Library to Operate as Cooling Center During Heat Wave

All Spokane Public Library locations are available as cooling centers for the upcoming heat wave. The Library will also open special hours on Sunday (6/27) & Monday (6/28) to provide more access. The hours will be as follows:

  • Sunday 6/27: Hillyard, Indian Trail, South Hill, & East Side 11-6
  • Monday 6/28: Hillyard, Indian Trail, & East Side 11-6; South Hill 10-8

STA Plaza and Northtown Mall will remain closed on Sunday/Monday. The Governor’s office has also lifted all COVID-related limitations for cooling centers across the state, so visitors may stay longer than 30 minutes.

Hours of Operation

STA PLAZA Tue-Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

EAST SIDE Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

HILLYARD Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

INDIAN TRAIL Tue: 12 pm – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

NORTHTOWN MALL Tue-Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

SOUTH HILL Mon & Tue: 10 am – 8 pm; Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10 am – 6 pm



Navigation | The Great Outdoors

Knowing where you are and getting where you want to go, safely and efficiently, are important skills for spending time in the great outdoors. The traditional use of map and compass is a reliable beginning, but newer technologies are now available. These resources from the Library can help you get to your destination and back out again!  

 
Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter & GPS by Bob Burns

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The Natural Navigator: The Rediscovered Art of Letting Nature Be Your Guide by Tristan Gooley

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Garmin eTrex Vista HCx: Personal Navigator 

Library of Things

Outdoor Navigation with GPS 

Library of Things

Compass

Library of Things

Using a Map and Compass by Don Geary

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Be Expert with Map & Compass: The Complete “Orienteering” Handbook by Bjorn Kjellstrom 

Book

NOLS Wilderness Navigation by Darran Wells

Book 

GPS Outdoors: A Practical Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts by Russell Helms

Book

Using GPS Bruce Grubbs

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Magazine Resources  

Explore our digital magazine collection with OverDrive! Here you can read the complete electronic version of titles such as Backpacker, Outside, and The Great Outdoors  

Stream Videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  

Other Resources

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club



Statement of Support for Indigenous Communities Grieving Discovery at Residential Schools in Canada

The discovery of the 215 Indigenous children buried at the Kamloops Residential School, the 104 found at the Brandon Residential School, and the 751 found at the Marieval Indian Residential School are a tragic reality of colonization. Spokane Public Library would like to acknowledge the pain and loss these tribal communities are experiencing. There are no words that could possibly soothe the wounds that this discovery and the impacts of residential schools and other colonial policies has had on the First people of the Americas.

While this discovery occurred in Canada, we want to acknowledge that the United States also had similar policies and impacts on Indigenous communities here in the United States called boarding schools. We know there were 357 similar boarding schools in the United States, 14 of which were in Washington State. Additionally, many tribal members in the Spokane region have personal connections to the Kamloops Residential School.

We know that words are not enough but we also know that we must make visible the impacts of how colonial violence has caused so much damage to our Indigenous community members. We encourage our customers to check out this list of books to learn more about how the boarding school system was used as a form of genocide:

Youth

Adult



Canoeing and Kayaking in the Inland Northwest

filip-mroz-zk049ofp4ui-unsplashSpokane is a wonderful place to get out on the water in a canoe or kayak. They are affordable, quiet, provide some exercise, and are a link to the paddling past. With dozens of lakes and rivers in the region, there are wonderful opportunities for a beautiful day in the great outdoors. Just remember to bring all the essential gear like a Personal Floatation Device – PFD – and whistle, a hat and sunscreen, a headlamp, a dry bag for personal items and spare clothes, and a first aid kit. Check the weather before heading out, don’t go alone to a remote location, and at the launch site lash down everything you don’t want to lose in a capsize

Paddling Washington: Flatwater and Whitewater Routes in Washington State and the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers

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Paddling the Columbia: A Guide to All 1200 Miles of Our Scenic & Historical River by John Roskelley

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The Art of Kayaking : Everything You Need to Know About Paddling by Nigel Foster

Book

The Only Kayak: A Journey into the Heart of Alaska by Kim Heacox

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Sea Kayaking Illustrated: A Visual Guide to Better Paddling by John Robison

Book

Building your Kevlar Canoe: A Foolproof Method and Three Foolproof Designs by James Moran

Book

Adventure North by Sean Bloomfield

Book

Kayak Routes of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Peter McGee

Book

Kayak Fitness: The Fusion of Sport and Exercise 

DVD

The Strip-Built Sea Kayak: Three Rugged, Beautiful Boats You Can Build by Nick Schade

Book

Practical Kayaking 

DVD

 

Local Clubs 

Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club | Spokane, WA  

Magazine Resources  

Explore our eMagazines and read the complete electronic version of titles such as Paddle World Magazine, Kayak Session Magazine, Stand Up Paddle World, and Outside.  

