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Holiday gifts: Great new games for giving and playing

Posted in Explore and Discover on November 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_greatgames By Rachel Edmondson I love playing games. That’s probably why I also enjoy giving games as presents. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to discover all the great new games that are coming out. So for the last two years (and this year) I’ve asked the experts at Uncle’s Games to give me recommendations. For […]

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

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

feature_giftguidekidsbooks 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 […]

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Talking about preschool STEM

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 1, 2016 at 6:00 am

feature_stem1 By Gwendolyn Haley STEM is a hot topic right now. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields are the fastest growing sector of the economy, and businesses in Washington state are among the leading employers in these fields. As a parent, I want to make sure that my daughters are aware of all the opportunities […]

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Early Literacy Skills workshops

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

feature_earlyliteracyworkshops 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. […]

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

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

feature_marycronkfarrell 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 […]

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Back to Homeschool Resources

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

feature_backtohomeschoolresources   The Library District has free resources that help homeschooling parents develop lessons that match their children’s unique interests, abilities, and learning styles. In this homeschooling resource discussion, we will review helpful online resources, share library information and digital apps, and answer questions and help parents fin […]

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Storyteller Indiana Bones at the library

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids on July 12, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_IndianaBones By Erin Dodge Storyteller Indiana Bones, along with his faithful companion Draco, is weaving tales of myth and wonder, live at the Spokane County Library District this summer. You won’t want to miss “Amazing Physical Feats from History,” starting Monday, July 18, as part of our 2016 Summer Programs. We were curious about the life […]

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Q&A with Cecil The Magician

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_CeciltheMagician by Erin Dodge Next week, Cecil’s Magic performs “Race to the Finish Line!“, a magical adventure that reveals the true story of the tortoise and the hare, at all District libraries as part of our 2016 Summer Programs. In anticipation of amazing illusions and a magical story, I decided to peek behind the curtain and ask […]

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Second Saturday: creativity & the arts in Spokane Valley

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 7, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_SecondSaturdayJane By Jane Baker Jesse Swanson leans on the counter next to a sculpture of a tree that is as big as he is. His newsboy cap and casually groomed beard don’t exactly fit the stereotype of a General Manager of an art gallery, but Hatch is more than an art gallery. Hatch: Creative Business Incubator […]

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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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