TAG: parents

Consumer Reports saves the day (and my laundry)

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley It was like a scene from a horror movie. I was alone in the house when a loud banging and clanging started from the depths of the basement—as if something were trying to break free. I walked down the stairs to investigate. As I looked into the laundry room, all I could […]

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Spring break & Pokemon at the library

Posted in News on March 16, 2017 at 6:00 am

Banish spring break boredom at the library from April 2–8! POKEMON EVERYWHERE Celebrate your favorite Pokemon with crafts, trivia, and more at five of our libraries! We’re dropping lures every 30 minutes for Pokémon Go players. All ages are welcome. Kids 8 and under should bring an adult along. Pokémon Celebration SPOKANE VALLEY Sunday, Apr […]

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Catchy tunes & magical melodies: Caspar Babypants Family Concert

Posted in News on March 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

“Caspar Babypants is still our favorite kids’ music. It really isn’t even fair to call it kids’ music because I often find myself listening to it even when I’m alone.” –Will James, Geekdad Who is Caspar Babypants? Caspar Babypants is Chris Ballew, frontman of the Presidents of the United States of America, creating intelligent, simple […]

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Easy Pinterest recipes for busy adults

Posted in Explore and Discover on March 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Melanie Boerner Do you get home from a busy day and just can’t bring yourself to make a meal for the family? I feel this way most weekdays! I don’t think it is just me—I bet lots of busy parents do, too. On the weekend, I can whip up an elaborate meal with the […]

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Another world: Picture books about refugee and immigrant experiences

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on February 28, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Imagine your home—the furniture, the walls, the books, the art, the smells, the landscape where you live. Imagine what it would be like if war came and things got so bad you had to leave. Imagine leaving your belongings and your pets, your friends and your neighborhood. Imagine traveling day and night, […]

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Bash: You’re invited!

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on February 13, 2017 at 6:00 am

You are invited to be our very special guest as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Spokane Valley Library. In honor of America’s favorite reading teacher, Dr. Seuss, we have planned “lots of good fun that is funny.” Listen to local celebrities read their favorite Seuss books. You’ll also be able to meet and take […]

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Reversing the norm of slut shaming and gender-based discrimination: ‘UnSlut: A Documentary Film’

Posted in News on February 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

Why is the sexual shaming of girls and women, especially sexual assault victims, still so prevalent in the United States and Canada? UnSlut: A Documentary Film explores the causes and devastating effects of gender-based discrimination and what is often called “slut shaming” in the United States and Canada. Featuring six women who have experienc […]

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Kindergarten Kickoff 2017: getting ready for registration

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

Starting kindergarten can be exciting, fun, and a little scary. And that’s just for the parents. So what does being ready for kindergarten actually mean? Children need to have some basic skills so that they are ready to successfully learn and adapt to a kindergarten classroom environment. These skills include language, literacy, physical movement […]

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Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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Engage: our new library event magazine

Posted in News 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, […]

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