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Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PrimeTime By Gwendolyn Haley Something magical happens when families read books together and then talk about the big ideas they encounter. Reading is always fun, but talking about books and ideas helps us learn about the world and one another in a whole new way. Prime Time Family Reading from Humanities Washington taps into that magic […]

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Lego clubs

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LegoBuild Build with Legos at your library! Keep your engineering and problem-solving skills sharp, strengthen your STEM muscles, and spark your imagination with an abundance of Lego bricks. All ages are welcome. Ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. SEP 2016–May 2017 AIRWAY HEIGHTS Every Wednesday 3–4pm ARGONNE Every Saturday 1–3pm CHENE […]

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Making noise with Noiseguy Charlie Williams

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CharlieWilliamsQ&A By Erin Dodge Is that a fly buzzing around your head? Did a door just creak open? Who left the faucet on to drip, drip, drip? The culprit may be Noiseguy Charlie Williams, vocal sound impressionist extraordinaire. Lucky for us, he is performing his show, “Sound Coach: A Reading Relay Readathon,” at all District libraries, […]

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Jenks jams and juggles at the library

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Jamming Juggling Jenks   By Erin Dodge Jenks is a dynamic act that entertains kids and their families with a unique blend of super-cool rock songs, family-friendly covers, head-bopping dance songs, and totally awesome juggling! And Jenks is performing at all District libraries starting Monday, July 25, as part of our summer programs. I tracked Corey “Jenks” Jenk […]

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Storyteller Indiana Bones at the library

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_IndianaBones By Erin Dodge Storyteller Indiana Bones, along with his faithful companion Draco, is weaving tales of myth and wonder, live at the Spokane County Library District this summer. You won’t want to miss “Amazing Physical Feats from History,” starting Monday, July 18, as part of our 2016 Summer Programs. We were curious about the life […]

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Serious fun for K-3 readers

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerK-3Reading By Sheri Boggs If you’re a parent or teacher of a grade schooler, you’ve probably heard the term “summer slide,” sometimes also called “summer learning loss.” Summer slide refers to what happens to student brains when they are inactive over the three months of summer vacation. Although kids are getting a much needed break, they […]

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The dirt on gardening with kids

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_TheDirt By Rachel Edmondson I feel the need to start with a disclaimer: I do not have a green thumb. Nowhere close to it. That said, we have a small, raised garden bed in our backyard, and each year we’ve attempted to grow a few vegetables with varying success. Before our kids came into our life, […]

Board books you’re bound to love

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

Posted 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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4 New picture books about love

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4PictureBooks_Love By Sheri Boggs My favorite kinds of picture books about love are the ones that transcend romance and/or Valentine’s Day to say something far broader and universal about love, affection, friendship, and family. Here are some fresh new arrivals that do exactly that: The Most Wonderful Thing in the World By Vivian French; Illustrated by Angela […]

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