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5 local writers talk about fatherhood

Posted in Business and Careers on June 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_Fatherhood1 By Erin Dodge Today is the 8th Annual Engaging Fatherhood Conference & Resource Fair at Spokane Falls Community College (8am to 3pm), promoting the importance of fathers in healthy child development and family well-being. The event, including free lunch, is brought to the public by the DADS Committee of Spokane. In celebration of dads, paternal […]

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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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It’s Almost Time for Kindergarten Registration

Posted in For You, Parents and Teachers on February 16, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_ItsAlmostTimeForKindergarten By Rachel Edmondson I know, it’s only February. You might think it’s a little crazy to be talking about kindergarten registration when your child won’t start for another 7 months. But the reality is, early registration helps school districts plan ahead for how many classrooms and teachers will be needed come fall. It’s better for […]

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Kindergarten Kick-Off

Posted in News on February 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_KindergartenRegKickOff Learn how to register and get your child ready for kindergarten. Starting kindergarten can be exciting, fun, and a little scary. And that’s just for the parents. The library is here to help! Drop in at any of our kindergarten kick-offs to explore hands-on activities you can do with your child and get important registration […]

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Just Play

Posted in News on December 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_JustPlay It’s easy to catch cabin fever during the winter months. Come to the library for a community playdate! We’ll have all your favorite toys and activities from our Play & Learn Storytimes to enjoy. Interact and play in a warm, friendly environment for kids, parents, and caregivers. For children ages 0–5. All children must bring […]

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4 Things to consider before letting your preschooler use a tablet

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on November 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ToddlerTablet By Gwendolyn Haley I admit it was a rookie mistake. I had just upgraded my smartphone but all the apps were still loaded on my old phone. I thought my then 5-year-old would enjoy playing some of her games on it during a family car trip. After putting it in airplane mode, I passed the phone […]

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It’s in the bag!

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on October 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

BusyBags_feature Busy bags entertain toddlers and preschoolers while teaching them important skills for kindergarten. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll make several different busy bags that store simple, engaging activities for your child to enjoy. We’ll have activities, including some sample busy bags, to keep kids occupied during the workshop. If you’r […]

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Getting ready for kindergarten book list

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

kindergarten_2015_feature By Rachel Edmondson Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and scary. What parent isn’t excited about the free time they will have while their kindergartner is at school, but also a little scared to let them go? This transition can be just as intimidating for a new kindergartner as it is for parents. Even if […]

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Asper-reads: Great books and resources about Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders

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

Feature_Aspergers By Sheri Boggs A few weeks after running a blog post on the We Need Diverse Books movement, I heard from Kathleen, a young reader in North Carolina who wrote that she has Asperger syndrome. “I’m trying to put together shareable resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to […]

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Why my children study a foreign language

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ForeignLanguage By Gwendolyn Haley They don’t believe us when we tell them, but our children will thank us for this one day. You see, for the last few years, my husband and I have required our three daughters to study a foreign language; specifically, Mandarin Chinese. Why Chinese? We taught English for 18 months at a university in the People’s […]

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