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June 2019

Read for fun and prizes!

Everyone -- babies, kids, teens and adults -- can participate in Summer Reading by starting a daily reading habit. All libraries will have free live performances, arts and crafts, and fun space- themed programs. Bonus! Kids who read over the summer do better in school in the fall.

KIDS: If children ages birth to fifth grade read for 15 hours this summer, they can pick up a free book and prizes along the way. 
TEENS: Read up to 15 hours for a free book and an event ticket to a special after-hours library event: NERF WARS. 
ADULTS: Read 15 hours to be entered into a prize drawing to win one of six Kobo Clara eReaders presented by the Spokane Public Library Foundation. 
Sign Up for Summer Reading Today

The Smithsonian Comes to Spokane

Don't miss the free Smithsonian exhibit, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, on display at the Downtown Library from June 22 to August 3. See sports memorabilia from around the country and our region and attend a variety of sports-themed programs at our libraries all summer long.

Your Pass to Summer Adventure

Starting June 13, students can check out a Spokane Youth Card from any Spokane Public Library. The card is good for free bus rides, free skate rentals from the skate ribbon and more! (Limited to Spokane-city residents, grades K-12.)

Update to Library Limits!
Check up to 500 (yes, 500) items on one card! And have you ever wanted to put more than 40 items on hold? Now put up to 80 items on hold. Ready for the cherry on top? Get high-demand books sooner! The loan period for popular books will be one week as opposed to three, so be sure to check your due dates.

Upcoming Events


Summer Reading Events

Stop by the library for events centered around A Universe of Stories! From magic, to music, escape rooms and more, there's something for everyone. 
Various dates and times
All Locations

Find an event near you!

Babytime Play & Learn

Starting Fridays at the South Hill Library, bring your baby for somerhymes, songs and stories to share. Appropriate for newborns to approx 18 months old.
South Hill Library

Attend Event

Cat Cafe

Drop in any time Thursday afternoon from 3-5:30 to visit some kitten friends, courtesy of SCRAPS! 
June 20, 3pm
South Hill Library

Attend Event

Escape Rooms for Teens

Teens and Tweens are invited to take a trip out of this world in an interactive escape room experience.

Can you solve the puzzles and escape before time runs out? Registration Required.

Various dates and locations

Sign Up

Trek to Everest

Take a 3-week, 150-mile trek with 16 Sherpas into the Himalayas! This is an up-close and personal view of the Sherpa tribe, their culture and the geography of the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. Artifacts displayed will include tools, weapons, currency, school books, prayer flags, jewelry, and the largest moth in the world. Jungle leeches, avalanches, and bamboo bridges over raging rivers will be part of the wonderful stories and breathtaking slides awaiting you.

June 22, 10:30am
Indian Trail Library

Attend Event
Cooking with Chef Ricky is back at Shadle on June 22. This time, learn how to pickle summer's bounty with the winner of 2018 Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge!
June 11: Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Cause of the Disease, Downtown, 12pm
June 11: "My Life Journey Between Mesopotamia and America" by Salsabel, Shadle, 6:30pm
June 11: Poetry with Stephen Pitters & Jazz Music, South Hill, 6:30pm
June 11: Make your lawn look sharp while you save money, East Side, 6:30pm
June 13: Understanding Drag: A Community Conversation, Downtown, 7pm
June 15: Virtual Reality for Kids (Ages 5-11), South Hill, 10am
June 15: KPBX Kid's Concert - Kevin Pace and the Early Edition, Downtown, 1pm
June 15: Drag Queen Story Hour, South Hill, 2pm
June 15: Real Border Issues: Perspectives from a Former Border Patrol Chief, Shadle, 3:30pm
June 17: Pajama Storytime, Shadle or South Hill, 6:30pm
June 18: Build Your Future Job, Inland Northwest AGC Apprenticeships, East Side, 5:30pm
June 18: Hikes in the Spokane Area, South Hill, 6:30pm
June 18: Crochet a bookmark, Indian Trail, 6:30pm
June 22: Virtual Reality for Kids, East Side, 10am
June 22: Drag Queen Story Hour, Downtown, 2pm
June 24: Backyard Astronomy Without a Telescope (Ages 10 to Adult), South Hill, 6:30pm
June 25: Backyard Astronomy Without a Telescope (Ages 10 to Adult), Hillyard, 6:30pm 
June 25: What Do Sports Teach Our Kids?, Downtown, 6:30pm
June 25: Immigrants: A Public Health Perspective, Shadle, 6pm
June 27: The Punderground, Downtown, 7:30pm
June 29: Hoopfest Fun, Downtown, 10am
See our full calendar for more great events.
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