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May 2019

Celebrate Asian/Pacific Culture

Join us for a variety of cultural events celebrating Asian and Pacific American culture. From history to K-Pop, we have an event that will interest you!

Support the Library with AmazonSmile

Make Spokane Public Library Foundation your charity of choice when shopping with AmazonSmile. While you're buying those holiday gifts, .5% of select purchases can support the library foundation. 

Buying Books? See if they are available at the library first!

Do you use the Chrome web browser? Download Library Extension and next time you're searching for a book on GoodReads or Amazon, the plugin will show you that book's availability at Spokane Public Library.

Bloomsday Poster Retrospective

Stop by the Downtown Library to see all of the Bloomsday posters on display, dating back to the first Bloomsday run in 1977. Which one is your favorite?

All branches will be closed on May 26 and May 27 for Memorial Day. 

Upcoming Events


First Friday Concert and Art Walk

Join us for a First Friday performance and art walk! Starting at 5pm, tour our art galleries to see local artists. At 6:30, we will start an open mic and concert with musician Daniel Hall.  
May 3, 5pm
Downtown Library

Attend Event

May the Fourth Be with You

Celebrate 'Star Wars Day' by dropping in and making a fun craft!
May 4, All Day
South Hill

Attend Event

DIY Pet Toys

Drop in any time from 3-5 on Tuesday afternoon to make a toy for your dog, cat, bird, ferret, hippopotamus, etc. - pet lovers of any sort welcome
May 7, 3pm
Downtown Library

Attend Event

Cat Cafe 

Drop in on Friday afternoon from 3-6 to visit some feline friends, courtesy of SCRAPS! We'll have toys and treats for our adoptable guests from SCRAPS, free coffee for our human visitors, and adoption/volunteer information for those interested. 
May 10, 3pm
Downtown Library

Attend Event
May 2: Love is Not Enough: Growing Up Black While Living with a White Family, South Hill, 6pm
May 4: Container Herb Gardening, Indian Trail, 3pm
May 7: Build Your Future Job: Skilled Trade Preparation & Summer Programs, East Side, 5:30pm
May 8: Deconstructive Learning (Ages 12-18), Indian Trail, 4pm
May 9: Understanding the Speech Gap: Saying Hello in Ebonics, South Hill, 6pm
May 10: Virtual Reality at the Library (Ages 12-18), Hillyard, 3:30pm
May 10: Unicorn Magic Party, Shadle, 4pm
May 11: The Art of George Catlin, Downtown, 10:30am
May 11: Tunisian Culture: 3,000 Years of Civilization - Plus Touris,. Food, and Current Events, South Hill, 1pm
May 14: Hikes in the Spokane Area, South Hill, 6:30pm
May 14: Introduction to Fly Fishing, East Side, 6:30pm
May 16: The Struggle is Real: Challenges Faced by African American Athletes, South Hill, 6pm
May 16: Lilac City Live, Downtown, 8pm
May 17: Dungeons and Dragons Club (Ages 12-18), Hillyard, 3:30pm
May 18: Drought Tolerant Plants, South Hill, 10:30am
May 18: Build Your Cat a Castle, East Side, 10:30am
May 21: Make Your Lawn Look Sharp While Saving Money, South Hill, 6:30pm
May 22: Art Attack: Make Someone Else's Art Your Own (Ages 12-18), Hillyard, 4pm
May 23: The Punderground, Downtown, 7:30pm
May 25: World Travels: South Africa, South Hill, 11am
May 28: Build Your Future Job: Skilled Trade Preparation and Summer Programs, Shadle, 6pm
May 28: Power 2 the Poetry: Mental Health Awareness Month, Downtown, 6pm
May 28: Raised Bed Gardening, South Hill, 6:30pm
See our full calendar for more great events.

In the News

How may we help you: the changing role of public libraries, WSU Alumni Magazine, May 2019. Pictured: Cindy Wigen reading to Tasia Johnson, 5, during her visit to Sacred Heart Childrens’ Hospital that she does every week as part of her work with Spokane Public Library.
Local businesses are picturing profits with social media platformThe Spokesman-Review, 4/9/2019
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