Teens

On My Coffee Table: New Books for Kids and Teens

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

vintage books with coffee cup, grungy background, free copy spac By Sheri Boggs In all honesty, I can’t have things on my actual coffee table because my six-month-old puppy would eat them. However, I do have a desk at work that is covered with not only the journals, notebooks, and pens I use to do my job, but also stacks of hastily scrambled notes, Advance Readers […]

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16 Best Audiobooks for Family Road Trips

Posted on June 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_AudioBooks By Rachel Edmondson Whether you love them or hate them, family road trip season is just around the corner. I vividly remember road trips from when I was a kid. At the beginning everyone was filled with anticipation, halfway through we all started to get bored, and by the end all anyone could think was “Are we there […]

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From Student to Worker with Spokane Valley Tech

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Student at the lesson in technical college By Sheree West You never know where an opportunity like taking a school tour might lead you. Last fall, I toured Spokane Valley Tech (SVT), a unique learning environment where high school students gain technical skills with a focus on career and college readiness. The director led me around the facility and explained the school’s […]

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Food Insecurity: Q&A with Jennifer Schlenske of Spokane Valley Partners

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_FoodInsecurity By Sonia Gustafson We often think of donating food and helping the less fortunate around the holidays, but as we approach the time for Food for Fines, we wanted to highlight a local agency that does good work in our community all year long. Spokane Valley Partners is a non-profit organization serving economically-disadvantaged residents who […]

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Board Games Galore

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_TeenGameDay_SV TEENS Grades 6+ Bring your competitive spirit and best strategy for an afternoon of tabletop gaming. There is a wide variety of games to choose from for every skill level: Ticket to Ride, Clue, Apples to Apples, Sorry, Pandemic, and many more. Players are also welcome to bring their own to share. Snacks are provided […]

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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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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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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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