Canoeing and Kayaking in the Inland Northwest

filip-mroz-zk049ofp4ui-unsplashSpokane is a wonderful place to get out on the water in a canoe or kayak. They are affordable, quiet, provide some exercise, and are a link to the paddling past. With dozens of lakes and rivers in the region, there are wonderful opportunities for a beautiful day in the great outdoors. Just remember to bring all the essential gear like a Personal Floatation Device – PFD – and whistle, a hat and sunscreen, a headlamp, a dry bag for personal items and spare clothes, and a first aid kit. Check the weather before heading out, don’t go alone to a remote location, and at the launch site lash down everything you don’t want to lose in a capsize

Paddling Washington: Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

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Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River by John Roskelley

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The Art of Kayaking : Everything You Need to Know About Paddling by Nigel Foster

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The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska by Kim Heacox

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Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling by John Robison

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Building your Kevlar Canoe: A Foolproof Method and Three Foolproof Designs by James Moran

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Adventure North by Sean Bloomfield

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Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Peter McGee

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Kayak Fitness: The Fusion of Sport and Exercise 

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The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build by Nick Schade

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Practical Kayaking 

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Local Clubs 

Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club | Spokane, WA  

Magazine Resources  

Explore our eMagazines and read the complete electronic version of titles such as Paddle World Magazine, Kayak Session Magazine, Stand Up Paddle World, and Outside.  

 

Stream Videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos that will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  



Summer Reading 2021

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Welcome to Summer Reading 2021! Pick up a copy of Spokane Somersault, a Summer Reading magazine for kids, or the Summer Boredom Buster, a teen zine. Try science experiments, stargazing, reading activities, recipes, and even growing your own food!

Challenge yourself to read 15 hours this summer. Track your reading and earn badges online at spl.northwestreads.org.

And don’t forget to stop by your favorite library after you’ve read 15 hours for a free prize book. Have a great summer!

Download a copy of our Summer Reading magazines for kids and teens below:

Spokane Somersault (Kids) | Summer Boredom Buster (Teens)

Or download a copy of our diverse reading challenge and Summer Reading tracker:

Diverse Reads | Summer Reading Tracker



Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults

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In recognition of Pride Month, we created a list of some newer LGBTQIA+ books to add to your Pride celebration.

Check out our Pride Month Book List Recommendations from Community Members. 


Picture Books  

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown 

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It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn 

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My Rainbow by Trinity Neal 

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Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders 

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Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart 

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Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph 

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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman 

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When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff 

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Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass 

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Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne 

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Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

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Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

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Ivy Aberdeens Letter to the Worldby Ashley Herring Blake 

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King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender

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Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 

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The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

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The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith 

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Young Adult

A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron 

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee 

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Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith 

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar 

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The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

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The Scapegracers  by Hannah Abigail Clarke

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

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Pride Month | Book List Recommended by Community Members

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For Pride Month, we reached out to the LGBTQ community and asked them to share some of their favorite books or books they felt were important for others to read. This is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices.

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group. The library would like to thank everyone who participated by giving us suggestions.

 

Check out our Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults.

 

Recommended by Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters

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Recommended by Andrew Whitver, Spokane Arts Commissioner and arts advocate

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer

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The Hours by Michael Cunningham

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

ON ORDER

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

ON ORDER

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sachs

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Passion by  Jeanette Winterson

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Hunger by Roxanne Gay

Book | eBook | Audiobook

 

Recommended by Dr. Mimi Marinucci, Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy, Eastern Washington University

 Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Dr. Jessi Willis, Senior Lecturer, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Eastern Washington University

 A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

ON ORDER

Burn It Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution by Breanne Fahs

ON ORDER

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Dr. Judy Rohrer, Director and Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare

ON ORDER

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

ON ORDER

Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race and Sexuality in America by Miriam Abelson

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Lisa Logan, Manager, Women’s and Gender Education Center, Eastern Washington University

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (graphic novel) by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Book | eBook | Audiobook | CD

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (graphic memoir) by Alison Bechdel

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Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker

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Washington State Death Certificates Online | Genealogy

mr-cup-fabien-barral-fo5dtm6id1y-unsplash When researching family history, one of the most valuable resources is a death certificate. Death certificates can include date of birth and death, marital status and a spouse’s name, occupation, birthplace, parent names, cause of death and location of burial.

