Juneteenth | Resources and Book List

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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book | eBook

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Book | eBook

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book | eBook | Audiobook 

There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Black Stories Matter | A Reading List for Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One way to elevate black voices is to read and recommend books by black authors. Check out the recommendations below and feel free to ask a librarian for more recommendations! This list is curated for adult readers by Katie Rickard and Eva Silverstone.

Short Stories | Fiction | Sci-Fi/FantasyEssays/Memoir/Non-fiction | Poetry

 

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Short Stories

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer  

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Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah   

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Lot by Bryan Washington  

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Fiction  

Beloved by Toni Morrison  

Book | eBook 

Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin  

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  

Book | eBook 

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin  

Book | eBook 

Jazz by Toni Morrison  

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith  

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Open City by Teju Cole   

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Book | eBook

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Book | eBook

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Book | eBook

The Mothers by Britt Bennett

Book | eBook

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Book | eBook

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

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Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

eBook

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Book | eBook

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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Essays/Memoir/Non-fiction

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Book | eBook

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

Audiobook

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Book | eBook

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

Book | eBook | Audiobook

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Poetry

Homie by Danez Smith

Audiobook

Voices: Poems by Lucille Clifton

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Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems by Alice Walker

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Make a Journal | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) at the Northtown Library.

Summer Reading is here, so time to make an Art/Reading Journal! Here are a few suggestions on what you can create:

  • Choose a fun notebook or journal to write and draw in.
  • Gather up some art supplies and a tote to carry all your supplies.
  • Check out a field guide from the library on bugs, birds, flowers, etc.
  • Be artistic with the titles of the books you read.
  • Write out a description of the book.
  • Draw a scene from the book.

Don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading at spl.northwestreads.org!

Lisa



Black Stories Matter | A Reading List for Kids and Teens

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Picture Books

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James  

A celebration of the simple pleasure of a new haircut and the magic of the barbershop 

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Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison  

Mom is away, can Dad help Zuri feel like a superhero by getting herself  put together for the perfect look? 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

How to Find a Fox by Nilah Magruder  

Equipped with a camera and determination, an adventurous little girl tries to track down an elusive red fox, which proves more difficult than she imagined.   

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Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning  

Two children sneak downstairs after bedtime to find their parents singing and dancing while washing dishes, and the whole family gets swept into the music 

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Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Pictures by Christian Robinson  

A boy learns to see the beauty (and fun!) all around him from his routine bus ride with his grandmother.  

Book | eBook | Movie

Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton  

In this fun take on Mother Goose, fabulous Mary helps her nursery-rhyme friends freshen up their style.  

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The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton  

Well-prepared and encouraged by his parents, a little boy has a great first day of kindergarten.  

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Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Kadir Nelson 

She’s not your average cowgirl, but Thunder Rose may have met her match when a whirling windy storm blows through town.  

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Juvenile/Middle Grade

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Blended by Sharon M. Draper  

Book | eBook

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  

Book | eBook

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot  

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds  

Book | eBook

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson  

Book | eBook

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender 

Book | Audiobook

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson  

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  

Book | eBook 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore 

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Tight by Torrey Maldonado  

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Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia 

Book | eBook 

No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett  

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Young Adult

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney  

Book | Audiobook

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

American Street by Ibi Zoboi 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

Book | eBook | Audiobook 

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garret  

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson  

Book |  eBook | Audiobook

New Kid by Jerry Craft  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi  

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Slay by Brittney Morris  

Book | eBook

Solo by Kwame Alexander  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe  

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon  

Book | eBook

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan 

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Who Put This Song On? By Morgan Parker  

Book 

 

If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Youth Services Librarian Katie at krickard@spokanelibrary.org.

  

 

 

 



Pride Month | A Reading List for Kids & Teens

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Picture Books

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

When Aiden Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

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

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: a building, an uprising, a revolution by Rob Sanders

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shrava

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldachinno

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD

Red by Michael Hall

 

Chapter Books

George by Alex Gino

Rick by Alex Gino

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Allison Levy

The Best Man by Richard Peck

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

The Pants Project by by Cat Clarke

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

 

YA Novels

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV

Like a Love Story by Abde Nazemian

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

 



Choose Your Own Adventure | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa and I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown on Wednesday mornings.

Writing Exercise: Choose Your Own Adventure

When I sit down to write a story, I try one of the writing exercises my college professor suggested. You write the story as you go, but whenever your character has to make a decision, you write both sides. If your character does this, this will happen. If your character goes the other direction, this will happen.

It is an interesting way to explore your character’s motivation and can lead to interesting results.

Enjoy!



Black Lives Matter

As an organization and as human beings, Spokane Public Library stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities. 

While the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has set the stage for a “new normal,” the past months have been filled with all-too-familiar demonstrations of racism’s enduring harm and deep roots. Facing increased barriers to resources and health services, Black and other marginalized communities are losing their lives to COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate. During this same period, the U.S. has witnessed the brutal, racist murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  

Systemic racism undermines our society and putting an end to it will require all citizens to work together — with the active support of dedicated community and government leaders. As highly trusted institutions and essential foundations of civic infrastructure, public libraries have a unique and vital role to play in advancing equity and addressing racial divides. 

