Quilting Ideas | Opening Act(ivity)

My name is Lisa and I work at the Northtown Library. I host the Opening Act(ivity) program typically every Wednesday mornings. Since we are closed for now, we are bringing the Opening Act(ivity) to you!

For today’s activity, I want to share one of my favorite quilts that I made depicting a charm bracelet. Customize your own quilted charm bracelet to reflect your style!

 



eBook Bingo

Explore free ebooks from Spokane Public Library, all summer long. Start by downloading the Libby app to download eBooks on the go and play book bingo with your friends and family!

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Summer is Here! | Books for Kids and Teens

 

 

Picture Books

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

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Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt De La Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

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Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis

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How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Sara Palacios

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I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Jambari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

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Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña

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Saturday by Oge Mora

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The Old Truck by Jerrett Pumphrey Illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey

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They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

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Middle Grade

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

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The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

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Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

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I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

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One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Gr 4-7)

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Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

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Stand Up, Umi Chung by Jessica Kim

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The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatrama

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The Last Day of Summer by L.R. Giles

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The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

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Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne

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Young Adult

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

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Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevens

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No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett

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Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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The Toll by Neal Schusterman

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Napkin Roses | Opening Act(ivity)

Want to learn how to make a napkin rose? Learn with our Northtown staff as they present this Opening Act(ivity). This program is usually held at Northtown on Monday mornings but while we are closed, we are bringing the activities to you.

 

Lisa



Concrete Poetry | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I host the Opening Act(ivity) program at the Northtown Branch.

Today’s activity is writing a concrete poem using Shakespeare or a favorite author.


concretepoetryConcrete poetry—sometimes also called ‘shape poetry‘—is poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem.

The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture, as well as through their literal meaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Juneteenth | Resources and Book List

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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

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Negroland by Margo Jefferson

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald

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Juneteenth by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Black Stories Matter | A Reading List for Adults

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One way to elevate black voices is to read and recommend books by black authors. Check out the recommendations below and feel free to ask a librarian for more recommendations! This list is curated for adult readers by Katie Rickard and Eva Silverstone.

Short Stories | Fiction | Sci-Fi/FantasyEssays/Memoir/Non-fiction | Poetry

 

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Short Stories

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer  

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Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah   

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Lot by Bryan Washington  

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Fiction  

Beloved by Toni Morrison  

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Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin  

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi  

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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin  

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Jazz by Toni Morrison  

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On Beauty by Zadie Smith  

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Open City by Teju Cole   

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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The Mothers by Britt Bennett

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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

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Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

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Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

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The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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Essays/Memoir/Non-fiction

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

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Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Poetry

Homie by Danez Smith

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Voices: Poems by Lucille Clifton

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Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems by Alice Walker

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Make a Journal | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) at the Northtown Library.

Summer Reading is here, so time to make an Art/Reading Journal! Here are a few suggestions on what you can create:

  • Choose a fun notebook or journal to write and draw in.
  • Gather up some art supplies and a tote to carry all your supplies.
  • Check out a field guide from the library on bugs, birds, flowers, etc.
  • Be artistic with the titles of the books you read.
  • Write out a description of the book.
  • Draw a scene from the book.

Don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading at spl.northwestreads.org!

Lisa



Black Stories Matter | A Reading List for Kids and Teens

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Picture Books

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James  

A celebration of the simple pleasure of a new haircut and the magic of the barbershop 

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Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison  

Mom is away, can Dad help Zuri feel like a superhero by getting herself  put together for the perfect look? 

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How to Find a Fox by Nilah Magruder  

Equipped with a camera and determination, an adventurous little girl tries to track down an elusive red fox, which proves more difficult than she imagined.   

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Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning  

Two children sneak downstairs after bedtime to find their parents singing and dancing while washing dishes, and the whole family gets swept into the music 

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Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Pictures by Christian Robinson  

A boy learns to see the beauty (and fun!) all around him from his routine bus ride with his grandmother.  

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Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton  

In this fun take on Mother Goose, fabulous Mary helps her nursery-rhyme friends freshen up their style.  

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The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton  

Well-prepared and encouraged by his parents, a little boy has a great first day of kindergarten.  

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Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Kadir Nelson 

She’s not your average cowgirl, but Thunder Rose may have met her match when a whirling windy storm blows through town.  

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Juvenile/Middle Grade

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee  

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper  

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson  

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Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot  

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds  

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Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson  

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Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender 

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Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson  

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander  

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore 

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Tight by Torrey Maldonado  

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Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia 

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No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett  

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Young Adult

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney  

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi 

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi 

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland  

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Full Disclosure by Camryn Garret  

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson  

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson  

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New Kid by Jerry Craft  

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On The Come Up by Angie Thomas  

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Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds 

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi  

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi  

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Slay by Brittney Morris  

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Solo by Kwame Alexander  

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton  

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe  

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon  

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Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan 

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Who Put This Song On? By Morgan Parker  

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If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Youth Services Librarian Katie at krickard@spokanelibrary.org.

  

 

 

 



Pride Month | A Reading List for Kids & Teens

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Picture Books

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

When Aiden Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Pride: the story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: a building, an uprising, a revolution by Rob Sanders

The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shrava

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldachinno

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD

Red by Michael Hall

 

Chapter Books

George by Alex Gino

Rick by Alex Gino

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Allison Levy

The Best Man by Richard Peck

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

The Pants Project by by Cat Clarke

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

 

YA Novels

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The Backstagers by James Tynion IV

Like a Love Story by Abde Nazemian

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

 



Choose Your Own Adventure | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa and I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown on Wednesday mornings.

Writing Exercise: Choose Your Own Adventure

When I sit down to write a story, I try one of the writing exercises my college professor suggested. You write the story as you go, but whenever your character has to make a decision, you write both sides. If your character does this, this will happen. If your character goes the other direction, this will happen.

It is an interesting way to explore your character’s motivation and can lead to interesting results.

Enjoy!



Black Lives Matter

As an organization and as human beings, Spokane Public Library stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and all who are calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities. 

While the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has set the stage for a “new normal,” the past months have been filled with all-too-familiar demonstrations of racism’s enduring harm and deep roots. Facing increased barriers to resources and health services, Black and other marginalized communities are losing their lives to COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate. During this same period, the U.S. has witnessed the brutal, racist murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.  

Systemic racism undermines our society and putting an end to it will require all citizens to work together — with the active support of dedicated community and government leaders. As highly trusted institutions and essential foundations of civic infrastructure, public libraries have a unique and vital role to play in advancing equity and addressing racial divides. 

In 2019, Spokane Public Library  showed our commitment to ending structural racism by signing the Urban Libraries Council Statement on Race and Social Equity, which asserts that “libraries can help achieve true and sustained equity through an intentional, systemic and transformative library-community partnership.” We will use this statement as a baseline for building progressive policies, activities, and collaborative relationships to advance equity.  

This is not a fleeting moment, or merely signing a statement. We’re committed to doing the work. We are dedicated to progress and tangible change. We stand against racism and violence toward the Black community. We commit to listening as we work toward becoming part of the change. As a starting point here is a list of books on racism available from the library. 


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