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TAG: kids

Serious fun for K-3 readers

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on May 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SummerK-3Reading By Sheri Boggs If you’re a parent or teacher of a grade schooler, you’ve probably heard the term “summer slide,” sometimes also called “summer learning loss.” Summer slide refers to what happens to student brains when they are inactive over the three months of summer vacation. Although kids are getting a much needed break, they […]

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Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted in Explore and Discover on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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Card games: sneaky, fun math practice

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on April 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CardGames By Kelsey Hudson Card games are a way of life in my family. As children, we started off with simple games like Go Fish and Thirty-One. By elementary school, most of us had graduated to Golf and Spades. And forget moving up from the kids’ table at Thanksgiving—in my family you’re considered an adult when […]

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Board books you’re bound to love

Posted in For You, kids on April 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_BoardBooks by Sheri Boggs Board books are undeservedly one of the most easily dismissed formats in all of children’s literature. With their chunky spines and thick, laminated pages, they’re designed to withstand the worst a baby can deliver, from a good, saliva-drenched gumming to being hurled from a high chair. They’re short by necessity—most around […]

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Egg–cellent Engineering

Posted in News on April 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Egg-cellentEngineering Egg Drop Here’s the challenge: can you engineer a carrier that will keep an egg safe in a 4-foot drop? The library provides the materials, the Spokane Falls Community College Engineering Club provides the expertise, and YOU save an egg from going the way of Humpty Dumpty. For kids grades 4 and up. Saturday, Apr […]

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Fourth graders explore our U.S. National Parks for free

Posted in For You, kids on March 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4thGradersUSParksFree By Rachel Edmondson There is a growing body of research indicating the importance of spending time in nature. In his book, Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit.” Louv asserts that our technology-centric world has led to kids spending less and less time outdoors enjoying nature. He directly links this “nature-d […]

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Wizards, wands, and broomsticks

Posted in News on March 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_HarryPotterParties Did your invitation to Hogwarts get lost in the mail? Never fear, come celebrate the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the library! Get sorted into your Hogwarts House, make a stop at Honeydukes for delicious treats, and pop into Olivander’s for your own wizarding wand. Dress as your favorite character to participate in a […]

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Bedtime Math

Posted in News on March 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_BedtimeMath There’s more to bedtime math than counting sheep. Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a “Crazy Creature Census” at a special bedtime math storytime! Find new ways to incorporate math into everyday activities with counting games, tangrams, and more. For kids of all ages and their adults. Tuesday, Mar 29, 7pm NORTH SPOKANE Tuesday, Mar […]

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Hoopla for kids

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on March 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_hooplaForKids By Rachel Edmondson Welcome to the tail end of winter—one of the worst times of the year for parents living in cold climates. If your family is anything like mine, you’re all starting to feel a little bit stir crazy. Visiting the library to pick out new-to-you books and DVDs can be a great way […]

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Imaginary Friends

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on February 23, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_ImaginaryFriends By Sheri Boggs “Mom, did I ever have an imaginary friend?” I click my pen and wait for an answer, aware that this very blog post was due three hours ago and I need some way to introduce it. But alas, Mom is no help. “No, honey. Your sister had Paul,” (Paul being a plush […]

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