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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

Spokane ties 120-year temperature record, but libraries, splash pads offer some relief

Spokane tied a 120-year record Thursday, as temperatures briefly pushed the mercury to 103 degrees.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 2:09 p.m.

Beyond Bookmobiles: Libraries check out paths to patrons

Libraries are exploring new avenues of outreach.


James Patterson gives $1.75 million to classroom libraries

Classroom libraries from Sarasota, Florida, to Bremerton, Washington, are among thousands being given $500 donations from author James Patterson.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Spokane County Library District chief Nancy Ledeboer to retire; worked to ‘turn libraries outward’

Spokane County Library District Director Nancy Ledeboer will retire this September.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Spokane’s lingering taste for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is best served online

Spokane County readers like their “Fifty Shades of Grey” with the discretion of anonymity


Kim Wyman: President’s proposed cuts would devastate Washington libraries

This federal funding cut would have a significant impact on the Washington State Library, as well as local libraries such as the Spokane Public Library.


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Spokane County ballots in April special election due Tuesday

Election officials predict turnout about 35 percent on this ballot, asking voters to renew several tax measures funding emergency communications, libraries in the city of Spokane and firefighting efforts in …


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Voters asked to renew taxes for Spokane Public Libraries and county emergency services

Voters throughout Spokane County will be asked next month to renew tax measures funding libraries and emergency services.


‘Swamplandia!’ author Karen Russell, headed to Spokane

To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl …


Microsoft, Washington state partner to offer free IT courses

Microsoft Corp. has expanded its online technology training program so that people can take courses for free through more than 380 public libraries. The new education partnership between one of …


Play and Learn adds new dimension to library program

The room at Shadle Public Library filled quickly as parents and preschoolers gathered for story time on July 3. Always a popular activity, story times at the Shadle and South …


Libraries, publishers struggling to get on same digital page

Once upon a time, people read books on paper, and the publishers who printed them and the librarians who lent them to people were friends, or at least amicable partners. …


Chewelah voters annex into rural library district

Chewelah, Wash., voters have agreed to annex their city library into the Stevens County Rural Library District.


One-day survey shows how Washington libraries are used

When Jaimie Sassone moved to Spokane from Virginia Beach, Va., she said one of the first places she went to visit was the local library. On Tuesday, she was at …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 10:40 p.m.

Spokane voters approve library tax

Spokane voters easily approved a City Charter amendment giving the police ombudsman more authority and a tax to ensure that branch libraries won’t close.


Partovi stays true to her mission as public library director

The ranks of librarians have included many famous names, from Ben Franklin and J. Edgar Hoover to Mao Tse-tung and Casanova. Fiction also has its share. There’s the brainy Bunny …


Presidents’ kids talk about White House life

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whether it was to sneak a first kiss or listen to Led Zeppelin, climbing onto the roof of the White House was apparently a popular practice …


Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to new taxes, voters tend to say government should ask for money from somebody else, like the rich. But that doesn’t always hold …


After uproar, Ga. officials back off archives plan

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing …


Valley residents now can borrow from Liberty Lake libraries

Beginning sometime next week residents of Liberty Lake will be able to sign up for free library cards at Spokane County Library District. While the Liberty Lake Library has offered …


Texas agencies duel over Alamo commander’s letter

DALLAS (AP) — It’s a new Battle of the Alamo, with one Texas agency mounting pressure on another to loan out one of the state’s most sacred texts for display …


Book Notes: Tinman party will celebrate Gendron book

“Rattlebone,” a 128-page full color hardbound book collecting some 80 works by Spokane artist Ric Gendron, will be celebrated with a release party on Oct. 19 at The Tinman Gallery. …


Thousands of striking teachers rally in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers and their allies packed a city park Saturday in a boisterous show of force as union leaders and the district …


Libraries set to adjust to new Internet filtering law

BOISE – On the lower level of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 11 computers sit in a circle for use by kids, with Internet filters blocking access to inappropriate material. …


Unique summer programs at libraries to entertain

It’s summertime and your kids might be complaining of boredom. To keep them busy, check out some of the children’s activities going on in the Spokane County Library District.


Do Your Part: Give kids a summer of eco-friendly fun

It’s summer and there’s one thing parents hate to hear from the kids: “I’m bored!” While you’re looking for easy ways to entertain the kiddies, you can also do your …


Editorial: Internet filtering bill offers host of headaches

Back in 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Children’s Internet Protection Act, or CIPA, Chief Justice William Rehnquist took pains in his majority opinion to note that filtering …


Bill requires Idaho libraries to filter adults’ Internet access

BOISE – Saying pornography has “permeated our society,” the Idaho House voted 63-7 Monday to require the state’s libraries to filter Internet access for adults. Federal law already requires libraries …


Libraries matter more than ever

All right, I’ve finally figured out how the city’s budget works. The city gets in trouble, looks around for an easy target, spies the Spokane Public Library and hacks it …