Teens

The world is not ending: non-dystopian teen reads

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_NonDystopianReads By Kelsey Hudson The world is not ending—at least not yet—but sometimes it can feel that way, especially after I’ve read three or four dystopian novels in a row. I love a good dystopian tale as much as the next person, but I think there comes a time when even the most die-hard fan needs […]

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Northern Slam: the art of spoken word

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PoetrySlam By Gwendolyn Haley Sometimes, the stars align in such a way that the library can make something amazing happen in the community. During the fall of 2015, members of the Friends of the Deer Park Library heard about Poetry Slams in the Spokane area. Riverside High School held a poetry slam at which Deer Park Librarian […]

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Library Hack: Get college ready with the Digital Library

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_CollegeReady By Brian Vander Veen As a first generation college student, I found the whole process of college planning absurdly confusing. My frustration was compounded by the fact that my peers from college-educated families seemed to navigate the whole process with relative assurance and ease. Many of them ended up going out of state with generous […]

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Halloween craft tutorial: How to make a sock zombie

Posted on October 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SockZombie By Kelsey Hudson Zombies invaded the library this month at Tween Club. There was zombie poetry, zombie makeup, and we even created our very own sock zombies. But don’t fear! For those of you who missed Tween Club, you can make your very own no-sew sock zombie at home. For my own sock zombie, I was […]

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Pursuing the NaNoWriMo challenge

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_NaNoWriMoChallenge1 By Gwendolyn Haley I love fall. October is not only a month of apples, pumpkins, and halloween costumes, but also planning the next big writing project. We are a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) family. My husband has completed the 50,000 word challenge for several years, and last year our 14-year-old daughter penned 37,888 words of […]

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Fall programs especially for tweens & teens

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_RandomFandom The library is an ideal place for tweens and teens to socialize with friends, explore their interests, and learn valuable skills. It’s a space where they can access unlimited resources and participate in engaging, free programs. This fall we have a variety of activities designed especially for students in grades 4 and up. Tween Club […]

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Animal rescues: Q&A with local author Kelly Milner Halls

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Kelly By Sheri Boggs What do Sasquatch, wild dogs, dinosaur babies, ghosts, and alien visitors all have in common? Besides being intrinsically awesome, they’ve all been book subjects for local writer Kelly Milner Halls. Halls is a passionate profiler of the wonderfully weird, with nonfiction titles like Tales of the Cryptids, Ghostly Evidence, a […]

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Discover endless possibilities within your reach

Posted on September 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_endless possibilities By Gwendolyn Haley I just bought a cartful of school supplies for my three kids. We love new pens, pencils, and notebooks at our house. They represent the endless possibilities a new school year brings. I get excited just thinking about everything that my kids will learn and create over the next few months. One […]

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7 Book recommendations for the discerning tween reader

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TweenReads By Kelsey Hudson In my position as a librarian, I see a lot of voracious readers from preschoolers to senior citizens. With all of those bookworms, I particularly love when a tween comes in looking for something new. Tweens can be insatiable readers but at this age, right around 9 to 12 years old, picking […]

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Family-friendly fun in Spokane County this fall

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FallFamilyFun By Rachel Edmondson One thing I love about Spokane County is the variety of kid-friendly events and activities. I’m always excited when I find out about an event I’ve never heard of before. Of course, this is great when I still have time to check out the event, but a bummer when I find out after […]

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