Library Projects Under Construction

The Library currently has five projects under constructionfunded by the $77 million bond voters passed in 2018. There have been no major pandemic implications to the construction timelines and we are looking forward to opening four out of five projects this year. Read on to learn about each project. You may also watch a time lapse of the construction projects here. 

Liberty Park 

Located adjacent to the aquatic center at Liberty Park, this building is nearly double in size to the existing East Side Library that it will replace. This location will feature beautiful westward views of the park and a Sasquatch-themed children’s area. The library also includes a quiet reading room, two group study rooms, and a large event space. This building is expected to open in summer 2021. 








Shadle Park 

The Shadle Park Library renovation nearly doubles the size of the existing library to 30,000 square feet. Visitors to the new Shadle Park Library will enjoy access to a large event space, several private study rooms, a maker studio, and an enhanced children’s area called Moose’s Market. Shadle Park Library is expected to open in summer 2021. 









The new Hillyard Library will be located on the Shaw Middle School campus, positioned next to the Shaw Middle School Library with a retractable door to accommodate library access outside of school hours. The library’s partnership with Spokane Public Schools efficiently uses tax-payer funds to expand services to the community. The new library boasts a mountain-themed children’s area, three private group study rooms, a large event space, and a maker studio. The new Hillyard Library is expected to open in fall 2021. 







The Hive™ 

In partnership with Spokane Public Schools, the Library is building a cutting-edge facility in the Sprague Union DistrictCalled The Hive™ for the variety of learning and arts activities that will take place there, this building will provide event/training facilities and offices for Spokane Virtual Learning as well as a maker studio and studio spaces for local artists. This building already won an architecture award from The American Institute of Architects Spokane chapter in the unbuilt category. The Hive™ will open in summer 2021. 

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Spokane’s main library, the three story, 117,000 square foot space located downtownwill reopen in spring 2022 as a citywide hub of 21st century library servicesAfter reopening, this library will be renamed Central Library. Highlights of the new Central Library include large event spaces overlooking Spokane Falls, media studios including a public recording studio, an underwater-themed children’s area, and, of course, plenty of room for the library’s collection. Ample meeting and small study rooms will punctuate each floor of the building, offering a variety of choices for community use. 

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Indian Trail and South Hill libraries will also be lightly renovated. Design work began on those projects and construction will begin in summer 2021.  


Winter World Jumble | Opening Act(ivity)

Hi, my name is Lisa. I usually host the Opening Act(ivity) program at Northtown. While the libraries are closed, we are bringing the activities to you virtually.

Today’s activity is a Winter Word(s) Jumble:


Find the answers here!

Have fun!!!

Recommended Reads of 2020



This year is/was, in short, a trip. One way to escape our own reality was to immerse ourselves in that of another via reading anything and everything. Straight from SPL staff to you, we present our Recommended Reads of 2020. The books in this list, published this year (or late 2019), grasped our attention through the trials and tribulations that became 2020. It certainly was a memorable one, wasn’t it? Enjoy these reads!


Watching From the Dark by Gytha Lodge

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

“It’s a fast-moving, innovative urban fantasy with Lovecraftian undertones and cultural commentary. If you know and love New York City, you’ll have more insights into the characterizations (literally) of the city and its boroughs, but even those of us who have only visited or learned about New York City through media can appreciate Jemisin’s sly humor and sense of place. I also HIGHLY recommend the audiobook read by Robin Miles. She’s a wonderful narrator who gives each character a distinct personality,” Dana.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

“This book is escape reading at its best. Imagine a world filled with every story ever told from every period of history and time; all of these stories are collected in a magical world that exists under our feet. And if you’re very lucky, you can just open a door (the right door) and enter it….,” Tammy.

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Network Effect by Martha Wells

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Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire


Harleen by Stjepan Šejić

“Not only the best depiction of Harley Quinn, hands down the best art also,” Becky.


Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

“This beautiful novel, written in verse, is a coming of age story about Michael who is mixed race and British. The novel starts with Michael as a young boy who desperately wants a Barbie but instead is given a Ninja Turtle. We follow him through his adolescent and teenage years all the way to college where, along the way, he begins to more fully understand his own identity and passions. It ends with a drag show where Michael fully embraces his new drag persona as the Black Flamingo- and this is when, as a reader, my heart was bursting,” Katie.

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Disability Visibility : First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, edited by Alice Wong

“I highly recommend this book of essays and writings from folks in the disability community. Edited by Alice Wong who is a disabled Activist and creator who, among other things, started the Disability Visibility Project and is part of the #CripTheVote movement. For those of you still committed to diversifying your reading and want to include more marginalized voices, check it out. This is one book from 2020 I will be thinking about for years to come,” Katie.