 

Stream Videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos that will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  



Summer Reading 2021

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Welcome to Summer Reading 2021! Pick up a copy of Spokane Somersault, a Summer Reading magazine for kids, or the Summer Boredom Buster, a teen zine. Try science experiments, stargazing, reading activities, recipes, and even growing your own food!

Challenge yourself to read 15 hours this summer. Track your reading and earn badges online at spl.northwestreads.org.

And don’t forget to stop by your favorite library after you’ve read 15 hours for a free prize book. Have a great summer!

Download a copy of our Summer Reading magazines for kids and teens below:

Spokane Somersault (Kids) | Summer Boredom Buster (Teens)

Or download a copy of our diverse reading challenge and Summer Reading tracker:

Diverse Reads | Summer Reading Tracker



Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults

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In recognition of Pride Month, we created a list of some newer LGBTQIA+ books to add to your Pride celebration.

Check out our Pride Month Book List Recommendations from Community Members. 


Picture Books  

Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown 

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It Feels Good to be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn 

Book

My Rainbow by Trinity Neal 

Book

Plenty of Hugs by Fran Manushkin

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders 

Book

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart 

Book

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph 

Book

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman 

Book

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff 

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Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass 

Book

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne 

Book

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

Book

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

Book

Ivy Aberdeens Letter to the Worldby Ashley Herring Blake 

Book

King and the Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender

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Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 

Book

The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

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The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith 

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Young Adult

A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson 

Book

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron 

Book | eBook

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 

Book | eBook

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee 

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Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith 

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The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar 

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The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

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The Scapegracers  by Hannah Abigail Clarke

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

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Pride Month | Book List Recommended by Community Members

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For Pride Month, we reached out to the LGBTQ community and asked them to share some of their favorite books or books they felt were important for others to read. This is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices.

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group. The library would like to thank everyone who participated by giving us suggestions.

 

Check out our Pride Month Book List for Kids and Young Adults.

 

Recommended by Mandy Manning, 2018 National Teacher of the Year

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

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Fingersmith  by Sarah Waters

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Recommended by Andrew Whitver, Spokane Arts Commissioner and arts advocate

How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Book

The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon by Tom Spanbauer

Book

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Book

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Book | eBook | Audiobook

A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

ON ORDER

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

ON ORDER

On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sachs

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Passion by  Jeanette Winterson

Book

Hunger by Roxanne Gay

Book | eBook | Audiobook

 

Recommended by Dr. Mimi Marinucci, Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Philosophy, Eastern Washington University

 Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Dr. Jessi Willis, Senior Lecturer, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Eastern Washington University

 A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

ON ORDER

Burn It Down! Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution by Breanne Fahs

ON ORDER

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Dr. Judy Rohrer, Director and Assistant Professor, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies 

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare

ON ORDER

Feminist, Queer, Crip by Alison Kafer

ON ORDER

Men in Place: Trans Masculinity, Race and Sexuality in America by Miriam Abelson

ON ORDER

 

Recommended by Lisa Logan, Manager, Women’s and Gender Education Center, Eastern Washington University

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (graphic novel) by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Book | eBook | Audiobook | CD

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (graphic memoir) by Alison Bechdel

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Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker

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Washington State Death Certificates Online | Genealogy

mr-cup-fabien-barral-fo5dtm6id1y-unsplash When researching family history, one of the most valuable resources is a death certificate. Death certificates can include date of birth and death, marital status and a spouse’s name, occupation, birthplace, parent names, cause of death and location of burial.

While many states and municipalities require that a death certificate be purchased, Washington state has recently decided to release and digitize death certificates for free on the Washington State Digital Archives. The ongoing project hopes to eventually offer death certificates for all those who died in Washington State from July 1, 1907 – December 31, 1995. Currently the most complete records are those prior to 1960 but later records are beginning to show up. So, if you are hoping to find more information on a relative, check the Digital Archives. And, if you don’t find the record right away, keep checking back! 



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Community Members Book List

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For Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we reached out to members of Spokane’s AAPI community and asked them to share some of their favorites or books they felt were important for others to read. Some responses included videosThis is an #OwnVoices list in more than one way, it is selected by #OwnVoices and the books themselves are written by #OwnVoices. 

#OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group. 

 The library would like to thank everyone who participated by giving us suggestions.


