TAG: kids

Backyard Fun for Kids

Posted in For You, kids on April 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Family Having Fun Playing In Garden By Rachel Edmondson Spring is the time of year when parents everywhere rejoice that it’s finally warm enough to send their kids outside to play. My kids are always happiest when they’ve had a chance to run around outside, dig in the dirt, and soak up some sun. When my kids are stuck inside all day they […]

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Cooking with Kids

Posted in For You, kids on April 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Measuring Cups By Kim Harshberger I survey the damage and sigh. There are lemon seeds strewn across the counter. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are scattered about the floor. Measuring cups, mixing bowls, and cutting boards fill my sink. I hate cooking with my kids. To be fair, I hate cooking with anyone. I believe preparing food is […]

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Birthday Party Goody Bag Alternatives to Plastic Toys

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on April 7, 2015 at 6:00 am

Girl with friends on birthday By Rachel Edmondson There are many unwritten rules of parenting. One of which is, “if you have kids under the age of eight, you will have an obscene amount of cheap, plastic toys in your house.” Ok, I’m not really sure at which age this ends. I just picked eight because I’m hoping the end is […]

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Seize the Día

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_SeizeDia El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children — appreciating culture, heritage, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities. It is a daily commitment to linking ch […]

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

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Teens 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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And Then It’s Spring

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on March 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SpringReads By Sheri Boggs By Spokane standards, we’ve barely had winter. Nevertheless, I compulsively look at the sunrise/sunset app on my phone to see how incrementally the days are getting longer, I inspect the yard looking for the tiniest hint of green, and I convince myself gloves are for sissies. And I can tell you, it’s […]

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School Lunch Ideas For Kids

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on February 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Primary School Pupils Enjoying Packed Lunch In Classroom By Rachel Edmondson What should I pack for my girls’ lunch? This is a question I ask myself often. Usually in the morning when we are running late, one girl can’t find her shoes and the other’s hair isn’t done. So I quickly grab the old standbys, throw them in their lunch bags, and we […]

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Valentine’s Day Celebrations For the Skeptical

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on February 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

Blank note card surrounded, framed by candy hearts By Rachel Edmondson Valentine’s Day tends to be polarizing. People either love it, hate it, or try to ignore it. Some love it when they have a significant other, and hate it when they don’t. Some are completely ambivalent until suddenly that someone special comes along. Suddenly they feel the need to make up for […]

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The Educational Merits of Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Prime Time, Teens 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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Let There Be Legos

Posted in kids on December 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_LegoBuild Mix fun and learning by spending a Saturday creating engineering feats at the library! SCLD is hosting a series of day-long Lego Build Days, one at each library throughout 2014 and 2015. The library will provide thousands (current count is roughly 47,000 270+ pounds which is about 150,000 pieces!) of Lego pieces for kids and […]

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