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February 2019

Black History Month at SPL

Celebrate Black History Month by challenging yourself to read a book by an African or African-American author. Or watch a variety of movies documenting African American cinema, history and more on Kanopy.

Also, don't miss our special events in honor of Black History Month:

Nominations Extended!

Don't delay! Nominations for Citizen Hall of Fame are extended to end of day today, February 8th. Do you know an extraordinary Spokanite? Nominate them! 

2018 was a year of looking toward the future. We focused on planning our Vision 2025 and developing plans to renovate and build the Library of the Future, culminating in the passing of City of Spokane Bond Proposition 1.
See all our accomplishments in this short video.

Upcoming Events


The Critical Tenets for the Sphere of Dominance and White Fragility

Please join us for this presentation by Dr. Claudine Richardson from Spokane Falls Community College. She will examine and discuss the five critical tenets of power and white fragility. This program is one of our events celebrating Black History Month.

February 9, 3:30 PM
South Hill Library

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Sharma Shields: The Cassandra Book Launch

Washington State Book Award Winner Sharma Shields unveils her newest novel THE CASSANDRA alongside two of her favorite Northwest fiction writers, Alexis M. Smith and Megan Kruse.
February 12, 6:30 PM
Downtown Library

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Kate Quinn: The Huntress [ticketed event]

We are excited to co-host New York Times Bestselling author Kate Quinn. Kate will be joining us to discuss her newest work of historical fiction - “The Huntress.” Kate will read, answer questions from her book, and sign copies for readers in attendance. To attend, purchase a copy of the book from Aunties' and get 2 event tickets. A portion of sales from this event will benefit Spokane Public Library Foundation.
February 27, 7:30 PM
Downtown Library

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Ancient Egypt: A Homeschool Event

Learn about mummification and take a virtual tour of Queen Neferati's tomb.
February 14 and 15
Various locations

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Lilac City Live!

Mark your calendars for a special Inlander Restaurant Week kick-off edition of Lilac City Live, featuring chef Jeremy Hansen, Heat Speak, Mara Baldwin and more!
February 21, 8pm
Downtown Library

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Hacking Democracy: What Social Media is Doing to US Politics

Join political scientist and WSU professor Travis Ridout to explore the pros and cons of social media in political campaigns. While social media use gives citizens access to a wealth of information, it also exposes them to messages that are carefully tailored and targeted in a highly sophisticated manner. More ominously, social media can be used to psychologically manipulate voters in unprecedented ways, beyond the fact-checking and scrutiny of the news media spotlight.

Funded by Humanities Washington

February 25, 6:30pm
South Hill Library

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Mondays: Trivia Night, Logan Tavern (1305 N. Hamilton), 7pm
February 8-14: Valentine Craft Events for Kids, Locations Vary
February 13: Lunchtime Book Group - Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Downtown, 12pm
February 16: Teaching Foreign Language to Children: A Bilingual Support Workshop, South Hill, 3pm
February 16: Indian Trail Book Club: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, Indian Trail, 10:30am
February 19: Power 2 the Poetry with Gonzaga Law: The Incarcerated, Downtown Library, 6pm
February 23: Student Loan Debt Navigation, Downtown Library, 1pm 
February 23: Off the Beaten Path: Ten Years Teaching and Traveling in China, South Hill, 3:30pm
February 26: Thriving After Service: Veterans Living with TBI, Downtown Library, 6pm
Various Dates/Locations: Shadows: A Preschool STEM Event for 3-6 Year Olds
See our full calendar for more great events.

In the News

Ancient Egypt: A Homeschool Event
Kids aged kindergarten-6th grade learn about science in ancient Egypt.
The Spokesman Review, 2/1/2019
Area High School Students Compete in Poetry Outloud Event

Thursday night,  January 31st, the Downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library played host to a regional competition for high school students, Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest put on across the United States.
Spokane Public Radio, 2/4/2019

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