Earth Day Book List

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Earth Day has been celebrated on the 22nd of April every year since 1970. The theme for 2021 is “Restore Our Earth.” In honor of Earth Day, Spokane Public Library created a list of books about the environment. Including fiction and non-fiction, this booklist should have something for everyone who cares about the natural world.


Non-fiction

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson

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The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

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The Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

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Fiction

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

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Book List for Muslim Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr

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View these titles for kids and young adults about Islam, Ramadan, and Eid al-Fitr. This year, Ramadan takes place April 12- May 12, 2021.

Picture Books

Lailah’s Lunchbox: a Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi

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Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert

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Salam Alaikum: a message of peace by Harris J

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The Night of the Moon: a Muslim holiday story by Hena Khan

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The Proudest Blue: a story of hijab and family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Under my Hijab by Hena Khan

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Yo Soy Muslim by Mark Gonzales

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The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard

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Like the Moon Loves the Sky by Hena Khan

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Middle Grade

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

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Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

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More to the Story by Hena Khan

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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices Edited by S.K. Ali

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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

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Sadiq and the Ramadan Gift by Siman Nuurali

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When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

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Young Adult

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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Love from A to Z  by S.K. Ali

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More than Just a Pretty Face by Sayed Masood

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

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Internment by Samira Ahmed

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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

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The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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Money Smart Week | April 10 – 17

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April 10-17 is Money Smart Weeka national public education program that empowers people with the knowledge and skills to make better-informed personal financial decisions around the key financial pillars of saving, spending, borrowing, and planning. Here is a list of resources from Spokane Public Library 


 

 

Know Yourself, Know Your Money: discover why you handle money the way you do, and what to do about it! by Rachel Cruze

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The Price You Pay for College: an entirely new road map for the biggest financial decision your family will ever make by Ron Lieber

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Personal Finance 101: from saving and investing to taxes and loans, an essential primer on personal finance by Alfred Mill

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The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+: winning strategies to make your money last a lifetime by Suze Orman

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The Buy Nothing, Get Everything Plan: discover the joy of spending less, sharing more, and living generously by Liesl Clark

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How to Make Your Money Last: the indispensable retirement guide by Jane Bryant Quinn

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10,001 ways to live large on a small budget 

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Get Money : live the life you want, not just the life you can afford by Kristin Wong

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The Financial Diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money by Chelsea Fagan

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Also available at www.spokanelibrary.org:  

Digital Branch Subscription Databases: Linkedin Learning, Gale Presents: Udemy, Morningstar Investment Research Center, and Teen Resource Center all have information on financial literacy.  

Magazine and Newspaper Resources: Full text articles from popular and business-related magazines and journals.   


From our Ask a Money Doctor series about Social Security benefits featuring Bonita Bell-Andersen of Freedom Financial Coaching 

When to Claim Social Security Benefits 

Qualifying for Social Security 

How COLA Affects Your Benefits 

Spousal Benefits 

Working While Receiving Social Security Benefits  


Financial Literacy Workshops are also available from Spokane Teachers Credit Union



National Poetry Month Book List for Kids

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Elementary

A Place Inside of Me: a Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliot
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The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
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Hello, Earth! Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman
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Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley Newton
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Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger
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One Last word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
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My Hippo has the Hiccups by Kenn Nesbitt
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Papa is a Poet: a Story about Robert Frost by Natalie S. Bober
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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade
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A Portrait in Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas by Evie Robillard
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Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest
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This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman
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Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
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Thanku: Poems of Gratitude by Joseph Bruchac
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Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham
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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander
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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems About Greek Myths by Marilyn Singer
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Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
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Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman
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Neon Aliens Ate My Homework: and Other Poems by Nick Cannon
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Woke: a Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany Browne
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Middle Grade

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
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Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
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Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
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The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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The Canyons Edge by Dusti Bowling
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Land of Cranes by Aida Salazar
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Alone by Megan Freeman
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The Lightning Dreamer by Maragrita Engle
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You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford
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Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot
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Young Adult 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
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Everybody Looking by Candice Iloh
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Kent State by Deborah Wiles
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Solo by Kwame Alexander
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Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
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One by Sarah Crossan
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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
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Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath
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Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
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When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmin Kaur
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Audacity by Melanie Crowder
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Her Story is Your Story | Finding the Women in Your Family Tree

laura-fuhrman-73ojlcahqhg-unsplashMarch is Women’s History Month – an opportunity to honor the women who pavethe way with their contributions to historysociety, and culture. Women have often been relegated to the back rooms of history, only to be mentioned when they step out of their expected roles. Daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, wives, and grandmothers play important roles in our upbringing. This month we acknowledge them, and it is the perfect time to learn more about their lives. 

