Women’s History Month | Book List for Kids & Young Adults

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March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the struggles and accomplishments women made throughout history, and to read stories depicting female empowerment.


Anthologies

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

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Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

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Artists, Creators, and Musicians

Bon Appetit! The Delicious life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland

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Dancing Hands: how Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle and Rafael López

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Ella Fitzgerald: the Tale of a vocal virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Frida by Jonah Winter

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Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson

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Hot Pink: the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Imogen by Amy Novesky

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Lily Renée, escape artist: from Holocaust survivor to comic book pioneer by Trina Robbins

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Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez

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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the power of a protest Song by Gary Golio

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You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!: a very improper story by Shana Corey and Chesley McLaren

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Social Justice and Civil Rights Activists

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

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Clara Barton by Kathleen Deady (nurse/red cross)

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Fight of the Century: Alice Paul battles Woodrow Wilson for the vote by Barb Rosenstock and Sarah Green

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History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote by Kate Messner

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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Lift As You Climb: the story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and R. Gregory Christie (soon to be on order)

Noisemakers: 25 women who raised their voices and changed the world – a graphic collection from Kazoo edited by Erin Bried

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Only Passing through: the story of Sojourner Truth by Anne F. Rockwell

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On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and her march for children’s rights by Monica Kulling and Felicita Sala

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Red Scarf Girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Women’s Suffrage Kids Books

Politicians and Judges

Eleanor Roosevelt Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper

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Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted by Susan Wood

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley

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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter

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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor

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What do you do with a voice like that? by Chris Barton

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Inventors, Scientists, and Mathematicians

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Nothing Stopped Sophie: the story of unshakable mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock
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Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery

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Marie Curie by Leonard Everett Fisher

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Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor by Emily Arnold McCully

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Sally Ride: a photo biography of America’s pioneering women in Space by Tam E. O’Shaughnessy

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter

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Dancers, Athletes and Aviators

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Breaking Through: how female athletes shattered stereotypes in the roaring twenties by Sue Macy and Muffet McGraw
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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman

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Talkin’ ’bout Bessie: the story of aviator Bessie Coleman by Nikki Grimes

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Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief and Rosemary Wells and Gary Kelley

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Tillie the Terrible Swede: how one woman, a sewing needle, and a bicycle changed history by Sue Stauffacher and Sarah McMenemy

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Strong Female Stories in YA

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

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Because I Was a Girl by Melissa De la Cruz

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices

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I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls by Jessica Spotswood

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Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson

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An Artist’s Inspiration

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During this month’s Meet an Artist program, participants got to see Tracy Poindexter-Canton’s beautiful artwork and heard about famous Black artists she is inspired by. She also invited poet Stephen Pitters to share a poem he wrote in response to one of her pieces. To learn more about the artists that have inspired Tracy, you can access library materials about them and films on Kanopy. Library card holders can stream 8 films a month with a Kanopy account.


Jean-Michel Basquiat

website | Library materials | Kanopy films

Romare Bearden

website | Library materials

Jacob Lawrence

website | Library materials | Kanopy films

Toni Morrison

Library materials | Kanopy films | New York Times article about which books to read

Faith Ringgold

website | Library materials

Amy Sherald

website | Library materials

Nina Simone

Library materials

Henry Taylor

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Mickalene Thomas

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Kehinde Wiley

website | Kanopy films

Kara Walker

website | Library materials

 



Women’s History Month Book List

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Last year, the National Women’s History Alliance selected as their theme “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.” Since most women’s suffrage events were canceled in 2020, they extended the theme for 2021 as it “captures the spirit of these challenging times.” In honor of that theme, Spokane Public Library created a selection of fiction and non-fiction books for Women’s History Month honoring women who used their voices to speak out. These books by women honor the spirit of women’s empowerment.


Non-Fiction

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Educated by Tara Westover

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My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Woman’s Hour: the Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss

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Fiction

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Old Baggage by Lissa Evans

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

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Enjoy Magazines from RBdigital on Libby from OverDrive Starting January 28

Spokane Public Library will be moving our digital magazines from RBdigital to the Libby app starting January 28. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great magazines from ZINIO in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby from OverDrive. Magazines will still be available in the RBdigital app through March 31.

Getting Started with Libby

Our library is proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through the award-winning Libby app.

All you need to get started in Libby is your device and your library card number [and PIN number]. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. If you have questions, you can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance.

New to digital?

In just a few taps, you can start reading instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Download the Libby app to get started.

 

Learn how to find magazines in Libby by watching this tutorial video.



Black History Month 2021

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While February is Black History Month, it is important to reflect on the stories and impact of Black history throughout the year. The Library partnered with members of the community to provide videos, events, and book lists to inspire the community to reflect on and learn from the history of Black people in America.


Videos


Virtual Events | Register by clicking the link


Book Lists


Movies



Black History Month | Book List Recommended by Community Members

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For Black History Month, we reached out to members of Spokane’s Black community and asked them to share a couple 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.


