Kids

Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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Bringing family together: picture books for older kids

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner Picture books are known for their 40 pages (or less) of illustrations and text that tell a story for young children. And most kids leave picture books behind when they enter higher elementary grades. But wait, don’t disregard picture book reads entirely for these grades! Authors and illustrators are penning picture books […]

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Celebrating Grandparents

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Both my husband and I grew up living hours away from our grandparents, and consequently only saw them once or twice a year at most. When we started our family, we lived five hours away from our own parents, so our children were also on track to only see their grandparents a […]

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Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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, […]