While many states and municipalities require that a death certificate be purchased, Washington state has recently decided to release and digitize death certificates for free on the Washington State Digital Archives. The ongoing project hopes to eventually offer death certificates for all those who died in Washington State from July 1, 1907 – December 31, 1995. Currently the most complete records are those prior to 1960 but later records are beginning to show up. So, if you are hoping to find more information on a relative, check the Digital Archives. And, if you don’t find the record right away, keep checking back! 



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Community Members Book List

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For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we reached out to members of Spokane’s AAPI community and asked them to share some of their favorites or books they felt were important for others to read. Some responses included videosThis is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices. 

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group. 

 The library would like to thank everyone who participated by giving us suggestions.


Recommended by Pam Tajima Praeger, Sansei, former Spokane Falls Community College educator, member of the Washington State Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs, Commission on Judicial Conduct, currently serving on the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board, and social justice advocate. 

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee 

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Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins  

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Asian Americans on PBS

The Hifumi En Society provides support to the Japanese-American community in the Greater Spokane Region in its pursuit of promoting cultural awareness. Videos may be seen at Omoide (hifumien.org).  


Recommended by Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Sociology Professor, Eastern Washington University 

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 

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The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee  

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Recommended by Rosie Zhou, Youth Community Organizer and Senior, Ferris High School 

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 

Book | eBook  

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee 

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Recommended by Hyunki Ahn, President, Spokane-Jecheon (South Korea) Sister City Society 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

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Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee  

On order 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang 

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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park  

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Recommended by Charity Doyl, Publisher, The Family Guide and Event Organizer, The Family Fun Fair & Northwest Winterfest 

1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies  

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Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions by Virgil Mayor Apostol  

On order 


Recommended by Sam SongLead Instructor/Owner, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Spokane 

Wang Xiang  – YouTube. The name of the song means “Looking at My Hometown.” It is a reminder of a small village in China and the family that was left behind. 


Recommended by Tia Moua, former Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and current Gonzaga University student 

Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha 

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Jouanah, A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn 

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The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang 

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Recommended by Juan Juan, Community Educator – Lifelong Learning, Spokane Public Library 

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See 

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Recommended by Miyoko Kuzutani, Spokane Public Library  

Ikigai: the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia 

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Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 

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Recommended by Kekaulani Garcia, Spokane Public Library 

Moana directed by Ron Clements 

DVD 

Lilo and Stitch directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois  

DVD 


Recommended by Ming Cooley, Spokane Public Library  

The Art of War by Sunzi 

Book 

Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger directed by Ang Lee 

DVD 


Recommended by Sean Beresford, Spokane Public Library

Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu

DVD

The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang

DVD

Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

DVD

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Book | eBook

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Book |  eBook |  Audiobook


Recommended by Sowmya Surapaneni, a cultural enthusiast & Founder & President of Indian Youth Club of Spokane

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Book | eBook | Sound Recording

Ghandi Directed by Richard Attenborough

DVD



Fishing in the Inland Northwest

brady-rogers-zgrb8tmt6zq-unsplash Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for those living in Spokane. There are many opportunities available to share the fun on the water with family and friends. The popular Lowland Lake Opener, which are lakes east of the Cascades under 3,500 feet elevationstarts April 24. There are dozens of fishing lakes in the Spokane region, particularly for rainbow trout. Washington State fishing regulations, stocking reports, fishing events, and instructional videos may be found at Fishing & Shellfishing | Washington Department of Fish & WildlifeHave a great time catching your limit!  

