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Got fines? We'll waive them during Food for Fines. From April 7 through 20, a donation of one non-perishable item or pet food item will eliminate ALL active fines! Donations benefit 2nd Harvest and SCRAPS.

Save the Date

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale is right around the corner. Buy books for as low as $1 and on Saturday, April 20, buy a bag of books for $3.
April 17 (Friends member presale): 4:30-7:30pm 
April 18-19: 10am-5pm
April 20: 10am-2pm

Library Giving Day

Show your support for Spokane Public Library on Library Giving DayApril 10. Donations as low as $5 can contribute to our goal of raising $10,000 to add to our collection.

Get your tickets today!

Spokane's Citizen Hall of Fame is May 1st. Claim a spot at the table and join us to celebrate those who  make Spokane amazing. 

Library Closures
Shadle and South Hill will be closed on Sunday April 21 for Easter. 

In November 2018, Spokane voters approved a bond to remodel 4 libraries and build 3 new libraries. We immediately hit the ground running to start on design work. Now join us to get a first look at design plans for Shadle, Downtown, East Side and Hillyard. Learn more at

Open Houses
Tuesday, April 9, 5-7pm at Northeast Community Center | Preview Plans for the new Shaw Middle School & Hillyard Library (In partnership with Spokane Public Schools)

Wednesday, April 10, 4-6pm at East Side Library | Preview plans for the New Libraries in East Central (In partnership with Spokane Public Schools and Spokane Parks & Recreation)

Tuesday, April 16, 4-6pm at Shadle Library 

Thursday, April 18, 4-6pm and 7-8pm at Downtown Library (And, if you want, stay for a fun show at Lilac City Live!)

Upcoming Events


Celebrate National Tartan Day

Featuring the Angus Scott Pipe & Drum Band, Spokane School of Highland Dance, Scottish Country Dancers, displays of tartans and weaponry, making of kilts by Spokane Weavers Guild, clan genealogy – and more!
April 6, 10-2:30pm

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Ready to Read, Ready to Learn!

Encourage your pre-kindergarten child (ages 4-6) to get ready for school with this six-week series. Each week we'll use books and hands-on activities to encourage growth in communication, pre-reading skills, pre-writing skills, playing to learn, and motor skills. (This series will be offered again at each branch.)
April 10 - May 15, Indian Trail
May 24 - June 28, Shadle

Register your child today

Cooking with Chef Ricky

Want to know how to make a cupcake into a piece of art, like a bird's nest for Easter? Learn from Chef Ricky, the winner of Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge 2018. Let Chef Ricky bring out the inner baker/artist in you during this free family event!
April 13, 3:30pm

Learn from a Food Network Winner!

Get Lit! 

The 2019 Get Lit! Festival is April 22-28 and features great opportunities to see award-winning authors from our region and beyond. As part of the festival, we're hosting three special poetry events at the Downtown Library. 
April 25-26
Downtown Library

Get Lit! Poetry Programs

Fem+Fest Spokane Feminist Art Festival

The Second Annual FEM+FEST Spokane Feminist Art Festival features visual arts, spoken word, live music and other entertainment that addresses the stigmatization of feminism. 
April 27, 6pm-9pm
Downtown Library

RSVP on Facebook

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Stop by the library throughout the month of May for our variety of cultural events. Learn more about K-Pop, Japanese culture and more!

Asia/Pacific Heritage Month Events
April 5: First Friday/Song Craft with Vanna Oh!, Downtown, 6:30pm
April 6: "You Matter" - A National Poetry Month Event, Shadle, 3:30pm
April 8: Contemporary Arab Society's "Great Transformation": Social and Cultural Changes, Shadle, 6:30pm
April 8: Slovenia: Culture, Sports, Food, South Hill, 6:30pm
April 9: Roses for the Inland Northwest, South Hill, 6:30pm
April 9: Finland: Land of the Midnight Sun, 188,888 Lakes, Shadle, 6:30pm
April 18: Lilac City Live, Downtown, 8pm
April 20: Build Your Cat a Castle, Hillyard, 2pm
April 20: Experiencing the Bowron, Shadle, 3:30pm
April 22: Never Not Knitting, South Hill, 11am
April 23: Container Vegetable Gardening, Hillyard, 6:30pm
April 25: Is Black History Still Relevant in 2019?, South Hill, 6pm
April 27: Build Your Cat a Castle, Indian Trail, 2pm
April 29: Swimming the English Channel, South Hill, 6:30pm
April 30: Power 2 the Poetry Writing Workshop: Channeling Your Inner Light, Downtown, 6pm
April 30: Beyond Organic for Consumers and Gardeners, Shadle, 6:30pm
See our full calendar for more great events.

In the News

It’s all happening at the library: Spokane’s library systems go beyond books offering a variety of services to patronsThe Spokesman-Review, 3/10/2019
Spokane Public Library a finalist for national awardThe Spokesman-Review, 3/21/19
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