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 

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Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 

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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  

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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  

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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 

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Lilo and Stitch directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois  

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Recommended by Ming Cooley, Spokane Public Library  

The Art of War by Sunzi 

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Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger directed by Ang Lee 

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Recommended by Sean Beresford, Spokane Public Library

Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu

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The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang

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Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

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

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Ghandi Directed by Richard Attenborough

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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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

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Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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Love from A to Z  by S.K. Ali

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More than Just a Pretty Face by Sayed Masood

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

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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



National Poetry Month Book List for Kids

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Elementary

A Place Inside of Me: a Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliot
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The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
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Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman
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Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley Newton
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Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
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One Last word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
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My Hippo has the Hiccups by Kenn Nesbitt
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Papa is a Poet: a Story about Robert Frost by Natalie S. Bober
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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade
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A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas by Evie Robillard
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Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
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This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman
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Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
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Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Joseph Bruchac
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Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham
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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander
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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer
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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
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Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman
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Neon Aliens Ate My Homework: and Other Poems by Nick Cannon
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Woke: a Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany Browne
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Middle Grade

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
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Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
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The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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The Canyons Edge by Dusti Bowling
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Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar
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Alone by Megan Freeman
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The Lightning Dreamer by Maragrita Engle
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You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot
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Young Adult 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
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Everybody Looking by Candice Iloh
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Kent State by Deborah Wiles
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Solo by Kwame Alexander
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Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
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One by Sarah Crossan
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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
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Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath
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Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
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When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur
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Audacity by Melanie Crowder
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Her Story is Your Story | Finding the Women in Your Family Tree

laura-fuhrman-73ojlcahqhg-unsplashMarch is Women’s History Month – an opportunity to honor the women who pavethe way with their contributions to historysociety, and culture. Women have often been relegated to the back rooms of history, only to be mentioned when they step out of their expected roles. Daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, and grandmothers play important roles in our upbringing. This month we acknowledge them, and it is the perfect time to learn more about their lives. 

As a genealogist, I often hear how hard it is to trace the maternal line, and I have encountered this myself many times. Women had few rights before the 1970s and rarely were identified on their own without a man attached to them – a father, a husband, a brother, a son. And yet, our female ancestors held the family together as they labored, cared, and nurtured our ancestorsMost of us can name our mothers, our grandmothers, and perhaps our great grandmothers, but knowing women earlier in our lineage becomes a blur. Few may know these women’s maiden names, let alone what they went through. You are missing out on half of your family if you don’t pursue these branches. 

Some helpful hints when researching women is to look for records concerning the husband or the son. This may seem counterintuitive, but many records concerning the men list breadcrumbs to the women in their lives. Many birth, marriage, and death certificates ask for the names of the parents, including the mother’s maiden nameYou will also need to know the name of the husband as many women were referred to by his full name, such as Mrs. John Doe. A unique record that is available from our collection is the Postal Forwarding Directory, which often included the woman’s first name to make mail delivery easier. This is especially important because before 1913, a woman was not mentioned by name in the directory unless she was widowed or a spinster. Another brick wall can be when women have multiple marriages. Because a woman changed her last name to her husband’s, following her can be difficult. You must know the previous last name to find the next one. Children are a great way to track a woman’s marriages, as they usually kept their father’s name.  

Some of the best stories in my family tree come from the maternal line and have helped me to understand who I amthe strong women I am descended from, and what they went through so I could be here. This March, I encourage you to start your search. Due to the pandemic, Ancestry LE is available remotely through June 30, 2021For assistance with your research and getting started, watch this video. By understanding her story, you can better understand yours.     

-Becky



Library response to rise in anti-Asian violence and racism

The Spokane Public Library condemns the continuing acts of violence and harassment on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout the US. We stand in solidarity with all of our communities of color during this trying time in our history, but today we stand stronger for our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities.

There has been a pandemic-era rise in verbal and physical targeted harassment and violence against Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander individuals and communities. National conversation about anti-Asian racism was sparked last week following a violent incident in Atlanta, but we have also seen indicators of targeted harassment here in Spokane.

Our library is committed to unlearning racism, including anti-Asian racism. We are uplifting the voices and stories of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through our collections, upcoming programming in May for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and year round. Please see our adult and youth booklists highlighting Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander authors.

We will continue through our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access work to evaluate ways we can further combat racism and xenophobia. Also, we encourage our staff, customers and community to explore these resources to join us in standing against anti-Asian racism: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence and 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources.

To our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities: we stand with you. We want you to feel safe and supported in our libraries, our community, and beyond.

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