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‘I order for the community’: Library buyers demystify book selection process

The Spokane libraries system have many criteria for selecting new books, but all center around community.

Visiting authors dominate Spokane library checkouts in 2019

“Circe” – a book that explores the perspective of a witch-goddess who appears in Homer’s “Odyssey” – was the area’s most circulated library book in 2019, with 961 checkouts in …

Picking the page turners

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 — …

Dear Book Bandit: Author pens note to person hiding books at Coeur d’Alene library

“We’re at such an impasse culturally with ‘us and them’ and demonizing people that think differently than we do. I don’t want to demonize this person. I really want to …

Huckleberries: Library vigilante strikes again, attracts international media attention

Someone is protesting what she or he believes to be a library bias against Trump and conservatives by hiding books critical of them.

Thousands of genealogy books being phased out at downtown Spokane library ahead of renovations

Members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, who’ve been meeting in the downtown library since it opened in 1994, said they were surprised when asked to reduce their collection of …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Late fines, printing charges eliminated at Spokane public libraries amid national trend

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement

When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the …

Front & Center: Amber Williams veered from military track to library career

Amber Williams was named one of 50 “movers and shakers” by Library Journal, a 143-year-old trade publication founded by Melvil Dewey (inventor of the Dewey decimal book classification system).

UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Two new Gonzaga basketball players spend time reading to kids

About 20 children turned up at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch to hear Gonzaga basketball players read books aloud.

Sue Lani Madsen: Public libraries can lead way in viewpoint diversity

Celebrating diversity is one of the six values adopted by the Spokane Public Library Board. If diversity is your highest value, all people and all viewpoints should be welcome.

UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019

Second childrens’ book reading at downtown Spokane library by drag queens draws similar protest numbers

Supporters and protesters turned out once again Saturday at a public reading for children hosted by drag queens. Police were present, but no arrests were made before or after the …

UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Libraries, parks dropped from Washington gun-free zone proposal

Proposed additions to gun-free zones advance but don’t include libraries.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

$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.

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 …

Boise approves draft budget with $69M in library funding

Boise City Council approved a draft of the fiscal year 2019 budget, which includes tax and rate increases and $69 million for a new downtown library project.

Contest encourages library visits

The Washington Center for the Book is sponsoring the contest, “A Passport to Washington Libraries,” from June 15-Sept. 15 for a chance to win gift cards.

UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

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

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 …

Libraries, readers on hold for ‘Fire and Fury’

Demand for the book has been “Fury”-ous, so local library patrons will have to wait a while to check out the best-seller by Michael Wolff.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017

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, …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

New Mexico officials: 2 dead, 4 injured in library shooting

Two people were killed and four others injured when gunfire erupted inside a public library on Monday, throwing an eastern New Mexico community into a panic as officers swarmed the …

Obama unveils vision for presidential library in Chicago

Former President Barack Obama unveiled plans for his future presidential center Wednesday, painting a picture of a buzzing hub for youth and community programs on the South Side of Chicago …

Sue Lani Madsen: Libraries still pillars of communities big and small

Librarians knew how to find the answers to any question before Google was invented. Libraries are still a safe space for books on every topic, the foundation of free speech …

Spokane librarian selected for national award

Vanessa Strange, librarian at the North Spokane Library, won the Gordon M. Conable Award from the Public Library Association because of her commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill …

Teacher, librarian leaves $500,000 estate to Missoula Public Library

A former Missoula public school teacher and librarian has left her estate to the foundation for the Missoula Public Library’s children’s programming.

Library’s ESL conversation program off to slow start

The Spokane County Library District has launched a conversation program for English as a second language learners at its Airway Heights and North Spokane libraries.

Spokane Valley leaders still optimistic about new library

Spokane Valley City Council wants a new library by its new city hall, but is uncertain how to make it happen.

City archivist opened a stunning view into Seattle’s past

SEATTLE – Scott Cline remembers the creation of the Seattle Municipal Archives some 31 years ago. “I went around to city agencies to see what they had kept … in …