Parents and Teachers

Family Construction Zone

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Feature_FamilyConstructionZone Kids ages one through eight (and their grown-ups) are invited to build away with several stations of block activities designed to foster engagement with math, science, engineering, and creativity. Drop in any time during the program hours, and stay as long as you like. AIRWAY HEIGHTS Saturday, Mar 28, 10am-12pm ARGONNE Saturday, Mar 7, 10am–12pm […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

News_Feature_DrSeuss You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 111th birthday at the North Spokane Library. We have invited local celebrity readers, including Spokane Indians Mascot Otto & friends, a firefighter from District 9, Jason Johnson of Buffalo Jones, and the entire Lilac Royal Court. These celebrities will be sharing […]

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Let There Be Music: Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour Returns to CenterPlace

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_JimGill Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch. Each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances, and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. Jim Gill is a musician […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Youth Media Awards

Posted on February 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_YMAs_bookstack By Sheri Boggs Mondays are not normally my thing. But there’s one Monday that occurs around this time every year that I anticipate with the kind of nerdy fervor that other people reserve for, say, the World Series. I’m talking about the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs, as we librarians like to call them), during […]

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Valentine’s Day Celebrations For the Skeptical

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Blank note card surrounded, framed by candy hearts By Rachel Edmondson Valentine’s Day tends to be polarizing. People either love it, hate it, or try to ignore it. Some love it when they have a significant other, and hate it when they don’t. Some are completely ambivalent until suddenly that someone special comes along. Suddenly they feel the need to make up for […]

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Becoming Nontraditional: Books & resources for returning to school 

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

successful and unsuccessful choices - concept By Jane Baker When my son graduated from high school there was no way he was stepping on the college train the following fall. He had spent the most of his childhood education struggling to conform to the public school system. He’s a smart kid, just not one who learns best under the traditional American […]

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Meal Planning For Busy Families

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MealPlanning By Kim Harshberger I might have been spending too much time on Pinterest, but last fall I had an overwhelming desire get it together in the kitchen, so I started planning meals for my family. There were a few driving forces behind this decision. For the first time, I had to start figuring out breakfast […]

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Library Hack: What’s a Teen To Do?

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Close Up Of Student Lockers In High School By Sheri Boggs A moment for embarrassing self-disclosure: it’s been a long time since I was a teen. A really super long time. The Spokane Valley Library was my branch, and although I loved books and spent a lot of time there, I couldn’t wait to grow up and move away. Which is pretty much […]

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A Bit of Wizardry

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HarryPotter By Cara Strickland Picture this: one moment you’re walking through a normal theme park, passing lines of people, restaurants and roller coasters. But as you walk deeper into the park, you notice that the buildings around you start to change in character. Suddenly, you’re somewhere which looks a lot like London (albeit against a Florida […]

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The Educational Merits of Minecraft

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Minecraft By Brian Vander Veen At the North Spokane Library, where I mainly work, it’s rare that anyone has to wait more than ten or twenty minutes for a free computer, if they have to wait at all. But sometimes our computers do get full, and I’ve more than once heard adult members grumble about the […]

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