As a genealogist, I often hear how hard it is to trace the maternal line, and I have encountered this myself many times. Women had few rights before the 1970s and rarely were identified on their own without a man attached to them – a father, a husband, a brother, a son. And yet, our female ancestors held the family together as they labored, cared, and nurtured our ancestorsMost of us can name our mothers, our grandmothers, and perhaps our great grandmothers, but knowing women earlier in our lineage becomes a blur. Few may know these women’s maiden names, let alone what they went through. You are missing out on half of your family if you don’t pursue these branches. 

Some helpful hints when researching women is to look for records concerning the husband or the son. This may seem counterintuitive, but many records concerning the men list breadcrumbs to the women in their lives. Many birth, marriage, and death certificates ask for the names of the parents, including the mother’s maiden nameYou will also need to know the name of the husband as many women were referred to by his full name, such as Mrs. John Doe. A unique record that is available from our collection is the Postal Forwarding Directory, which often included the woman’s first name to make mail delivery easier. This is especially important because before 1913, a woman was not mentioned by name in the directory unless she was widowed or a spinster. Another brick wall can be when women have multiple marriages. Because a woman changed her last name to her husband’s, following her can be difficult. You must know the previous last name to find the next one. Children are a great way to track a woman’s marriages, as they usually kept their father’s name.  

Some of the best stories in my family tree come from the maternal line and have helped me to understand who I amthe strong women I am descended from, and what they went through so I could be here. This March, I encourage you to start your search. Due to the pandemic, Ancestry LE is available remotely through June 30, 2021For assistance with your research and getting started, watch this video. By understanding her story, you can better understand yours.     

-Becky



Library response to rise in anti-Asian violence and racism

The Spokane Public Library condemns the continuing acts of violence and harassment on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout the US. We stand in solidarity with all of our communities of color during this trying time in our history, but today we stand stronger for our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities.

There has been a pandemic-era rise in verbal and physical targeted harassment and violence against Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander individuals and communities. National conversation about anti-Asian racism was sparked last week following a violent incident in Atlanta, but we have also seen indicators of targeted harassment here in Spokane.

Our library is committed to unlearning racism, including anti-Asian racism. We are uplifting the voices and stories of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through our collections, upcoming programming in May for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and year round. Please see our adult and youth booklists highlighting Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander authors.

We will continue through our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access work to evaluate ways we can further combat racism and xenophobia. Also, we encourage our staff, customers and community to explore these resources to join us in standing against anti-Asian racism: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association’s Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence and 2021 COVID-19 anti-xenophobia and anti-racist information resources.

To our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities: we stand with you. We want you to feel safe and supported in our libraries, our community, and beyond.

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Standing Against Anti-Asian Violence | A Book List for Kids and Young Adults

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“Read people who are in racial groups other than your own. If you’re a man, read women. Listen to your friends who are non-white — and if you don’t have non-white friends, that’s a problem.” – Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

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A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

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A Different Pond by Boa Phi

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After the Fall by Dan Santat

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang

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A Place Where Sunflowers Grow = Sabaku ni saita himawari by Amy Lee-Tai

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Drawn Together by Minh Lê

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Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

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Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

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Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk

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The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina M. Cho

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Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki

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Outside Inside by LeUyen Pham

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Puddle by Hyewon Yum

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Skunk on a String by Thao Lam

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Watercress by Andrea Wang

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Middle Grade

Alvin Ho (Series) by Lenore Look

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A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi

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A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

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Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Measuring Up by Lily Lamotte

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Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

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See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

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Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

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Stargazing by Jen Wang

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The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Yang

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The Thing About Luck Cynthia Kadohata

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When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

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Young Adult

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

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Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

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Flamer by Mike Curato

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon

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I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

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I Love You So Mochi by Sara Kuhn

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

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The Magic Fish by Le Nguyen Trung

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The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

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Want by Cindy Pon

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We are Not Free by Traci Chee

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

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Standing Against Anti-Asian Violence | A Book List

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“Read people who are in racial groups other than your own. If you’re a man, read women. Listen to your friends who are non-white — and if you don’t have non-white friends, that’s a problem.” – Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. If you are looking for a place to start, read some of these titles or many titles from Asian American, Asian, or Pacific Islander authors on our shelves.

Fiction

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

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Non-Fiction

All you can Ever Know : a Memoir by Nicole Chung

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The Displaced : Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls : a Memoir by T Kira Madden

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Minor Feelings : an Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong

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The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

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Hiking in the Inland Northwest

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Spokane is a terrific place to be for outdoor recreation; particularly after the long winter months of inactivity. Opportunities abound along the trails and on the water for fun and adventure. Hiking is one of the great things to do this time of year, particularly in the lower elevations where the trails are no longer snowy or muddy. Make sure you’re equipped with the appropriate clothing and footwear – and don’t forget those 10 Essentials in your rucksack! See The Day Hiker’s Ten Essentials — The MountaineersOther good items to have along are insect repellant, a whistle, toilet paper, binoculars or monocular, and a walking stick or trekking poles.

