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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane Public Library to open temporary downtown branch in STA Plaza

The Spokane Public Library will open a temporary location in the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza while its downtown branch is closed for renovations for two years. Improvements to the second …


Public made personal: Spokane couples choose unique wedding venues to connect to community

Spokane couples are choosing to get out of the church and into their community at public locations for weddings. Choices include the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, the downtown …


Want to play musical instrument? Downtown Spokane Library offers free lessons, equipment

Music education specialist Andrew Rumsey is perhaps the best-kept secret at the Downtown Spokane Library. He offers free music lessons to anyone who wants them, and the library even provides …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

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 …


John Stockton joins panel of local Olympians

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UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019

Spokane-area Olympians to talk about their experiences

Four Olympians from the Spokane area will reflect on their experiences at the world’s highest level of competition as part of a panel discussion Tuesday evening at the Downtown Spokane …


100 years ago in Prosser: Missing judge turns up in Pendleton, but then disappears again

Two men from Prosser reported that they had seen Judge Bert Linn, of Prosser, in Pendleton, Oregon. Friends and family assumed he had died four months earlier.


Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit comes to downtown library

Through Aug. 3, the library is hosting the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” And library staff have gathered local sports memorabilia to add to the experience.


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: Wed., June 19, 2019

Arrest made at South Hill story hour

A local pastor known for preaching that homosexuality is a choice and drag is a perversion, says he was wrongfully targeted by police and arrested during last Saturday’s Drag Queen …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019

Drag Queen Story Hour: “Love your family no matter what”

The Spokane Public Library on the South Hill hosted a Drag Queen Story Hour on Saturday for about 50 children and their families, but dozens of children were turned away …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

250 attend Spokane library discussion about drag

More than 250 attendees clapped and cheered at a panel discussion Thursday evening sparked by the Spokane Public Library’s scheduling of Drag Queen Story Hour.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Sue Lani Madsen: Library’s “Drag Queen Story Hour” not whole story on gender fluidity

Libraries promote reading, but Spokane Public Library’s story-hour theme based on drag queens takes a particular stand on gender fluidity.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

Libraries plan Drag Queen Story Hour, attract debate

Story time at the Spokane Public Libraries doesn’t normally attract protesters, or counterprotesters for that matter. Both “500 Mom Strong” and “500 Drag Queen Strong” plan to attend the Drag …


Visit the library, cuddle with a cat in Cat Cafe

Prepare yourself for cuddly, furry and purring bundles of cuteness to take over a portion of the Downtown Spokane Library on Friday – the kittens are coming for the library’s …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Instagram Spokane: Local businesses are picturing profits with social media platform

More and more Spokane businesses and organizations are finding ways to incorporate the visual platform into their marketing strategies.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019

Downtown Spokane library installs blue lights in bathrooms to deter drug use

Citing a high number of needles in public bathrooms, the Spokane Public Library has installed blue lights in the downtown men’s bathroom, which make it more difficult for drug users …


Spokane Public Library a finalist for national award

Spokane Public Library has been named a finalist for the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019

Spokane, Spokane County seed libraries take off

There’s still a lot of snow and ice on the ground, but it’s time to think about gardening.


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. 20, 2019

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …


Local libraries forgive fines for Christmas Bureau recipients

People who wait hours in line at the Christmas Bureau to get food vouchers, toys and books for their children often are surprised to find library representatives there, ready to …


Library laptops for students taking hold: Lending refurbished computers has goal of ‘digital equity’

Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Public Library are partnering to offer refurbished computers that SPS students can check out from their local library.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018

Graham maintains lead in close state House race; general obligation bond still on-track to pass; other updates

Jenny Graham remains ahead of Dave Wilson for a 6th District legislative seat.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018

Window washer who fell from downtown library had nearly 50 years experience cleaning Spokane’s tallest buildings

A window washer who died Wednesday after falling from the downtown Spokane Public Library was a business owner with decades of cleaning experience.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Window washer dead after fall from downtown library

Spokane police say a window washer fell and died while cleaning the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library.


Spokane Public Library welcomes young adult author Marie Lu

Marie Lu will sign and answer questions about her new novel “Wildcard.”


Around the Corner: Spokane library earns recognition for innovation

Spokane library earns recognition for innovation The Spokane Public Library was named one of 10 Top Innovators during the 2018 Urban Libraries Council Annual Forum earlier this month in Baltimore.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018

Spokane libraries to ask voters for $77 million that will update branches and pay for new locations

The Spokane library system will ask voters for $77 million to pay for large renovations. It’s the first major update the system has seen since new libraries were built in …


Spokane Public Library secures grant for Kindles for Kids at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Kids and technology go hand-in-hand, and thanks to a grant obtained by Spokane Public Library, children in the Andrew Rypien School Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, have their hands …