Parents and Teachers

All Aboard the Fall Foliage Express

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Train By Cara Strickland When it comes to trains, I am like a six year old boy. LEAD ME TO IT (and can I blow the whistle, please?) So, it won’t be too much of a stretch for you to imagine my delight when I discovered (several years ago) that the North Pend Oreille Valley Lions […]

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Life Lessons From Little Free Libraries

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LittleFreeLibrary By Brian Vander Veen Last year, my partner Sheri and I started our own Little Free Library. If you’re not familiar with what Little Free Libraries are, they’re simply containers, usually near a sidewalk or similar publicly accessible space, where people can take and leave books for free. Little Free Libraries first began appearing in Wisconsin […]

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Avoiding Pinterest Pitfalls

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Pinterest By Kelsey Hudson Confession time: I love cookbooks, craft ideas, DIY blogs, and all things creative; I read them like they’re Pulitzer-worthy novels. In the last couple of years however, Pinterest has taken that love to a new level. At any given time, I‘m working on two to three projects and have half a dozen […]

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Working the (Common) Core

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Основные RGB By Sheri Boggs In late August, I was privileged to join three fellow SCLD youth librarians at a day’s worth of Common Core training sponsored by the Central Valley School District and the Washington State Library. Usually trainings are one of those workplace obligations that everyone has to do but nobody really likes. But the […]

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Library Hack: Programs for Kids (of All Ages)

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LibraryHack By Rachel Edmondson At the beginning of June, I had some great conversations with parents about the programming the library had planned for the summer. They were thrilled to hear about the fun, educational, and free programs the library offered all summer long. They were plotting ways to keep their kids busy and entertained while […]

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Technology Class: Using Tablets with Your Preschooler

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

News_Feature_eReaderToddler With so many apps available, and many of them created for children, it’s easy to get overwhelmed as a parent or caregiver. In this class, you’ll learn best practices and tips for using tablets and apps with young children (ages 3-5). We’ll talk through choosing the right amount of screen time for your child, and highlight […]

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Say It With Flannel

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_FlannelBoards Flannel stories engage you and your child with the five practices of early literacy. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn and create several stories, and a flannel board, to take home (bring a pair of sharp scissors if you have them). If you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, you won’t want to miss this opportunity! […]

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No Admittance Except on Party Business!

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HobbitDay_Cover By Kelsey Hudson September 22nd is Hobbit Day—and with that joyous day around the corner, a proper Middle-earth celebration is in order. By Shire-Reckoning, both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins were born on September 22nd. If that isn’t enough reason to celebrate, The Hobbit was also published this week back in 1937. Hobbit Day even kicks […]

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From Bullies to Besties: Navigating the Social Landscape of School

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

From Bullies to Besties: Navigating the Social Landscape of School By Sheri Boggs I was not popular. Pale, uncoordinated, sensitive and bookish, I was the kind of kid who hung around the margins, who waited for other kids to talk to me, and who tried not to care if I wasn’t invited to a party. I’m not exaggerating when I say that books saved me—through […]

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A Slice of Life

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Paying The Bill By Kim Harshberger I am not a cheery person. No one ever calls me sunshine. (Well, that’s not true. A salesman did. Once.) I don’t look on the bright side. I don’t give greeting cards with my presents. I don’t volunteer. I don’t have a community, or even many friends. I am terrible about asking […]

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