we're hosting this program at all branches.

Jack Nisbet with studentsReturn of the Columbia Mammoth
The Columbia mammoth, Mammut columbi, ranged across North America for most of the last Ice Age before fading into extinction soon after humans entered the scene. Spectacular bone and tusk discoveries around Spokane in the 1870s brought mammoths back into the public eye. This slide presentation by author and historian Jack Nisbet will feature stories about past digs, traveling bones, and exciting current scientific work on our most well-known fossil mammal. Special event, only at Shadle on Tuesday, November 12 at 6:00pm.

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.

Pictured above: Jack Nisbet on a dig with students

This quote makes us think of the 130's in Dewey. See the article below for more ghostly details.



We often hear from customers that the Downtown Library has one of the best views in Spokane. The windows look out on the Spokane River and Riverfront Park. The Spokane Parks Department is working on a new master plan for the park and they want feedback - help shape the future of the park (and the view from the library) by participating .


A cool way to get magazines for free with your library card. Visit our website  to learn how you can download magazines for free.


October is Family History Month. Stop by the Downtown Library on a Tuesday when the fabulous EWGS  volunteers staff the genealogy section from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


You get to decide; 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 Eight Men Out on October 9 at 5:30 at the Downtown Library. Free, of course!


South Hill's Heart of Spirituality book discussion group returns this month with a discussion of Chaim Potok's My Name is Asher Lev on October8 at 6:30.


TEMPORARILY. Our WorkSource lab is temporarily closed until a new employment specialist is hired. Please check with us before stopping by.

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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