A visiting author can make a book a hit. So can a spot on the bestseller list. For staff at the city and county libraries, choosing the right books -- and audiobooks, movies and other materials -- to stock takes a lot of educated guesses. And trying to understand who Spokane readers are.
At 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese dive bombers, fighter bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu. Approximately 350 Japanese planes took part in the attack, which lasted less than two hours.
The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to St. Valentine.