For tips on the correct gear and places to go, here is a list of resources from Spokane Public Library to get you started and answer any questions. Many of the trails in the local guides, particularly south of town, are quite level and very low impact. So – see you on the trail! And to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau – “You shall see many wild and noble sights before night, such as they who sit in parlors never dream of.”   

 

Library Book List and Resources  

Go to our catalog at www.spokanelibrary.org for many more titles on these subjects!  

Day hiking Eastern Washington: Kettles-Selkirks, Columbia Plateau, Blue Mountains by Rich Landers

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Urban trails : Spokane and Coeur d’Alene: Spokane County, Kootenai County, Centennial Trail by Rich Landers

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Five-star trails, Spokane: 30 spectacular hikes in the inland Northwest by Seth Marlin

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Best hikes Spokane: the greatest views, lakes, and rivers by Fred Barstad

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Day hike!: Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint by Seabury Blair

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Best easy day hikes: Spokane/Coeur d’Alene by Fred Barstad

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Mount Spokane State Park: a user’s guide by Cris M. Currie

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The ultimate hiker’s gear guide: tools & techniques to hit the trail by Andrew Skurka

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How to hike the Pacific Crest Trail [videorecording (DVD)] 

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Magazine Resources  

Explore our selection of eMagazines and articles about outdoor recreation!  

 

Stream videos on Kanopy  

Stream films from our subscription to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  

 

Other Resources 

Spokane Parks & Recreation: Parks & Recreation – City of Spokane, Washington

Washington Trails Association: Washington Trails Association 

Bureau of Land Management: Oregon-Washington | Bureau of Land Management 

Washington State Department of Natural resources: WA – DNR 



Women’s History Month | Book List for Kids & Young Adults

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March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the struggles and accomplishments women made throughout history, and to read stories depicting female empowerment.


Anthologies

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

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Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont

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Artists, Creators, and Musicians

Bon Appetit! The Delicious life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland

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Dancing Hands: how Teresa Carreño played the piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle and Rafael López

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Ella Fitzgerald: the Tale of a vocal virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Frida by Jonah Winter

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Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson

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Hot Pink: the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli by Susan Goldman Rubin

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Imogen by Amy Novesky

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Lily Renée, escape artist: from Holocaust survivor to comic book pioneer by Trina Robbins

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Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez

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Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the power of a protest Song by Gary Golio

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You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!: a very improper story by Shana Corey and Chesley McLaren

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Social Justice and Civil Rights Activists

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings

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Clara Barton by Kathleen Deady (nurse/red cross)

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Fight of the Century: Alice Paul battles Woodrow Wilson for the vote by Barb Rosenstock and Sarah Green

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History Smashers: Women’s Right to Vote by Kate Messner

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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Lift As You Climb: the story of Ella Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and R. Gregory Christie (soon to be on order)

Noisemakers: 25 women who raised their voices and changed the world – a graphic collection from Kazoo edited by Erin Bried

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Only Passing through: the story of Sojourner Truth by Anne F. Rockwell

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On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and her march for children’s rights by Monica Kulling and Felicita Sala

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Red Scarf Girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang

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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Women’s Suffrage Kids Books

Politicians and Judges

Eleanor Roosevelt Fighter for Justice by Ilene Cooper

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Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted by Susan Wood

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley

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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jonah Winter

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The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor

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What do you do with a voice like that? by Chris Barton

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Inventors, Scientists, and Mathematicians

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Nothing Stopped Sophie: the story of unshakable mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock
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Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery

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Marie Curie by Leonard Everett Fisher

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Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor by Emily Arnold McCully

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Sally Ride: a photo biography of America’s pioneering women in Space by Tam E. O’Shaughnessy

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The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter

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Dancers, Athletes and Aviators

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

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Breaking Through: how female athletes shattered stereotypes in the roaring twenties by Sue Macy and Muffet McGraw
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Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

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Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman

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Talkin’ ’bout Bessie: the story of aviator Bessie Coleman by Nikki Grimes

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Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief and Rosemary Wells and Gary Kelley

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Tillie the Terrible Swede: how one woman, a sewing needle, and a bicycle changed history by Sue Stauffacher and Sarah McMenemy

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Strong Female Stories in YA

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

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Because I Was a Girl by Melissa De la Cruz

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices

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I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

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A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls by Jessica Spotswood

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Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson

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