Scout Spokane | November

Are you growing out those face follicles for No-Shave-November? If so, find out what type of shaving products Spokane prefers in this quick video.

Spokane Public Library and Downtown Spokane Partnership are pleased to provide local business owners and entrepreneurs with free access to Buxton Scout. Buxton Scout is a high-level data analytics tool that provides household-level purchasing data so you can make better decisions about the products and services you offer customers.

To learn more about Buxton Scout and what it could do for your business, join an upcoming information and training session at Spokane Public Library.

Lilac City Live!

Join us for Lilac City Live! on December 14th! The first “late night” talk show featuring local Spokane talent at the Downtown Library — Drinks! Music! Authors! Artists! Comedians! It’s guaranteed to be a fun time. And it’s a great opportunity to see some awesome Spokane talent for free. It’s also the official Grand Opening of the Community Lens, our new 3rd floor event space and stage.

7-8, cash bar featuring Iron Goat Brewing and Maryhill Winery (all proceeds benefit Spokane Public Library Foundation)
8-9, late night talk show-style show

Hosted by Ryan Dean

sharmashieldspicSharma Shields
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Henry Holt will publish her next novel, The Cassandra, in early 2019. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric LitSliceThe New York TimesKenyon Review, Iowa ReviewFugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the 2016 Washington State Book Award, the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington (2000) and her MFA from the University of Montana (2004). Sharma has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State and now lives in Spokane with her husband and two young children. She is a board member for the Friends of the Spokane County Library District and also serves on the programming committee for Spokane’s Spark Central.

marshall1Marshall McLean
One of Spokane’s favorite songwriters, McLean manages to write songs without pretension.  He sets reflective moods and backs them up with a distinctive picking style that travels seamlessly from powered lead lines to dynamic rhythm. It is in the final output, however, where the Marshall McLean Band carves its most solid niche.  The method in which acoustical elements are managed through filters and amps gives forth a clear but overdriven sound that blurs the line between genres. The band is unafraid, blending these styles, taking the best of both worlds and discarding the rest.

ryan-mccombRyan McComb 
Ryan McComb has been doing comedy in the Pacific Northwest for 4 years and was recently voted Spokane’s third funniest person (don’t ask him who the top two were, it’s irrelevant). He’s a regular at the Spokane Comedy Club and has performed at The Bing Crosby Theater, Uncle D’s and a Denny’s for a nice old gentleman’s retirement party. Locals know him for his clean observational humor and his remarkable good looks. Some people have it all, I tell you. His personal life is going just as well as his professional life, with girlfriend in law school and a cute little pup that graduated and is now studying for The BARK Exam.

Amber Hoit (Artist-bio to come)

Scout Spokane | October

Spokane Public Library and Downtown Spokane Partnership are pleased to provide local business owners and entrepreneurs with free access to Buxton Scout. Buxton Scout is a high-level data analytics tool that provides household-level purchasing data so you can make better decisions about the products and services you offer customers.

For instance, if you were using Buxton Scout to determine what Halloween candy to stock in your store, you would know that Spokane is 6% above the national average in spending for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Can you guess what candy we are below average on (hint: the answer is in the video)?

To learn more about Buxton Scout and what it could do for your business, join an upcoming information and training session at Spokane Public Library.


November is Native American Heritage Month

The Inland Northwest is home to a rich Native American heritage. Join us across the month of November as we host more than thirty different programs to learn more about the region’s native tribes, past and present.

We will be hosting film screenings, crafts, artist receptions for Native American artists featured at each branch, music performances, lectures and poetry readings. There is something for everyone and we hope you will join us!

See the Full Calendar of Events here.

Introducing the Community Lens at the Downtown Library

If you’ve been at the Downtown Library recently, you’ll see we’ve had some exciting changes in progress. The new Community Lens Stage on the third floor is now complete and will host a variety of new events, starting with the Individual World Poetry Slam on October 12 and 13. Wiley Cash, our Spokane Is Reading author will present here on November 9th. We will host movie nights on this stage every Wednesday. And have many more exciting events planned for the space. This beautiful new event space takes advantage or one of the Downtown buildings’ best assets, the sweeping view of the river. We hope you’ll join us for an event soon.

Books for Babies

This week we launched an exciting new program. Starting in mid-August, all newborns born at area hospitals (Deaconess, Sacred Heart, Holy Family and the Spokane Midwives Birthing Center) will go home with their very own Spokane Public Library card and a free book if they live in Spokane city limits.

