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Libraries will trade food for your fine

Libraries will trade food for your fine

Your overdue books could help feed hungry Spokane area families.

This is National Library Week, and in celebrations, Spokane County Library District is holding the 2nd annual Food for Fines event.

For every non-perishable item of food, the district will forgive $1.00 of your fine, up to a maximum of $10.00 per library card. Fees eligible for the program include accumulated overdue charges and fees for damaged items (unless the account is already in collections).

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

Spokane County libraries offer eReader assistance

The Spokane County Library District wants to help you put the new tablet or eReader that you unwrapped on Christmas morning to good use. The Spokane Valley Library and the North Spokane Library are hosting two weekends of workshops to show Spokane County residents how to download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their devices.

Car prowlings skyrocket in Spokane County and Valley

News release from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

To date, Spokane County residents, including Spokane City and Spokane Valley, have reported over 180 vehicle prowlings since the beginning of the year.  The past two years the number of reported incidents were 107 for the entire year.

A large majority of these crimes have occurred at Centennial Trailheads.  Citizens have been victimized by either leaving their door unlocked, windows down or valuables inside their vehicle in plain sight. 

With the holiday season approaching, the Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to leave valuables out of plain sight inside their vehicles, to detach GPS units from their dashboard if possible and to place their garage door opener in an alternate location other than their visor.

As always, if you witness suspicious activity you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

 

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

Palouse Falls named among best in the world

A travel website has included the Palouse Falls in a list of the top waterfalls in the world. The Palouse Falls was listed as number 10 on the list of 15 of the World's Most Amazing Waterfalls by Thrillist.com.

 

Thrillist.com releases daily emails highlighting entertainment, food and travel in large cities including Seattle, Austin and Las Vegas. The website includes a travel section which features fun articles about anything ranging from the best camping gear, new travel apps and even an article on the smelliest cities in the world. The site often produces best of lists, such as the best swim up bars, best travel photos of the year, and the world's most amazing waterfalls.

 

Spokane Arts Commission announces 2014 Chase Gallery season

Spokane Arts Commission announces 2014 Chase Gallery season

With the fresh new year comes a fresh set of locally produced artwork displayed at the Chase Gallery. The gallery, located in Downtown Spokane, will present four exhibitions in 2014.

The first exhibition, titled “Drawing,” will run from January 8 through March 28. It will include drawings, installations and other gestures. The local artists with works displayed are John DeRoulet (Spokane), Rachel Dolezal (Spokane), Noel Fountain and collaborators (Moscow) and Dennis Smith (Medical Lake). An artist reception will be held on Friday, February 7 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Next, starting April 2 and running through July 3, the Chase Gallery will exhibit a collection dubbed “Very Carefully.” This set will display works including woodcarving, metal assemblage, painting and mosaic. The exhibit will house pieces by Hank Chiapetta (Spokane), Sarah Fagan (Portland), Patricia Franklin (Woodinville) and Rik Nelson (Liberty Lake). An artist reception will be held on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 p.m.

Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

Little Library represents plans for Spokane Valley development

There's a new addition to the corner of Sprague Ave. and Herald Road in the Spokane Valley. The edge of the empty lot that has sat vacant for the last 40 years is now home to a Little Free Library, and the Spokane County Library District is hoping that this mini version will inspire residents to approve funding for a full size version in the coming months.

 

On Thursday afternoon, the Spokane Valley Parks and Recreation Department and the Spokane County Library District held the last of three public comment events on a proposed new park and library to fill the empty corner. The two groups jointly purchased the land last year, and now the Library District is working on getting funding for a new 30,000 square foot library.