Parents and Teachers

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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Beat the (Post) Holiday Blues

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

Stressed young woman in front of christmas tree By Rachel Edmondson I grew up in Western Washington where it rains a lot but doesn’t get quite as chilly as here in the Inland Northwest. On the west side, snow was an exciting event that only happened every once in a while. In Spokane, there are years it seems the snow is here forever, […]

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Library Top 10

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_top10 By Rachel Edmondson I have a confession to make. I love “Top 10” lists, year-in-reviews, countdowns, you name it. I’m always so curious to see what is most popular and how it compares to my choices and preferences. Whether it is baby names, songs or books, I’m always intrigued. I must not be the only […]

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Don’t Fear the FAFSA

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

News_Feature_FAFSA If the words “financial aid” make you quake in your boots, this event is for you. Let Tammy Zibell and Janet Rice help you navigate the Federal Financial Aid System, and complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Whether you’re learning the ropes as a high school or non-traditional student, Tammy and Janet […]

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Free Resources for Lifelong Learning

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Library By Brian Vander Veen It’s been nearly twenty years since the film Good Will Hunting came out, and honestly, I don’t remember much of it, but there’s one line that has long stuck with me. Working-class genius Will is arguing in a bar with Harvard student Clark, and what Will says, the redacted PG version […]

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Library Hack: What Should I Read Next?

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReaderAdvisory By Cara Strickland I remember it as if it were yesterday. I would walk into my local library and make a beeline for the children’s section. In that library, there was a children’s librarian sitting behind a special little desk. I would walk up to the desk and smile as though I were going to […]

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