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Spokane library trustees ask to extend tax

Spokane library trustees are asking for a ballot measure to extend a small property tax that helps fund library services.


Spokane library Outreach team member Al Kiefer closes book on 32-year career

Al Kiefer often gets hugs as he goes about his work, but on a recent Friday afternoon the hugs were especially heartfelt. Residents of Lilac Plaza Retirement Community had learned …


Noon Year’s Eve Party

Celebrate the new year without having to stay up late. We’ll share stories, traditions and New Year’s crafts, then countdown to noon with bubbles and balloons. For families and children …


Recycled Halloween fun at the library

Ghosts and goblins are moving in at South Hill Library.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Patrons of the Spokane Public Library were confronted with this jarring sign when they arrived: “Closed in the morning on account of insufficient appropriation.”


Bulldogs draw crowd to library program

Storytime is always a popular activity at Spokane Public Libraries – especially during the summer months when kids flock to sign up for the summer reading program. But on Aug. …


Mobius reopens in temporary home inside downtown library

Youthful yelps of delight and discovery echoed from Spokane Public Library’s third floor Wednesday as children explored Mobius Science Center’s exhibits in its new, temporary location. The uncommon library sounds …


Six honorees inducted into Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame

Six people were inducted Thursday into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame, an event sponsored by the Spokane Public Library Foundation and the city of Spokane. The hall of fame …


111-year-old Carnegie Library is testament to Spokane’s early growth

The Carnegie Library at 10 S. Cedar St. is the first true library building in the city of Spokane. The neoclassical structure was built in 1904 courtesy of a donation …


Mobius Science Center to move temporarily to downtown library

Spokane’s science museum is planning for two big moves this year. The Mobius Science Center will depart its location across from River Park Square at the end of March and …


‘Spokane in 1889’ on display at library

When Riva Dean started looking for a way to celebrate Washington state’s 125th anniversary in the Spokane Public Library’s Northwest Room, she found there wasn’t much in the collection that …


Library singalongs let kids, adults get campy

That “Frozen” soundtrack that’s been stuck in your head for nearly a year now? It’s the reason behind the Spokane Public Library’s singalong series. “We did a showing of ‘Frozen’ …


Library singalongs let kids, adults get campy

That “Frozen” soundtrack that’s been stuck in your head for nearly a year now? It’s the reason behind the Spokane Public Library’s singalong series. “We did a showing of ‘Frozen’ …


Shadle branch library will have Sunday hours

The Spokane Public Library will be open on Sunday. It will only be one branch, and not until next year, but the decision marks a milestone for a library system …


Digital literacy trainer Tincan merging with Spokane Public Library

A nonprofit that has been providing free training and education in digital literacy for the last 20 years will merge with the Spokane Public Library this summer. Tincan, The Inland …


Landmarks: Heath library branch now corporate headquarters

When she was a little girl, Anne Walter remembers climbing the 16 steps leading to the huge front doors of the Heath Branch of the Spokane Public Library at 525 …


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 …


Spokane Is Reading author talks about setting’s role in real-life happiness

It was the winter weather that made Maria Semple love Seattle, which might be surprising, because other people in Seattle talk about the rain and clouds there in incredulous terms, …


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 …


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 …


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. …


Library director begins new chapter

By the time Spokane’s new library director finishes story time with his kids, he rarely has time for pleasure reading. He has four kids, after all.


Arizona administrator to lead Spokane Public Library

A library manager in Arizona will be the new leader of the Spokane Public Library. The library’s Board of Trustees voted 5-0 on Tuesday to offer Andrew Chanse the director …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Arizona librarian picked to head Spokane Public Library

Andrew Chanse will be the new leader of the Spokane Public Library.


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.


Spokane campaign group fails to report funds

Spokane’s Feb. 12 special election has spawned three official campaign organizations, along with campaign reporting violations. It wasn’t until mid-December when the Spokane City Council decided to hold the Feb. …


Spokane Library open fewer hours than most of its regional counterparts

Seven people stood outside the Hillyard Library as they waited for its doors to open at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Several more were waiting in their cars. The wait to get …


Spokane native’s photos reveal burgeoning music scene in Mexico

Marshall Peterson knew he felt the most alive in foreign cultures, so a decade ago the Seattle schoolteacher caught a ride south and went to Mexico, not sure what he’d …


Council OKs tax proposal

Spokane voters will have a lot to consider on their February ballot, including a proposal to require supermajority votes by the City Council to raise taxes and some fees. Other …