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Set the Standard

Posted in News on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

Set the Standard. Getting reading for college. A program at Spokane County Library District. The SAT, the ACT, college admissions, and you Getting ready for college can be a maze of paperwork, deadlines, and decisions. Let Bob Alexander, a nationally recognized SAT and ACT test preparation expert, and Dr. Sharon Alexander, an acclaimed college admissions coach, give you some tips on choosing which tests to take, what colleges look […]

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Snakes on a Plane? Tips to Survive Plane Travel with Kids

Posted in Parents and Teachers on June 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

looking through the window of the plane by Rachel Edmondson Jumping out of a plane is a scary prospect, but some would rather jump than stay one more minute on a plane with kids. If your last trip resembled the movie Snakes on a Plane, but the pandemonium was caused by kids instead of reptiles, here are some of my favorite tips […]

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What About Those Storytimes?

Posted in Parents and Teachers on May 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_Storytime by Wilma Flanagan Storytime has a long history as a library program, providing early learning opportunities for over a hundred years. In 1899, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was one of the first libraries to offer storytime, and by the 1940s many libraries were offering these programs as a way of helping young children become […]

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Scratch That

Posted in kids on May 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_Scratch by Cindy U. Have you ever thought about being a computer programmer or computer animator? Check out Scratch and learn to make your own games, mini-movies, and interactive stories. Scratch is a free drag-and-drop programming language created by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) especially for kids. No need to write complicated code, just f […]

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Listen Up: Audiobooks for Learning

Posted in Parents and Teachers on April 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_AudioBooks by Cindy Ulrey I’ve always loved being read to. Some of my best memories are sharing picture books on my grandma’s lap and of my mom in the front seat reading Pippi Longstocking and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my brother and I in the back while dad drove cross-country. These days families have […]

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One-Stop Childcare

Posted in Parents and Teachers on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

P&T_Feature_ChildcareFair by Rachel E. Becoming a parent is a big decision. Then once you’re a parent, the decisions just keep coming. Which car seat is safest? Which stroller is best? Do I want to sleep train my kid and, if so, what age is the right age to start? Of course, every decision comes with many […]

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STARS Training

Posted in Parents and Teachers on February 27, 2014 at 6:00 am

PT_Feature_STARS by Mary Ellen Braks Looking for practical ways to turn everyday activities like talking, reading, singing, writing, and playing into super-charged learning moments with the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in your care? Spokane County Library District offers monthly free STARS classes for childcare providers and teachers to earn continuing educa […]

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Learn STEM with Legos

Posted in Parents and Teachers on February 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_STEMlego by Amber W. Did you know-? Building Legos is a real job. People get paid to design and create Lego models before they are made to be sold. To do this job you need to have a background in art, design, and engineering. “Lego” comes from the Danish words “leg godt” which means play well. […]

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Do Your Kids Want to Rock?

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Kids_Feature_Rock by Sheri Boggs Of course they do. And three new picture book titles show you exactly how it’s done. So You Want to Be a Rock Star by Audrey Vernick is all about the improvising as two would-be rockin’ siblings realize they may not have an awesome sound system, a limousine, or even great singing […]

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Playing Outside the (Pizza) Box

Posted in Parents and Teachers on November 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

P&T_Feature_Feltboard by Christie O. Felt boards are a great interactive way to play with your young child and incorporate many early literacy practices into your play. Commercial felt boards (or flannel boards) can be both expensive and bulky, but armed with glue, felt, and an unused pizza box, you can make your own. Choose a neutral […]

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