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Spokane’s libraries are likely to open by early November albeit under strict pandemic guidelines announced this week by Gov. Jay Inslee.
There are enough overdue library books in the home offices and on the dusty bookshelves of Spokane County residents to, well, fill a library.
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 serve as community hubs, connecting individuals with much-needed resources and information. Fulfilling that mission while library doors are closed during the stay-home order has required both creativity and ingenuity.
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.
At the South Hill branch of the Spokane Public Library on Saturday morning, everyone was on the same page. With all branches scheduled to close that night for six weeks because of the coronavirus, the need to read was on everyone’s mind.
When deadlines approach and there's no WiFi in the campground, this sweet spot proved to be a wonderful place to work.
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.”
The program will introduce STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – concepts to 4- to 8-year-olds and their adults.
The undertaking aims to bring the libraries’ design up to the demands of 21st century library patrons, who are increasingly utilizing the system for far more than just checking out books.
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.
The move will cost the system about $63,000 a year in lost revenue, but library representatives say that number will be made up in staff time and credit card processing fees for small transactions.
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.
About 20 children turned up at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch to hear Gonzaga basketball players read books aloud.
The Spokane County Library District will soon ask voters to approve an almost $2 million property tax increase to pay for maintenance, security and increasing the library’s digital resources.
On Thursday, every librarian in Spoke Public Schools received notice that their jobs will be eliminated next year. Those with less experience will probably be laid off this summer, as the district copes with a
There’s still a lot of snow and ice on the ground, but it’s time to think about gardening.
Here are some things that might surprise you about the local libraries.
Spokane-area libraries are adding to their growing collection of outdoor gear.
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.