May the Force Be With You: 7 Star Wars Books for Kids

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MayTheForce_Darth By Clarissa Fidler I confess that I don’t know a lot about Star Wars. Growing up my exposure to the “Force” was limited to a few viewings of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi at a family friend’s house. Jabba the Hut always creeped me out but I loved Princess Leia’s strong character […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Kid-Friendly Fun with the Spokane Indians

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Baseball in a Glove near the Baseball Bat By Rachel Edmondson When my oldest daughter was still in diapers, my husband and I decided to brave our first baseball game with a kid in tow. We packed our diaper bag to overflowing, slathered on the sunscreen, and, with a little trepidation, headed to a Spokane Indians baseball game with some friends. We weren’t […]

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Every Hero Has a Story

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EveryHero By Gwendolyn Haley There’s something about reading during the summer that’s just magical as a child. I remember one year, I spent an entire day in my treehouse with my friend Darcie. We had snacks and the complete Anne of Green Gables series. We must have read for over 10 hours; ok, maybe it wasn’t quite […]

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How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EatingVacation By Kim Harshberger I put down my fork and survey the table, realizing it’s happened again; we just ate a meal when we weren’t even hungry. The husband and I are so stuffed we can’t move and the girls’ meals lay almost uneaten. I feel frustrated at the wasted money and irritated at my lack […]

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Liquid Lit: Summer Reading Edition

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Closeup of chocolate chip cookies on stars bowl and milk glass over a wooden background. Image focused in cookie bite By Kelsey Hudson School’s almost out for the summer, which means a big jump in activity at the library from some of our youngest members. From picture books and graphic novels to easy readers and classic chapter books, they’ll be flying off the shelves as families swing into summer. Summer can be a great time to branch […]

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On my coffee table: New books for kids and teens

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Sheri Boggs In all honesty, I can’t have things on my actual coffee table because my six-month-old puppy would eat them. However, I do have a desk at work that is covered with not only the journals, notebooks, and pens I use to do my job, but also stacks of hastily scrambled notes, Advance Readers […]

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16 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AudioBooks By Rachel Edmondson Whether you love them or hate them, family road trip season is just around the corner. I vividly remember road trips from when I was a kid. At the beginning everyone was filled with anticipation, halfway through we all started to get bored, and by the end all anyone could think was “Are we there […]

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Backyard Fun for Kids

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Family Having Fun Playing In Garden By Rachel Edmondson Spring is the time of year when parents everywhere rejoice that it’s finally warm enough to send their kids outside to play. My kids are always happiest when they’ve had a chance to run around outside, dig in the dirt, and soak up some sun. When my kids are stuck inside all day they […]

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Cooking with Kids

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Measuring Cups By Kim Harshberger I survey the damage and sigh. There are lemon seeds strewn across the counter. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are scattered about the floor. Measuring cups, mixing bowls, and cutting boards fill my sink. I hate cooking with my kids. To be fair, I hate cooking with anyone. I believe preparing food is […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Tween Birthday Party

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Birthday cupcake By Gwendolyn Haley Birthday season is right around the corner for our household. When our daughters were really little, it was easier to plan a fabulous party. All we had to do was invite a handful of their friends, serve some cake and ice cream, plan a simple craft or game, and the party was […]

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