You Matter by Christian Robinson


Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang


Deacon King Kong by James McBride

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The End of the Day by Bill Clegg


Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

“This is the sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s fantastic West-African inspired fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. I recommend this book because it is some of the best and most unique fantasy fiction I have read recently. The characters in this book grow and change; some for better, some for worse,” Gina.

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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

“I picked this book up because it had the word “Djinn” in the title and I am attracted to books with magical realism. The young characters in the story are also interested in the presence of djinn but what they find becomes much darker. This story is a peek into the utter poverty of many in India and how they fight to live and find some joy in their lives. Beautifully written and so important, I recommend this book to all,” Eva.

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

“The main character in The Girl with the Louding Voice is a fighter. She does not give up and she is faced with incredible adversity! Her incredible, infectious spirit drives this novel and despite the very heavy subject (human trafficking), she lifts us up and we cheer her on,” Eva

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

“Everyone you know is reading it, but it really is that good! This is a compelling, touching story about a fascinating period in Spokane history. Check out the acknowledgements for leads on other books about the time,” Vanessa.

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The Couch Potato by Jory John


The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey


Speak Up by Miranda Paul and Ebony Glenn


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“I saw this book in numerous articles and decided to see what all the hype was about. Let me tell you, it was worth it. This gothic horror left me feeling spooked, charmed, and anxious for the lead character to succeed; and despite the conflicting emotions, I was on the edge of my seat through it all,” Skyler.

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The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl


Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik

“Each book is well-written. The world building is consistent. The storyline follows the youngest “von Hasenberg” sibling. As the youngest daughter, she is seen as spoiled, frivolous, and flighty. Her image allows her to follow her true abilities and work as a spy for her family,” Michele.


Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner

“This book gives a clear picture of the opioid crisis and how the Sackler family gained influence and success in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, it describes how those within the drug industry, government agencies, and scientists have exchanged their responsibility to public health for greed.” Catherine.


We Have Been Harmonized by Kai Strittmatter


Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

This haunting horror novel is brutal, bleak, and beautifully written. A wrenching story of four Native teenage boys and how a tragic event from their youth follows them into adulthood. Visceral and very scary,” Kathryn.

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Green On Green by Dianne White and Felicita Sala

This sweet and calming picture book celebrates the changing seasons and a growing family with dreamy, rhythmic verse and lush illustrations. A lovely and joyous read for people of all ages,” Kathryn.


Winter & Holiday Picture Books 2020



Find a variety of children’s books to share celebrations of winter and a variety of winter holidays. Pick these up via curbside pickup!

Tree of Cranes by Allen Say


Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis and Daniel Minter


Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney


Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner


Is it Hanukkah Yet? by Chris Barash and Alessandra Psacharop


Little Owl’s Snow by Divya Srinivasan


Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington and Shane Evans


Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel and Mike Wohnoutka


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric A. Kimmel and Trina Schart Hyman


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


Winter Candle by Jeron Ashford Frame and Stacey Schuett


The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown


The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist


Every Month is a New Year: celebrations around the world by Marilyn Singer and Susan Roth


Chanukah Lights Everywhere by Michael Rosen and Melissa Iwai


Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas by Pamela Ehrenberg and Anjan Sarkar


Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution by Pat Miller and Kathi Ember


The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco


Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon, Tanya Simon, and Mark Siegel


‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Thong and Sara Palacios


Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko


The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis


N is for Navidad by Susan Middleton Elya, Merry Banks, and Joe Cepeda


Freedom Soup by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcántara 


A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Gary Clement 


The Christmas Coat: memories of my Sioux childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve and Ellen Beier


Make an Embroidered Snowflake Card

cardsThis year might just be the perfect one for sending holiday cards. Since we can’t see our friends and extended family in person this year, a card that lets someone know you’re thinking of them can really brighten their day!

Normally, I host Crafternoon programs to let patrons make their own cards at the library; but this year, video will have to do! This video teaches you how to make embroidered snowflake cards. You’ll need this template – download and print or you can have us print it and request the print with your curbside pickup.

Not sure what to write once you’ve made your cards? Here are some ideas:

  1. Thank someone for being in your life. Think about how this person has been important to you and tell them. How does this person make your life better? How have they helped you? Have they inspired you? How are you grateful for them?
  2. Reminisce about holiday memories that you shared with the person;
  3. Acknowledge how difficult this year has been and offer hope for future get-togethers;
  4. Just tell them you’re thinking of them.

Need more inspiration for your holidays? Check our catalog here or look at the extensive online magazine collection through RBDigital.

Spot Misinformation When You See it | Media Literacy 101

There is a plethora of information – true or not – at our fingertips. The best way to stay informed is to fact check and remain impartial to the things you see because misinformation is everywhere. Before you share information with the world, it’s best to make sure it is accurate to stop the spread of misinformation!  

While our reference librarians are always prepared to answer any questions you may have, it’s often easier to find the answers yourself. We get it, you want the answers here and now! What we hope to do in this post is provide you with a means of fact checking information on your own and employing tricks to spot misinformation when you see it.  

