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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

Family Fun: Libraries use Curious George to spark interest in science

The program will introduce STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – concepts to 4- to 8-year-olds and their adults.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 10:10 p.m.

Spokane’s downtown, Shadle libraries to close for renovations; downtown work to take nearly 2 years

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:27 p.m.

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 …


Spokane County Library District hopes for almost $2 million from increased property tax

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.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

School libraries targeted as Spokane Public Schools issues layoff notices

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 …


It’s all happening at the library: Spokane’s library systems go beyond books

Here are some things that might surprise you about the local libraries.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

Washington Discover Passes will be available for checkout in Spokane-area libraries

Spokane-area libraries are adding to their growing collection of outdoor gear.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:01 p.m.

$77 million Spokane library bond poised to pass

A bond to improve and expand Spokane’s library system was on track to pass Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

Spokane ties 120-year temperature record, but libraries, splash pads offer some relief

Spokane tied a 120-year record Thursday, as temperatures briefly pushed the mercury to 103 degrees.


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

Beyond Bookmobiles: Libraries check out paths to patrons

Libraries are exploring new avenues of outreach.


James Patterson gives $1.75 million to classroom libraries

Classroom libraries from Sarasota, Florida, to Bremerton, Washington, are among thousands being given $500 donations from author James Patterson.


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Spokane County Library District chief Nancy Ledeboer to retire; worked to ‘turn libraries outward’

Spokane County Library District Director Nancy Ledeboer will retire this September.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Spokane’s lingering taste for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is best served online

Spokane County readers like their “Fifty Shades of Grey” with the discretion of anonymity


Kim Wyman: President’s proposed cuts would devastate Washington libraries

This federal funding cut would have a significant impact on the Washington State Library, as well as local libraries such as the Spokane Public Library.


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Spokane County ballots in April special election due Tuesday

Election officials predict turnout about 35 percent on this ballot, asking voters to renew several tax measures funding emergency communications, libraries in the city of Spokane and firefighting efforts in …


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:41 a.m.

Voters asked to renew taxes for Spokane Public Libraries and county emergency services

Voters throughout Spokane County will be asked next month to renew tax measures funding libraries and emergency services.


‘Swamplandia!’ author Karen Russell, headed to Spokane

To see childhood the most clearly required a certain number of years for Karen Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” – this year’s Spokane is Reading pick – stars an adolescent girl …


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 …


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 …


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. …


Chewelah voters annex into rural library district

Chewelah, Wash., voters have agreed to annex their city library into the Stevens County Rural Library District.


One-day survey shows how Washington libraries are used

When Jaimie Sassone moved to Spokane from Virginia Beach, Va., she said one of the first places she went to visit was the local library. On Tuesday, she was at …


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.


Partovi stays true to her mission as public library director

The ranks of librarians have included many famous names, from Ben Franklin and J. Edgar Hoover to Mao Tse-tung and Casanova. Fiction also has its share. There’s the brainy Bunny …


Presidents’ kids talk about White House life

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Whether it was to sneak a first kiss or listen to Led Zeppelin, climbing onto the roof of the White House was apparently a popular practice …


Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When it comes to new taxes, voters tend to say government should ask for money from somebody else, like the rich. But that doesn’t always hold …


After uproar, Ga. officials back off archives plan

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — When Georgia officials announced plans to severely restrict public access to its state archives, it set off a firestorm not only among scholars and people tracing …


Valley residents now can borrow from Liberty Lake libraries

Beginning sometime next week residents of Liberty Lake will be able to sign up for free library cards at Spokane County Library District. While the Liberty Lake Library has offered …