Recommended by Kiantha Duncan, Spokane NAACP President

African Americans in Spokane by Jerrelene Williamson, Spokane Northwest Black Pioneers
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This is My America by Kim Johnson
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Recommended by Carl Richardson, Artist and SFCC Professor

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: Poem by Maya Angelou, Paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat
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Recommended by Inga Laurent, GU Professor and Inlander Writer

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks
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The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticant
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Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
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Recommended by Ginger Ewing, Executive Director, Terrain

Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
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On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by Deray McKesson
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Recommended by Shantell Jackson, Multidisciplinary Artist and Poet

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
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Stop Telling Women to Smile by Tatyana Fatzlalizadeh
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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
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Caste: The Origin of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
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Black Futures edited by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham
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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston
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Recommended by Bob Lloyd, Artist and Photographer; Retired Professor of Art, EWU

The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It by Malcolm W. Nance
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Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain
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Black History Month | Book List for Kids 2021

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This is an #OwnVoices list for Black History Month featuring stories of historical fiction, fiction, biography, and more about prominent people, movements, and eras outlined in Black history. We hope these books inspire learning and reflection.

Picture Books

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman

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Trombone Shorty by Bryan Collier

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Memphis, Martin and the Mountaintop: the Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie

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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

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Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colon

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Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison

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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson

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Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson

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One Million Men and Me by Kelly Starling Lyons and Peter Ambush

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Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford and Frank Morrison

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The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

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Exquisite: the Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade and Cozbi A. Cabrera

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All Around Town: the photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts by Dinah Johnson

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! by Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett

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The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra

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Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes

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Middle Grade

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

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My Life as An Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

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A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield

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March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician by Katherine G. Johnson

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This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

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YA

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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March, Book One by John Lewis

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynold, Ibram X. Kendi

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We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Tonya Bolden

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Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot, Channie Waites

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam

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X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

Kindred (Graphic Novel) by Octavia Butler

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If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

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How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

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Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair

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Black Boy White School by Brain F. Walker

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Library Projects Under Construction

The Library currently has five projects under constructionfunded by the $77 million bond voters passed in 2018. There have been no major pandemic implications to the construction timelines and we are looking forward to opening four out of five projects this year. Read on to learn about each project. You may also watch a time lapse of the construction projects here. 

Liberty Park 

Located adjacent to the aquatic center at Liberty Park, this building is nearly double in size to the existing East Side Library that it will replace. This location will feature beautiful westward views of the park and a Sasquatch-themed children’s area. The library also includes a quiet reading room, two group study rooms, and a large event space. This building is expected to open in summer 2021. 

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Shadle Park 

The Shadle Park Library renovation nearly doubles the size of the existing library to 30,000 square feet. Visitors to the new Shadle Park Library will enjoy access to a large event space, several private study rooms, a maker studio, and an enhanced children’s area called Moose’s Market. Shadle Park Library is expected to open in summer 2021. 

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Hillyard 

The new Hillyard Library will be located on the Shaw Middle School campus, positioned next to the Shaw Middle School Library with a retractable door to accommodate library access outside of school hours. The library’s partnership with Spokane Public Schools efficiently uses tax-payer funds to expand services to the community. The new library boasts a mountain-themed children’s area, three private group study rooms, a large event space, and a maker studio. The new Hillyard Library is expected to open in fall 2021. 

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The Hive™ 

In partnership with Spokane Public Schools, the Library is building a cutting-edge facility in the Sprague Union DistrictCalled The Hive™ for the variety of learning and arts activities that will take place there, this building will provide event/training facilities and offices for Spokane Virtual Learning as well as a maker studio and studio spaces for local artists. This building already won an architecture award from The American Institute of Architects Spokane chapter in the unbuilt category. The Hive™ will open in summer 2021. 

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Central  

Spokane’s main library, the three story, 117,000 square foot space located downtownwill reopen in spring 2022 as a citywide hub of 21st century library servicesAfter reopening, this library will be renamed Central Library. Highlights of the new Central Library include large event spaces overlooking Spokane Falls, media studios including a public recording studio, an underwater-themed children’s area, and, of course, plenty of room for the library’s collection. Ample meeting and small study rooms will punctuate each floor of the building, offering a variety of choices for community use. 

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Indian Trail and South Hill libraries will also be lightly renovated. Design work began on those projects and construction will begin in summer 2021.  

 



Winter World Jumble | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown. While the libraries are closed, we are bringing the activities to you virtually.

Today’s activity is a Winter Word(s) Jumble:

  • UAMUTN
  • NTIWRE
  • ESFWALONK
  • YAALS PHOHDIPY (2 WORDS)
  • TSAONES SGEGERNIS (2 WORDS)
  • GKIAIGTNHVNS
  • GUIFS PRYA LRMUA (3 WORDS)
  • SYRULETB
  • LHYCLI
  • DGHESR LIEI (2 WORDS)
  • STE IGKNICA (2 WORDS)
  • OCA COTHO (2 WORDS)
  • KSAR TCOJF (2 WORDS)
  • NESATOMRN
  • ZALIZDRB
  • ENERIDER
  • NPCUIOCARO

Find the answers here!

Have fun!!!