Recommended by Pam Tajima Praeger, Sansei, former Spokane Falls Community College educator, member of the Washington State Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs, Commission on Judicial Conduct, currently serving on the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board, and social justice advocate. 

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee 

Book 

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins  

Book 

Asian Americans on PBS

The Hifumi En Society provides support to the Japanese-American community in the Greater Spokane Region in its pursuit of promoting cultural awareness. Videos may be seen at Omoide (hifumien.org).  


Recommended by Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Sociology Professor, Eastern Washington University 

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 

Book | eBook 

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee  

Book 


Recommended by Rosie Zhou, Youth Community Organizer and Senior, Ferris High School 

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 

Book | eBook  

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 

Book | eBook | Audiobook

The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee 

Book 


Recommended by Hyunki Ahn, President, Spokane-Jecheon (South Korea) Sister City Society 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

Book eBook Audiobook

Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee  

On order 

The Vegetarian by Han Kang 

eBook

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park  

Book 


Recommended by Charity Doyl, Publisher, The Family Guide and Event Organizer, The Family Fun Fair & Northwest Winterfest 

1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies  

Book 

Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions by Virgil Mayor Apostol  

On order 


Recommended by Sam SongLead Instructor/Owner, Kumon Math and Reading Center of Spokane 

Wang Xiang  – YouTube. The name of the song means “Looking at My Hometown.” It is a reminder of a small village in China and the family that was left behind. 


Recommended by Tia Moua, former Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and current Gonzaga University student 

Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha 

Book

Jouanah, A Hmong Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn 

Book

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang 

Book


Recommended by Juan Juan, Community Educator – Lifelong Learning, Spokane Public Library 

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See 

Book 


Recommended by Miyoko Kuzutani, Spokane Public Library  

Ikigai: the Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Hector Garcia 

Book 

Spark Joy: an Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 

Book  


Recommended by Kekaulani Garcia, Spokane Public Library 

Moana directed by Ron Clements 

DVD 

Lilo and Stitch directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois  

DVD 


Recommended by Ming Cooley, Spokane Public Library  

The Art of War by Sunzi 

Book 

Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger directed by Ang Lee 

DVD 


Recommended by Sean Beresford, Spokane Public Library

Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu

DVD

The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang

DVD

Like Father, Like Son directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

DVD

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Book | eBook

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Book |  eBook |  Audiobook


Recommended by Sowmya Surapaneni, a cultural enthusiast & Founder & President of Indian Youth Club of Spokane

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Book | eBook | Sound Recording

Ghandi Directed by Richard Attenborough

DVD



Fishing in the Inland Northwest

brady-rogers-zgrb8tmt6zq-unsplash Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for those living in Spokane. There are many opportunities available to share the fun on the water with family and friends. The popular Lowland Lake Opener, which are lakes east of the Cascades under 3,500 feet elevationstarts April 24. There are dozens of fishing lakes in the Spokane region, particularly for rainbow trout. Washington State fishing regulations, stocking reports, fishing events, and instructional videos may be found at Fishing & Shellfishing | Washington Department of Fish & WildlifeHave a great time catching your limit!  

Library Resources:  

Liar’s Handbook: fishing guide [for] Washington lakes, rivers, streams, salt water 

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Washington’s Top Fishing Maps 

Book

Fishing Guide to the Northwest 

Book

The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide 

Book

Fisherman’s Bible: the world’s most comprehensive angling reference 

Book

Sports Afield Trout Fisher’s Almanac: expert advice from America’s greatest anglers 

Book

Introduction to Fly Fishing [videorecording (DVD)] 

DVD

A Fly Rod of Your Own 

Book

Smallmouth Bass Fishing for Everyone : how to catch the hardest fighting fish that swims 

Book

All Fishermen Are Liars 

Book

Ice Fishing: the ultimate guide 

Book

Fly Fishing for Trout with Harry Murray: the secrets to catching cutthroats, rainbows, brookies, and browns 

DVD

 

Magazine Resources  

Explore our collection of eMagazines and on OverDrive. Here you can read titles such as Fishing World, Fly Fisherman, Trout Fisher, In-FishermanTrout & Salmonand others!  

Stream videos on Kanopy  

Go to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos that will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered. 

  

Examples of Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources 

Places to go fishing | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Including maps!  

Fish Washington – YouTube 

Basic Techniques for Trout Fishing in Washington – YouTube 

Opening Day Fishing in Washington Part 2: The Fishing Experience – YouTube 

#BassWeek 2020 – YouTube 

Crappie Fishing in Washington – YouTube 

Kids Fishing Events in Washington – YouTube 

And for later in the season:  

Ice Fishing for Trout in Washington – YouTube