In 2019, Spokane Public Library  showed our commitment to ending structural racism by signing the Urban Libraries Council Statement on Race and Social Equity, which asserts that “libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership.” We will use this statement as a baseline for building progressive policies, activities, and collaborative relationships to advance equity.  

This is not a fleeting moment, or merely signing a statement. We’re committed to doing the work. We are dedicated to progress and tangible change. We stand against racism and violence toward the Black community. We commit to listening as we work toward becoming part of the change. As a starting point here is a list of books on racism available from the library. 


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Black Lives Matter | A Reading List for Kids and Young Adults

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Picture Books

Each Kindness by Jaqueline Woodson, E.B. Lewis

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Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson

Book | Audiobook

 

IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi, Ashley Seil Smith

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Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higgenbotham

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The Other Side by Jacquline Woodson, E.B Lewis

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The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson

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Something Happened in our Town 

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Juvenile/Middle Grade

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

brothers, coming-of-age, white presenting, fencing

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Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

road trip, green book, American South

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Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

the Great Migration, poetry, Chicago, historical fiction

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Baking, letter writing, investigation, prison

Book | Audiobook | eBook

 

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

internalized racism, eviction, new middle school

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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

historical racism, Emmett Till, unjust killing

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Sisters, Black Panthers, summer camp, historical fiction

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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

mystery, South Carolina, secrets, fortune

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

brother’s death, Harlem, Legos, grief, escape

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Young Adult

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiley

Alternating viewpoints, police violence, racism

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

short stories, black teens, personal identity and experience

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Social justice, MLK, media fallout

Book | eBook

 

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

violence, privilege, community, multiple perspectives

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I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

Police shooting, BLM, New York, Graphic Novel

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

community, justice, code switching, police killing

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Revenge, gun violence, brothers, in verse

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March: Book One by John Lewis

Biography, civil rights movement, graphic novel

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

disappearance, neglect, systematic racism, thriller

Book | eBook | Audiobook

 

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

race, identity, privilege, art, Portland

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

racism, anti-racist future, narrative non-fiction

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Oakland, race, gender, criminal justice system, non-fiction

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Black Lives Matter | A Book List

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We created this book list to help explain issues regarding race and equity, and to stand with the Black community and amplify their voices. Reading one, some, or all of these books is a step toward dismantling prejudice.

Black Lives Matter | A Book List

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

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White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

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So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

BookeBook | audiobook

 

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World by Layla F Saad 

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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by  Ibram X. Kendi

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The Condemnation of Blackness By Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson 

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We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson 

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Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon 

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Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler 

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Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi 

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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

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The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter 

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They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery 

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When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele 

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Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper 

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An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz 

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Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving  

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum 

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Download our app for Apple or Android today!

The app includes links to our digital library (such as eMagazines from RBdigital), updates on our construction projects, library locations and hours, library social media, and a link to Goodreads.

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Vintage Finds

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Where to find your treasure:

  • Antique Shops – If you don’t have a lot of experience, start here. The prices may be higher than other stores, but they often have lots to dig through.
  • Antique Malls – They are usually a large building with LOTS of different vendors who sell their wares. You can have the cashier call the vendor and offer a lower price.
  • Estate Sales – You may find some great bargains here IF the family is running the sale. IF an estate sale company is running the sale, you can try to bargain with them, but don’t count on it.
  • Garage and Yard Sales – Stop and look around. Be courteous but be willing to bargain. Most people just want to get rid of their stuff.
  • Thrift Stores – They have become the “popular” place to go so don’t expect them to bargain with you. The best you can do is to shop the tag sales.
  • Curbside and Dumpster Diving – Don’t count this out! Wear your gloves. I’ve found some great bargains and I’ve gotten rid of some on my curb. Be sure to put a “FREE” sign on it.

Local vintage and antique shops:

Spokane

Idaho

  • Paris Flea Market: 1815 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
  • Rebel Junk Shop: 2424 N 4th St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Books

Non-fiction:

  • Antiques 101: a crash course in everything antique (book)
  • Antique & collectible buttons: identification & values volume 2 (book)
  • A price guide to antique tools (book)
  • Treasures: antique to modern collecting (periodical)
  • Kovels‘ antiques & collectibles price guide

Fiction:

  • Heart of Junk by Luke Geddes
  • Antiques Fire Sale by Barbara Allan
  • The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell


Recycle Art | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. On Wednesday mornings, I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) at the Northtown Branch.

Recycle Art Project: How to make a Faux Gum Wrapper Chain (if you don’t chew gum)

If you are like me, your time at home has been filled with art projects and leftover paper supplies. Recycle your paper supplies and magazines to make this chain. Since I am a quilter, I’m going to attempt using fabric scraps for this project. Here is a wonderful website that has great instructions on how to make a gum wrapper chain.

Enjoy!