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UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

5 must-read baseball books as MLB returns to action

After weeks of acrimonious discussions over salary between billionaire owners and millionaire players, major league baseball will commence later in the month.

Zoom got big fast. Then videobombers made it rework security

Zoom became a household name while connecting work colleagues, church and school groups, friends, family, book clubs and others during stay-at-home lockdowns, but it also has gained a reputation for …

UPDATED: Mon., June 22, 2020

English town mourns victims of suspected terror attack

The English town of Reading mourned Monday for three people stabbed to death in what is being treated as a terror attack, gathering for a moment of silence as police …

UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

Top seller ‘Antiracist Baby’ to be released as picture book

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Water cooler: Literature on social issues crafted for teenagers

Is your teenager looking for some great new reading? Here are five standout choices. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: Reynolds, the current National …

Pasadena Park Elementary School library uses grant to buy audiobooks, enhancing students’ literacy

Audiobooks will be coming to the Pasadena Park Elementary School library this spring thanks to a $10,500 grant from the Hagan Foundation.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Math, reading scores drop on ‘nation’s report card’

National scores for reading in fourth and eighth grades dropped from 2017 to 2019, according to results released Wednesday.

Tom Mueller discusses uncannily timed book on whistleblowers ahead of Northwest Passages event

Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, it’s remarkable that author Tom Mueller spent nearly seven years working on his latest book – “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing …

UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019

Helping young non-readers love books: Librarians and others offer advice

For some, the idea of spending a lazy summer day at the beach or cabin with a good book sounds like heaven. But for a lot of kids, “they think …

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.

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: Mon., May 13, 2019

Plan a walk to check out these 10 little free libraries in the Inland Northwest

Though there are dozens more libraries in the Inland Northwest, here’s a look at 10 standouts. For a complete list of little free libraries, visit

Get Lit festival highlights

Lovers of literature are set to celebrate this week as Get Lit kicks off seven days of free and low cost programs designed to foster a passion for reading and …

A new report shows reading for fun declines between ages 8 and 9. How can we stem the tide?

Studies have shown that proficient readers are more likely to be successful in school and life, partly because better reading skills make it easier for students to access curriculum in …

UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019

Shields dives through nuclear bomb history of ‘loose lips sink ships’ at Northwest Passages Book Club

Before her first novel was published, Spokane author Sharma Shields was already looking to start writing another book.

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.

Curl up with a good cannabis book

Ahhh, spring! (or almost.) Rain puddles, crocuses in bloom, opening windows and doors to let the fresh air in, and evenings still cool enough to settle underneath a thick blanket …

Book World: How ‘The Outsiders,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ transformed YA fiction

For a genre that’s so popular among readers of all ages, young adult (YA) lit is surprisingly young: The term was only coined in the 1960s, introducing an official way …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018

The ‘lost’ works Pulitzer Prize winner discovered by UI prof

The Idaho Statesman reported Zachary Turpin, an assistant professor of American literature at the University of Idaho, and his colleagues recently found previously unknown writings by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne …

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018

‘Educated’ author Westover talks in Spokane about her survivalist childhood, meaning of learning

Best-selling author Tara Westover talked to a crowed of about 700 people Thursday night at the Bing Crosby Theater as part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018

Sherman Alexie addresses the sexual misconduct allegations that have led to fallout

Prominent Washington state writer Sherman Alexie issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging that he’s hurt people over the years, addressing for the first time anonymous accusations of sexual harassment against him …

AI can read! Tech firms race to smarten up thinking machines

Research teams at Microsoft and Chinese tech company Alibaba reached what they described as a milestone earlier this month when their AI systems outperformed the estimated human score on a …

Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test

Two artificial intelligence programs created by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba and Microsoft beat humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.

How to read more books in 2018

Will this be the year you hit the treadmill for an hour every day, make all your meals at home, learn a new language and max out your retirement savings …

A storytelling podcast for kids (that parents can enjoy, too)

Time to tune in to podcasts, with your kids.

Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …

Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.

Keep children engaged during summer break

Experts emphasize two essential goals for students throughout the summer – engaging the mind and being physically active.

Staying sharp: Five tips for keeping kids’ brains engaged over summer break

Learning doesn’t have to stop when the last school bell rings. As lazy days of summer loom, parents can encourage steps for keeping kids intellectually engaged to avoid that potential …

Everything is Copy: The man who doesn’t read

Because I like to be around people who know things I don’t, my love life has been replete with physicists, computer scientists, doctors, and even some engineers (in other words, …