The Books for Babies gift bags, provided by Spokane Public Library through generous support of the Friends of Spokane Public Library, include a free board book, book marks, a custom kids’ library card and early literacy tips. The Books for Babies kit also information about how to access digital resources from home – like something to read, watch or listen to during late nights caring for a new baby.

“Many parents don’t realize that early literacy can and should start at day one,” says Spokane Public Library Learning & Literacy Coordinator, Sally Chilson. “Babies need to hear words everyday,” she says, citing American Library Association research “We like to say everyday you should read to your baby, sing to your baby, and play with your baby. Talk to them every chance you get, even though they can’t yet answer back.”

The kit includes instructions for the new parents to come into the library when they are feeling up for any outing to activate their library card.

Newborns will receive kits while supplies last.


National Disability Voter Registration Week

If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities, there would have been 3 million additional votes cast in 2012. And as Justin Dart, father of thefb-ndvrw Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), said “Vote as if your life depended on it, because it does.”

To help make the disability vote more influential, Spokane Public Library in partnership with several local organizations* are hosting voter registration events around Spokane during National Disability Voter Registration Week July 17-21. 


Monday, July 17th
Community Court, Downtown Library, 10-Noon
Southside Senior & Community Center, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Sinto Senior Center, 11am – 1pm
Shadle Branch, 11am – 2pm
Skills Kin, 1pm – 4pm

Tuesday, July 18th
Northeast Community Center, 10am – Noon
Sinto Senior Center, 10am – Noon
Hillyard Library, Noon – 2pm
Indian Trail Library, 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday, July 19th
Downtown Library, 10am – 1pm
Skills Kin, 1pm – 4pm
Arc of Spokane, 4pm–6pm

Thursday, July 20th
East Central Community Center, 9am – Noon
Lighthouse for the Blind, 11am – 1pm
West Central Community Center, 3pm – 6pm
South Hill Library, 3pm – 5pm

Friday, July 21st
STA Plaza, 8am – 10am
Eastside Library, 10am – Noon

* Brought to you by Spokane Public Library in partnership with the League of Women Voters, Greater Spokane Progress, Center for Justice, Arc of Spokane, Center for Independent Living, DSHS, Spokane County Parent Coalition, Disability Rights Washington, Access for All, Human Rights Commission and Spokane NAACP.

Audiobooks and Digital Magazines from the Library

On June 27, the Zinio and OneClick Digital apps are merging into one easy-to-use app called RBDigital. This is an exciting improvement that will allow you to get your audiobooks and magazines in one easy-to-use place with an improved user interface!

On the new app you’ll be able to access free magazines and audiobooks from one login and password. If you are a current user you will be notified to update your app. If you haven’t tried reading free magazines from the library or downloading audiobooks, we encourage you to try it out!

Get the app for iOS here or for Android here.


Summer Reading at Spokane Public Library

Summer Reading at Spokane Public Library runs June 1st through August 31st 2017.

All it takes is twenty minutes a day to keep reading skills sharp over summer break. The Spokane Public Library Build a Better World Summer Reading Program is a great way to include reading in your summer family activities.

Starting June 1, the whole family (kids and adults!) can sign up online for free, track hours spent reading, and earn fun badges for attending library programs, completing challenges, and achieving reading goals.

Kids who log 15 hours reading get to pick out a free book at the end of the summer! While adults who read for 15 hours are entered in a prize drawing.

Visit to sign up.

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Out West in Washington State

some-kind-of-courageI loved the Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart, so the moment I saw Some Kind of Courage on the shelf I grabbed it. It was totally different, but so good. The story still takes place in Washington State, but in the 1890’s.  Joseph Johnson has lost his mother and sister to disease and his father in an accident.  All that is left to him is his pony, Sarah.  When Sarah is sold without his permission, Joseph begins a quest to get her back.  He will have to stand up to grizzlies, outlaws and a raging river with courage and decency to see his sweet Sarah again.  I recommend this rip roaring adventure to readers in grades five on up and to grown-up Louis L’Amour fans too.

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Delightful Fractured Fairytale

kingdom-of-ash-and-briarsI really enjoyed the Kingdom of Ash and Briars by new author Hannah West. Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, is kidnapped and thrown into the water off the Forest of the Western Fringe.  All who touch this water either die or come out an elicromancer with a precious and powerful crystal and magical shapeshifting powers.  Saved from her kidnappers by the only other two elicromancers in the world, Bristal must decide between using her power to serve and protect the human race, or use it to gain everything she has ever wanted.  Though this book contains elements that build on Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, I found it very original and engaging.  I recommend to readers in grade seven and up.

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