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Around the Corner: Spokane library earns recognition for innovation

Spokane library earns recognition for innovation The Spokane Public Library was named one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2018 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum earlier this month in Baltimore.


Spokane Public Library secures grant for Kindles for Kids at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Kids and technology go hand-in-hand, and thanks to a grant obtained by Spokane Public Library, children in the Andrew Rypien School Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, have their hands …


Washington state’s first library kiosk opens in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood

Spokane Public Library unveiled a new library kiosk outside the West Central Community Center Tuesday, the first automated machine of its kind in Washington state. The machine works like a …


Free classes at Spokane’s fingertips: City, County libraries offer thousands of online courses

Thousands of free online classes are at the fingertips of Spokane County residents, but many don’t know it.


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

East Sprague considered as site for new Spokane library, instead of Thornton Murphy Park

The Spokane Public Library system is floating building their new branch in East Central if voters approve a bond this November, the details of which are still being discussed. The …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Lois Stratton, Fr. Bernard Coughlin among inductees to Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame

The artist who made what may be Spokane’s most iconic landmark and the creator of Father’s Day are among the newest members of the Spokane Citizen Hall Fame.


UPDATED: Tue., April 24, 2018, 6:24 a.m.

Spokane Public Library asks public about expansion plans

Spokane residents are being asked what improvements they would like to see at their local libraries – including their opinions regarding building a new branch adjacent to the South Hill …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 12:21 p.m.

New Spokane library kiosk will offer books to West Central neighborhood

An innovative approach to modern library services will be moving to the West Central neighborhood this year.


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

Beyond Bookmobiles: Libraries check out paths to patrons

Libraries are exploring new avenues of outreach.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Wiley Cash, J.K. Rowling, Margot Lee Shetterly top lists of popular library checkouts

Reviewing lists of top checkouts from both the Spokane Puiblic Library and the Spokane County Library District reveals patterns and trends about what Spokane read or listened to last year.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Copies of incendiary ‘Fire and Fury’ Trump expose already flying off shelves

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” an explosive new book that purports to reveal skeletons inside the Oval Office, was originally slated for a Tuesday release. …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 11:12 a.m.

Thornton Murphy Park floated as potential site of new South Hill library

If voters approve an expected bond measure on the ballots next year, a 1.4-acre plot at Ray Street and 27th Avenue would be an ideal location to construct a new, …


‘Chemistry Rocks!’ event uses fun experiments to teach children about science

The event at the Spokane Public Library’s downtown branch kicks off National Chemistry Week.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

Every cat deserves a castle: Families get creative at South Hill Library

Pet owners and architects would have found something of interest at the South Hill Library Saturday morning – a session on how to build your own cat castle.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:51 a.m.

Spokane Public Library aims to build love of reading with baby book kits

The Spokane Public Library is promoting a love of books in children born at every area hospital. A newborn living in Spokane gets a book and a library card through …


Solar Eclipse for Kids readies children for eclipse

Solar Eclipse for Kids classes will teach children about eclipses and how to view them safely.


S-R reporter Rachel Alexander to speak at library on ‘Coming to America’ series

Spokesman-Review reporter Rachel Alexander will speak at the opening reception of “Coming to America,” which features excerpts from a series of articles she wrote earlier this year that told the …


Five objects: Spokane’s history as told through five pieces housed in the Northwest Room

An old map. A public document. A historic photo. All help tell the tale of Spokane – how it was settled, how it developed and how it transformed


Gonzaga grad, Shadle Park native earns spot on Spokane Library board

Casey Linane-Booey, a 29-year-old attorney, said the city’s libraries should continue to expand services improving residents’ quality of life, including community courts.


Spokane will mine shopping data to see what’s missing downtown

What’s missing from downtown Spokane’s retail and service scene? The city and several business groups hope to take the guesswork out of filling the gaps by tapping into sales analytics.


Tiny robots drive big learning at the library

Check out Ozobots at Spokane Public Libraries.


Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library. The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are …


Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library. The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are …


Crowd pushes Spokane City Council on sick-leave policy

The Spokane City Council on Monday stood by their decision nearly a year ago to enact a requirement that employers provide sick leave to their workers inside the city.


Spokane Public Library’s new Level Up coworking space complements long list of business resources available through the library system

Spokane Public Library is getting ready to officially open Level Up, a new coworking space with access to top-line business tools.


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.”