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Drop-in job & career help

Posted in News on April 18, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_DropInJobAndCareerHelp Refine your resume or start one from scratch. Write an eye-catching cover letter. Discover your ideal career. Starting in May, Career Transitions instructor Annette Olson will be at Spokane Valley and North Spokane Libraries for drop-in hours to assist job seekers and offer career help. Whether you are a student about to graduate or a […]

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Re-energize & connect: Volunteer program at Spokane County Library District

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_VolunteerWeek By Jane Baker Jamie Van Wormer has put some miles on her car in the short few months since becoming the Volunteer Coordinator at the Spokane County Library District. She’s been from one end of the county to the other gathering information and establishing relationships to create a volunteer program for the Library District. “First […]

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Card games: sneaky, fun math practice

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CardGames By Kelsey Hudson Card games are a way of life in my family. As children, we started off with simple games like Go Fish and Thirty-One. By elementary school, most of us had graduated to Golf and Spades. And forget moving up from the kids’ table at Thanksgiving—in my family you’re considered an adult when […]

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Board books you’re bound to love

Posted in For You, kids on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_BoardBooks By Sheri Boggs Board books are undeservedly one of the most easily dismissed formats in all of children’s literature. With their chunky spines and thick, laminated pages, they’re designed to withstand the worst a baby can deliver, from a good, saliva-drenched gumming to being hurled from a high chair. They’re short by necessity—most around […]

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Read these graphic novels, you must

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on April 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_StarWarsGraphicNovels By Brian Vander Veen When I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had prepared myself for disappointment. And sure, much of it was a rehash of a plot we’d already seen twice in the Star Wars franchise, and yes, there were plot holes aplenty, but I’d be lying if I said I […]

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Egg–cellent Engineering

Posted in News on April 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Egg-cellentEngineering Egg Drop Here’s the challenge: can you engineer a carrier that will keep an egg safe in a 4-foot drop? The library provides the materials, the Spokane Falls Community College Engineering Club provides the expertise, and YOU save an egg from going the way of Humpty Dumpty. For kids grades 4 and up. Saturday, Apr […]

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Fools and tricksters who delight us

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on March 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

Feature_FoolsAndTricksters By David Wyatt April Fools’ Day draws near and the scheming has surely begun. This scheming divides the world into tricksters and the fools who fall for their tricks every time. I always like to think the fool has more going on, that the trickster is blissfully unaware of such depth. That could just be […]

Fourth graders explore our U.S. National Parks for free

Posted in For You, kids on March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4thGradersUSParksFree By Rachel Edmondson There is a growing body of research indicating the importance of spending time in nature. In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit.” Louv asserts that our technology-centric world has led to kids spending less and less time outdoors enjoying nature. He directly links this “nature-d […]

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Build Your Business

Posted in News on March 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SCORE Start building your business! SCORE Business experts Chuck Zahara and Josh King present back-to-back presentations at three library locations. Chuck takes you through simple steps to starting a new business during the first hour, and Josh gives you the scoop on social media for business during the second hour. Come to one or both seminars, […]

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Middle school math is KILLING me

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on March 24, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_MiddleSchoolMath By Gwendolyn Haley Middle School Math is KILLING me. It started when our oldest daughter hit 7th grade and started Algebra. During the first open house of middle school, the wise and kind math teacher warned all the parents that “this first semester is a killer.” Truth. I spent one harried evening working on a […]

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