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  • Creating Community: Literary Freedom group part of a resurgence in book clubs

    The Literary Freedom Book Group meets at Auntie’s Bookstore. It has a long history at the store, but over the past two years it has grown to a core of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Book fair at Mead school just part of data-driven effort to help kids

    In December, Shiloh Hills Elementary School will have a book fair for kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders. Lots of elementary schools have book fairs, of course. But the Shiloh Hills fair …


  • Mead School District teachers take reading to neighborhoods

    He circled warily, his small bike wobbly on the grassy lawn of the North Side apartment complex. He glanced at the boxes of books as he circled ever closer. Finally, …


  • Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

    ‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Story of returned 1946 copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’ grows

    The story of Rogers High School’s wandering copy of “Gone With the Wind” just keeps going – now with a possible exoneration of sorts. A copy of Margaret Mitchell’s massive …


  • Field reports: Grandma’s hiking tale tops Outdoor books

    READING – They call her Grandma Gatewood, who in the 1950s became the first woman to hike the entire 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Then she did it again, becoming the first …


  • ‘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 …


  • Shawn Vestal: Voracious reader enjoys thrill of tale well told, 4,000 books later

    Paul Wasson is reading his 4,000th book since 1971. Or perhaps that should be cast in the past tense: He was reading it, as of Tuesday. By now, he’s probably …


  • Spokane Public Schools overhauls reading, writing program

    A dip in reading test scores among younger students is driving Spokane Public Schools back to basics. The state’s second-largest school district will begin teaching cursive writing again, for example. …


  • Donated volumes carry on teaching

    Diane Zahand had a passion for early childhood education. Now, even after her death, her work is continuing..


  • Summer reading program under way

    Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is already under way but it’s not too late for children and teens to sign up at local library branches. Participating …


  • Join summer reading program

    Spokane Public Library’s summer reading program, Dig Into Reading, is underway but it’s not too late to sign up at local library branches. Participating children receive a reading log at …


  • Clark: Reading some heavy lifting might toughen kids up

    John Goedde can try to laugh it off all he wants. But his idea to make Idaho high schoolers read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is a keeper. I’ll go Goedde …


  • Bureau helps promote reading

    Books have the power to entertain, educate and enrich lives. Like a vehicle, they transport the reader to another place or time, making current cares fade to the background. They’re …


  • More from Chris Cleave

    With the possible exception of U2, as noted by the title character in Chris Cleave’s novel “Little Bee,” there’s not much in arts and culture that everybody likes.


  • NIC wrestlers help first-graders get grip on reading

    The storied North Idaho College wrestling program has hit a number of milestones in its 43-year history, including 13 national championships. But one achievement away from the mat has coach …


  • Best-seller to read from her latest, this year’s ‘Reading’ pick

    Mary Roach’s latest best-seller, “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” is about the most awkward piece of equipment in the space program: the human body. …


  • Book Notes: Hanford’s legacy detailed in new books

    Here are two new books about a crucial and controversial issue in our region: • “Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West” (University of Washington Press, $24.95), by John …


  • Summer reading programs set

    Kids can now enjoy youth summer reading programs at the Spokane Public Library and Spokane County Library District. Youth Summer Reading is full of fun activities and programs at each …


  • Book Notes: ‘Radioman’ dedication to take place Feb. 25

    Here’s a local development that illustrates the power of a book: On Dec. 22, the tower at Spokane International Airport was officially named the Ray Daves Air Traffic Control Tower. …


  • Math, reading gap among Native American students

    Native American students at schools overseen by the federal Bureau of Indian Education performed significantly worse on national standardized tests in reading and math compared with those in public schools.


  • Wash. high school test results will be in the mail

    High school students who took the statewide achievement tests this spring will be receiving their scores sometime in the next week or so. These are the first results from the …


  • Book fairies pay visit to elementary school

    Whitworth University education students, dressed as “book fairies,” surprised the children at Whitman Elementary School last Thursday and read stories to them as part of a community outreach project. According …


  • She’s a young reader’s best friend

    Ivan Morrow was nervous the first time he read to Molly. The 7-year-old Spokane boy had never read aloud to anyone. “Now it’s easier,” Ivan said.


  • A turn for the better

    The Our Kids: Our Business theme this year is mentoring. Sometimes, the mentors don’t even have to be real. Children who read well meet fictional characters who can show them …


  • Gary Brown, 59, Deer Park

    His childhood: He was raised in the Chicago area. His father, an industrial engineer, traveled extensively and was rarely home. Brown was the oldest of three, and the only boy …


  • In your words

    In an e-mail survey, Spokesman-Review adult readers were asked how their reading habits as children changed or expanded the rest of their lives. Here are some responses. ‘My paternal grandparents …


  • Here are some recommended reading lists from ’08

    It’s another new year, yet some of us are literary laggards. Which means that, for one reason or another, we never got around to reading many of the books that …


  • OPEN BOOK

    In its seven years of existence, the Spokane Is Reading project has taken several different forms. It’s posed as a study of life on the eastern Colorado plains (Kent Haruf‘s …


  • The wonder of words

    Ask any librarian – or any kid, for that matter – and they’ll tell you: The best books for children are the ones that speak to the hearts and minds …

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