Check the Source 

Where do you usually get your news from? It’s important to note that media bias exists, and some information may not be reliable depending on how the article is written. A great resource for learning which media outlets remain more neutral and reliable is the media bias chart from Ad Fontes Media. See how your most-referenced outlets pair up with others and which tend to be more biased. 

Read the Whole Article, Not Just the Headline 

Headlines don’t paint a full picture of what the article is about. It’s easy to make snap judgments based off what a headline is because we want quick information, but sometimes it’s not always true. Think you’re good at judging if an article is true based off the title? Play this game to see if you can quickly judge whether a story is true or not. Another thing to look at is who wrote the article and the date the article was written since the information could be out of date.

But I’m Not Biased!” Don’t Worry, Psychology Says We All Are 

Confirmation Bias is the “tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs (Source: Britannica). We want to be right, it’s as simple as that! While it’s tempting to look at sites that confirm your beliefs, make sure you check a variety of sources to see the other sides of the story.  

Fact-Checking Takes Time. Are There Reliable Organizations Who Fact-Check Statements? 

Yes!,, the Washington Post  Fact, and 

Want to Become Better at Navigating Media and Misinformation? Read More! 

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young

Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Distortion by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson 

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age by David J. Helfand

The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread Cailin O’Connor

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Fact vs Fiction by Jennifer LaGarde

 A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel Levitin

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains by Nicholas G. Carr

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom

Books for Kids

Teaching kids about media literacy can start with early reading! Find books about forming a worldview, asking questions, and being curious so they can better understand facts and opinions.

Facts vs Opinions vs Robots by Michael Rex

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Learn How to Prepare Elderberries to Boost Your Immune System

Learning to do something new can be frustrating. Over the fall, I harvested elderberries and froze them with the intention to do something with them later. That something came in the form of a medicinal elderberry tincture, courtesy of an instructional video from Spokane Tribal Member Jennifer LeBret in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Following her instructions were easy! The aroma of the simmering tincture, with added cinnamon and ginger to enhance the health benefits and flavor, was delightful! While de-stemming the berries is meticulous due to the toxic nature of the stems and leaves, the end result is well worth the effort! I have an immune-boosting tincture ready to use for the upcoming winter months.

Check out Jennifer LeBret’s video and other Native American Heritage Month videos! Find videos for making fry-bread, weaving baskets, learning basic Salish words and phrases, and many more cultural and historical videos.

Transgender Awareness Booklist

November 13-19, 2020 is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to bring awareness to and support the transgender community by providing a platform, sharing stories, experiences, and reflections of identity, and acknowledging the prejudice and adversity the community faces often. Check out the booklist below or visit OdysseyPFLAG, and/or Spectrum Center to find more resources.

Picture Books

The Boy & The Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera


BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Carmen Saldana


I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings, and illustrated Shelagh McNicholas


It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity by Theresa Thorn, illustrated by Noah Grigini


Neither by Airlie Anderson


Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima


This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman Illustrated by Kristyna Litten


When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita


Middle Grade

Ana on the Edge by A.J. Sass


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker


George by Alex Gino

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Rick by Alex Gino


The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith


The Moon Within by Aida Salazar


The Pants Project by Cat Clarke


Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker



Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro


As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman


Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings


Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve


Pet by Akwaeke Emezi


Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Edited by Marieke Nijkamp


When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


RBDigital Audiobooks Moving to Libby/OverDrive on December 2, 2020

rb-digital-magazinesOn December 2, 2020, Spokane Public Library will be moving our digital ebooks and audiobooks from RBdigital to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive collection. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby. If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

Transition from RBdigital
If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the Profiles section of the RBdigital app. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby. For the time being, you can continue to use the RBdigital app to access magazines.

Getting Started with Libby
Our library is proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through Libby, the one-tap reading app. If you haven’t tried the Libby app yet, all you need to get started is your library card number and PIN number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes.

New to ebooks and audiobooks?
In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Choose from bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, books for kids, and more. Download the Libby app today.

Spokane Digital Photo Collection

For the past ten years, we have been digitizing our photo collection to create a comprehensive digital resource for images of Spokane and the Inland Northwest. These images are freely available for anyone to search or browse through our Digital Collections page. Since the Northwest Room has been closed, we have been going through photo files and adding any images we may have missed in the first project. We are now finished going through the Spokane photos, so all of the Spokane photos are available. We have also hit a milestone of 3000 images and have created a video showing you how to find pictures on your own.

Here are a couple of recent additions.


Mouth of the Little Spokane River at the Spokane House site. Frank Palmer photo, ca. 1915.



 “Looking across the city from the north bank of the river from a point about directly north from the Carnegie Library. Jake Hill is seated on a tree stump in the foreground of the view, ca. 1910.”