Library Resources:  

Liar’s Handbook: fishing guide [for] Washington lakes, rivers, streams, salt water 

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Washington’s Top Fishing Maps 

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Fishing Guide to the Northwest 

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The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide 

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Fisherman’s Bible: the world’s most comprehensive angling reference 

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Sports Afield Trout Fisher’s Almanac: expert advice from America’s greatest anglers 

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Introduction to Fly Fishing [videorecording (DVD)] 

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A Fly Rod of Your Own 

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Smallmouth Bass Fishing for Everyone : how to catch the hardest fighting fish that swims 

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All Fishermen Are Liars 

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Ice Fishing: the ultimate guide 

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Fly Fishing for Trout with Harry Murray: the secrets to catching cutthroats, rainbows, brookies, and browns 

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Magazine Resources  

Explore our collection of eMagazines and on OverDrive. Here you can read titles such as Fishing World, Fly Fisherman, Trout Fisher, In-FishermanTrout & Salmonand others!  

Stream videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos that will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered. 

  

Examples of Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources 

Places to go fishing | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Including maps!  

Fish Washington – YouTube 

Basic Techniques for Trout Fishing in Washington – YouTube 

Opening Day Fishing in Washington Part 2: The Fishing Experience – YouTube 

#BassWeek 2020 – YouTube 

Crappie Fishing in Washington – YouTube 

Kids Fishing Events in Washington – YouTube 

And for later in the season:  

Ice Fishing for Trout in Washington – YouTube 



Earth Day Book List

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Earth Day has been celebrated on the 22nd of April every year since 1970. The theme for 2021 is “Restore Our Earth.” In honor of Earth Day, Spokane Public Library created a list of books about the environment. Including fiction and non-fiction, this booklist should have something for everyone who cares about the natural world.


Non-fiction

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Book | eBook

The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

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Fiction

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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Book List for Muslim Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr

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View these titles for kids and young adults about Islam, Ramadan, and Eid al-Fitr. This year, Ramadan takes place April 12- May 12, 2021.

Picture Books

Lailah’s Lunchbox: a Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi

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Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert

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Salam Alaikum: a message of peace by Harris J

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The Night of the Moon: a Muslim holiday story by Hena Khan

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The Proudest Blue: a story of hijab and family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Book | eBook

Under my Hijab by Hena Khan

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Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales

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The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard

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Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan

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Middle Grade

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Book | eBook

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

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More to the Story by Hena Khan

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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices Edited by S.K. Ali

Book | Audiobook

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Book | eBook

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

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Sadiq and the Ramadan Gift by Siman Nuurali

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When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Book | eBook

Love from A to Z  by S.K. Ali

Book | eBook

More than Just a Pretty Face by Sayed Masood

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Book | eBook

Internment by Samira Ahmed

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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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Money Smart Week | April 10 – 17

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April 10-17 is Money Smart Weeka national public education program that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions around the key financial pillars of saving, spending, borrowing, and planning. Here is a list of resources from Spokane Public Library 


 

 

Know Yourself, Know Your Money: discover why you handle money the way you do, and what to do about it! by Rachel Cruze

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The Price You Pay for College: an entirely new road map for the biggest financial decision your family will ever make by Ron Lieber

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Personal Finance 101: from saving and investing to taxes and loans, an essential primer on personal finance by Alfred Mill

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The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: winning strategies to make your money last a lifetime by Suze Orman

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The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: discover the joy of spending less, sharing more, and living generously by Liesl Clark

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How to Make Your Money Last: the indispensable retirement guide by Jane Bryant Quinn

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10,001 ways to live large on a small budget 

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Get Money : live the life you want, not just the life you can afford by Kristin Wong

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The Financial Diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money by Chelsea Fagan

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Also available at www.spokanelibrary.org:  

Digital Branch Subscription Databases: Linkedin Learning, Gale Presents: Udemy, Morningstar Investment Research Center, and Teen Resource Center all have information on financial literacy.  

Magazine and Newspaper Resources: Full text articles from popular and business-related magazines and journals.   


From our Ask a Money Doctor series about Social Security benefits featuring Bonita Bell-Andersen of Freedom Financial Coaching 

When to Claim Social Security Benefits 

Qualifying for Social Security 

How COLA Affects Your Benefits 

Spousal Benefits 

Working While Receiving Social Security Benefits  


Financial Literacy Workshops are also available from Spokane Teachers Credit Union