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Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Libraries adapt summer programs to the times

For many families summertime means extra time at the library. Whether cuddling up with kids for storytime, making Popsicle stick puppets with preschoolers, or enjoying a magic show with the whole family – library-sponsored activities offer educational fun for kids and caregivers.

Libraries, authors and actors reach out with a web of literature

Missing your local library or wishing that you could start taking advantage of their children’s book section now that the kids are stuck at home? Luckily, there are many new online options. Authors, actors and local libraries all over the country are starting new read-aloud video series and book-borrowing programs every day.

Presidential portraits by John Thamm are on display at county libraries

A thoughtful James K. Polk gazes at book browsers at the Argonne Library. The quote posted next to his portrait seems surprisingly contemporary: “There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of before I became President of the U.S.”

Librarians facing new tasks say crisis isn’t in the catalog

Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff. Other libraries have been training their staff to step in when a patron is suicidal or to administer an antidote to those who overdose on opioids. That’s caused debate among librarians about whether their changing role requires them to do work that goes uncomfortably far beyond their skill set.

Voters signal support of Spokane County library levy

In the first night’s count, many Spokane County voterscast their ballots for an increase in property taxes for county libraries, with about 53.3% voters saying yes on Spokane County Library District Proposition 1.

Idaho Commission for Libraries facing slim budget

The Idaho Commission for Libraries would see a small decrease in state funding next year under Gov. Brad Little’s proposed budget, which calls for a 1.3 percent decline in the commission’s state funding, compared to the 7.4 percent increase the commission requested.