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December News - 2013

Written By: Library Communications

Finally! More Open Hours at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail!

When the library-specific levy passed last February it seemed like an eternity until we'd be able to open East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail with an expanded schedule. Well, time sure has a way of slipping by (can you believe it's December?!) and we're on the cusp of increasing hours at those locations so they will be open 40 hours a week. The last time those branches were open that much was in 2004. Since then budget shortfalls have been serious and the library's budget was reduced many times. The Board of Trustees did not want to close any library locations so hours were reduced drastically to balance the budget.

We're thrilled to reopen with an expanded schedule in January! The new hours for East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail will be:

open signTuesday - 12 Noon - 8:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday/Monday - closed

Open House! On Tuesday, January 7 we'll be hosting snacks, activities and musical performances at East Side, Hillyard and Indian Trail in celebration of the expanded hours. Please stop by anytime that day to take part in the crafts and snacks. The musical performances will be at 4:00 pm at each location.

This expanded schedule is only possible because of the overwhelming support that was given to the Library Levy in February. Over 66% of voters approved the levy and we're very grateful for the community support. With these added hours we will be able to support the community in return with better access to books, CDs, DVDs, computers and learning opportunities. Thank you!

Library Foundation Welcomes Sarah Bain

The Spokane Public Library Foundation is pleased to introduce and welcome a new director, Sarah Bain.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors hired Sarah in late September. We are so excited by this appointment because, with ten years of experience in the foundation arena, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh, new energy to the Library Foundation.

The Library Foundation is an important part of the supplemental funding that the library needs to provide a high level of library service. The library is much more than bricks and mortar, paperbacks and hardbacks. The library offers services such as WorkSource to people looking for employment and children’s services such as the Summer Reading Program. And while the majority of our services are funded by the city, we always look toward partnerships and relationships to enhance our public dollars with private dollars. This is where the Foundation comes in. It exists to enhance programs and provide funding for things like extra programming, science kits for children and a humanities-focused film series that will be presented in 2014. The Foundation uses cash donations to make long-term investments in the library to ensure it will continue to serve the Spokane community for years to come.

As the Foundation expands, Sarah will work to increase strategic connections between the library and Spokane area organizations. The ultimate goal of the library and the Foundation is to create a library that addresses the needs of the Spokane community. Sarah wants to hear from you: what do you love about the library, and how can we enhance your experience at the library? Please email her at

Discovering Details in Dewey - Cookbooks - 641.5

One of the best things about this time of year is the food. Inspired by visions of sugar-plums, gingerbread men and candy canes, we ventured into the cookbook aisle at the library – the 641.5 section of the Dewey Decimal System. It should be noted that the advice to not grocery shop while hungry can also be applied to anyone looking for cookbooks at the library. Consider this fair warning: if you are hungry, you will inevitably leave the library with at least four cookbooks, because all of the titles sound so delicious. The vast selection of books is difficult to narrow down, but here is a sample to wet your appetite.

Don’t overlook slow cooker recipes, especially during this time of year. It couldn’t be simpler: throw some ingredients into your crock pot, go shopping, sledding or tour the festive lights in your neighborhood and come back to a delicious meal. Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker: Recipes for Entertaining is a good choice for holiday parties.  Another slow cooker book Fix it and Forget it Holiday Sweets and Desserts is an eBook (which means no food stains on the pages). A Baker’s Field Guide to Holiday Candy and Confections: Sweet Treats All Year Long looks like fun. The title is great, because really, why limit yourself to sweets just around the holidays? Of course, if you do want to try and stay healthy why not check out The Best of Cooking Light. Even if you don’t cook any of the recipes, at least you had good intentions, and it’s a way to prepare for those New Years resolutions.

Three Songs From Thanksgiving Weekend

These three are from me (the library's newsletter editor), Eva Silverstone. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend my family visited with friends in Issaquah and watched a few movies. We watched Elf, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and The Princess Bride. Music plays a part in all of these and of course I turned to Freegal. Here's what I downloaded:

Sarah VaughanThere were about a zillion versions of Baby it's Cold Outside to choose from but I went with the one on, Sassy Sings Jazz: Sarah Vaughan: 18 Hits. You can't really go wrong with Sarah Vaughan!

Then we had to listen to the Charlie Brown theme song because isn't that one way to get an ear worm out of your head?! Vince Guaraldi: The Charlie Brown Suite And Other Favorites supplied plenty of festive Peanuts piano.

At the end of The Princess Bride we learned that the soundtrack was by Mark Knopfler of The Dire Straits. The most famous song in the movie, Storybook Love was sung by Willy DeVille. I wasn't crazy about Storybook Love but I found a version of Hey Joe sung by Willy DeVille and downloaded that instead. Next week I'll download the Jimi Hendrix version of Hey Joe.

Do you download free music from Freegal? What have you downloaded lately and why?

Email us.

Holiday Giving Ideas from the Library

Used books – Not only is it affordable, but it's a great way to employ green strategies in your gift-giving. When you “Re-Use” a book, you're doing good for your community, and the revenue raised from used book sales helps support the library. The Friends of the Library book store, BuY the Book (in the lobby of the Downtown Library) has a great selection, great bargains and friendly volunteers who staff the store. Stop by – you just might find the perfect gift. And most items in the store are only $1.

Tote bags - Another gift idea from the Friends. These sturdy bags are available at all library locations for just $5. You could tuck in a used book you find at the Friends' store or a library card application if (gasp!) the recipient is not a library user.

Donation in someone's honor – Make a donation to the Library Foundation in someone's honor. We'll send them a note letting them know you did so and both you and the recipient will feel great about supporting lifelong learning in our community. If you want your donation to sponsor a book, use our Check In System for that. Check In lists books that are already on order and lets you sponsor them and add a bookplate if you wish.

Remember that you also support your library by shopping locally. When you do, a portion of the sales tax comes back to support the library. You also support the library by coming in and using it. So stop by and say hello, check out some books, music and movies, warm up in our spaces, use our computers and keep the libraries strong.

First Night @ the Library

The Library is excited to once again host events for First Night, Spokane’s big New Year’s Eve event. This December 31, you can enjoy music and art at the library.  Musha Marimba, a student group that plays joyful Marimba music from Zimbabwe will perform at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. After that you can enjoy the beautiful music of Azure Rising, a duo with soulful melodies, meaningful lyrics and flowing soundscapes all wrapped up with some grooving rhythms. They perform at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 pm. Adjacent to the performances the gallery will host "Through Our Eyes" an art exhibit and interactive craft project by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County.
You do need to have a First Night admission button to attend but it is well worth the admission price!


January 20

ALL BRANCHES will be CLOSED on January 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.



It's time for our annual celebration of that great American icon – the Teddy Bear! Join us for a tribute to Teddy, and bring your favorite bear along for the fun. Check our kids' programs page for dates and times.


Did you know that a portion of Spokane Public Library's funding comes from local, City of Spokane sales tax revenue?! When you shop inside the city limits you are supporting your library!

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