STARS Training


The Spokane County Library District offers free STARS classes for childcare providers, teachers, and parents. All our classes are certified through the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Even if you don’t need STARS credit, you can come to the monthly classes that interest you for new ideas to engage the kids in your life.

Registration is required. Registration opens 30 days before the scheduled class. Click the library name below to register.

Upcoming STARS Classes

Ready for School with STEM

Saturday, Nov 14 • 9am-12pm – Part 1
Saturday, Dec 5 • 10am-12pm – Part 2

This two part training is designed to help you become more comfortable teaching STEM concepts to preschoolers. While we encourage you to sign up for both parts of the training, part one can stand alone.

Part One covers why STEM is important for preschoolers, what preschools need to be ready for Kindergarten, how to become more comfortable with doing STEM activities with the children in your care, and try out some STEM activities. Then we’ll give you lessons to take back with you to try with the children in your care.
3 STARS Credits

In Part Two, we will share how the STEM lessons you tried out with your children worked, you will learn to put together a STEM lesson, learn about STEM kits that are available in your community to check out, and take home ideas for family engagement.
2 STARS Credits

New Picture Books from 2015

Join us as we look at the best new books from 2015 to use with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
2 STARS credits

Saturday, Dec 12 • 10am–12pm

Engaging Families with Literacy Activities

Learn how to design a family engagement program based around literacy activities that are sure to encourage all your families to attend.
2 STARS credits

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016 • 10am–12pm

Previous STARS Classes

Science and Early Literacy

Early Literacy Skills and Early Science Skills go hand in hand. Find out how to use stories, songs, books and activities to build both skill sets at once. 2 STARS credits

Music and Early Literacy

Music and reading play well together. Learn how music and singing enhance early literacy skills in young children—and have fun while you do it! 3 STARS credits

I See ME Multicultural Stories

Young children love seeing themselves in books. Join us as we look at stories that encompass different cultures and find the best books to share with children. 2 STARS credits

Storytelling Fun with Preschoolers

Storytelling has been a tradition in many cultures and is fun to share with children. Learn how to incorporate storytelling into your daily routine and emphasize early literacy skills. 2 STARS credits

Love Talk Play

Love Talk Play is a parent campaign that supports parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. This parenting campaign focuses on children from birth – three years old and the message is something that all parents can and should do with their children. Learn how to incorporate Love Talk Play into your daily routine and how to share the message with parents. 1 STARS credit

Storytime Bootcamp

Learn how to put a together a storytime for preschoolers that includes not only books, but fingerplays, songs, and movement activities. 2 STARS credits

Let’s Explore Nature

Getting outside and discovering the world around them is fascinating for young children. Learn how using books about nature builds on early literacy skills and gets children interested in nature. 2 STARS credits


What is STEM? It’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Learn how to incorporate STEM into your classroom with hands on interactive activities that can be used in the classroom or at home. 2 STARS credits

Flannel Stories

Bring stories to life with flannel pieces. You’ll learn how to make easy flannels, and leave with one flannel story ready to use. Bring your own scissors. 4 STARS credits

Movement and Learning

Movement stimulates brain development in young children. Learn how to incorporate movement into your daily routine to promote learning and early literacy skills in young children. 2 STARS credits

Block Play

Come learn about our new block program called Family Construction Zone. Learn how blocks are a great tool for teaching math and engineering skills. You’ll also get a chance to play with the blocks too. 2 STARS credits

Sing Into Reading

Learn how singing and reading go together. We’ll be learning how to incorporate singing into your daily routine and for family engagement activities. 2 STARS credits