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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If the Magic Fits

100-dressesI was excited to find a new series, 100 Dresses by Susan Maupin Schmid. In book one, If the Magic Fits, we meet Darling Dimple, a young orphan who slaves away as an under washer in the under cellar of the castle.  Given a chance to become an under-presser (that is someone who irons cloth) in the rooms above, she finds a long unused closet that contains 100 dresses.  Unable to resist trying one on, she is astonished to see it has disguised her as someone else.  When Princess Mariposa is threatened, Darling finds the courage to use the dresses to help her.  This is a fun read for grades four to six.

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No one can hold this bunny back!

bunjitsu-bunnyI just read a delightful book, Bunjitsu Bunny jumps to the moon, by John Himmelman. Each chapter is its own story. Isabel, Max, Betsy, Wendy, Ben and Kyle all study bunjitsu, but Isabel is the best in the school. So good, in fact, that they call her Bunjitsu Bunny.  In this book, Bunjitsu Bunny confronts a bully, keeps a promise, learns to be a good guest, and has a kicking contest.  I recommend to readers who enjoy Ninja stories, especially those in Kindergarten to grade three. This would also make a great read aloud book.

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