TAG: parents

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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Holiday gifts: Great new games for giving and playing

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

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

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

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

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

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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