Engaging programs at the library even better with Friends

Friends of the Library are instrumental in bringing literary and cultural events to our community. They promote literacy, support engaging programs and lifelong learning, and provide for specialized materials for career development and to support local businesses.

The Friends sponsor programs for a variety of interests at our libraries and in the community. All programs are free, and we hope you get a chance to enjoy these experiences and workshops.

Programs Sponsored by the Friends

Family Museum Pass Program

The family museum pass program has been generously funded by the Friends of Spokane County Library District. Museum passes for Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and for both Mobius Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center are available for check out at each of our libraries. Learn more about the program on our website.

Creator in Residence

Delve into creativity and imagination with our Creator in Residence series at The Lab at North Spokane to uncover the creative economy and entrepreneurship found in Spokane County. Five local creators share their work through demonstrations and hands-on classes: graphic artist and publisher Derrick Freeland, artist and bookbinder Timothy Ely, jewelry designer Sondra Barrington, baker and cake decorator Catee Ng, and artist and manuscript illuminator Hannah Charlton. Each creator will be in residence for one month starting with Derrick Freeland in September. Registration is required for many of their classes, and we expect them to fill up fast, so don’t wait to sign up. Find more information in our fall issue of Engage.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the North Spokane Library 

September – Derrick Freeland
October – Timothy Ely
November – Sondra Barrington
December – Catee Ng
January – Hannah Charlton

Free SCORE Business Workshops

Build your business with SCORE business experts Josh King, Rob Kennedy, and Ben Cabildo, who present monthly workshops on a variety of topics relevant to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

The following workshops are sponsored by the Friends of the Spokane County Library District

See Your Business through the Eyes of Your Customer

What is the first impression of your business to your customers? For both online and physical locations, this workshop helps business owners find the best ways to present their businesses. Registration is required.

Thursday, Nov 15, 12:30–1:30pm

6 Marketing Must-Haves for Small Business

Learn about the marketing must-haves your small business needs for successful advertising. Registration is required.

Thursday, Dec 13, 12:30–1:30pm

Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

Legal, tax, insurance, and funding questions are just a few of the things to consider when starting a new business. Let SCORE help you address these questions and more. Registration is required.

Thursday, Jan 10, 12:30–1:30pm

Small Business Saturday

Support local businesses by shopping small on Small Business Saturday, November 24, a program from American Express. Spokane County Library District is the Neighborhood Champion in Cheney, Medical Lake, and Millwood (Argonne) for this holiday shopping tradition, supporting our local communities. Stop by Cheney, Medical Lake, and Argonne libraries for a Small Business Saturday activity to complete while shopping at participating local businesses. Bring your completed activity back to the library to collect a prize, while supplies last.

Small Business Saturday is sponsored by the Friends of the Spokane County Library District

Saturday, Nov 24, 10am–5pm

Small Business Spotlight: Millwood

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Argonne Library

Pamphlet-Stitch Bookbinding Workshop

Share an afternoon of bookbinding with the creative folks from Millwood Print Works (8921 E Euclid Ave), a member-based community print shop. Learn how to assemble small pocket books with beautiful letterpress covers using a pamphlet-stitch technique. No experience necessary. All materials are provided. Registration is required. Adults

Saturday, Nov 17, 1–2pm

Hand Embroidery

Dive into hand embroidery, with hands-on instruction for beginners and an advanced project for those with experience. All supplies are provided. Registration is required. Adults & Ages 14+

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Spokane County Library District

Wednesday, Jan 16, 1–2pm

Thursday, Jan 31, 1–2pm

Local Book Sales

The Friends of the Libraries hold several book sales and programs throughout the year. Please visit often to view updates:

Cheney Library

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9am–2pm (During Mayfest)

Deer Park Library

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, 9am–4pm (during Deer Park Winterfest)

Fairfield Library

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, 10am–4pm

Medical Lake Library

Friday, Apr 12, 2019, 10am–4pm
Saturday, Apr 13, 2019, 10am–4pm

Moran Prairie Library

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am–4pm

North Spokane Library

Friday, Mar 22, 2019, 10am–3pm
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019, 10am–3pm

Spokane Valley Library

Friday (Pre-sale), Jan 18, 2019, 3–5pm ($10 admission, bag sale)
Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, 9am–3pm

Friday (Pre-sale), Apr 26, 2019, 3–5pm ($10 admission)
Saturday, Apr 27, 2019, 9am–3pm


Airway Heights Library

2nd Thursday of the month, 2pm

Argonne Library

Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, 2pm

Cheney Library

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019, 5:30pm
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019, 5:30pm

Deer Park Library

Friday, Mar 22, 2019, 3pm

Medical Lake Library

2nd Monday of the month, 12pm

North Spokane Library

Monday, Mar 4, 2019, 7pm
Monday, Apr 1, 2019, 7pm

Spokane Valley Library

4th Wednesday of the month, 12pm