TAG: family

Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in on December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

  Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, the new magazine packed with information about events, workshops, and programs at the library. You can pick up Engage at any of our 10 libraries or view it online. Just like all of our events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, […]

Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Posted in on December 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Lately it seems that everyone in my social media feed is an aspiring Constitutional scholar. The 10 amendments that are now known as the Bill of Rights were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. The issues they deal with were on the forefront of the founders’ minds […]

Gift guide: kids books perfect for giving (and reading)

Posted in on November 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs In looking over the thousands of books published in 2016, I have found that there’s no shortage of great gift ideas for the children and teens on your holiday list. A few high profile releases come out before or around Thanksgiving: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11: Double Down and the newest […]

Pajama Storytime 2016

Posted in on October 31, 2016 at 6:00 am

Hear local authors read their favorite picture books at a special pajama storytime! We’ll follow the usual format with 30 minutes of stories, fingerplays, and songs followed by a 30-minute play and learn session. Pajamas are encouraged but not required. All ages welcome. Ages 6 and under must bring an adult. AIRWAY HEIGHTS Saturday, Nov […]

Early Literacy Skills workshops

Posted in on October 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

For parents of preschool and early elementary students What are early literacy skills? Early literacy skills are what kids know about reading and writing before they actually read and write. Many of these skills develop naturally in children when parents, siblings, and caregivers spend time talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with them. […]

Bringing family together: picture books for older kids

Posted in on October 11, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner Picture books are known for their 40 pages (or less) of illustrations and text that tell a story for young children. And most kids leave picture books behind when they enter higher elementary grades. But wait, don’t disregard picture book reads entirely for these grades! Authors and illustrators are penning picture books […]

Irena’s Children: Q&A with Mary Cronk Farrell

Posted in on September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Local author Mary Cronk Farrell writes about the kinds of people whose stories aren’t widely told, but ought to be. In Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific, she tells the story of nearly 100 army and navy nurses who struggled to not […]

Kids Fall Programs 2016

Posted in on September 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

This fall at the Library District brings fun STEM activities, seasonal crafts, and more for kids of all ages. We have creative inventions with the Makey Makey invention kits, web coding with Code Studio, gingerbread house building, Frozen sing-a-long fun, and more. Some activities are age specific and include Lego Mindstorm Robots and Minecraft Dro […]

Prime Time Family Reading: discovering ideas together

Posted in on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Something magical happens when families read books together and then talk about the big ideas they encounter. Reading is always fun, but talking about books and ideas helps us learn about the world and one another in a whole new way. Prime Time Family Reading from Humanities Washington taps into that magic […]

Easy orchard fresh sorbet (without the ice cream maker)

Posted in on July 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Few things are more delicious than the sweet tang of fresh berries on a hot summer day, preferably blended into something cold and refreshing. So I’m sharing the icy deliciousness of homemade fruit sorbet with you. Sorbet is the perfect summer treat. It’s easy to make. All you’ll need is fresh fruit, […]